Flex Scheduling Clarification

May 11th, 2020

After the 2020 schedule was released, Joe wrote that flex scheduling, where the NFL can replace a scheduled Sunday night game with a more appealing contest, begins in Week 11.

That was incorrect. That’s also the danger of not Googling to the exact source. Per NFL rules, flex scheduling for Sunday night games begins in Week 5.

So both Bucs games on Sunday night will fall under the flex scheduling rules. In other words, those Sunday night games are not a lock.

Given the storylines of the Bucs at Raiders game in Week 7 (Tom Brady and his Q-rating, Chucky’s revenge, first Sunday night in Vegas, the national following of the Raiders), one or both teams would seemingly have to be playing really lousy football for this game to get flexed.

6 Responses to “Flex Scheduling Clarification”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    It’s important to consider the impacts of production costs, contracts, and local impacts that game time changes cause. That is, the NFL considers heavily if the given flex is feasible for the teams/metro areas involved.

    IF the NFL plays to intentionally smaller on-hand crowds or even empty stadiums due to COVID19, there is a good chance there will be more change ups in the schedule–easier to implement.

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Raiders could be playing lousy, but if the Bucs are looking good, they still may not be flexed.

  3. RustyRhinos Says:

    Preach It Bonzai! Who is to say we won’t be tearing it up!

  4. RustyRhinos Says:

    RustyRhinos Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    May 11th, 2020 at 9:48 am
    Preach It Bonzai! Who is to say we won’t be tearing it up!


  5. Herbiebuc Says:

    Its ok @joe us bucs fans are use to the typical 1:00pm sunday afternoon games…we dont no nothing about no flex or sunday night football

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Herbiebuc…wrong, Brother. Bucs fans DO know about flex schedules. I remember at least three games not so terribly long ago where the games were flexed, but just one was because of Bucs being in contention and NOT their opponent. Nothing worse than hauling to and from the RayJay at unGodly hours for a meaningless game so TV fans can watch another team because of regional or national coverage. I think those days may be over.