The New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins are two of the hottest team in the NFL right now. At six straight victories, the Patriots have the longest winning streak in the league. The Dolphins, having won their last four contests, are tied for fourth-longest. Both teams are 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Next Sunday, the two division rivals will meet with a lot on the line. New England is fighting for the number one seed in the AFC playoff race, while the Dolphins are potentially fighting for their playoff lives. Consequently, it does not come as a surprise to hear today’s news that the game might get flexed to 4:25 PM ET as the NFL announced earlier today.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at 1:00 PM ET and the Patriots would certainly welcome not having to play in the midday Miami heat (yes, it is December, but it is still expected to be 80 °F in South Florida next Sunday). However, the move is not yet official as the league announced that it depends on the outcome of today’s games between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.
If the Steelers and Chiefs both win — eliminating their respective opponents from postseason contention — New England at Miami will remain in its original 1:00 PM ET slot.