The NFLs Flex Scheduling Of The Bengals Game Hurts Pittsburghs Playoff Chances

Timothy KesslerAnalyst IDecember 28, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass while playing the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Whose bright idea was it to reschedule Sunday’s Cincinnati game against the New York Jets to 8:30 p.m.? A game that originally was to be held at 1 p.m.


The Pittsburgh Steelers are counting on both the 10-5 New England Patriots and the 10-5 Cincinnati Bengals to fight for the third playoff seed, to have a reasonable shot at making the postseason.


Both games were originally scheduled at 1 p.m. which was ideal as both would have been fighting for the win. In fact, the schedule was not even changed until this past Sunday, the 27th of December.


With New England holding the tie-break against Cincinnati, a New England win at 1 p.m. makes Cincinnati’s game at 8:30 p.m. meaningless. They would more than likely sit any player with an injury and starters alike.


This change puts the Pittsburgh Steelers' postseason chances in jeopardy and clearly should not be allowed.   


Whoever felt it was a good idea to reschedule this game clearly was not thinking of anything but the revenue it would make and ratings for the station.


Its a shame that after all the adversity Pittsburgh has had to overcome to stay in the hunt, the NFL themselves would make a move that would jeopardize the defending Super Bowl champion's shot at making the post season.


Pittsburgh should protest this time change as soon as possible before its too late to be considered.