Regional Roundup: NFL Week 5

For the first time since Super Bowl XLV, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling a game involving the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s their first trip to Heinz Field in three years. And the Green Bay Packers were their opponents in both of those games.

This could be the most vanilla Sunday of the 2012 NFL season, what with the Cowboys on their bye, not a single divisional matchup on the docket, and both the undefeated Houston Texans and the defeated-in-more-ways-than-one New York Jets playing on Monday night. But there is always that Brady vs. Manning rivalry to look forward to… CBS has the doubleheader this week.


CBS: Yes, the New York Giants are on CBS, by way of the Cleveland Browns visiting MetLife Stadium. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf will call this one. And don’t be surprised if the Browns, perhaps buoyed by an inspiring performance from rookie running back Trent Richardson after the recent birth of his child, prevail over Big Blue. Super Bowl aside, the Giants have a history of flunking “gimme” games. Remember when they lost at home last season to the Seattle Seahawks, with players I can’t even remember scoring touchdowns? Meanwhile, others will be watching the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs game, which will be handled by Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. And after needing a 24-hour extension of a ticket sellout deadline, the Cincinnati Bengals, with an assist from the local CBS affiliate, has sold out their game this weekend against the Miami Dolphins, which means viewers in Ohio, Kentucky, and all of Florida will be able to enjoy the great Marv Albert’s calling the game, along with Rich Gannon. Not bad for a team that opted not to have the sellout threshold lowered to 85%. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to it, and have sold out neither of their last two home games.

FOX: Because the Giants are playing on CBS, that means Joe Buck has to be handed another assignment, and it’s the Keystone Bowl, i.e. both Pennsylvania NFL teams – the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers – squaring off at Heinz Field. It’ll be the first time Buck and Troy Aikman called a game in Pittsburgh since Week 15 in 2009, when the Steelers hosted the Green Bay Packers (both teams would later meet in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas some thirteen months later – and of course, since it was on FOX that year, Buck and Aikman called it). As for those aforementioned Packers, they’ll be at Lucas Oil Field to take on the Indianapolis Colts, in a game that will be handled by Thom Brenneman and Brian Billick. And as Andrew Luck is playing for the Colts, another rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, will be under center for the Washington Redskins, as they play the undefeated Atlanta Falcons; Sam Rosen and John Lynch will work that game.


CBS: For the third week in a row, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be calling a game with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but this one has some extra luster, as these Broncos will square off against Manning’s arch-nemesis Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro. And speaking of notable quarterbacks, Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will be calling a contest between two of O.J. Simpson’s former football teams, the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers. And Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker are in the booth in Minneapolis, as the Tennessee Titans take on the Minnesota Vikings.

FOX: You know it’s going to be a bad week (on paper) for football when the trio of Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa travel to… Jacksonville, of all places, as the Jaguars host the Chicago Bears. I don’t think even Joe Buck has ever called a Jaguars game – well, maybe if there was an NFC East team involved… but when the Eagles and Redskins traveled to EverBank Field in 2010, Ron Pitts and Sam Rosen, respectively, worked those contests. Finally, the Carolina Panthers host the Seattle Seahawks, and Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will handle that one. I’m still trying to wrap my head around a Bears/Jaguars game being shown in the New York market! On broadcast television!

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