The Nov. 28 matchup between the Patriots and Tennesee Titans at Gillette Stadium is set up to be one of the marquee games of the 2021 NFL regular season. It could have huge playoff ramifications for two teams jockeying for postseason position in the wide-open AFC.
Because of that, many have wondered whether CBS could push the game from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to the late-afternoon slot. But that won’t happen, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Tuesday morning.
New England and Tennesee reportedly will stay at 1 p.m., with the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers keeping their originally scheduled 4:05 p.m. kickoff.
Here’s Reiss’s report:
The 6-4 Patriots are on a four-game win streak and look like legitimate contenders in the AFC. The Titans, currently atop the conference at 8-2, are a good team but will be without both star running back Derrick Henry and stud wideout Julio Jones when they visit Foxboro, Mass.
New England will visit the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, with the Titans hosting the Houston Texans on Sunday.
It’s unlikely, but, if New England wins Thursday and the Titans, Buffalo Bills (hosting the Indianapolis Colts) and Baltimore Ravens (at Chicago Bears) all lose Sunday, the Patriots would have an opportunity to claim the top spot in the AFC with a win against Tennessee on Nov. 28.