2013 NFL Schedule: The Primetime Games: Broncos, Falcons, 49ers, Giants, Patriots, Redskins Have Five Games Each

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will play five games in primetime this season, starting with the 2013 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9 on ESPN.

Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will play five games in primetime this season, starting with the 2013 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9 on ESPN.

Here is the list of all the primetime games scheduled for the 2013 NFL season.

Commentary to follow… Actually, I’ll get the back-patting out of the way early: I called the Ravens/Broncos opener on September 5, and I called the Washington Redskins getting five primetime games this season, up from just one last year.

And here are the games:

Thursday, September 5 – Baltimore Ravens @ Denver Broncos – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, September 8 – New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 9 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins – 7:10 PM ET – ESPN

Monday, September 9 –  Houston Texans @ San Diego Chargers – 10:20 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 12 – New York Jets @ New England Patriots – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 15 – San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 16 – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 19 – Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 22 – Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 23 – Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 26 – San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 29 – New England Patriots @ Atlanta Falcoms – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 30 – Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 3 – Buffalo Bills @ Cleveland Browns – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 6 – Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 7 – New York Jets @ Atlanta Falcons – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 10 – New York Giants @ Chicago Bears – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 13 – Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 14 – Indianapolis Colts @ San Diego Chargers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 17 – Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 20 – Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 21 – Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 24 – Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 27 – Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 28 – Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 31 – Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 3 – Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 4 – Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 7 – Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 10 – Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 11 – Miami Dolphins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 14 –Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 17 – Green Bay Packers @ New York Giants – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 18 – New England Patriots @ Carolina Panthers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 21 – New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 24 – Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 25 – San Francisco 49ers @ Washington Redskins – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, December 1 – New York Giants @ Washington Redskins – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 2 – New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 5 – Houston Texans @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 8 – Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 9 – Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 12 – San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos – 8:25 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 15 – Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 16 – Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Sunday, December 22 – New England Patriots @ Baltimore Ravens – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 23 – Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers – 8:40 PM ET – ESPN

Sunday, December 29 – [Teams to be determined following Week 16] – 8:30 PM ET – NBC

TEAMS WITH FIVE PRIMETIME GAMES: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins.

TEAMS WITH FOUR PRIMETIME GAMES: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks.

TEAMS WITH THREE PRIMETIME GAMES: Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers.

TEAMS WITH TWO PRIMETIME GAMES: Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

TEAMS WITH ONE PRIMETIME GAME: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans.

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OBSERVATIONS: So, let me get this straight: The Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl, yet the runner-up gets one more primetime game in the ensuing season than the World Champions? Explain that to me.

Also, explain to me how the NFL didn’t greenlight the Denver Broncos going to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day. This was a given when the AFC opponents for the Cowboys were released at the top of the year. Or so I thought. Now, it’s going to be a chance to pass out with tryptophan in between another Packers/Lions matinee and the Ravens hosting another Thanksgiving night game, this time against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.

I wonder if Peyton Manning not getting a Thanksgiving date with Tony Romo was a byproduct of the Broncos actually hosting the NFL kickoff game.

Predictably, the Eagles/Chiefs game with Andy Reid bringing a new squad into Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is an NFL Network Thursday night affair.

Predictably, that’s the Chiefs’ lone primetime game. The Jaguars’ sole primetime tilt in 2013 is also on NFLN, as was the case last year. Ditto for the Browns and the Bills, who actually play each other on an NFLN game; the Bills and the Dolphins killed two birds with one Thursday night primetime stone last season.

Thr Dolphins improve from one primetime game last year to three this year. Same with the Vikings. The Colts go from one primetime game last season to four this season. And I’ve already told you about the Redskins’ maxing out at five games, up from one last year.

Further proof NBC loves the NFC East: The Cowboys and Giants open the “Sunday Night Football” 2013 campaign. The Cowboys will appear on “SNF” three times this year, as will the Giants. Two of the Redskins’ five night contests are on NBC; two of them will air on ESPN. Eagles? Nowhere to be found on NBC’s initial schedule. Of course, the latter half of the season allows flex scheduling, so if the Eagles are actually a good team, they’ll likely see more than just the two games (down from five last year() they’ve been scheduled this year. In other words: the Cowboys/Eagles game that was not flexed out late last season might be the last time in awhile you’ll hear Al Michaels working an Eagles game.

