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.

Denver Broncos All But Guaranteed Thanksgiving 2013 Game

Based on the release of the opponents of the NFL teams for the 2013-14 season, it’s safe to assume that Peyton Manning will be playing his second Thanksgiving game in nine years, as the Denver Broncos are one of two AFC teams scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys.

With the end of the 2012-13 regular season comes the precursor to the release of the 2013-14 NFL schedule: the announcements of the opponents that all 32 teams will be facing, based on the strengths of their schedules the previous season.

I realize that Wild Card Weekend hasn’t even started yet, and I’m probably going to draw dirty looks for my looking ahead to the middle of next season, when the schedule hasn’t even been released yet (and likely will not be for about fifteen weeks or so – not that I’m counting down the days or anything). But I can’t help but make speculations prior to the release of the schedule, usually those that make sense.

So once I saw the AFC opponents that the Dallas Cowboys will be hosting next year, and realizing that the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Classic will air on CBS (the AFC network) next year, I have but one thing to say: No way in Alameda is the NFL going to opt for the Oakland Raiders to visit the Cowboys next Turkey Day, when given the choice between the Raiders and the Denver Broncos.

When you have a choice between scheduling either the Denver Broncos, who ended the 2012 regular season – first one with Peyton Manning under center – with an unprecedented eleven-game winning streak, which not only granted them their current first-round bye in the 2012-13 playoffs which get underway on Saturday, but clinched homefield advantage for the team throughout said playoffs, and the Oakland Raiders, who just fired a quartet of coaches, including their offensive coordinator, and have not won a game on Thanksgiving since they hosted one 45 years ago in the old AFL era, the decision is so easy, even Leon Lett could make it.

The last (and only) time Manning was on the Turkey Day stage, he picked apart the Lions, throwing a half-dozen touchdowns, part of a 2004 season which saw him set a new record for most touchdowns thrown in a season (eclipsed by Tom Brady during the Patriots’ near-perfect season three years later). Manning came one touchdown shy of tying (and possibly breaking) a record seven touchdown tosses in a game, shared by five other quarterbacks, most recently Joe Kapp in 1969.

The Raiders – do we even know who their starting quarterback is going to be in November, let alone in April when the 2013 NFL schedule is released?

It’s a no-brainer: the Denver Broncos will be playing the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day 2013.

And can you imagine if the Cowboys really came out on the short end of the stick (as if losing six of their last seven elimination games at the delinquent hands of Tony Romo wasn’t enough) and drew the other two teams from the AFC West division, the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs, both of whom bid adieu to their own head coaches, and then some, back on Black Monday? CBS would be better off reverting back to the 70’s and airing a Cardinals game (and Arizona has axed a bunch of people this week, as well).

While I’m at it, I’ll also provide some mild speculation on which NFC opponent will face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day 2013 on Fox. Any one of the Lions’ division rivals (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings) could easily be penciled in for a showdown at Ford Field on November 28. Then again, the Lions will also be playing the teams in the NFC East in 2013 – and one of the two teams in that division that will be traveling to Detroit is the New York Giants, who despite their inability to defend their recent Super Bowl title after sliding out of playoff contention, will still draw marquee games. As we know, Fox’s marquee NFL games are called by Joe Buck. As we also know, Buck has worked more than his share of Giants games. So with all that said, the Lions hosting their (turkey) leg of the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Classic with the New York Giants, who had not won on Thanksgiving since beating the Lions back in 1982 – when Eli Manning was 22 months old – is my early projection.

The other NFC East team scheduled to play the Lions in Ford Field: the Dallas Cowboys. The only way a date between these two teams on Turkey Day would happen is if the Cowboys did indeed end up getting the Chargers and Chiefs at home this season.

For the record, the sixth NFC team slated to visit Detroit is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but based on their 28-point drubbing by the Cowboys on Turkey Day 2006, I doubt they’ll be considered for Thanksgiving plans for the next 28 years.

