The National Football League announced a couple of changes to the schedule for Week 14 on Tuesday afternoon, but neither of those changes involved the Minnesota Vikings’ trip to take on the Carolina Panthers that week.
The league elected to stick with its regularly scheduled Sunday Night Football contest between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens for Week 14. The changes that were announced were a game between the between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys moving to a noon Central time start, and a contest between the Seattle Seahawks and the Jacksonville Jaguars being shifted to a 3:25 PM Central start.
With the league electing not to flex the Vikings/Panthers game, it appears that the Vikings will only have one more game in the regular season that doesn’t start at noon Central on Sunday. The Week 16 matchup with the Green Bay Packers is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 23 December (one of only two games that day) and will kick off at 7:30 PM Central time on NBC.
Since it seems unlikely that the Vikings’ games against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears would be flexed to a prime time slot, it looks like the Vikings will be playing four of their five remaining games at the best time for NFL football to kick off.
One thing that does need to be pointed out is that the Vikings/Panthers game, which would ordinarily air on FOX due to being an all-NFC matchup, will actually be airing on CBS instead. So, it was sort of flexed, but not really.