And for the first time in recent memory, there are no Saturday games scheduled. The Bay City Rollers will now have to find alternate ways to be preoccupied this year.

Go 46ers! Jefferson City, MO TV Station Blacks Out During Super Bowl Text Messages

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Missouri television station erroneously reported that the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XLVII via text message. That was after they first reported that the Baltimore Ravens had beat the "46ers" to win the Super Bowl.

A Missouri television station erroneously reported that the San Francisco 49ers won Super Bowl XLVII via text message. That was after they first reported that the Baltimore Ravens had beat the “46ers” to win the Super Bowl.

It was a Super Bowl that was watched by a great amount of people, even with a half-hour delay due to a stadium blackout in New Orleans.

But when the final seconds ticked off in Super Bowl XLVII, a television station’s news department fumbled not once, but twice, in relaying the final score to viewers subscribed to their “Textcaster” feature.

Of course, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

But according to KMIZ/”ABC 17″ in Jefferson City, Missouri, the Ravens actually beat the “San Francisco 46ers.” (Did a few states secede during that blackout?)

Immediately, the people in charge of the text service corrected the information – or so they thought.

“Correction,” read the subsequent text message. “San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl 34-31.”

Not only did KMIZ give the 49ers their name back, they also handed them the Lombardi Trophy.

Was Brian Billick minding their texts?

Finally, a third text message was sent, reading: “After a few mistakes on our part, it was the Ravens over the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. Apologies.”

Okay – if they had simply corrected the name of the team from the “46ers” to the “49ers,” we’d give them the benefit of the doubt. But following up that error with another one is just downright sloppy texting.

And what if you were one of the few people in mid-Missouri who could not watch the big game, that actually depended on these text messages for information?

I reached out to News Press & Gazette Broadcasting, the company that owns KMIZ-TV, and a person named Justin would not comment beyond saying “it was a mistake from our news department.” He also could not confirm how many viewers, if any, unsubscribed from the station’s text message service as a result of their Super snafu over the weekend.

Hey, we’re human. We are all not immune from mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. I get that.

But needing to send three texts for a simple score of the most popular football game of the year?

I suppose sending those texts while driving would make matters worse.

Barry Switzer Wants "Some Female" To Prove Him Wrong About "Option Football"

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Can’t wait till some female tells me option football will work in [the] NFL,” tweeted former Fox Sports personality Barry Switzer as Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers prevailed over the Green Bay Packers in the NFL playoffs.

As Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to a win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night, thanks in part to a record 183 rushing yards, which was the most for any quarterback in a single game, playoffs or otherwise, former Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer, a former panelist on Fox’s “NFL Sunday” program who occasionally can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, decided to give his two cents about the pros and cons of the style of play Kaepernick exhibited in the game, option football.

Basically, according to Switz, if arguments pro-option football come from a particular gender, that’s a big con in his book.

Among the first to respond to his tweet were, naturally, female followers:

And, of course, there’s the usual spellcheckers who take Switzer to task on his use of apostrophes – or in the case of the word “tell’s”, his misuse of them.

Over 1 Million Viewers Watched "Sunday Night Football" On NBCSN During Obama Newtown Address

 

NBC Sports Network viewership reached seven digits during the period NBC shifted “Sunday Night Football” to the channel as President Obama spoke in Newtown, CT on December 16.

Let me preface this post by saying this: There is absolutely nothing good that could ever come out of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There can be no benefit at all after somebody takes over two dozen innocent lives, including twenty children.

Anyway, on Sunday night, just as the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots were about to kick off on “Sunday Night Football” in Foxboro, Massachusetts, some 150 miles away, President Obama was set to give a speech at a prayer vigil in Newtown for the shooting victims.

