When the Cowboys have been scheduled to play a prime time night game they virtually always played that game at that time. Flexing out the ratings-gold Cowboys to an earlier television slot? No way.
The Giants-Browns game on Dec. 20 in Week 15, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium, has been flexed into the 8:20 p.m. slot on NBC. That knocks the Cowboys-49ers game, originally scheduled for that night slot, to a 1 p.m. kickoff. It’s the first time the Cowboys have ever been flexed out of “Sunday Night Football.”
This reveals the state of the Giants and Cowboys franchises in 2020. Joe Judge’s Giants are 5-7, riding a four-game winning streak and currently hold the tie-breaker lead with Washington for first place in the NFC East. Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys are 3-9 and in last place in the division.
The Browns (9-3) are having a sensational season, currently on a four-game winning streak and behind only the Steelers (11-1) in the AFC North. Alas, the Giants-Browns game will not include receiver Odell Beckham, who is out for the season following knee surgery.