As for which teams will be playing Thanksgiving night on NBC next year, the jury is truly out. We’re going from a probability factor of two to six to about 220 here. But believe it or not, one team that could be featured here is – call me crazy – the Denver Broncos.

If you’ve been paying attention, I have written about the possibility of both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning both playing on Thanksgiving Day in 2013. But guess what: the Broncos’ opponents for 2013 have been released, and some of the matchups make Peyton Manning vs. Tony Romo look like Mark Sanchez vs. Brandon Moore’s posterior: you have Denver scheduled to face the Indianapolis Colts, the team that drafted Peyton Manning; the New England Patriots, whose quarterback is Manning rival Tom Brady; and the New York Giants – nuff said.

We remember the Harbaugh Brothers Bowl from a couple of Thanksgivings ago (49ers/Ravens, the last Turkey Day game to be broadcast by NFL Network). So it’s only natural to think that a game with similar family ties like the Manning brothers going at it again would get such billing on Thanksgiving night again. But here’s the problem: it would mean the Oakland Raiders playing the Dallas Cowboys earlier that day. It just can’t happen.

Granted, when the Denver Broncos do play the New York Giants in 2013, it’s a virtual lock to be on NBC: both previous Manning Bowls (the Giants vs. Peyton’s former team, the Colts) in 2006 and 2010 were broadcast on NBC. So this Broncos/Giants tilt is more than likely going to air on NBC, as well – just not on Thanksgiving. It’ll probably be played in September, perhaps the opening game of the season on “Sunday Night Football.” And remember, the game is in Jersey, so if the Broncos win Super Bowl XLVII, it can’t be the “kickoff” game, since it would have to be played in Denver.

In the end, I would think that the game that ends up being scheduled in primetime next Thanksgiving would likely involve at least one AFC team. Not just because two NFC teams host games every year, either: since the night game was added in 2006, only one game was an all-NFC affair: the Arizona Cardinals at the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. Incidentally, both of those teams are in the process of cleaning house – and are also scheduled to play each other in 2013. And word on the street is that former Eagles coach Andy Reid could become the new head coach in Arizona. And if former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt ended up in Philadelphia? Could that be the Thanksgiving 2013 nightcap?

It couldn’t be worse than the “buttfumble” game last Thanksgiving night.

Or Raiders vs. Cowboys.

Yawn.

Tryptophan, please.

Regional Roundup: NFL Week 12 Thanksgiving Special

The last time NBC aired an NFL game on Thanksgiving, the Tennessee Oilers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in 1997. The NFL returns to NBC on Turkey Day, as the Jets host the division rival Patriots.

Here it is, a bit earlier than usual this week, and you can understand why: Three big games on the Thanksgiving menu, including, for the first time in sixteen years, on NBC. The usual regionals are upcoming, but given the holiday and the circumstances surrounding this setup, I’m including the Turkey Day games, as well as recognizing NBC, in this special edition only.

For the longest time, there had been only two annual NFL games on Thanksgiving Day: in Detroit in the early afternoon, and in Dallas in the late afternoon. Then when NFL Network started their “Thursday Night Football” package, which initially called for eight games per season (including a Saturday night game here and there), it included a Thanksgiving night game (which was also available on local broadcast stations in the markets involved with the game).

Then this year, on the weekend of the Super Bowl, the league announced that not only would NFLN’s annual tally of games expand from eight to thirteen, but in exchange for the extra games, the Thanksgiving night game would go to NBC.

So in 2012, a new tradition begins, with NBC worked into the Turkey Day NFL mix. The last time the Peacock Network aired a game on Thanksgiving Day, it was in the final year of their AFC contract. In fact, it’s been so long that the team that beat the Cowboys in that game in 1997, the Tennessee Oilers, now go by a new name (Titans). Ironically, the NFL franchise previously known as the Titans will be hosting the first Thanksgiving game on NBC in quite some time.

