Someone once said, “If you build it, they will come.”
For Los Angeles Chargers fans, the likely comparison is “If you win, they will put you on primetime.”
News broke today as the NFL has come to agreement with CBS and NBC to flex the Chargers Week 13 game at Pittsburgh for a 5:20pm PT kickoff. This will be the second Chargers game the NFL has flexed into primetime. Two weeks ago, the Chargers week 16 tilt versus the Baltimore Ravens was moved from Sunday’s December 23rd scheduled to be one of two Saturday games. The Chargers and Ravens will also have a 5:20pm PT kickoff.
The Chargers current 6-game win streak likely played a part in having their games flexed into the primetime slots. During this streak, the Chargers have allowed 15.5 ppg- tops in the league during that stretch. The win streak is also the teams longest since 2009, when they finished the year winning their final 11 games.
The Chargers versus Steelers matchup has likely playoff scenario possibilities as Pittsburgh currently leads the AFC Central Division with a 6-2-1 record, but only have a one win lead over the 2nd place Cincinnati Bengals. Meanwhile, the Chargers will likely be trying to secure at the least a wildcard birth.
The Chargers will also be on primetime for their week 15 matchup against division rival Kansas City. That Thursday Night matchup could determine the AFC West Champion, as only one game separates the second place Chargers from the Chiefs.
That's three primetime games in the final five weeks of the season.