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November 12, 2013

Could Panthers be picked for another prime-time game?

As the Panthers prepare for their second prime-time game Monday against New England, there's a chance they could pick up an additional one in December.

Given Carolina's surge to within a game of New Orleans for first place in the NFC South, the Panthers-Saints matchup in Week 14 in New Orleans looks like a strong candidate to be moved as part of the league's flexible scheduling.

Flex scheduling involves only the Sunday games in Weeks 11-17; Thursday and Monday night games are not subject to being moved.

NBC's Sunday night game for Week 14 is Atlanta-Green Bay, a matchup that looked a lot more appealing before the season started when it was thought the Falcons would be good and Aaron Rodgers would be healthy.

Looking at the rest of the schedule that week, the three most intriguing games are NFC matchups -- San Francisco-Seattle, Carolina-New Orleans, and Detroit-Philadelphia.

FOX almost certainly will protect the San Francisco-Seattle game in its 4:25 p.m. slot. As for the other two aforementioned games, it could come down to which teams are the hottest -- are Chip Kelly's Eagles winning and scoring points in bunches?

Market size also is a factor -- and Detroit and Philadelphia are both top-11 markets.

The Week 16 matchup between New Orleans and Carolina in Charlotte seems less likely to be flexed to NBC's prime-time slot, which is scheduled to be New England-Baltimore. Despite the Ravens' struggles, NBC seems likely to hang on to a game between the defending Super Bowl champs and a Patriots' team gearing up for another playoff run.

The NFL announces start times for flexed games no later than 12 days before that weekend. So if Carolina-New Orleans is moved to prime time in Week 14, the announcement would be made by Nov. 26 at the latest.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM | Permalink


The panthers have to make their passing game relevant if they want to do that

Posted by: Big Rob | Nov 12, 2013 4:15:12 PM

Hey Big Rob, was their passing game relevant the last month? If you dont like the Panthers or have negative stuff to say then do us all a favor.........dont read any comments and dont go to games. Find another hobby.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 12, 2013 4:26:39 PM

Big Rob, a smart man once said "Just Win Baby". Panthers are WINNING at any cost. That's all the fans are asking for. A TEAM to come together for a common cause: to win.

Posted by: Derek | Nov 12, 2013 4:34:05 PM

More relevant? Seems like another someone that is never happy....SMH.....

Posted by: Yuppa! | Nov 12, 2013 4:34:31 PM

Big Rob is trying to take a jab at Cam..since he is winning games, you can't use that angle. so you have to act like he hasn't played well over the last 5 games..Like Mike said, find something else to do troll.

Posted by: truth_cutz | Nov 12, 2013 4:35:19 PM

Bummer for me. I don't get NBC on DISH around these parts of NC.

Posted by: Grumperson | Nov 12, 2013 4:54:02 PM

leave it to a "fan" to want more passing during a 5 game winning streak.

i bet rivera is thinking the exact same thing but shula is some how managing to talk him out of it.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 12, 2013 5:03:27 PM

It's not just "fans", there are a number of talking heads on Fox and ESPN who are complaining because the Panthers offense didn't score a bunch of points against the 49ers. The stupidity of those guys is that they are ignoring that this was a game between two of the best defenses in the league and a low scoring game was expected!

They use the Panthers defense to excuse SF for not scoring a lot of points and then ignore the SF Defense when criticizing the Panthers offense. Just a bunch of ignorant talking heads! If the Panthers win the Super Bowl, they will STILL find things to criticize and accuse the losing team of screwing up!

Posted by: John | Nov 12, 2013 5:15:00 PM

i could care less about big media games and relevance...just win, that'll take care of it all.

the first poster is simply stating that Cam needs to be more efficient and the team needs balance....sure we have won 5 in a row, great. If we wanna really be good we gotta make each play count, you can't overthrow WR's by 5 feet multiple times in a game, fumble now and then, and keep the winning streak alive.

Cam has been good, he can be great. We could've hung 14 to 21 more pts on the niners, but we let them off the hook. thank goodness we won.

It will take points and D when we play the Saints and a few other teams left to go.

Posted by: big gulps | Nov 12, 2013 5:22:42 PM

Like they say, a win is a win. One point or ten points, we got the job done. I see us (THE PANTHERS) lol headed to the SB again. We have a very good team and will get better over time. Let's just take one game at a time. I will bet my money on any given game day on the Panthers. Way to go PANTHERS.