Here’s some Turkey Day NFL trivia for you: Did you know that, for two years out of the 52 seasons and counting that the NFL Thanksgiving doubleheader was established, the Cowboys did not host the late game? That’s right: there appeared to be a consensus that the team hosting a regular season game in the middle of the week gave them somewhat of an unfair advantage over other teams. The group with the biggest grievance was the St. Louis Cardinals – which at the time, were in the NFC East with the Cowboys. (They’ve since flown west to Phoenix in 1988, and eventually to the NFC West in 2002.) So the NFL awarded the St. Louis football Cardinals the late Thanksgiving game on odd years, starting in 1975. However, this plan ended in 1977 because CBS had their own grievance: there was not as much viewer interest in Cardinals Thanksgiving games than in Cowboys Thanksgiving games. What’s more, it would prove to be a chore to sell out the Thanksgiving games in St. Louis, as there was a high school football game in the area that was apparently of more interest. But there’s no record of the two Cards games not selling out, thus no record of local blackouts of the games in the St. Louis area.

So as far as I know, there has never been a local home team blackout for any Thanksgiving Classic games. Not even the Lions during their struggling years experienced a blackout on Thanksgiving Day – even the year that they compiled an 0-16 record. And even though word on the street was that the Jets had unsold tickets for their previous night game this season against the Texans – who will also be in action on Thursday for the first Thanksgiving game in the team’s eleven-year history – it’s a safe bet that the Jets’ second home game on Thanksgiving night in three years is sold out.

By the way, one more footnote on the Cardinals before we get started: Did you know that they’ve been involved in six Thanksgiving games since the AFL/NFL merger, and they’re 0-6 in those games? They were the St. Louis Cardinals for five of those games, and were involved in games for three consecutive years, including the two home games back in the mid-’70’s (yep, the Cowboys hosted the other). They also visited the Cowboys in 1983 and 1985, and lost each game by an identical score of 35-17. And in their most recent Turkey Day game in 2008, the Arizona Cardinals were eaten alive by the Philadelphia Eagles, 48-20. The Eagles, by the way, are undefeated (2-0) in Thanksgiving games played since the merger. At least the current Eagles team can take solace in that, when they host a Monday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers this week.

Here we go.

THANKSGIVING

The Detroit Lions start the day’s festivities, just as they have been for every year since 1945. They host the AFC South-leading Houston Texans, and that means it’s a CBS game, and the network’s A-team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be at Ford Field for this game. It’ll be the third matchup between the two teams; each of their previous two tilts was won by the home team, most recently the Texans in 2008. So the Lions have that going for them against the high-powered Texans offense. The Dallas Cowboys follow with their 35th consecutive Thanksgiving Day game since the sacrifice of the Cardinals, and it’ll be against the division rival Washington Redskins, and Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will work that one. Here’s another weird stat for you: Since a pre-merger matchup in 1968, the Redskins are 0-6 against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day (though they did play the Lions back in 1972 and shut them out, 20-0). And the nightcap on NBC will be another divisional contest, as the New York Jets host the New England Patriots, who currently lead the AFC East. NBC’s crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya are assigned to this game. Since the merger, the Jets are 0-3 on Thanksgiving as the road team, but at home, they’re 1-0 – so far, anyway.

A foreword before the Sunday games: Of the three aforementioned announcing crews, we won’t hear from Nantz and Simms again until next week. Iron man Joe Buck and his sidekick Troy Aikman will return this Sunday on Fox (more on that later) and Al, Cris and Michele will also work NBC’s regularly scheduled Sunday night broadcast, which has the Green Bay Packers visiting the New York Giants. Fox has the Sunday doubleheader this week, by the way; not sure if that factors into Nantz/Simms getting a day of rest this Sunday or not.