At that point, NBC directed viewers to watch the beginning of the 49ers/Patriots game on either CNBC or NBC Sports Network, while NBC carried Obama’s speech.

The fact that live sports programming aired on CNBC is nothing new – they carried Stanley Cup Playoff games earlier this year. And of course, both CNBC and NBCSN were widely-viewed outlets during this year’s London Olympics, where the channel formerly known as Versus saw some of its highest audience shares in network history.

And perhaps it was their Olympic coverage that helped engrain NBCSN – and more importantly, its channel position – into viewers’ minds, so that they would know where to go to punch up the network, especially in a locked-out season of the NHL, a league whose rights NBCSN has heavily invested in.

Numbers don’t lie: According to figures from Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, over 2.6 million viewers were tuned into either CNBC or NBCSN for the twenty-five minute period from the beginning of the game, to about 8:55 PM ET, when President Obama punctuated his speech by reading the names of the twenty innocent boys and girls that were senselessly killed on December 14.

And while CNBC had more viewers during this period, there was only a difference of 156,000 viewers betweem the two networks: CNBC, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, had 1,397,000 viewers, while NBC Sports Network, currently available in around 75 million households, had 1,241,000 viewers.

That has to be a promising sign for a network that is vying to become a worthy alternative to ESPN. They overcame a slow start in the first quarter, bouncing back in the summer with the aforementioned Olympics and NHL playoff games.

And don’t forget, they also reeled in Dan Patrick’s television feed of his radio show – so with the Olympics long over, I’m willing to bet that a large portion of those 1.2 million viewers that found NBCSN were likely “Dan Patrick Show” viewers. After all, it’s the only visible daily programming that’s on the network – well, at least until Michelle Beadle begins her new show on the channel next year.

Overall, the 49ers/Patriots matchup was the second most-watched edition of “SNF” this year, trailing the season opener with the Denver Broncos and their new (old) quarterback, Peyton Manning, battling the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While the NBC broadcast network is tied up with an NFL broadcast package, I wouldn’t say that this will be the last time a live NFL game was shown on NBCSN. The league-owned NFL Network may be contemplating giving the rights to its recently expanded Thursday night football package to another network – maybe TNT, perhaps that new sports network Fox is constructing, or it might be NBC’s new sports network, which is a work in progress.

But the number of people that tuned into the network on Sunday night, who more than likely had no advanced notice of such a programming shuffle beforehand, has to be good news for NBC Sports Group.

Of course, I’m sure NBC and everyone else would have preferred that the bad news that prompted the temporary “SNF” move to NBCSN, as well as CNBC, never happened in the first place.

NBC Fires Norv Turner, Again: Chargers/Jets Flexed Out Of "Sunday Night Football"

NBC is flexing out the San Diego Chargers/New York Jets’ Week 16 game out of primetime in favor of a San Francisco 49ers/Seattle Seahawks matchup. It’s the third time in five seasons that a Sunday night game involving the Chargers was flexed out of primetime.

In just the second time in the last three years, NBC has waited until the latest possible time to exchange a previously scheduled game on “Sunday Night Football” for a more competitive one.

And in both of these instances, it’s the San Diego Chargers that end up getting burned.

They’re used to this, though.

On Monday, the NFL announced that the Chargers’ Week 16 road contest with the New York Jets on December 23 will be flexed out of primetime, with NBC opting for a divisional tilt between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. As a result, the Chargers/Jets game is jettisoned to CBS with a 1 PM (ET) start time, while a New York Giants/Baltimore Ravens game that had been scheduled for 1 PM on that day will shift to 4:25 PM, replacing 49ers/Seahawks as “America’s Game Of The Week” on that day.

With Fox protecting three consecutive Giants broadcasts this month, I’m sure Joe Buck wouldn’t want it any other way.

