Regional Roundup: NFL Week 10

LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles will host the Dallas Cowboys this weekend in what could be dubbed “the Gruden bowl” – both teams have struggled this season, and may be a prime candidate to hire Jon Gruden away from ESPN, should they let their current head coach go.

The Super Bowl champions are in the dark again, and it looks like a new streak is about to start in Florida. It’s Week 10 in the NFL, and Fox has the doubleheader.

EARLY GAMES

CBS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be making a rare trip to Charlotte, as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in an inter-conference matchup. I wonder if Nantz was given a choice between a Broncos road game, or a New England Patriots home game against the lowly Bills? Then again, Nantz traveled to Buffalo last year for a game with the Broncos during their “Tebow Time” phase… I’m just throwing that out there because I have heard a few people suggest Nantz “favors” the Patriots. Allow me to stick Week 10, 2012 in their faces. Anyway, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will be working that divisional battle in Foxboro. And what about CBS’ number two booth team of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf? They’ll be in Baltimore as the Ravens and their depleted defense try not to get their wings clipped by the Oakland Raiders. Also, Spero Dedes and Steve Tasker will be in South Beach, as the Tennessee Titans pull their weight against the Miami Dolphins. And Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will be broadcasting from Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers hope to follow up a record-setting performance last week in Oakland with an exciting home game against the San Diego Chargers. Too bad folks in the Tampa area won’t be able to watch it on television. That’s right, the Buccaneers’ recent home sellout streak of one game has come to an end. Not even a four-touchdown, 251-yard performance by Doug Martin could inspire Bucs fans to watch the game live at Raymond James Stadium – and as a result, the rest of the city will not be able to watch the game at all. It was fun while it lasted. Enjoy the Titans/Dolphins game you’ll be watching instead.

FOX: The opponent in the Bucs’ lone sellout to date, the New Orleans Saints, will host the undefeated Atlanta Falcons, in a game that will be called by the trio of Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Like Falcons/Saints, there will be another divisional tilt some hundreds of miles north, as the Detroit Lions face the Minnesota Vikings, whose quarterback has not been playing very well ever since he confirmed he was dating an ESPN personality. But at least he isn’t David Petraeus. Anyway, you can hear Dick Stockton and John Lynch working that game. Meanwhile, the New York Giants didn’t necessarily play like world champions at the end of last week’s game against the Steelers, and for the second week in a row, they’ll be playing an AFC North team in the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately for viewers in the Cincinnati area, they won’t be able to watch the game, as the Bengals have also failed to sell out their game, just like the aforementioned Buccaneers; incidentally, both of these teams had the most trouble selling out games last season. On the other side of the coin, it’s hard trying to remember the last game that was blacked out in which the Giants, let alone a Super Bowl champion, was involved. But in a bit of irony, it’ll be just shy of the two-year anniversary of the Giants’ own in-game blackout at their brand new stadium. For those that are able to watch Giants/Bengals, you will hear Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick interpreting the action.

LATE GAMES

CBS: Just one game in the late window on the Eyeball network – and who better than the great Marv Albert to have exclusivity? He and Rich Gannon will call the New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks game, which, in addition to the home teams’ bases, will also be seen in each of the markets whose teams were involved in the Fox early games.

FOX: The Dallas Cowboys. The Philadelphia Eagles. One team will win. One team (or perhaps both) will fire their coach at the end of the season. And one might just land a certain ESPN analyst as their next coach. The drama is there, but the wins are not. But when Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are assigned to work this pivotal NFC East matchup, everybody wins. At the same time, there will be another divisional duel in the Bay Area, as the St. Louis Rams visit the San Francisco 49ers. Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will call this game, which will be seen in virtually the entire state of California, except Los Angeles, where the Rams once called home.

A small addendum this week, as Deadspin posted their own item this afternoon based on the NFL maps and “which market is getting screwed this Sunday.” The author determined that the city of Sikeston, MO would get that distinction; however, Sikeston is not a market. That city is actually part of the designated market area (DMA) of Cape Girardeau, MO. Interestingly, someone at KBSI-TV, the Fox affiliate in Cape Girardeau, must have been reading Deadspin’s piece, because since that item was published, the latest map on the506.com shows that they will be showing “the best matchup” in the early game window, Falcons/Saints, instead of Giants/Bengals. By the way, did you know that Cape Girardeau is the hometown of Rush Limbaugh? I’m sure he didn’t have a very good week.

Information from the506.com was used in this post.

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