EARLY GAMES

CBS: But if Nantz and Simms were working a second game on this long holiday weekend, this probably would be the one: it involves the Denver Broncos, who travel to Kansas City to play the 1-9 Chiefs. On second thought, perhaps the carnage might be too much for Jim and Phil, so this sounds like a job for Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf. There are a couple of other divisional tilts in CBS’ early game window: the Jacksonville Jaguars, coming off a double overtime loss to the Texans, host the Tennessee Titans, with Spero Dedes and Steve Beuerlein interpreting the game action. And the Pittsburgh Steelers, sans Ben Roethlisberger, take on the Cleveland Browns, sans a reasonable offense; Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots will call this game from Cleveland. In fact, there will be two NFL games being played simultaneously in Ohio, as Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker will call the Cincinnati Bengals/Oakland Raiders contest. And the great Marv Albert once again teams up with Rich Gannon for what should be an exciting game in the rookie season of Andrew Luck – I say “should be an exciting game” but the Indianapolis Colts are hosting the Buffalo Bills this week.

FOX: A majority of the country will see Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa work an NFC North showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears. And just like the Ohio deal, there will be three NFL games at the same time in the state of Florida: in addition to the aforementioned Jaguars game in Jacksonville, the Miami Dolphins host the Seattle Seahawks, in a game that will be called by Chris Myers and Tim Ryan. You may recall Myers’ snafu last week in which he declared a Panthers victory as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers decisive touchdown was scored in overtime. Which brings us to the other game in the Sunshine State, which is yet another divisional tilt. Yet, despite a heroic effort last week, I heard on Wednesday that there are still “thousands” of tickets available for the Bucs’ next home game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs’ first and only sellout at Raymond James Stadium to date has been against another NFC South foe, the New Orleans Saints. If the team rises to second place in the division and they’re still not putting behinds in the seats, then Tampa Bay just doesn’t deserve an NFL team. It’s as simple as that. Despite the holiday, the sellout deadline remains as Thursday; I’ll update this post accordingly when time permits. By the way, Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick will call this game from Tampa. (UPDATE: It will actually be Charles Davis working with Brennaman.)

LATE GAMES

CBS: The lone late contest in CBS’ late game window, the San Diego Chargers’ hosting of the Baltimore Ravens, is also in danger of being blacked out locally. For those that will be able to watch this game, you’ll hear Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts describe the game action. (Surprisingly, I’ve heard nothing blackout-related as far as the Raiders/Bengals game is concerned.)

FOX: As I previously mentioned, Buck and Aikman will be back in the catbird seats on three days rest, in the Big Easy, as the resurgent New Orleans Saints play the San Francisco 49ers. Finally, you knew I was bringing up all of those details about the St. Louis football Cardinals for a reason. Of course, on Thanksgiving weekend, the NFL is going to schedule the Arizona Cardinals vs. the St. Louis Rams – or the team representing the city the Cardinals once resided, where they became etched in Thanksgiving Classic lore. This far-from-a-Thanksgiving-classic (will it end in a tie?) will be worked by Dick Stockton and John Lynch.

UPDATE: As of Friday, November 23, Cincinnati, San Diego and Tampa Bay will not be able to watch their local teams this weekend.

Information from the506.com was used in this post.

Baby Boom For Michael Kay

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay is going to be a father. His wife Jodi Applegate broke the news on her husband’s radio show that she is en ceinte with the couple’s first child, a girl, due in January.

There’s a little one in the on deck circle of Michael Kay’s family.

The New York Yankees play-by-play broadcaster on YES Network who moonlights as a talk show host on WEPN/”ESPN 98.7″ in New York welcomed a special guest on his afternoon drive radio broadcast on Tuesday afternoon – with some special news.

Jodi Applegate, the anchor of the 10 PM newscast on WPIX/New York who married Kay in February 2011, revealed that she’s expecting.

“Got a little baby ready to join us in January,” Applegate said during a “game” Kay and his radio cohort, Don LaGreca, played quizzing the males on who knows Applegate best. Hear the audio of the segment here.

“We kind of kept it quiet for a long time,” Applegate told listeners. “But now it can be told. We can’t wait.”