Sure, the Jets and Chargers both won their recent games, both on the road – but after realizing that an Arizona Cardinals defense that allowed nearly 60 points to the Seahawks had allowed just a single touchdown to the Jets the previous week – and mind you, not even to a quarterback named Sanchez or Tebow – NBC decided it would be in the best interest of America to not show the Chargers/Jets game in Week 16, a game that pits a lame-duck head coach with an all-around lame team.

There had been speculation that NBC would flex out the Chargers/Jets game as early as WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” morning show. Co-host Craig Carton argued that with the Jets being embarrassed on Thanksgiving night by the New England Patriots, they don’t deserve any further national television exposure. (By the way, the Jets’ next game in Week 15 will be in primetime, on the road against the Tennessee Titans.)

And so, these two teams will, as The Big Lead points out, play a 1 PM game in New Jersey for the second consecutive year (the Jets won that Week 7 game, 27-21).

This will be the first and only time this year that a scheduled NBC game will be discarded back to a regional affair. Of course, there will be a final “Sunday Night Football” broadcast in Week 17, with the teams to be determined based on playoff implications stemming from the scheduled games that week, which will all be played on December 30.

The last time NBC waited as long as possible for flexing out a regularly scheduled game was in 2010, also in Week 16, with the Chargers/Bengals game fed back to CBS in favor of a Minnesota Vikings/Philadelphia Eagles game, one that would be played on the night of Tuesday, December 28, 2010, due to severe weather conditions in Philadelphia (incidentally, the Vikings’ own home stadium would be impacted by heavy snow that year, as well).

NBC also made one flex move last year in Week 13, and once again, it was an AFC/NFC tradeoff, with a Colts/Patriots contest (remember, this is the year Peyton Manning missed the entire season) switched for a Detroit Lions/New Orleans Saints matchup. As a reuslt of this arrangement, it actually sent a Denver Broncos road game in Minnesota from CBS to Fox (you may recall this was back in the thick of Tebowmania, when one Tim Tebow was playing for Denver).

With the Week 16 (2012) flex move, this means the 49ers will now have to play two back-to-back Sunday night games, and both of them on the road, as they travel to Foxboro to play the Patriots in Week 15 on NBC before proceeding to the Pacific Northwest the following week. This actually is not the first time a team was in such a position due to flex scheduling: In Week 16 of the 2007 season, the Washington Redskins’ road contest with the Vikings was flexed into primetime in lieu of a 49ers home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; the Redskins would also play the New York Giants in what used to be The Meadowlands the preceding week.

Speaking of the Patriots, the Chargers now join them as having been involved in the most games flexed out of primetime. A Chargers/Buccaneers game in Week 16 of the 2008 season also flexed out for a Carolina Panthers/New York Giants tilt – which put the Giants on “SNF” for two weeks in a row (they played in Dallas the previous week).

So there will be at least one previously scheduled primetime game on NBC flexed into an earlier window for the sixth year in a row, including only one game for four consecutive years. In the “SNF” debut season of 2006, in which flex scheduling was first eligible, no games were flexed at all.

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s nine games flexed out of Sunday night in a six-year span – with the Chargers making up for one-third of those games (as well as the Patriots).

Of course, there could have been two games flexed this season: they chose to keep a Philadelphia Eagles/Dallas Cowboys contest in primetime, despite their losing records coming into the game.

The San Diego Chargers and New York Jets, with their losing records? Not so much.

Regional Roundup: NFL Week 6

Jeff Fisher was literally a mustache hair away from being named the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. He’s since agreed to work for the St. Louis Rams in that capacity, which makes this week’s Rams/Dolphins game in South Florida a bit awkward.

It’ll be a week with no Bucs – and for that matter, no Buck – or so we think. It’s a Fox doubleheader weekend.

