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Steelers scheduled games vs. Saints and Bengals won't be flexed

FOX and CBS exercised their rights to protect the Steelers' Week 13 game vs. New Orleans (FOX) and Week 14 game vs. Cincinnati (CBS) from flex-scheduling.

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Steelers PR manager Burt Lauten Tweeted Thursday the Steelers will not have either of their Week 13 or 14 games flexed to Sunday Night Football.

The Steelers host the Saints in Week 13 which, according to Lauten, will remain a 1 p.m. ET start time at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Their first game of the year against the Bengals is in Week 14, and it will air on CBS at 1 p.m. ET from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Flex-scheduling begins in Week 11 with the purpose being to allow NBC to pick a game with some kind of significance to air in prime time. The Steelers are scheduled to take on the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football in Week 11. After a Week-12 bye, the Steelers have the Saints and Bengals and end the season with a road game against Atlanta, and back-to-back home games against the Chiefs and Bengals, respectively.

The Steelers have one other prime time game scheduled right now, Week 9 vs. the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football in Pittsburgh.

Any one of those remaining three games appears to be tantalizing to a national market. It would appear now both the Chiefs and Falcons could be competing for playoff berths and, depending on how the season shakes out in a very competitive AFC North, Pittsburgh's Week-17 game against Cincinnati could be for a division championship.