The season’s first meeting between the Kansas City Chiefs and Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos was switched to primetime, bumping the New York Giants’ home game against the Green Bay Packers to late afternoon on Nov. 17
The Chiefs-Broncos game at Denver’s Sports Authority Field was moved to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on Comcast Corp.’s NBC in the first week of the National Football League’s flexible schedule arrangement, making it the only game in that primetime slot, the league announced yesterday in an e-mailed release. It previously was scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on CBS.
The Chiefs, who play at Buffalo tomorrow, are 8-0, the only undefeated team in the NFL, while the Broncos are 7-1 and have this week off. The teams, both in the American Football Conference West division, meet for the second time this season in Kansas City on Dec. 1.
The Giants (2-6) now will host the Packers (5-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, with a 4:25 p.m. kickoff on News Corp.’s Fox network, while the San Diego Chargers will play the Miami Dolphins at 4:05 p.m. on CBS in a game originally set for 1 p.m.
Kansas City holds a one-game division lead over the Broncos and Manning, who has thrown this season for 2,919 yards and 29 touchdowns, both NFL highs.
The flexible schedule provision allows Sunday games to be moved to ensure compelling matchups in all three time slots and gives teams “a chance to play their way” into the primetime slot, according to the release. NBC is paying $1.1 billion this season for the Sunday night game rights.
The Broncos are the favorites at 13-4 to win the Super Bowl in February, according to online sportsbook Bovada.lv. The Chiefs are tied for sixth at 12-1.