Just a week after it was announced that CBS had protected the Pittsburgh Steelers game against the Los Angeles Chargers from being flexed to primetime in Week 13, it turns out they have given in to pressure from the league to allow the contest to be move to Sunday night after all. Meanwhile, just as it seemed they had earned an extra night game, it appears they have also seen their encounter with the Oakland Raiders moved into an afternoon slot.
Kickoff for our Week 13 game vs. the Chargers on December 2nd has been flexed to 8:20 PM ET on NBC.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 14, 2018
Kickoff for our Week 14 game in Oakland on December 9th has been flexed to 4:25 PM ET on FOX. pic.twitter.com/LSBGIAAuGT
Originally scheduled for 1.00 p.m ET on December 2, the Steelers game against the Chargers will now replace the previously scheduled matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks. Instead of seeing Pittsburgh’s encounter with Oakland on Sunday Night Football in Week 14, the nation will now get a chance to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Chicago Bears in primetime on December 9.
Assuming the reminder of the Steelers games are still protected by CBS in Weeks 12, 15 and 16, the only game left eligible to be flexed this season will be their matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 17. A game that will likely only be moved if it has significant playoff implications for both teams.