NFL Week 9 Broadcast Preview
November 1, 2007 12:25 PM
As the last battle of the unbeatens in the NFL this season, the Indianapolis Colts/New England Patriots matchup on Sunday is slated to dominate the airwaves with CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network all devoting coverage to the event.
CBS, which gets the doubleheader back this week, has slated the game to air in 93 % of the country with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action at 4:15 p.m.
“These are the kind of games that come along every once in a while during the regular season schedule that you just pray they are going to be on your network,” said Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports “We got a good break with the two teams being undefeated going in and I can’t remember anyone at CBS Sports whether it is the announcers or the pregame crew or the producers and directors being more pumped up for a regular season football game. I thought we were pretty excited about the Cowboys Patriots game, but this exceeds even that. So if Football Gods are willing and we get a good game, I think we are set for a pretty good Sunday afternoon.”
ESPN explore the rivals as part of “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Legendary NFL coach and Monday Night Countdown analyst Bill Parcells—who led the Patriots to the team’s second Super Bowl appearance in 1997— will make a special appearance on Sunday alongside Chris Berman, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson, Tom Jackson, Emmitt Smith and NFL insider Chris Mortensen.
Some of the elements fans can expect include:
“TJ’s Tale of the Tape” - Jackson will break down the match-up position-by-position to see who has the edge;
Peyton Manning & Tom Brady—Greg Garber feature will include interviews with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Warren Moon, Jim Kelly, Steve Young and others to break down the play of and choose between Manning and Brady.
Demo Field: “The Slot” - Parcells will lead a demo field segment to show how the Pats and Colts offenses effectively use the receiver in the "slot" position; Parcells will also outline what both teams need to do defensively to counteract it.
Soundtracks: 2006 AFC Championship Game - “This NFL Films-produced segment will provide sight and sounds from the intense playoff battle last season when Manning earned his first Super Bowl appearance, rallying the Colts from a 21-3 deficit against the Patriots.”
In addition, Sal Paolantonio and Ed Werder will provide live updates on the teams from Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, the NFL Network will continue the channel’s record-breaking 36.5 hours of coverage of the game with Patriots and Colts specific programming, the most ever for a non-Super Bowl matchup.
“This is what separates NFL Network,” said Charles Coplin, NFL vice president of programming. “We have the ability to adjust and provide our viewers the most topical information on the NFL while using historical games and content to delve deeper into why a match-up between the Colts and Patriots has taken on such Super Bowl-like proportions.”
The 36.5 hours of coverage is in addition to game previews, analysis and interviews on “NFL Total Access,” “Point After,” “Put Up Your Dukes,” and “Playbook”. The week culminates with a 13-hour marathon of encores of past Patriots-Colts match-up coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 3.
Just in case anyone forgot there are other games. In the first half of its doubleheader, CBS will broadast the Cincinatti Bengals/Buffalo Bill game in 14 percent of the country with Solomon Wilcots and Ian Eagle behind the microphone, The Denver Broncos/Detroit Lions game will Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon calling the action for 12 percent. The San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings contest will take national priority during the first half 42 percent of the country plugged in to see Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf handling the game. The jaguars/Saints matchup finds Dick Enberg and Randy Cross in the booth for 20 percent of the nation.
The other 4 p.m. game on CBS finds Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker broadcasting to 6 percent of the country.
NFL on Fox Week 9 Singleheader (Click image to view.)
Tony Romo and the NFC East leading Cowboys (6-1) head to Philadelphia for the 94th meeting between the NFC East rivals for “NBC Sunday Night Football.”
“He is just starting to earn his way into a ranking,” said John Madden of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. “When a guy has not played one full year you can't put him in with guys like Tom Brady, who has won three Super Bowls, and Peyton Manning and Brett Favre and the things that they've accomplished. Now he may go up there and work his way into that category, and I think he will work his way into the top category, but I think putting him there right now would be premature.”
ESPN“Monday Night Football” will feature AFC North division Rivals Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers with the Steelers sporting their 75th Anniversary throwback uniforms for the event. ESPN will have interviews with some of the Steeler greats participating in the festivities that night.
The game telecast and countdown will highlight new music from hip-hop artist Chris Brown (featuring singles “Wall to Wall” and “Kiss Kiss”) off his new album “Exclusive” as part of “Monday Night Musicians.”