When the 2022 NFL schedule came out, one of the games television executives circled was the first meeting between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, slated for Dec. 11.
It had all the makings of a juicy matchup: division rivals likely battling for playoff position, plus the first matchup between Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes since Wilson was traded to Denver. NBC picked it as the Sunday Night Football game in Week 14 as a result.
How things have changed since.
The NFL announced Wednesday that the matchup between the Broncos and Chiefs has been flexed out of the Sunday night spot in favor of the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins.
It's little mystery why. At 3-8 and last in the NFL in scoring, the Broncos have become the laughingstock of the league. It wouldn't come as a surprise to see the Chiefs favored by two touchdowns.
"They really flexed Patrick Mahomes out of primetime because Russell Wilson has been so unwatchable," Joshua Brisco tweeted.
Wilson has been a major reason for the Broncos' struggles. He's completed less than 60 percent of his passes for the first time in his career and has thrown just eight touchdowns compared to five interceptions through 10 games.
Earlier this season, NFL fans got so fed up watching Wilson and the Broncos on primetime seemingly every week that it started trending on Twitter. And the Broncos actually won one of those games, something they haven't done much since.
It's not like fans have lacked opportunities to watch Mahomes, either. The Chiefs have already appeared in three Sunday Night Football games this season as well as once each on Monday and Thursday night. Their game against the Chargers in Week 11 got flexed into the Sunday night window, replacing the Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Broncos and Chiefs will now kick off at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time and the game will be broadcast on CBS.