Bengals News

NFL: NBC Flexes Panthers vs Saints over Falcons vs Packers

1 of 2

December 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson (21) breaks up a pass to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith (89) during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Week 14 New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers game on Sunday, Dec. 8, originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EST on FOX, has been flexed to 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC. The matchup of NFC South Super Bowl contenders replaces the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers contest. That game will now kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST on FOX.

Speaking of flexing, after it looked like the Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers Week 15 game was destined to be flexed when the Steelers were 2-6, three-straight wins by Pitt has likely ensured that game will remain on NBC in primetime.

The Kansas City Chiefs may be without their two Pro Bowl pass rushers, outside linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, for a significant amount of time after the two left Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers with injuries in the first-half. Hali left with an ankle injury and Houston departed with a subluxed elbow injury. Without them in next Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos and beyond, the Chiefs don’t have much hope in being anything more than a one-and-done playoff team in this year’s postseason.

Initially, it sounds like Hali won’t miss significant time, as it’s believed his ankle injury is not a high-ankle sprain. As for Houston, his elbow was popped out of place, but was popped back in and x-rays after the game showed no further damage. An MRI will determine any further damage and if he’ll miss significant time. Houston entered Sunday’s game with 11 sacks. Hali has nine.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Steve McLendon will “miss a few weeks” with the ankle injury he suffered in the team’s Week 12 over the Cleveland Browns.