The gender of the child was confirmed to be a girl later in the show.

And yes, he’ll be ecstatic even if his child grows up to be a Mets fan.”

“I don’t care what team my kid roots for,” Kay said.

Congratulations to Michael and Jodi on their new arrival.

“I couldn’t have done it without you,” Jodi Applegate told her husband.

To which Michael Kay replied: “Literally.”

We can only hope his attention to his own kid will be completely different to the attention he gave a kid on Twitter not too long ago.

The Eagles Are Putting Philadelphia Sports Radio Hosts To Sleep

WIP host Brian Startare admitted that he could barely stay awake while watching the Eagles’ sixth straight loss against the Washington Redskins.

The Philadelphia Eagles, who have not won a game since the night they honored Brian Dawkins in a victory over the division rival New York Giants (that was the final day of September – even the Phillies, who have long been on the golf course, have picked up a win since then), enter Thanksgiving with a six-game losing streak, all but guaranteeing Andy Reid’s goose is cooked as the team’s head coach.

But if it wasn’t enough that the Eagles have allowed eleven passing touchdowns and a third more points, and made zero interceptions since the firing of defensive/offensive/defensive-again coordinator Juan Castillo over the bye week; if it wasn’t enough that Reid’s undefeated post-bye-week record coming to an end this season; or if it wasn’t enough that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a game that sends the team to a 3-7 overall record and last place in the NFC East, perhaps this development might factor into the decision for team owner Jeffrey Lurie to relieve Reid of his duties sooner rather than later:

The Philadelphia Eagles are so bad, they’re even putting local sports radio hosts to sleep.

“I watched [the game] with my brother today,” WIP host Brian Startare told a caller, “and we were both nudging each other to stay awake.”

Now, if that right there doesn’t tell you that the team has to move into a new direction, I don’t know what will.

After all, sports talk radio in the Philadelphia market is in a class by itself. And we wouldn’t want Andy Reid’s losing ways to rub off on that, now, would we?

So, Mr. Lurie, take one for the team – the sports radio landscape in the City of Brotherly Love – and please, fire Andy Reid, before the local hosts are too tired to even assault cabdrivers.

Thank you.

Looks like the tryptophan in that turkey you’ll be eating this Thanksgiving has its work cut out for it this year.

Regional Roundup: NFL Week 11

The last time Tony Romo faced the Browns, it was in 2008 in Cleveland. He’ll be in friendlier confines in Dallas this time around, as the Cowboys look to feast on a subpar opponent before their annual Thanksgiving game.

The Luck of the draw. It’s a CBS doubleheader weekend. No blackouts, though the Raiders barely avoided one this week, and the Thursday night home sellout streak was jeopardized in Buffalo, but it continues.

EARLY GAMES

CBS: Two of CBS’ four early games take place in NFC territory. First, Cowboys Stadium, a site that likely needs its own zip code, has the Cleveland Browns on the pre-Thanksgiving menu for the Dallas Cowboys, who will host the Washington Redskins on Thursday afternoon on Fox. But on this day, Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf serve up the Sunday matinee. And in St. Louis, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will be all over the New York Jets (which shouldn’t be too much of a problem) as they take on the Rams, coming off a tie vs. the San Francisco 49ers last week. There’s also a divisional battle between the AFC South leading Houston Texans, and the AFC South bottomfeeding Jacksonville Jaguars, which will be worked by Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker. And the Cincinnati Bengals, coming off a giant victory against the Super Bowl champion New York Giants, will play a team of midgets in the Kansas City Chiefs, and what this game lacks in competition is made up by the fact that the great Marv Albert, along with Rich Gannon, will deliver game details to viewers.

