Late last week, there was some discussion about whether the NFL would flex the week 15 matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans to Sunday Night Football, considering the game could very well determine the AFC South. There was a report that the game was on the radar of the NFL as a potential flex candidate, but the league announced today that the game will stay at the scheduled time of 1:00 p.m. ET on December 20.
Instead, the league has moved the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles to Sunday Night Football that week, in turn moving the previously scheduled game between the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers up to 4:25 p.m. ET. It's no surprise that the league moved the dismal 49ers away from primetime, and after an upset of the Patriots on Sunday, the Eagles are looking like a more intriguing team right now to face one of the best in the NFL in the Cardinals. Lastly, the NFL also moved the 1:00 game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins from CBS to FOX.
So, in other words, there will be no change with the Colts' game in two weeks. That doesn't mean that it won't be a huge game, however, as both teams are currently 6-6 and tied for the division lead. The Texans lost to the Colts earlier this year in Houston, and the Texans have never won in Indianapolis - but if they hope to win the AFC South this year, they'll need to win the week 15 game. Similarly, if the Colts win that game, it will likely all but secure the division title and a home playoff game, as long as they can win another game or two during the final four weeks. With three games remaining against the AFC South, the Colts will have plenty of opportunities to win the division and control their own destiny, but the December 20 matchup with the Texans stands out as the biggest. And now we know that the game will stay at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS from Indianapolis, where it was scheduled all along.