ADRIAN PETERSON AND SURGING VIKINGS TO 'FLEX' TO 'NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL,' DEC. 23 AGAINST WILDCARD HOPEFUL REDSKINS
"It's like watching a high school kid who dominates everyone he plays against." � "Football Night's" Tiki Barber on Peterson
NEW YORK � December 10, 2007 � The National Football League today announced that the Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings, previously listed for 1 p.m. ET, was selected to move to Sunday Night Football, an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on NBC, as part of the NFL's flexible scheduling.
The Vikings, winners of four straight games, feature Adrian Peterson, who has taken the NFL by storm in his rookie season, ranking second in the league with 1,200 rushing yards. In Week 9, Peterson set the NFL's single-game rushing mark with 296 yards in a victory over the San Diego Chargers. Minnesota, making its first "NBC Sunday Night Football" appearance, has a one-game lead over Washington for the final wildcard spot in the NFC. The Redskins travel to New York to meet the Giants this weekend in a crucial "NBC Sunday Night Football" matchup.
BARBER ON PETERSON:
"It's like watching a high school kid who dominates everyone he plays against."
BETTIS ON PETERSON:
"He's big and fast. He runs like a little guy sometimes. He runs like a big guy sometimes. He's got it all."
The 2007 NFL schedule is utilizing flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17. In those weeks, the schedule will list the games tentatively scheduled for Sunday night on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move will be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the move may be announced six days before the game. Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and give surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime.
As an indication of the success of the inaugural year of flex scheduling, three of the final four games on NBC achieved ratings more than 20 percent higher than the comparable games in 2005.