The NFL used its flex scheduling powers Monday to spare the nation a prime-time game involving the Jets to cap off Thanksgiving weekend.

On the surface, sales it was a no-brainer to move the Chiefs (currently 7-2) and Broncos (7-3) to “Sunday Night Football” and the Patriots (7-2) and Jets (3-7) to a late-afternoon slot. Still, store the league and NBC do not take the decision to move the Patriots out of prime time (regardless of the opponent) lightly.