Jets-Patriots flexed out of primetime spot

The New York Jets bye week will end four hours earlier than anticipated.

The Jets have been flexed out of their Nov. 27 primetime matchup with the New England Patriots. The game will now be played at 4:25 p.m. on CBS instead of under the lights at MetLife Stadium on NBC.

It was a brilliant decision by the NFL, which will get much higher ratings from an AFC West battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos. However, the decision is just another indication that the Jets are a really bad football team.

Think about it: The NFL opted to remove the Patriots from the primetime schedule even though New England always draws eyeballs to the television.

Just last night, when the Patriots fell to the Seattle Seahawks in an extraordinary Super Bowl 49 rematch, the game posted a 14.3 overnight rating according to Sports Media Watch. Additionally, last night’s game was the first NFL telecast on NBC this season to post an increase in ratings or viewership.

Jets fans have two ways of looking at this: They can view it as a cruel reminder of how miserable this season has been for Gang Green, or they can view it as a positive sign that fewer people will watch what has the potential to be a tremendously ugly game.

Photo courtesy of newyorkjets.com

About Max Marcilla

Max is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland. He is the news director for WMUC Sports, a reporter for The Left Bench TV and the co-owner of New York Jet Fuel, a site dedicated to covering the New York Jets. You can contact Max at mmarcilla98@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @MMarcilla98.

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