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.