This week, CBS has its first doubleheader of the season, and both networks’ No. 1 teams will be calling games involving teams representing the No. 1 media market.
CBS: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf will be at Lincoln Financial Field for what is sure to be a real bird bash, as the Baltimore Ravens fly to Philadelphia for the Eagles’ home opener; it’s the Eagles’ second AFC North opponent in as many weeks. Speaking of that division, the state rivals known as the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals square off in the Queen City, with Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker working that one. And there’ll be another divisional matchup as the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Houston Texans, in a game that will be called by the great Marv Albert, along with Rich Gannon. Meanwhile in Miami, Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will watch the Dolphins shoot fish in a barrel against the Oakland Raiders. And in upstate New York, a tilt between the Bills and the Chiefs might qualify for punishment for Spero Dedes, who will be working alongside Steve Beuerlein.
FOX: One day after calling a late season game between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees, Joe Buck, assisted by Troy Aikman, will call an early season game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants. It will be Bucs coach Greg Schiano’s return to the New York metropolitan area, where he had previously been head coach of Rutgers’ football program. Fox’s A-team may have been in New England to call a rare Patriots game for the network; unfortunately, the Patriots’ opponent this week is the Arizona Cardinals, which means dirty work for Dick Stockton and John Lynch. Also, Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick will be in Indianapolis, where Andrew Luck will play his first Colts home game against the Minnesota Vikings. And the Carolina Panthers host the division rival New Orleans Saints, with Ron Pitts and Mike Martz calling the plays.
CBS: Nearly four-fifths of the country will watch the Pittsburgh Steelers’ home opener against the New York Jets, as will Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. It’s Gang Green’s first trip to Heinz Field since their loss in their last appearance in the AFC Championship Game. Others will see the Tennessee Titans take on the Chargers – others including San Diego, which had averted a blackout after selling enough tickets; they needed to be granted an extension in order to sell more seats. This game, which will be handled by Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts, will also be seen in most of the states of Kansas and Missouri.
FOX: The Eastern part of Missouri – that is, St. Louis – will watch their Rams host the Washington Redskins in another game that barely staved off a local television blackout. The backstory to this contest: the Rams, which held the second overall draft pick this spring, traded it to the Redskins, who used the pick to draft Robert Griffin III. You’d think such a game would have more appeal, that it would have been seen by more than 20% of the country. Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will call the Redskins/Rams tilt. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys travel to Seattle for the Seahawks’ hope opener, in a game that will be worked by Fox’s resident trio of Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa.
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