The afternoon football games will be a little later this season.
The NFL announced Thursday morning that all the second games on TV doubleheaders that were to start at 15 minutes past the hour will now start at 25 past the hour, to make sure the kickoffs of those games don’t come before the early games have ended.
From the NFL press release: “In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.”
For the Cardinals, that means the kickoff times of five games — three at home, two on the road — are impacted. (All times are Arizona.):
— Sept. 9, Seattle at Arizona, is now a 1:25 p.m. kickoff;
— Nov. 25, St. Louis at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;
— Dec. 23, Chicago at Arizona, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;
— Dec. 9, Arizona at Seattle, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff;
— Dec. 30, Arizona at San Francisco, now a 2:25 p.m. kickoff.
The games slated to start at 1:05 p.m. or 2:05 p.m. are not affected (and as always, the last seven weeks of the season are subject to flex scheduling, should the Cardinals play themselves into a race.)
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