Report: Steelers Sunday Night Game Against Bengals At Risk Of Being Flexed

As things stand right now the Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Bengals on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ in Week 15. However, don’t be surprised if that game in Cincinnati is ultimately gets flexed-out of primetime and to an earlier kickoff time.

According to recent report by Neil Best of Newsday, the Steelers scheduled Sunday night game against the Bengals appears to be at serious risk of being dumped in favor of the Week 15 game between the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, or the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys.

As Best reports, Fox chose not to protect the aforementioned games from being flexed and thus if one them winds up having playoff implications, the league could decide to remove the Steelers game against the Bengals out of the Sunday night primetime spot.

Currently, the Steelers are 6-5 and challenging for the AFC North crown. The Bengals, on the other hand, are now 3-7-1 and while not officially mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, could be by the time Week 15 rolls around.

Best goes on to report that the NFL will not finalize its plans when it comes to their flexing-out decision for Week 15 until next Monday or Tuesday. In other words, we should find out soon if the Steelers game against the Bengals will be moved to an earlier time.

  • William Weaver

    Figures. I work Sunday nights so I scheduled a vacation day so I could stay home and watch this game. Lol

  • LucasY59

    But then confict wont have the national stage to show everyone he is a thug…

  • Josh Gustad

    Two boring games that could be replacing it. I guess I’m a little biased lol


    The only bad thing about this is CIN does not tend to play well on the big stage and the Steelers do (most of the time)…a 1p game probably works better for them.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    When does the decision get made?

  • Chris92021

    If the Bucs win in San Diego this week, I am betting it will be TB and Dallas instead of us. If the Bucs lose and the Bengals beat the Eagles, we might still have a shot. I am not sure the league would like seeing the Giants or anyone play consecutive games on SNF but it’s happened before. I don’t like our odds of being on SNF on the 18th.

  • Chris92021

    By next Tuesday (12 days before the scheduled game)

  • Dorian James

    You must be from out-of-state like I am. I would hate to lose a Steelers game being that I rarely get to see them play, however that’s what the flex schedule is for to play the most exciting game.

  • Dorian James

    Confict? Lmao. I’m stealing that one bro

  • Nolrog

    Same here. And worse, I am in the NY market, so I’m stuck with the Giants and Jets almost every week (though this week works good for me.)WW, can you tell your boss you changed your mind about the vacation day? Should be enough time to do that if it’s flexed out.

  • The Chin

    I’ll be there for that one too. Hoping it gets flexed. I have to work Monday. Ugh

  • nutty32

    OTOH – getting the game out of prime time probably makes it more likely that the Bengals mentally check out during their lost, disappointing season. They probably play harder under the lights on national TV.

  • PaeperCup

    Those other matchups are rubbish! Yeah the Bengals are not having a good year, but this is still a rivalry game that could playoff imnplications. I’m actually not convinced the Steelers are going to walk away with an easy win there. Should be a good game

  • Jeff Papiernik

    They like to have matchups with implications for both teams, not just the Steelers

  • PaeperCup

    haha…yeah I think one sided when it comes to the Steelers.

  • srdan

    While the Bungles have lost their shine, teh allure to this game was more to see a replay of the playoff game with both teams at full strength.

    No way the NFL will flex this out IMO.


    Maybe they try too hard, but their MO has been to lose in national/playoff games…what’s most concerning to me is their will be toast so they can play fast and loose…spoiler.


    SNF (sans Collinsworth) loves the Steelers, but if they love anybody more right now it would be DAL so I agree if Tampa wins vs SD that @ DAL will be the SNF matchup.

  • CP72

    Lol…went to the Colts game. By the time I got done “celebrating” it was 2:00 am. I’d prepare for a sick day!

  • *The Phawks89*

    Would The Game Still Be Flexed If The Steelers And The Ravens Were Still Tied Atop The AFC North? A Divisional Game Would Have Some Importance Across The League In That Instance Wouldn’t It?

  • The Chin

    We did the same. We live in Louisville. Got home at 1:45. Cincy a little closer

  • Jon Hartman

    What’s up with the capital letter on every words? haha!

  • RickM

    Based on low ratings for the Steelers’ Thanksgiving game and Cincy’s record, 100% it’ll be flexed. Dallas seems the ratings star right now with Prescott.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I hate this flex crap. Set the schedule and leave it.

  • Jaybird

    Good . I won’t be dead tired at work on Monday, and I’ll get to drink a few beers if it’s an early game. That’s a win win.