The NFL released the final television schedule for week 13, moving the once highly anticipated Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots meeting out of the Sunday Night time slot on December 4.
Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals during week 13, the league choose to promote the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions as the evening's game of the week on NBC.
Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will play at the originally scheduled 1 p.m. kickoff.
The NFL utilizes "flexible scheduling" on Sundays in Weeks 10-15, 17. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX.
For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.