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Saints-Panthers Week 13 Game Flexed to 3:25 pm CT

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The Saints vs. Panthers game has become a big deal all of a sudden...

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL announced today flexible scheduling changes for Week 13. The Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns game on Sunday, December 6 at 1:00 PM ET moves from CBS to FOX, and the Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints on FOX moves from 1:00 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET to be part of the national doubleheader window.

The NFL uses "flexible scheduling" on Sundays in Weeks 11-17.  Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:25 PM ET time slot on CBS or FOX.

For each flexible scheduling week with the exception of Week 17, the NFL announces the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend.  To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, flexible scheduling decisions for that Sunday can be made on six days notice.