FOX: With the exception of the newly-defeated Atlanta Falcons hosting the Arizona Cardinals, and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa presiding, all of the games in Fox’s early game window are divisional matchups. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be in Detroit – not necessarily on Thanksgiving Day, but a few days prior – working the Green Bay Packers/Detroit Lions game. You’ll see Joe and Troy again in Dallas on Turkey Day for the Cowboys/Redskins game. But first, the Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles, in a battle of rookie quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III and the (subbing for the injured Michael Vick) Nick Foles; that game will be called by Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick. And Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will be in Charlotte for an NFC South hoedown between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

LATE GAMES

CBS: There’s two late games on CBS: the Indianapolis Colts, behind rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, taking on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, which will be shown in roughly one-third of the country; and the Denver Broncos hosting the San Diego Chargers, which will be seen in a majority of the country. You would think with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling several Broncos games, they’d be in Denver again, especially with the game being cleared in over half of the country. But instead, CBS’ A-team will be in Foxboro once again, where they’ve witnessed many a battle between the Patriots and the Colts, when Peyton Manning was under center for Indianapolis. As for the game involving Manning’s current team, that game will be worked by Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots.

FOX: Just one Fox late game, and it involves Drew Brees leading his New Orleans Saints into the Black Hole to face the Oakland Raiders, in a contest that will be called by Dick Stockton and John Lynch.

A small addendum for observations of market activity: The Austin, TX Fox affiliate switched from the Saints/Raiders game to the Eagles/Redskins game, which means that station’s audience will see Baylor product RGIII, while San Antonio’s Fox affiliate did the reverse. And the Memphis market was cracked up this weekend, as the CBS station there switched late games from Chargers/Broncos to Colts/Patriots, and the Fox affiliate went from the Eagles/Redskins game in the early window to the late Saints/Raiders game, back to the early window with Packers/Lions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Information from the506.com was used in this post.

2012 NFL Schedule: The Primetime Games: Bears, Broncos, Chargers, Eagles, 49ers, Giants, Packers, Steelers Have Five Games Each

Mark your calendars: Here's the complete listing of primetime games scheduled for the 2012 NFL season.

Here is the list of all of the primetime games scheduled for the 2012 NFL season. Commentary to follow…

Wednesday, September 5 – Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, September 9 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 10 – Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – 7 PM ET – ESPN

Monday, September 10 – San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – 10:15 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 13 – Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 16 – Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 17 – Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 20 – New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 23 – New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, September 24 – Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, September 27 – Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, September 30 – New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 1 – Chicago Bears at Dallas Cowboys – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 4 – Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 7 – San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 8 – Houston Texans at New York Jets – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 11 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 14 – Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 15 – Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 18 – Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 21 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 22 – Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, October 25 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, October 28 – New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, October 29 – San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 1 – Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 4 – Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 5 – Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 8 – Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 11 – Houston Texans at Chicago Bears – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 12 – Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 15 – Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, November 18 – Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 19 – Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) – New England Patriots at New York Jets – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, November 25 – Green Bay Packers at New York Giants – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, November 26 – Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, November 29 – New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 2 – Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 3 – New York Giants at Washington Redskins – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 6 – Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 9 – Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 10 – Houston Texans at New England Patriots – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Thursday, December 13 – Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles – 8:20 PM ET – NFL Network

Sunday, December 16 – San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Monday, December 17 – New York Jets at Tennessee Titans – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Saturday, December 22 – Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN

Sunday, December 23 – San Diego Chargers at New York Jets – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

Sunday, December 30 – [Teams to be determined following Week 16] – 8:20 PM ET – NBC

TEAMS WITH FIVE PRIMETIME GAMES: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers.

TEAMS WITH FOUR PRIMETIME GAMES: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets.

TEAMS WITH THREE PRIMETIME GAMES: Cincinnati Bengals.

TEAMS WITH TWO PRIMETIME GAMES: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs,  Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans.

TEAMS WITH ONE PRIMETIME GAME: Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins.

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Well, I guess I came up a bit short with my predictions of six primetime games for the Jets and the Cowboys. As it turns out, they didn’t even get five primetime games.