EARLY GAMES

CBS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have spent so much time the past few weeks working games with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, they’ve decided to see what’s cooking with his old team, the Indianapolis Colts. That as they travel to New Jersey to face the New York Jets, on the final game of a three-game homestand – and what may also be the final game that Mark Sanchez starts this season, should Gang Green lose to Andrew Luck and the Lucky Bunch. There are only two undefeated teams left, and as you wait for the Houston Texans to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, you can watch the Atlanta Falcons, as they host the Oakland Raiders, and hear Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf call the action as it unfolds – and you would think that the Falcons would be responsible for most of the action, as the Raiders are your typical West coast team playing an early game, plus they haven’t won a road game going back to all of last season. But, they are coming off their bye week, so anything is possible. And it appears that there will be a monthlong bye week for the Buccaneers as far as local television is concerned. The Bucs have once again failed to sell out Raymond James Stadium for the third time in a row: the opener vs. the Panthers (which is their only win thus far) and the game vs. the Redskins before the team’s actual bye next week. It’s probably a no-brainer that when an offensively struggling outfit in the Kansas City Chiefs visits a team that couldn’t sell out a home game if they were faced with a walk on the plank, a television blackout is inevitable. So for the benefit of the six states in the Midwest that will be able to watch this game, as well as the lone city in Florida cleared to carry the game, Fort Myers (WINK-TV), your announcers will be the great Marv Albert, along with Rich Gannon. (Marv should have a clause in his contract that he shouldn’t call games that are blacked out locally, he is that good.) How sad is the situation in Tampa Bay? The Cleveland Browns, at 0-5, the last winless team left in the league this season, is still selling out its home games. This week, it’ll be the second battle of Ohio, as the Browns once again square off against the Cincinnati Bengals, who upended the Browns by a touchdown four weeks ago. Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will be your play-by-play people for this game.

FOX: The Detroit Lions are ready to roar after their bye week, but the Philadelphia Eagles will hear none of it. Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa report from Lincoln Financial Field. Personally, I think the Dallas Cowboys/Baltimore Ravens tilt has a bit more luster (i.e. the appropriate assignment for Kenny, Moose and Goose this week), but I digress. Though it brings Brian Billick back to the city where he coached the Ravens for nine years, and led them to an improbable Super Bowl victory. Billick, who moonlights as an NFL Network analyst, will be providing the color commentary to Sam Rosen’s play-by-play for this game. And Chris Myers and Tim Ryan are taking their talents to South Beach – and so are Jeff Fisher, his mustache and his St. Louis Rams, as they try to build off energy from a win that knocked the Arizona Cardinals from the ranks of the undefeated (a victory that seems like two Thursday nights ago) by facing the Miami Dolphins, which Fisher was reportedly close to signing to be their head coach, only to end up coaching the Rams instead. The Fins fans will likely let him hear it throughout the game.

LATE GAMES

CBS: So who have you got for the big Tom Brady/Russell Wilson showdown? Granted, it’s no Brady vs. Manning, but the New England Patriots will find ways to put some points on the board (fourteen players listed questionable and all) as they play the Seattle Seahawks, in a game that will be called by Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. And the aforementioned no-longer-undefeated Arizona Cardinals are hosting the Buffalo Bills, who were on the losing end of a 42-point deficit at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers last week. Could this week be even worse? Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker will let you know if it is.

FOX: Speaking of the San Francisco 49ers, it’s a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship Game with the New York Giants. As of Friday, Joe Buck was originally scheduled not to be working this game (with Thom Brenneman getting the assignment), as Buck was preserving his voice for National League baseball playoff games with his old buddy Tim McCarver. But since the Giants will be hosting Game 1 of the NLCS on Sunday night, Buck – never one to miss calling a game in which the Giants are involved – will call both the late NFL game and the opening game of the NLCS. So Buck will once again be working with Troy Aikman, and moments later, with McCarver. The question is, can the 49ers pull the rare task of winning three straight games against three opponents from the state of New York in back-to-back-to-back weeks? If they outscored their previous two opponents 79-3 (including a shutout of the New York Jets), I wonder if the Giants’ punter is going to be put to work early and often. And finally in the nation’s capital, Dick Stockton and John Lynch bring you a matchup between Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings, and Robert Griffin III, who despite suffering an injury last week, is pondering starting for the Washington Redskins.

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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.

EARLY GAMES

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.

LATE GAMES

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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