New Orleans Saints: 0-for-3 on the Flex
...And soon to be 0-for-4. Because you know they ain't picking a 49ers game. Unless they somehow miraculously keep winning.
NBC has chosen the Colts/Eagles game as the 3rd "Flex" game. The Saints have a first-place showdown with the Falcons scheduled that weekend. But the NFL went with the "sexier" game.
That leaves the Saints with few opportunities left for national television. I seriously doubt that they'll pick the Dallas game, because Dallas is already on national television something like 4 times in the last 6 weeks (I think there are rules prohibiting being on national television too many times, but I'm not sure). They probably won't pick the Redskins game, because the Redskins SUCK. And they can't pick the Giants game, because there's no Sunday night game that week.
So that leaves Carolina on week 17. If they don't choose that one, then the Saints (and their 6-3 record) will get ONE, count 'em, ONE national television appearance this year. And that was only because we were re-opening the Superdome after over one year. It took a hurricane to get our only national game.
Earlier, some of you said "Don't worry about it." Now it's time to worry about it. I don't know how else to say it.
POST-SCRIPT CLARIFICATION: If the NFL chose Saints/Dallas, the Cowboys would have three straight nationally-televised prime-time games. And I'd say there's a better-than-likely chance that the Dallas/Giants the week before the Saints game will be chosen too (unless Fox protects it, which might happen). And that's not including their Thanksgiving "tradition" game. That means that, without any "Flex" games, the Cowboys already have SIX nationally televised games (including Thanksgiving). And that's not counting their "national doubleheader" games against the Jaguars and the Eagles (the T.O. returns to Philly game). So right now, the Cowboys have EIGHT national telecasts without the Saints game or the Giants game being picked up.
And the Saints have one. Two, if you include the Steelers game (which I, among others, didn't get to see anyway).