COMMENTARY | Contrary to an earlier report by ESPN's Adam Schefter that CBS had decided to protect both games between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos this season (Weeks 11 and 13), the NFL announced on Friday that their first matchup on Nov. 17 (in Denver) would be flexed into the Sunday Night Football slot.
Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride (SB Nation site) does a good job of tracking on Twitter how all of this came about so quickly.
Since 2006, NBC (through the league) is permitted to begin moving more attractive games into the Sunday night slot starting in Week 11. And there is no better matchup that week to thrust into the national spotlight than pitting the league's best offense and best defense against each other.
Currently undefeated (8-0), the Chiefs have navigated through a soft schedule to the tune of a swarm of mixed reviews along the way. And most have pointed to the trip to Denver as Kansas City's first true test of the season.
While the whole notion of an easy schedule is certainly debatable -- seeming that the Chiefs were not expected to be this good, nor in this position -- it was a no-brainer to somehow get this team more exposure as the wins continued to pile up.
At worst, the Chiefs and Broncos will enter this game at 8-1 and 7-2 respectively. But if both teams win their lone game leading up to their Week 11 showdown, there will be a combined 17 victories to only one loss between them -- which only adds to the already intense atmosphere of an outcome that could not only help decide the AFC West, but the entire conference.
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