The NFL has decided to move the Dallas Cowboys versus New York Giants game, which will take place on December 10 th.
“UPDATE: NFL schedule changes for Week 14 [Sunday, December 10],” wrote Randall Liu, the NFL’s Senior Director of Football Communications. “DAL at NYG moves to 1:00 PM ET [FOX]. SEA at JAX moves to 4:25 PM ET [FOX]. No changes to Sunday Night Football [BAL at PIT].”
The game was originally slated to be played at 4:25. Essentially, the NFL is just flipping the Seahawks and Jaguars with the Cowboys and Giants.
What this really shows, though, is that the Cowboys and Giants are out of playoff contention, in the NFL’s opinion. There are more games at one in the afternoon. It’s easier to bury the bad games with teams that aren’t going to the postseason.
When the NFL originally scheduled that game, the Giants and Cowboys were both coming off of playoff appearances. It was largely thought that they’d be battling it out for the top spot in the NFC East. That type of game deserved the 4:25 time slot because it would draw a lot of attention and have a big impact on the playoff picture.
Instead, the Philadelphia Eagles are just running away with the NFC East. The Cowboys are in second, but they’re five games back at 5-6 and nowhere near the same caliber as the Eagles. The Giants are even worse at 2-9, bottom-dwellers in the league and the division. Technically speaking, the Cowboys aren’t out of the hunt, but this game likely won’t have much of an impact on the playoffs and carries far less significance than a matchup between the 7-4 Seahawks – second in the NFC West and a likely wildcard team – and the 7-4 Jaguars.