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NFL Week 15 schedule changes: Updated game dates, start times as teams deal with COVID-19 outbreaks

The NFL introduced Friday afternoon that three Week 15 video games have been rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Browns, Rams and Washington Football Team have every positioned greater than 20 gamers on their COVID lists.

“We have made these schedule modifications primarily based on medical recommendation and after dialogue with the NFLPA as we’re seeing a brand new, extremely transmissible type of the virus this week leading to a considerable enhance in circumstances throughout the league,” the NFL said in a statement. “We proceed to make selections in session with medical consultants to make sure the well being and security of the NFL neighborhood.”

What does the Week 15 schedule seem like now?

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What are the NFL Week 15 schedule modifications?

  • The Raiders vs. Browns game has been moved from Saturday, Dec. 18 to Monday, Dec. 20. It will start at 5 p.m. ET.
  • The Seahawks vs. Rams game has been moved from Sunday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will start at 7 p.m. ET.

  • The Washington Football Team vs. Eagles game has been moved from Sunday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Dec. 21. It will start at 7 p.m. ET.

Why did the NFL change the dates and times of Week 15 video games?

In a memo to all 32 teams, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defined that the emergence of the Omicron variant “warrants a versatile response” from the league.

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“Based on medical recommendation, we have now instituted further protocols as properly as revised testing protocols for reinstating gamers and employees who’ve examined optimistic,” Goodell stated. “We have additionally thought of whether or not sure video games must be rescheduled in mild of present circumstances.”

Goodell added that the NFL does not anticipate these three video games should be rescheduled once more for later within the week and famous that the league will “make each effort, constant with underlying well being and security rules, to play our full schedule inside the present 18 weeks.”

“We are persevering with to work with the NFLPA and our respective medical consultants to guage and make applicable modifications to our protocols to make sure that we will full what has been an thrilling and aggressive season,” Goodell stated.

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Full NFL Week 15 schedule

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, Dec. 16

Game
Time
National TV
Chiefs 34, Chargers 28 (OT)
8:20 p.m.
FOX

Saturday, Dec. 18

Game
Time
National TV
Patriots vs. Colts
8:15 p.m.
NFL Network

Sunday, Dec. 19

Game
Time
National TV
Panthers vs. Bills
1 p.m.
FOX
Cardinals vs. Lions
1 p.m.
FOX
Texans vs. Jaguars
1 p.m.
CBS
Jets vs. Dolphins
1 p.m.
CBS
Cowboys vs. Giants
1 p.m.
FOX
Titans vs. Steelers
1 p.m.
CBS
Bengals vs. Broncos
4:05 p.m.
CBS
Falcons vs. 49ers
4:05 p.m.
CBS
Packers vs. Ravens
4:25 p.m.
FOX
Saints vs. (*15*)
8:20 p.m.
NBC

Monday, Dec. 20

Game
Time
National TV
Raiders vs. Browns
5 p.m.
NFL Network
Vikings vs. Bears
8:15 p.m.
ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Game
Time
National TV
Seahawks vs. Rams
7 p.m.
FOX
Washington Football Team vs. Eagles
7 p.m.
FOX

NFL standings 2021

AFC standings

Seed
Team
Record
Winning %
1.
Chiefs
10-4
.714
2.
Patriots
9-4
.692
3.
Titans
9-4
.692
4.
Ravens
8-5
.615
5.
Chargers
8-6
.571
6.
Colts
7-6
.538
7.
Bills
7-6
.538

Browns
7-6
.538

Bengals
7-6
.538

Broncos
7-6
.538

Steelers
6-6-1
.500

Raiders
6-7
.462

Dolphins
6-7
.462

Jets
3-10
.231

Texans
2-11
.154

Jaguars
2-11
.154

Eliminated from playoff competition: Jaguars, Jets, Texans

NFC standings

Seed
Team
Record
Winning %
1.
Packers
10-3
.769
2.
(*15*)
10-3
.769
3.
Cardinals
10-3
.769
4.
Cowboys
9-4
.692
5.
Rams
9-4
.692
6.
49ers
7-6
.538
7.
Washington Football Team
6-7
.462

Vikings
6-7
.462

Eagles
6-7
.462

Falcons
6-7
.462

Saints
6-7
.462

Panthers
5-8
.385

Seahawks
5-8
.385

Giants
4-9
.308

Bears
4-9
.308

Lions
1-11-1
.115

Eliminated from playoff competition: Lions

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