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An underwhelming start from each of last year’s NFC finalists has provoked a change to the NFL’s upcoming schedule.
The Arizona Cardinals-Carolina Panthers game in Week 8, initially set for a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, was officially moved to an early afternoon start in a swap with the Green Bay Packers-Atlanta Falcons contest, the league announced Wednesday.
Looking at the schedule before the season got underway, the Cardinals-Panthers rematch would have been widely considered the most intriguing Week 8 game.
Arizona is sitting just 2-3 after five weeks, though, and the Panthers are in the basement of the NFC South at a once-unfathomable 1-4 mark.
The talent on both rosters makes it entirely possible a pair of turnarounds are on the way, but the NFL prefers handing the prime Oct. 30 afternoon slot to a showdown between a consistently strong Packers club and the surprisingly dominant Falcons. Cardinals-Panthers will now go at 1 p.m. ET.