Don’t expect NBC to flex out of many — or any — “Sunday Night Football” games this season. The television network can opt out of a mediocre game and select a better match-up with 12 days notice. But NBC’s primetime schedule is stout with only two games featuring teams with losing records — week 13: Eagles (3-5) at Cowboys (3-5); week 16: Chargers (4-4) at Jets (3-5). Maybe the network switches in week 16, but only the final week (when no primetime game is set) will feature a guaranteed time change.
GAME OF THE DAY
Texans (7-1) at Bears (7-1). Chicago’s defense has intercepted seven passes for touchdowns, most in NFL history through eight games. Cornerback Charles Tillman forced four fumbles last week and leads the league with seven overall. The Bears’ other cornerback, Tim Jennings, leads the NFL with six interceptions. Texans boast NFL’s sack leader with J.J. Watt, who has 10.5. Texans running back Arian Foster has scored a touchdown in 10 straight games. Since 2010, Foster leads NFL in total touchdowns (41), yards per game (132.6) and rushing yards per game (97.6). Watt often will go head-to-head against former Wisconsin teammate, Bears right tackle Gabe Carimi.
ON THE TUBE
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