NFL announces flex scheduling can start in Week 5

Posted Apr 23, 2014

In the past, games could not be flexed in or out of primetime until Week 11.

The 2014 Seahawks schedule is coming our way at 5 p.m. PT, but the NFL has released a bit of schedule-related news to hold us over until then.

"Sunday Night Football" flex scheduling, loosely defined as replacing a previously scheduled Sunday night game with a Sunday afternoon game holding more national appeal, can start as early as Week 5 this season. In the past, the NFL could not flex games in or out of primetime spots until Week 11. The change will not affect Thursday, Saturday, or Monday games.

Gregg Rosenthal of notes the change comes with a bit of fine print, "The NFL can't change the tentative 'Sunday Night Football' game every week. The league can flex up to two games total into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10. The rest of the flexible schedule procedures from previous years remains intact. After Week 11, the NFL can flex any Sunday night game."

The last time the Seahawks had a game "flexed" into primetime came on Dec. 23, 2012, when their Sunday afternoon bout with the division rival San Francisco 49ers was bumped into the evening slot. The Seahawks won that matchup, 42-13.