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NFL bumps Brady for Brett

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) calls signals

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) calls signals during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers. (Oct. 5, 2009) (Credit: AP)

The NFL announced Tuesday that it was "flexing" the Cardinals-Vikings game into prime time Dec. 6 and moving Patriots-Dolphins to 1 p.m.

This seems to contradict the stated policy of flex scheduling, which is to prevent NBC from getting stuck with stinkers, not  necessarily to put one of the day's most attractive games in prime time.

Patriots-Dolphins hardly is a stinker, especially if the Fish win this week to go 6-5.

No worries, though.

If Vikings-Cardinals had remained in the 4:15 p.m. slot, most of the country would not have seen it, because Fox will go with the certain ratings gold that is Cowboys-Giants in most markets.

This way we get the Giants game in the afternoon and Brett Favre against Kurt Warner at night.

And New York will get the Patriots-Dolphins game at 1 anyway. So it's all good.

Well, except for Fox, which seems to have gotten the raw end of this deal. It would be a safe bet to assume the Foxies are unamused.

The NFL does try to even out the breaks, though. Remember that on Nov. 1 it moved the Giants-Eagles game from 4 to 1 p.m., costing CBS ratings points for its coverage of that day's Jets 1 p.m. game.

Now CBS has an extra Pats game.

Speaking of flex scheduling, the NFL has not announced it yet, but the Dec. 13 Giants-Eagles game WILL NOT be flexed out of prime time no matter what the two teams do between now and then.

Photo: AP

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