On Monday, the NFL released a kooky schedule for Week 16 and it all depended on the results of the New York Football Giants at Miami Dolphins game on ESPN. Had the Giants lost, this is what the schedule would have been on Sunday, December 27 with Pittsburgh at Baltimore remaining in the primetime slot and Jacksonville at New Orleans moving from 1 p.m. ET to 4:05 p.m. ET:

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

CAROLINA AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
DALLAS AT BUFFALO 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
SAN FRANCISCO AT DETROIT 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
INDIANAPOLIS AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW ENGLAND AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW YORK GIANTS AT MINNESOTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
HOUSTON AT TENNESSEE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
CHICAGO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
*JACKSONVILLE AT NEW ORLEANS  4:05 PM (ET) CBS
GREEN BAY AT ARIZONA 4:25 PM (ET) FOX
ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE 4:25 PM (ET) FOX
PITTSBURGH AT BALTIMORE 8:30 PM (ET) NBC

One quirk would have been the Giants and the Jets playing at the same time which would have split the New York market once again.

But with the Giants defeating the Dolphins, there are wholesale changes to the schedule. First, Pittsburgh at Baltimore is being flexed right out of primetime and will go to 1 p.m. on CBS. Indianapolis at Miami moves from CBS to Fox, but remains at 1 p.m. Jacksonville at New Orleans still goes to 4:05 p.m. to give CBS a game in the late afternoon regional window. And finally to replace the Steelers-Ravens on NBC, the NFL moves the New York Giants at Minnesota game into primetime.

Got that? You need the schedule? We have it for you below and just like this week, we have a Saturday night game:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

SAN DIEGO AT OAKLAND 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26

WASHINGTON AT PHILADELPHIA 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN​

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

CAROLINA AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CHICAGO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
DALLAS AT BUFFALO 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) FOX (from CBS)
SAN FRANCISCO AT DETROIT 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
HOUSTON AT TENNESSEE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW ENGLAND AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
PITTSBURGH AT BALTIMORE 1:00 PM (ET) (from 8:25 PM)
CBS
*JACKSONVILLE AT NEW ORLEANS 4:05 PM (ET) (from 1 PM) CBS
GREEN BAY AT ARIZONA 4:25 PM (ET) FOX
ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE 4:25 PM (ET) FOX
*NEW YORK GIANTS AT MINNESOTA 8:25 PM (ET) (from 1 PM)
NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28

CINCINNATI AT DENVER 8:30 PM (ET) ESPN

This is one of the more complex flexes we’ve seen since the concept began in the 2006 season. At least things are complete and we await the next flex for Week 17. That will be announced during the Giants-Vikings game on NBC.

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He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.