ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --Bundle up, Broncos fans: The Broncos are back in prime time to cap a hectic Thanksgiving football weekend.
Monday, the NFL announced that the Broncos-Chiefs game would be moved from 2:25 p.m. MST to 6:30 p.m. for a nationwide prime-time broadcast on NBC's Sunday Night Football, replacing the Patriots-Jets game that will be flexed to an afternoon (2:25 p.m. MST) kickoff time.
This will mean the entire Broncos-Chiefs season series will be played in prime time. The teams' Week 16 game at Arrowhead Stadium will be played on a Sunday night, Dec. 25. It cannot be flexed out because most of the Week 16 games will take place a day earlier on Christmas Eve.
At least one Broncos-Chiefs game has been played in prime time each season since 2013, when Andy Reid became Kansas City's head coach.
The game will be the Broncos' league-leading 28th regular-season contest in prime time since the start of the 2011 season, matching the tally of the Dallas Cowboys. (Dallas will re-take the regular-season lead with a Dec. 1 game against Minnesota on Thursday Night Football, and is scheduled for two more prime-time games after that in December.)
Denver is 19-8 in its previous 27 prime-time games, including 14-2 at home, with wins in 14 of its last 15 home regular-season prime-time contests and a 13-1 regular-season record at home in prime time since 2012.
The Broncos have also won eight consecutive home Sunday night games dating back to a last-second, 31-28 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 21, 2007.
One of those eight games came last year on Thanksgiving weekend, when the Broncos rallied from a 21-7 fourth-quarter deficit against the Patriots for a 30-24 overtime win on a snowy Sunday night.