The game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday has been flexed out of the NBC primetime slot and pushed into the 1:05 p.m. PT afternoon slot instead. The league noted that this move was “made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.”
The Raiders are currently undergoing a number of situations related to COVID-19 with both right tackle Trent Brown and safety Jonathan Abrams sent home from practice on Wednesday, along with the entire starting offensive line. They remained out on Thursday.
Schedule changes for Week 7:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 22, 2020
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders game has been moved to Sunday, October 25 at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.
The Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals game will now be played on Sunday, October 25 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.
Rookie first rounder Damon Arnette was also placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week.
The NFL is hoping the game can be played on Sunday but preparing themselves to avoid a calamity of consequences if they don’t have a primetime game to air. The league has rescheduled the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals for primetime so that they can get some ratings from Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray instead of Tom Brady and Jon Gruden.