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Chiefs & Chargers Add New Primetime Game in Week 11 After NFL Schedule Flex

David Kaestle
The Chiefs vs Chargers Week 11 game will now be played on Sunday Night Football.
The Chiefs vs Chargers Week 11 game will now be played on Sunday Night Football. / Associated Press

While the NFL schedule is set way before the start of the season, sometimes small tweaks are made to starting times in-season.

The latest instance of this is happening in Week 11. The Kansas City Chiefs' game against the Los Angeles Chargers was originally slated for a 4:25 p.m. ET start on Sunday, Nov. 20, but now the NFL has "flexed" the game to be the Week 11 Sunday Night Football matchup.

Chiefs vs Chargers Week 11 Kickoff Time

The Week 11 Sunday Night Football game was originally supposed to feature the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North divisional showdown.

While there are special circumstances (like extreme weather) that could cause a game to be moved, most of the time it's because a more exciting or enticing matchup is available to be played in that primetime slot. The Steelers' season has been their worst under Mike Tomlin thus far and they are going up against a Bengals team that will be missing its best offensive weapon in Ja'Marr Chase.

The Chiefs vs Chargers, on the other hand, features the top two teams in the AFC West and both are playing good football right now. The game also has what should be an epic quarterback duel between MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert.

While this development is likely disappointing to fans of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the Kansas City game offers two better teams with more star power, making it a better drawing card for the primetime viewership that is so important to the league and its broadcast partners.

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