Giants-Redskins stays in prime time, to the delight of Jon Beason
The NFL announced that the Dec. 1 Giants game in Washington will remain in its original 8:30 p.m. timeslot on NBC and will not be flexed out of prime time as Sunday’s game against the Packers was. The Giants see that as a positive sign.
“The reason they created the flex schedule is because they want to play meaningful games at peak hours and if you’re playing in those games then you’re doing something right,” said Beason, one of the more disappointed Giants when the Packers game was moved.
The game will still feature two teams with losing records, and if the Giants lose to the Cowboys it will be a true dud with the teams floundering in last place. But if the Giants win this Sunday against Dallas, then they could be playing for first place when they visit RG3 and his crew. That would certainly make it exciting.
Beason said he thinks the Giants present an intriguing storyline.
“From the outside looking in, people are saying ‘Are they going to make this run? It seems like it’s happening. Are they going to hit a road bump or is it going to be one of those special seasons, something we’ve never seen done before,’” he said. “I think people want to sit down and watch that.”
Because the Giants were flexed out of prime time this past week, they are a candidate to be flexed back in at some point this season. Potential games for Sunday Night Football would seem to include the Dec. 8 game against the Chargers (the Falcons and Packers are currently holding that position in the schedule and both teams are struggling) and the Dec. 15 game against the Seahawks (less likely to be moved as the Bengals and Steelers are playing in a game that could determine the AFC North title). The last game of the season against Washington at MetLife Stadium could also be flexed if the Giants need it to get into the playoffs. All Week 17 games are on the table for flexing per league rules.
“You want to play in meaningful games and I think if we can continue to do what we’ve done over the last month or so we’ll be in that prime time spot,” Beason said.