But what shocks me the most is the fact that one of the Jets’ primetime games is not against the Jaguars. It’s currently scheduled for Sunday, December 9 at 1 PM ET on CBS – but there’s a good possibility that it could be flexed to Sunday night. You’ve got to give the NFL credit for scheduling it this late in the season: not because it could be flexed to NBC if need be, but as it even says right on the NFL.com splash page for the 2012 Jaguars schedule, “Tebow could be the Jets’ starting quarterback” by then!

The Jaguars will get one primetime game (at least I got that prediction right) – but it’ll be against the Colts, who will also play their lone primetime game in Jacksonville. Dolphins/Bills and Buccaneers/Vikings are two other primetime matchups that pretty much uphold the “at least one primetime game for each team, guaranteed” quota.

Also, I was generally right about the Broncos, with Peyton Manning under center for the first time, opening the season on “Sunday Night Football.” I wrote yesterday that the Steelers and Texans matchups were ripe for primetime, and while I personally hoped the Broncos would open against the Texans, for reasons I previously explained (for the record, they’ll meet in Week 3), it looks like the Steelers will indeed square off against Peyton and his new crew at Mile High.

Speaking of the Broncos, another strong prediction of mine was that the Broncos’ matchup with the Patriots would be scheduled for Thanksgiving night on NBC. I was half-right: the Patriots will be in the mix, but instead, it’ll be against the division rival New York Jets, and Gang Green’s first Thanksgiving game since they hosted Cincinnati just a few years ago.

As for that Patriots/Broncos game… yes, it’ll be on CBS, and so early in the season (Week 5) that it certainly wouldn’t be flexed into “Sunday Night Football.” I wonder if Robert Kraft had a hand in this decision, too?

Oh, those Broncos… I wrote yesterday that I was waffling between four and five primetime games, and since they actually got five, I’ll claim that as another accurate prediction. I’m actually surprised that teams like the Bears and the Chargers got five games. Both of these teams missed the playoffs last year. You figured the Eagles – who really missed the playoffs badly last year – would get their customary five primetime games, no matter what. But the Chargers? Who were thisclose to firing their head coach and general manager? If that went down, we would probably be talking about how the Chargers got two primetime games or less.

And yes, based on comments posted on my previous post, I am aware that teams traditionally get five primetime games at most when the schedule is first released, with a sixth coming by way of Sunday night “flexing” (which is how the Cowboys accomplished that feat last year). My point was, rules were made to be updated. You can bet the maximum number of primetime games will be altered somewhere down the road. How soon, I’m not sure. But with more primetime games being schedule, comes more opportunities to play in primetime. Let’s face it: Would you rather watch the Bears or the Browns? (And for the record, I don’t know if he was joking or not, but Andrew Siciliano, within the hour before the schedule being released, said on “Total Access” during an item on the Broncos that he believed they’d “max out with six primetime games”. Maybe he expects the maximum to be updated, too.)

Of the eight teams with five primetime appearances, three of these teams (Giants, Packers, Steelers) appear three times on “Sunday Night Football”; this includes the Wednesday, September 5 season opener against the Cowboys, who will also make three NBC appearances, as will the Patriots (this includes Thanksgiving). Of course, these are all subject to change, thanks to “flex scheduling”. Also, the Bears will appear three times on “Monday Night Football”, with the 49ers, Broncos, Chargers and Eagles each appearing twice on “MNF,” as will the Jets, Falcons, Lions and Texans – accounting for half of their four primetime appearances in 2012. And every team appears on NFL Network just once. (Of course, NFLN games are simulcast on local broadcast outlets in the cities of the teams playing.)

And there is one lone Saturday night game: it’ll be on ESPN on December 22. This explains why there is no Monday night game on Christmas Eve. Funny, the NFL had no problem playing games on Christmas in recent years. Heck, they played fourteen games on Christmas Eve last year.

All that being written… just 141 days left until all of these games are finally played for your viewing (and gambling, if you prefer) enjoyment.

Game(s) on!