Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs snubbed as NFL makes major schedule decision with impact on Monday Night Football broadcast


NFL fans can expect to see the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers as the last game of the 2023 year after the league revealed its Week 17 plans.


The Packers’ matchup against their division rival and playoff-hopeful Vikings will remain in NBC’s prime-time slot after speculation Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs could be flexed in.

NBC will feature the Packers-Vikings on SNF for Week 17Credit: Getty
Kansas City’s battle against the Cincinnati Bengals will stay at their original game time of 4:25 PM ET, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

The game started to garner steam as a potential option to be moved to the prime-time spot despite the Bengals missing star QB Joe Burrow.

Cincinnati’s backup QB, Jacke Browning, has performed admirably, leading the team to a 3-1 record since being tasked as the starter.

The Miami Dolphins’ contest against the red-hot Baltimore Ravens was another option being thrown around as a game to flex in.
That game will remain at 1 PM ET as the two division leaders battle for the AFC’s No.1 seed in the NFL playoffs.

The Ravens are 11-3 and sit atop the AFC North, while Miami is 10-4 and leads their division in the AFC East.

The NFL’s decision to keep Week 17 untouched means only one game was flexed for the entire 2023 season.

The Chiefs’ matchup against the struggling New England Patriots in Week 15 was the first game in NFL history to be flexed from ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The team the Chiefs defeated in the Super Bowl last season, the Philadelphia Eagles, received the MNF slot.

ESPN showcased the Eagles 20-17 loss against the playoff-hopeful Seattle Seahawks.

This year, the NFL decided to expand flexing to Sundays to include Mondays and Thursdays.