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Week 12 NFL Broadcast Preview

November 21, 2007 12:28 PM

Here’s a quick wrapup of broadcast of the Thanksgiving and weekend games before I hit the slopes this weekend. Have a great Thanksgiving!

The network gets back the double-header but finds itself pilfered of Colts and Patriots by other networks. However, it finds itself with an interesting angle for its Thanksgiving Day game, the Jets at the Cowboys, which features the battle of the brothers in Thomas and Julius Jones. During the Jets-Cowboys game, Grammy Award winner Ashanti will sing the national anthem, while Kelly Clarkson will perform at halftime. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the plays.

Sunday 1 p.m.

Game                                   % of the U.S.              Announcers

Raiders at Chiefs                   28%                              Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots

Bills at Jaguars                       24%                             Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon

Texans at Browns                  24%                             Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker

Titans at Bengals                    14%                             Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

Sunday 4 p.m.

Broncos at Bears                  68%                              Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

Ravens at Chargers               30%                              Dick Enberg/Randy Cross

Fox gets the single-header this weekend, not counting the Thanksgiving Day game featuring the Packers at the Lions, broadcast nationally with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck at 12:30 on Thursday.

Sunday 1 p.m.

NFL on Fox Week 12 Singleheader (Click image to view.)

Game                                    % of the U.S.                Announcers

Vikings at Giants                    56%                               Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnson/Tony Siragusa

Redskins at Bucs                    15%                               Sam Rosen/Tim Ryan

Saints at Panthers                   8%                                 Dick Stockton/Brian Baldinger

Seahawks at Rams                 6%                                 Matt Vasgersian/JC Pearson

Sunday 4 p.m.

49ers at Cardinals                  14%                                Ron Pitts/Tony Boselli

NFL Network
With Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth calling their first game of the season as the Colts visit the Falcons, local over-the-air simulcasts will be seen on NBC affiliate WTHG-TV in Indianapolis and MyNet station WATL-TV in Atlanta.

“Sunday Night Football” once again places the Patriots on a national stage as they try to take down the Eagles and continue an undefeated season.

The Patriots come off a blowout of the Bills last week on “SNF,” and the early line on the game suggests similar expectations here.

“Having watched New England on Sunday night and at the level at which they're playing, I think you’re getting one of those rare instances in sports where one team in functioning at a level that you just don’t see,” said “Sunday Night Football” producer Fred Gaudelli. “Philadelphia is obviously a more experienced team and probably at this point a better team than Buffalo is right now, so we’re hoping that the game can remain somewhat competitive. But if it doesn’t, you do have the incredible attraction of New England, especially offensively, and the way that they’re playing right now, it should be quite an entertaining night.”

The network will make the most of a Steelers team taking on the hapless Dolphins on Monday night and may pull some extra onlookers waiting for the chance to see Ricky Williams back with the team following his suspension.
The game telecast and Monday Night Countdown will highlight new music from Seal as part of “Monday Night Musicians.”


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