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Giants vs. Commanders Moved to SNF and More NFL Week 15 Schedule Changes Announced

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 5, 2022

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 04: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants works against Kamren Curl #31 of the Washington Commanders in the first half at MetLife Stadium on December 04, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The NFL announced several changes to the Week 15 schedule Monday, including flexing the New York Giants-Washington Commanders game to Sunday Night Football.

The Las Vegas Raiders were scheduled to host the New England Patriots in the prime-time game Dec. 18, but that matchup will instead air on Fox at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Additionally, the NFL announced a tripleheader to take place on Saturday, Dec. 17 with each game shown on NFL Network. The Indianapolis Colts will face the Minnesota Vikings at 1 p.m. ET, the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Cleveland Browns at 4:30 p.m. ET, and the Buffalo Bills will host the Miami Dolphins at 8:15 p.m. ET.

The games could have significant playoff stakes, especially in the AFC East as the Bills (9-3) and Dolphins (8-4) battle for first place. Miami earned a shocking win over Buffalo in Week 3, but this is the Bills' chance to get revenge at Highmark Stadium.

Baltimore (8-4) is in first place in the AFC North, although the team's hopes could be tied to Lamar Jackson's recovery from a knee injury. The Browns are just 5-7, but they won their first game with Deshaun Watson under center Sunday after his 11-game suspension following allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The squad has enough talent to make a run in the last month of the season.

The 10-2 Vikings are challenging for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, sitting one game behind the 11-1 Philadelphia Eagles.

The prime-time game between Washington and New York should also be close after their matchup Sunday finished in a 20-20 tie. The Commanders have a bye before taking on the Giants again in Week 15, while New York has a difficult game in Week 14 against the Eagles.

The Raiders' matchup with the Patriots represents a chance for head coach Josh McDaniels to beat former boss Bill Belichick, but neither team would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.