The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals were scheduled to play each other at Heinz Field at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. That game time has now been moved. It will be played at 4:25 p.m., per Teresa Varley of the team’s official website.
The game is on CBS.
The NFL’s flex scheduling policy is what made this move possible. Varley posted the flex scheduling rules to ensure that the change was clear, and they are as follows:
“’Flexible scheduling’ will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game.”
It’s important for fans to note that this change is not for the Oct. 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. That game has been scheduled for 4:25 all along and remains so. As the policy notes, changes have to be announced more than a week before the contest that’s being moved.
Sunday’s game against the Chiefs will be played in Kansas City, at Arrowhead Stadium.