NFL passes on Rams vs. Eagles for NBC prime time
By Rich Hammond
It’s been a season of surprising success for the Rams, but not enough to make the NFL move them into a prime-time television spot next week.
The Rams’ Dec. 10 home game against Philadelphia will kick off at 1:25 p.m. and be televised by Fox, as scheduled. In recent weeks, it had been speculated that the league might use its option to “flex” the schedule and move that game to a 5:30 p.m. kickoff for NBC’s national night game.
Instead, the Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh game will remain in prime time, and the Rams stay in the afternoon, but will receive the “national game” slot on Fox.
The Rams play at Arizona this Sunday, but next week’s game looms as a potential showdown of high-scoring division leaders. The Eagles (10-1) rank first in the NFL with an average of 31.9 points per game, and the Rams (8-3) rank second at 29.9 points per game.
It’s possible that the Rams still could end up in prime time this season. Their Dec. 17 game at Seattle could determine the NFC West title. The current Sunday night game is Dallas (5-6) at Oakland (5-6).