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 have been rescheduled because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The Browns, Rams and Washington Football Team have eachย placed more than 20 playersย on their COVID lists.

“We have made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible 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 schedule look like now?

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What are the NFL Week 15 schedule changes?

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

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

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

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

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

Goodell added that the NFL doesn’t anticipateย thoseย three games will have to be rescheduled again for later in the week and noted that the league will “make every effort, consistent with underlying health and safety principles, to play our full schedule within the current 18 weeks.”

“We are continuing 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 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. Buccaneers 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
โ€” Browns 7-6 .538
โ€” Bengals 7-6 .538
โ€” Broncos 7-6 .538
โ€” Steelers 6-6-1 .500
โ€” Raiders 6-7 .462
โ€” Dolphins 6-7 .462
โ€” Jets 3-10 .231
โ€” Texans 2-11 .154
โ€” Jaguars 2-11 .154

Eliminated from playoff contention: Jaguars, Jets, Texans

NFC standings

Seed Team Record Winning %
1. Packers 10-3 .769
2. Buccaneers 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
โ€” Vikings 6-7 .462
โ€” Eagles 6-7 .462
โ€” Falcons 6-7 .462
โ€” Saints 6-7 .462
โ€” Panthers 5-8 .385
โ€” Seahawks 5-8 .385
โ€” Giants 4-9 .308
โ€” Bears 4-9 .308
โ€” Lions 1-11-1 .115

Eliminated from playoff contention: Lions

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