Yet another sign that the Jaguars “fairy tale” playoff season of 2017 has evaporated in a big way in 2018, came on Monday afternoon. That’s when the NFL announced that the previously scheduled Sunday night game on November 18th at TIAA Bank Field against the Steelers has been moved off of NBC primetime national television and back to earlier in the day.
NBC and the league announced that the network had “flexed” the Jags-Steelers playoff rematch of a year ago, back to an earlier time slot to now be televised by CBS.
🚨 TIME CHANGE 🚨
Our game on 11/18 against the Steelers has been flexed to 1 p.m. and will air on CBS. pic.twitter.com/GdoYVrVpNj
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 5, 2018
NBC elected instead, in favor of the battle for first in the NFC North between the Vikings and the Bears at Soldier Field on November 18th.
This obviously has mostly to do with Jacksonville’s recent four-game losing streak, 3-5 record and their current outlook on the rest of the season. Jacksonville comes off the bye week and gets ready to take on the Colts in Indianapolis this coming Sunday.
As for the Steelers, they have begun to put things together, including an impressive road win Sunday 23 – 16 at Baltimore. That elevated Pittsburgh to 5 – 2 – 1 on the season and in first place by half a game in the AFC North.
For the Jaguars, they still have an upcoming Fox Thursday night game on December 6th at AFC South rival Tennessee that will be nationally televised. That game obviously cannot be moved.
It’s the second time that NBC has moved the game off of prime time already this year, having done so when they put the Chiefs match up with Cincinnati on Sunday Night two weeks ago.
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