Cowboys Getting Flexed Out of Primetime Is Seismic

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The NFL announced today that the Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup has been flexed: out with Niners-Cowboys, in with Browns-Giants.

It’s undeniable that Browns-Giants is a more compelling football game, but it’s nonetheless impossible to overstate how wild this flex is. For decades, networks have battled each other relentlessly trying to get as many Cowboys games as possible. You could write them as the biggest ratings draw in Sharpie.

According to 506 Sports, since NFL flex scheduling began in 2006, this is the first time the Cowboys have ever been flexed out of Sunday Night Football.

This season, the 3-9 Cowboys are particularly bad and rudderless, but their decline didn’t start in 2020. The franchise has been atrophying for quite some time, and now the dam has burst.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Whoa…Free at last!

    Every Cowboys fan who complains should be forced to watch Chargers games “Clockwork Orange” style. And when the guy comes with the eyedrops he should say, “This…this is what you’ve been doing to the rest of us for years.”

  2. A buddy of mine (who roots for Dallas) and I were talking about Sunday ticket a while back, he let his go when he realized that between 4pm National and Sun/Mon primetime games the cowboys are on National TV about 13 weeks per year. Absolutely ridiculous how long the networks (Fox mainly) have bludgeoned us with a terrible product.

  3. THANK GOD. I am so tired of being force-fed Cowboys games as the late game on the west coast. Its bad enough that that have ranged from mediocre to awful these last few years, but Joe Buck acting like we’re watching Staubach in his prime is too much

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