Philadelphia Eagles’ Week 16 Matchup Flexed to Sunday Night

Posted: December 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

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It’s official. The Philadelphia Eagles will be playing under the lights at Lincoln Financial Field for the second time this season. Just one day after the Chicago Bears put a 45-28 beatdown on the Dallas Cowboys, league officials announced that the week 16 matchup between the Eagles and Bears will be “flexed” to Sunday Night Football. It is the Eagles’ first appearance on NBC this year.

The December 22nd game, originally scheduled for a 1:00 PM start in Philadelphia, promises to pit two potent rushing attacks against each other as LeSean McCoy, the league’s leading rusher, takes on Chicago’s Matt Forte. The Bears’ run defense is notoriously bad, with the potential to be one of the worst in league history once the season ends. The previously scheduled 8:25 PM start between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will be moved to 4:15 PM on CBS.

The Eagles have played two primetime games this season, defeating the Washington Redskins 33-27 on Monday Night Football in their season opener, followed by a 26-16 defeat at the hands of Andy Reid and the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football in week three.

This decision has no bearing on any week seventeen affairs, as the league has since 2006 promised to flex a game with playoff implications to Sunday night during that weekend. It remains likely, barring a further collapse by Dallas, that the Eagles and Cowboys will play on Sunday night to end the season with the NFC East on the line.

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