The NFL has decided to keep the Dallas Cowboys-Indianapolis Colts Week 13 contest in the NBC Sunday Night football slot.
As noted by Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus, Tuesday was the deadline for the league to swap out the Cowboys-Colts game for another matchup. Despite more appealing games on the Week 13 slate, the NFL opted against a change.
This matchup looked enticing at the start of the year, but the 4-6-1 Colts have been one of football’s biggest disappointments this season. And again, there are several Week 13 games that carry more significant playoff implications.
The AFC South-leading Tennessee Titans will visit the NFL’s best team, the Philadelphia Eagles, in the early afternoon in Week 13. Another intriguing early afternoon game? The surprising New York Jets are visiting the NFC South-leading Minnesota Vikings.
In the late afternoon slot, the AFC South-leading Miami Dolphins will visit the Super Bowl hopeful San Francisco 49ers. And in a rematch from last year’s thrilling AFC Championship Game, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs will visit Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
Week 13 will mark the Cowboys’ third appearance on Sunday Night Football this season. They hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 (a 19-3 loss) and visited the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6 (a 26-17 loss). This will be the Colts’ lone appearance in the Sunday night prime time slot for 2022.
Indianapolis will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in Week 12. The Cowboys will host the NFC East rival New York Giants in the second of three Thanksgiving Thursday games tomorrow.