AFC WEST RIVALS CHARGERS AND BRONCOS SELECTED FOR FLEX ON NOV. 19
AFC WEST RIVALS CHARGERS AND BRONCOS SELECTED FOR FLEX FOR SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON NOV. 19
LT & Chargers Travel to Denver for Sunday Night Showdown
NEW YORK � November 6, 2006 � The National Football League today announced the San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos game on November 19, previously listed for 1 p.m. ET, was selected to be moved to Sunday Night, an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC as part of the NFL's new Flexible Schedule.
The Broncos and Chargers are tied for first place in the AFC West with identical 6-2 records.
Yesterday, the Broncos defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-20, on the strength of three touchdowns from WR Javon Walker, two through the air and one on a 72-yard reverse. Offensively, Walker is turning out to be one of the best free-agent pickups in the offseason. Denver boasts one of the league's stingiest defenses, holding opponents to an NFL-best 98 points through eight games. The Broncos will head to Oakland to face the Raiders in Week 10.
The Chargers outlasted the Cleveland Browns 32-25 as star RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 172 yards yesterday. Tomlinson, arguably the best player in the NFL, leads the league with 14 touchdowns and is second in the league in rushing with 828 yards. The Chargers visit Cincinnati in Week 10 before heading to Mile High for the Sunday Night showdown with their divisional rival.
FIRST FLEX GAME THIS SUNDAY NIGHT:
The inaugural Flex Game will be played this Sunday Night as the Chicago Bears (7-1) face the New York Giants (6-2) at Giants Stadium. The Bears boast the NFC's best record and the Giants lead the NFC East.
ABOUT FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING:
The NFL this season is implementing for the first time in its history a primetime "flexible scheduling" element on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17 to ensure quality matchups with playoff implications in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto Sunday Night. The NFL will announce the flex game no later than 12 days prior, except for Week 17, which will be announced no later than six days before, to ensure that the final regular season Sunday Night game has playoff implications.