Posted by: BRENDA | Nov 12, 2013 5:44:09 PM

Grumperson - get an antenna at Best Buy or wherever and start viewing ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, PBS, a 24 hour weather channel, MeTV, Bounce, Antenna, CB, 64, This and other channels in HD for FREE! I have not had cable or dish for three years now - think about all the cash i have saved and all i miss is ESPN, A&E (Duck Dynasty) and a few other shows plus stuff like HBO. I was paying ~120 a month now for three years 0. I don't have kids and I am not home a lot - so this isn't for everyone but i would get the antenna if you can't get NBC. You might decide you don't need all that stuff too....

Posted by: Dom | Nov 12, 2013 5:46:27 PM

Joe, you need to look at the Panthers tv market size, not just the size of the city. The Triangle, the Triad, Upstate, and the Columbia area are included in the Panthers home market. Call Fox tv, you'll be surprised.

Posted by: Ben | Nov 12, 2013 5:57:29 PM

ben - that doesn't change the fact that new orleans is last in a lot of those ratings. as a city, new orleans isn't even top 50 in the 13-14 neilsen ranks.

charlotte is 25.

that said, it doesn't matter how big the market is if the market doesn't support (or does support) the product.

new orleans has a 69% share in their market. so small market, but large majority watch the games. good ole panthers "fans" came up with a 29% share in 2012. so all that bandwagoning gets counted in there too.


the idiots talking about 4 in 18 highlight the problem with charlotte as a sports town. easily some of the least educated sports "fans" in the world.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 12, 2013 6:32:11 PM

All i know is GO PANTHERS. Stop hating

Posted by: Jr | Nov 12, 2013 6:57:52 PM

I'm not sure what the fuss is about Cam, we went into a noisy, hostile environment and came up with a win. Also, we had some key drops on some precision passes so he's not the problem. Also, we are switching out 3 backs so no one can get in rhythm to help the running game. I like Stewart but with him back in the lineup it makes it difficult for everyone as far as the game flow. Cam is fine and will be fine this game, but when you have dropped passes it hurts a qb confidence. The defense however has been a bright spot but the offense with its ball control allows the defense to stay fresh to come out and attack, we are currently balanced.

Posted by: QCdude | Nov 12, 2013 7:37:15 PM

Don't change or tweak too many things that have apparently worked these last 5 games. Main thing is to control turnovers, Cam make quick decisions in the pocket, players execute well, convert 3rd downs, and you'll see more Ws the next few weeks than Ls.

Posted by: bill | Nov 12, 2013 9:57:55 PM

Cam will never be good as Drew Bree's and the saints will wax your team like shucking some crawfish can't wait for my saints to blew te kitty kats out and seen camy and punk boy Smitty home to punch his wife

Posted by: Teedog | Nov 12, 2013 11:43:43 PM

Can someone take a screenshot of Teedog's comment so when the Panthers beat the Saints he can see his idiotic comment? Keep pounding!!!!

Posted by: Clyde | Nov 13, 2013 3:35:09 AM

Regardless of local & national naysayers...Keep Pounding Panthers, Sam Mills is watching and loving it!!

Posted by: 93Panther | Nov 13, 2013 6:34:46 AM

Based on Teedog's writing skills, he apparently hasn't graduated the 3rd grade yet.

Posted by: PantherDave | Nov 13, 2013 8:40:36 AM

Clyde, take a screenshot and send Teedog to remedial English class so he can learn to spell.

Posted by: CatDog | Nov 13, 2013 8:47:10 AM

For your information Teedog graduated 3rd grade in only 2 years and is only 25 years old. He lives at home with his momma and her boyfriend .

Posted by: Joy | Nov 13, 2013 9:49:53 AM

As for Big Rob's comment, get a life. Cam is throwing the ball better than I've seen this season. Sure he threw some high ones on Sunday...but he threw a perfect pass to Lafell that was dropped, and a perfect pass to Smitty for a first down that was dropped. And the Smitty drop was at a time when Cam was smokin'. Keep that drive alive and we at least put 3 more points on the board.

Posted by: DaveT | Nov 13, 2013 10:09:55 AM

I think a lot of people are overlooking one huge factor... THE O-LINE. Sure we got Gross and Kalil healthy but other than them...we're converting DL's for crying out loud and starting them! Not many QB's period can really on pass protection coming from that banged up line. I've been critical of Cam in the past but now it's hard to place much blame on him.

Posted by: 4thandGoal | Nov 13, 2013 10:19:49 AM

How did Teedog even FIND this log ? Total waste of human flesh. (smfh).

Posted by: nasty704 | Nov 13, 2013 10:22:38 AM

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