Some Giants are feeling a little insulted that NBC has deemed them not ready for prime time players. For the first time since flex scheduling came into the league in 2006, the Giants were bumped from the Sunday night spotlight. And it was a decision made before Aaron Rodgers’ injury, so they can’t even blame it on the nation’s lack of an appetite for Scott Tolzien.
“Anytime you get flexed out of prime time it’s a bad thing,” linebacker Jon Beason said. “Everybody wants to play prime time.”
The Giants-Packers game, originally scheduled for 8:30 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football from MetLife Stadium, will instead be played at 4:25 p.m. and broadcast on FOX. The Chiefs-Broncos game was moved into that Sunday night slot.
Not everyone was feeling dissed. Victor Cruz said he didn’t even know the game had been moved until he heard about it in the form of a question on Wednesday. “We just want to win what’s in front of us and we’ll get many more prime time games after that,” he said.
The Giants have one more Sunday night game scheduled for Dec. 1 at Washington, but if they and the Redskins both slip to 3-7 this weekend that could be flexed out as well. Of course, if the Giants continue to win, they could find themselves flexed into an upcoming prime timer.
“We’re hoping to do that later on this season and get that game back,” Beason said.