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Rival Report 11/14: Broncos vs. Chiefs flexed to prime time Sunday Night Football

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This past Sunday was almost a very good day for the Oakland Raiders despite them not playing, instead both rivals that matter squeaked out ridiculous comeback wins to keep pace. After it appeared like both teams would lose and give the Raiders the AFC West lead all by their lonesome, both teams absurdly turned their games around to take home wins for their (dis)respective ball clubs.

The Chiefs forced two turnovers after being down 17-6 in the 4th quarter for their 20-17 win over the suddenly dysfunctional Carolina Panthers. The Broncos on the other hand, they became the first team to return a blocked extra point for 2 points which also turned out to be the difference in their game against the New Orleans Saints.

After these fireworks the NFL has made a pretty easy decision, they have decided to flex the Chiefs/Broncos game in Week 12 into primetime. As part of the 2nd half of the season, the NFL reserves the right to move any game they feel fit into their Sunday Night Football game in order to insure that these games are always relevant as the season progresses on.

Week 12 s the first week that the flexing option was available to the NFL and with the defending Super Bowl Champions playing the currently tied for 1st place in the AFC Chiefs it was a bit of a no brainer. The always under appreciated AFC West rivalry games are fun to watch and this promises to be a doozy. Despite all the things the NFL gets wrong on a regular basis, they made the right decision here.

Now all of us Raiders fans will get to watch our rivals go at each other on primetime football in Week 12 on Sunday Night Football. You Walking Dead fans should probably get your DVR's handy, or just ignore watching what should be a good game that features two teams we despise.

Oddly enough, as sickening as it will be, most of Raider Nation will actually have to root for the Broncos because the Chiefs are the team that is tied with the Raiders at the top of the AFC West right now. However, that could change with a week to play before the Week 12 is here.

Denver Broncos Week 12 game versus the Kansas City Chiefs has been flexed to Sunday Night Football - Mile High Report

The Broncos get another primetime division game.

Chiefs-Broncos just got flexed to Sunday night in two weeks - Arrowhead Pride
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The NFL has important flex-scheduling decisions to make (update: it made one of them) - The Washington Post
We've reached the point of the season where the league can tinker with Sunday prime-time games.

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San Diego Chargers

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Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs stun Panthers with Eric Berry TD, Marcus Peters fumble recovery - Arrowhead Pride
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Chiefs’ Andy Reid on Justin Houston: ‘We’re pretty close here’ - Arrowhead Pride
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Jets' Darrelle Revis admits he’s old after another poor game - NY Daily News
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