The NFL announced on Tuesday that the Denver Broncos Week 13 matchup vs. the Houston Texans has been flexed to the 11 am early slot. They were initially slated to play the second slot of games but the NFL decided to get more eyes on these two ascending teams.
As we know, the Broncos are currently winners of four straight games and could move to five straight games if they defeat the Cleveland Browns this upcoming Sunday. They have gone from being a 1-5 team to a 5-5 team in the midst of the AFC playoff conversation. As for the Texans, they are another ascending team that has won multiple thrilling games and is being led by surprise MVP candidate, rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.
Both teams will be viewing this game as a “must-win” game as they are currently both fighting for a wild card spot in the ultra-competitive AFC so it makes sense to get more eyes on this exciting matchup.
NFL Vice President of Broadcasting Mike North met with the Houston media via Zoom to discuss their decision to flex the Broncos vs. Texans game to the early slot in week 13. He states that the game deserves a “wider audience” and that this could have been a primetime game if they had known the importance of this game back in April and May when they were making the schedule.
“It’s all about getting the games that deserve the wider audience into windows where the most fans can watch them, and that’s really what this move is all about. If the Denver-Houston game back in April or May when the schedule-makers were putting the schedule together it would have been two teams with records of .500 or better, it probably would have been scheduled for noon Central originally. It might have been scheduled for prime time had we known.”
North continues by saying that the move is a “win-win” for everybody involved since they will have a wider audience and will not be competing against another widely anticipated 49ers vs. Eagles matchup.
“Win-win for everybody. If we could move Denver-Houston to noon, we could increase the footprint and it wouldn’t have to compete with San Fran-Philly, so that’s a win for CBS. It might end up going to half the country or more. A rising tide that lifts all boats.”
This means the Broncos and Texans will get CBS’s A team with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo and be their top game of the weekend. This is something we have not really seen the Broncos get since their Manning days so it is nice to see them getting acknowledged like this.
Hopefully, we see the then 6-5 Broncos take down another AFC contender on the road in week 13 in front of all these eye balls and move to 7-5 and cement themselves as postseason contenders in the AFC/