Saints-Panthers game has same kickoff, new network
The Saints’ next home game against the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 24 will now air on CBS instead of FOX, the NFL announced late Tuesday. Kickoff time for the game remains at noon.
The game is one of four to change networks or kickoff times in Week 12. The biggest move was the Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers game to Sunday Night Football, the first primetime flex of the season.
The originally scheduled Sunday night game, Seattle at Philadelphia, was moved to a noon kickoff on FOX. That helped trigger network switches for Saints-Panthers and for the Miami Dolphins-Cleveland Browns game, which was moved from CBS to FOX but also remained as a noon kickoff.
The moves are all part of an effort to maximize viewership on the best games of the day. The Packers-49ers game would have split the nation with the primary FOX doubleheader game, Dallas at New England. Saints-Panthers is now the primary game for CBS, which will show only one game to its viewers in Week 12.
The Panthers game will be the Saints’ fourth on CBS this year, as the NFL has relied more on “cross-flexing,” or moving games off their traditional networks, to balance the schedules between CBS and FOX.
The NFL also announced Tuesday the three games to be played on Saturday, Dec. 21 – Houston at Tampa Bay, Buffalo at New England and the Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco. When the schedule was announced, it listed five games
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