Patriots-Raiders Week 15 game flexed out of Sunday night time slot

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The New England Patriots won't play four consecutive night games, after all.

The Patriots' Week 15 road game against the Las Vegas Raiders, originally scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 18, at 8:20 p.m. ET, instead will kick off at 4:05 p.m. ET, the NFL confirmed Monday. 

Scott Zolak initially reported the news Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Zolak & Bertrand."

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That Patriots-Raiders matchup had plenty of juice entering the season, as it marked Josh McDaniels' first regular-season game against his former boss, Bill Belichick. Both teams have underwhelmed this season, however; New England sits eighth in the AFC at 6-6 while Las Vegas is 10th at 5-7.

Meanwhile, the New York Giants and Washington Commanders -- who will replace Patriots-Raiders on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" in Week 15 -- are neck-and-neck in the NFC East at 7-4-1 and 7-5-1, respectively, and just came off a 20-20 tie in Week 13.

Boston fans will have plenty to watch that Sunday afternoon, as the Celtics host the Orlando Magic at 3 p.m. ET at TD Garden on the 18th.