The NFL has decided that four primetime games are enough for the Denver Broncos this season.
On Tuesday, the league announced that the game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, scheduled for Sunday Night Football on December 11, has been “flexed” out of that spot and replaced by the Los Angeles Chargers vs. the Miami Dolphins.
The league began doing this back in 2006 in order to get a more attractive game in a key television slot.
When the 2022 schedule was released, the Broncos had five games on primetime television. Having played four of those games already, the Broncos have looked incredibly bad in each one, even though they somehow defeated the San Francisco 49ers back in Week 3.
In primetime this season, the Broncos have a record of 1-3 and have scored a total of 53 points in those four games.
Considering the Broncos have lost 13 straight games to the Chiefs and it is a battle between the team that looks like it could be the best in the league right now and a team that looks like it could be the worst, television executives likely saw the potential for a blowout that would have viewers finding something else to watch.
Broncos will not play on primetime TV again in 2022
Instead, the Week 14 game between the Broncos and Chiefs, which will take place at Empower Field, has been moved to the usual 2:05 p.m. time slot.
This is the latest blow in an already terrible season for the Broncos but this could potentially be a good thing. With more eyes on the game, there has seemingly been more pressure on the Broncos and first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett. Perhaps without that, he can look at his first battle against Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes a little differently.
And at the very least, the Broncos could potentially avoid another embarrassing loss on national television.