Fox, NBC jockey for Redskins-Cowboys showdown (updated)


The NFL wants the game with the most playoff implications in prime time next Sunday. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)

Updated at 11 p.m.

Score one for NBC.

The Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys regular-season finale has been moved to prime-time Sunday night.

Fox’s consolation prize for losing the game? The Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packers game, with Adrian Peterson trying to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record in addition to playoff scenarios, has been moved to 4:25 p.m. EST.

For CBS, the Miami Dolphins-New England Patriots game has been moved to 4:25 p.m.

Filed at 11:09 a.m.

The Washington Redskins’ regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys is still a week away, but there’s a fairly spirited undercard featuring Fox and NBC going on right now.

Both networks are jockeying with the NFL over just which one will carry the game, according to the Dallas Morning News’s Barry Horn. Fox, which airs NFC games, is still steamed that it lost the 2011 Week 17 game between the Cowboys and New York Giants to NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” Horn writes. As much as NBC would love to have Robert Griffin III in prime time for the first time, the NFL does try to keep all its broadcast partners happy.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week that he doubted the game, presently set for 1 p.m. EST, would be flexed to prime-time, but the NFL will make the call and its decision will be based on playoff implications. If the winner gets in and the loser heads for the golf course, that makes it sexier. If one team wins the division and the other is a wild card, it loses some of its appeal.

The Baltimore Ravens-Cincinnati Bengals game is a rather lukewarm possibility, according to Horn. If the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson has a chance to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, set in 1984, that could increase the attractiveness of the Minnesota-Green Bay matchup if there’s no game with provocative implications.

We’ll find out Monday at the latest.

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

 

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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