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

The NFL announced Friday afternoon that three Week 15 games were rescheduled due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Browns, Rams and Washington Football Team have each placed more than 20 players on their COVID rosters.

“We made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussing them with the NFLPA, as we are seeing a new highly communicable form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases across the league.” the NFL said in a statement. “We continue to make decisions in consultation with medical experts to ensure the health and safety of the NFL community.”

What does the Week 15 calendar look like now?

What are the schedule changes for week 15 of the NFL?

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

  • The game Washington Football Team vs. Eagles moved from Sunday, December 19, to Tuesday, December 21. It will start at 7 pm ET.

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

In a memorandum to the 32 teamsNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained that the emergence of the Omicron variant “guarantees a flexible response” from the league.

“Based on medical advice, we have instituted additional protocols as well as revised testing protocols to reintegrate players and staff who tested positive,” Goodell said. “We have also considered whether certain games should be rescheduled in light of current conditions.”

Goodell added that the NFL does not anticipate those three games will have to be rescheduled again for later in the week, noting that the league “will do everything possible, in accordance with underlying health and safety principles, to play our full schedule within of the current 18 weeks “.

“We continue to work with the NFLPA and our respective medical experts to evaluate and make appropriate modifications to our protocols to ensure that we can complete what has been an exciting and competitive season,” Goodell said.

Full schedule for week 15 of the NFL

(All the eastern time)

Thursday December 16

Play Hour National television
Chiefs 34, Chargers 28 (overtime) 8:20 pm FOX

Saturday, December 18

Play Hour National television
Patriots vs. Colts 8:15 pm NFL Network

Sunday December 19

Play Hour National television
Panthers against 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 pm CBS
Falcons vs. 49ers 4:05 pm CBS
Packers vs. Crows 4:25 pm FOX
Saints vs. Buccaneers 8:20 pm NBC

Monday December 20

Play Hour National television
Raiders vs. Browns 5 p. M. NFL Network
Vikings vs. Bears 8:15 pm ESPN

Tuesday December 21

Play Hour National television
Seahawks vs. Rams 7 pm FOX
Washington Soccer Team vs. Eagles 7 pm FOX

2021 NFL standings

AFC positions

Seed Team Record To win%
one. Bosses 10-4 .714
two. Patriots 9-4 .692
3. Titans 9-4 .692
Four. Crows 8-5 .615
5. Chargers 8-6 .571
6. Colts 7-6 .538
7. Invoices 7-6 .538
Brown 7-6 .538
Bengals 7-6 .538
Broncos 7-6 .538
Steelers 6-6-1 .500
Assailants 6-7 .462
Dolphins 6-7 .462
Jets 3-10 .231
Jeans 2-11 .154
Jaguars 2-11 .154

Eliminated from playoff contention: Jaguars, Jets, Texans

NFC positions

Seed Team Record To win%
one. Packers 10-3 .769
two. Buccaneers 10-3 .769
3. Cardinals 10-3 .769
Four. 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
Hawks 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 contention: Lions