ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Patriots' run at a perfect record
is going prime time.
The league pushed back the start of New England's game at the
Buffalo Bills on Nov. 18 to 8:15 p.m. ET and it will move from CBS
to NBC. Originally, Patriots-Bills was set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS
and Chicago at Seattle was the night game.
Chicago will now play at Seattle at 4:15 p.m. ET on Fox.
The switch comes in the first week of the NFL's flexible
television schedule period this season, a new wrinkle in the
league's broadcast policy that came into effect last year. The flex
schedule was negotiated into the new TV contract to ensure
contending teams play in prime time late in the season.
There's no contending team hotter than the Patriots (9-0), who
are coming off a come-from-behind 24-20 win at the previously
undefeated Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. New England, which has a
bye this week, is attempting to become the second team to post a
perfect record, and first since the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
The Bills (4-4), who play at winless Miami this weekend, are
suddenly on a roll following a 33-21 win against Cincinnati. The
Bills have won three straight and four of five since opening the
season 0-3, including a 38-7 loss at New England in Week 3.
The switch means the Patriots will play three consecutive
prime-time games. They host Philadelphia on Sunday night, Nov. 25,
and then play a Monday nighter at Baltimore the following week. New
England also closes its schedule with a Saturday night game at the
New York Giants on Dec. 29.
New England has played two prime-time games already this season,
hosting San Diego on Sept. 16 and playing at Cincinnati on Oct. 1.
It will be the second prime-time appearance this season for the
Bills, following a Monday night meltdown on Oct. 8, when Buffalo
allowed nine points in the final 20 seconds in a 25-24 loss to