NFL Week 8 Broadcast Preview
October 24, 2007 2:50 PM
Before we jump into the national broadcast map for Week 8, the halfway point of the NFL season has already seen start times for several games moved to accommodate maximum television audiences.
The National Football League announced that three Week 11 games have shifted times, with the heated Dallas at Washington game on Fox moving from 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers-New York Jets game on CBS has been moved from 1 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. ET and the New York Giants at Detroit Lions game has been moved from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET.
Now, on to a quick Week 8 rundown and Fox’s plans for London. Since I got so much great feedback on the broadcast maps, here they are again.
Fox again gets a double-header. It will bring Thom Brennaman, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa to the broadcast table for the league’s first regular-season game in London, featuring the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins. The game will air in 62 percent of the country at 1 p.m. ET.
The second part of the double-header brings the Washington Redskins back to the national spotlight for the second time in three weeks as they face the undefeated New England Patriots. The 4:15 p.m. kickoff will run in 82 percent of the country, with Troy Aikman and Kenny Albert calling the shots.
NFL on Fox Regional Games (Click image to view.)
Other early games will see Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger behind the microphone for the Eagles/Vikings game for 10 percent of the country and Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan on deck for the Lions/Chicago Bears match in 23 percent.
The New Orleans Saints/49ers contest is set to air in only 8 percent of the country, with Matt Vasgersian and J.C. Pearson in the booth.
NFL on Fox National Games (Click image to view. Select Page 2)
For the 1 p.m. slate of shows, the network has slated the Colts/Panthers game as its top contest, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms breaking down the action in 30 percent of the country. Dick Enberg and Randy Cross will cover the Steelers/Bengals game for 10 percent, Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon handle the Raiders/Titans battle in 14 percent and Don Criqui and Steve Beuerlein take in the Cleveland Browns against the winless Rams for 4 percent.
At 4 p.m., Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf get in the booth for 14 percent of audiences as the Houston Texans take on the Chargers. Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker will call the Bills/Jets game for 12 percent and Solomon Wilcots and Ian Eagle take the mike for the Jaguars/Bucs game in 16 percent.