NFL Week 7 Broadcast Preview
October 18, 2007 1:37 PM
A rundown of the broadcast plans for this weekend’s NFL games, including Russell Crowe, Steve Carell and, oh yeah, several games with potential playoff implications:
Fox takes back the doubleheader on Sunday, and finally gets its full docket of games after a slew of NFL matchups on NBC and ESPN.
After switching the Dallas Cowboys/Minnesota Vikings game to a 4:15 p.m. start, Fox now features a national doubleheader, with the early game being the New York Giants/San Francisco 49ers. The Giants game will air in 51 percent of the country with Matt Vasgersian, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa serving as talent. Four other 1 p.m. NFC games are in line, with Chris Rose, Terry Donahue and Eric Richey calling the action for Atlanta Falcons/New Orleans Saints, airing in 7 percent of the country. Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli and Jennifer Hammond make the calls on Tampa Bay/Detroit in 20 percent of the U.S., and the Arizona Cardinals at the Washington Redskins will be seen in 17 percent of the nation. Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan and Dave Feldman will call the shots there.
Here’s a look at which Fox early games are playing where.
NFL on Fox Regional Games (Click image to view.)
NFL on Fox National Games (Click image to view. Select page 2.)
NBC will feature a strong game between the Steelers and the Broncos on “NBC Sunday Night Football.” As usual, Al Michaels will call play-by-play and John Madden will serve as analyst from Invesco Field at Mile High.
This is the first “Sunday Night Football” game for either team this season. Last year Pittsburgh appeared twice on NBC, defeating the Dolphins 28-17 in the opening game of the NFL season and losing to the Chargers 23-13 in Week 5. The Broncos, meanwhile, had three games on “SNF” last season, defeating the Patriots 17-7 in Week 3 and losing to the Chargers 35-27 in Week 11 and to the Seahawks 23-20 in Week 13.
“Denver came into Pittsburgh’s house last year and beat up on the Steelers (31-20). So the Steelers will be looking for revenge,” said NBC’s “Football Night in America” analyst Jerome Bettis. “When you go and play in Denver, you can’t breathe. So you have to understand that there is going to be some breathing issues. There’s going to be some burning in your chest that you’re going to have to deal with.”
The channel is drawing headlines for Jimmy Kimmel’s comments earlier in the week when he visited the “Monday Night Football” booth. According to reports, the late-night host will be banned from the MNF booth due to comments he made on the air about Joe Theismann and others. However, the channel said the door is not closed, releasing a statement saying, “We have had a great relationship working with Jimmy and we will continue to work with him in the future.”
ESPN did land what may be the most intriguing game of the week in a Colts/Jaguars game. In addition, Russell Crowe will make a booth appearance in the third quarter while “The Office” star Steve Carell will appear in the opening tease to offer his advice to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
The game telecast and “Countdown” pre-game show will highlight new music from Carrie Underwood (singles “Flat on the Floor” and “Twisted”) and Hurricane Chris (singles “A Bay Bay” and “The Hand Clap Song”) as part of “Monday Night Musicians.” The songs will be played coming in and out of commercials and during highlight packages.