Mike Krzyzewski Debuts 10th Season of His SiriusXM Show Oct. 23

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGO“Basketball and Beyond with Coach K” will air weekly

on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91

Kansas head coach Bill Self and Denver Nuggets/Team USA forward Kenneth Faried

will join Coach K on the season premiere

NEW YORK – October 22, 2014 – Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils and the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, will debut the 10th season of his weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, tomorrow, October 23 (6:00 pm ET) on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91.

Coach K will be joined on the season premiere by Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach Bill Self and Denver Nuggets/U.S. Men’s National Team forward Kenneth Faried.  Throughout the season, a new edition of Basketball and Beyond will air every Thursday on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, which is available on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at SiriusXM.com.  Each show will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand.

“It is amazing that we have been part of the SiriusXM team for a decade,” said Krzyzewski. “Working side by side with my partner Dave Sims, we have tried to deliver compelling conversations to our listeners over the past nine seasons. I am certain our 10th year will be no different. We’re very proud of the show and we thoroughly enjoy doing it each week throughout college basketball season. We are excited to get started this week with two outstanding guests in Coach Self and Kenneth Faried.”

“We’re honored and excited to be embarking on a 10th season of Basketball and Beyond,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “Coach K is one of the most exceptional figures of our time.  To have him on SiriusXM all these years sharing his perspective and inspiring people, in sports and in their daily lives, is truly special.”

Basketball and Beyond features Coach K discussing a wide array of subjects and interviewing successful people from sports, entertainment, government and more.  Some of the high profile guests who have joined Krzyzewski on the program over the past nine seasons include former NBA Commissioner David Stern, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, fellow coaching greats Bob Knight, John Madden, Pat Summitt , Joe Torre, Bill Belichick and many others.

Over 39 years as a head basketball coach, 34 of them at Duke University, Coach K has built one of the most extraordinary coaching resumes in sports history.  He is the all-time winningest head coach in NCAA Men’s Division I basketball history with 983 victories, and has led Duke to four NCAA Championships, 13 ACC Tournament championships and 11 Final Four appearances. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

Krzyzewski has been involved with USA Basketball as a coach on and off since 1979, when he started out as an assistant to Bob Knight.  Over that time he has helped lead the U.S. to 10 gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.  Since 2005, when USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo selected Krzyzewski as the Senior Men’s National Team head coach, the USA is an extraordinary 75-1 in major international competitions.

In addition to Coach K’s program, SiriusXM carries live play-by-play coverage of Duke basketball games throughout the season.  SiriusXM is the leading broadcaster of live college sporting events and offers play by play from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, SEC, American Athletic Conference and other NCAA Division I conferences.


NBA TV To Salute San Antonio Spurs With Special ‘Champions Day’ Programming Monday, Oct. 27

NBA-TV-Logo“Champions Day” to Feature an NBA TV Originals Candid Conversation with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker Reflecting on More Than a Decade of Excellence

NBA TV’s Special Programming to Include Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs,

Open Court: NBA Champions Edition, 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go & NBA Finals Re-Airs

NBA TV will feature special daylong programming on Monday, Oct. 27, to celebrate the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. The network will premiere three original programs – Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, Open Court: NBA Champions Edition and 2014San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go – along with re-airs of past NBA Finals performances and season reviews from the Spurs’ five title-winning seasons.

Anchoring the programming block, Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs, an NBA TV Originals production, will feature a candid conversation between the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, at 9 p.m. ET.  The four principal figures sat down following last year’s NBA Finals win to reflect on the building of a dynasty, how their relationships have developed over the years and the satisfaction of this past year’s championship season.

The three-hour primetime block of original programming will tip off with 2014 San Antonio Spurs: Go Spurs Go, a look back at last year’s Spurs championship season, at 8 p.m. The hour-long program relives the Spurs’ fifth title run with exclusive interviews, highlights and behind-the-scenes footage.

The night will conclude with a champions-themed edition of Open Court at 10 p.m., with the critically acclaimed roundtable show featuring a cast of NBA Champions – Hall of Famers Shaquille O’Neal and Isiah Thomas, along with Rick Fox, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chauncey Billups – with Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson. The panel of NBA greats reflects on championship experiences and discusses the perseverance it takes to win a title.

Earlier in the day, NBA TV will re-air season in review shows from the Spurs’ previous four championship seasons starting at 9 a.m., followed by encore airings of Games 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals, beginning at 2 p.m.

Excerpts from Champions Revealed: 2014 San Antonio Spurs:

Popovich on the beginning of the Duncan Era in San Antonio: “[Tim Duncan] came to training camp and David Robinson watched him play and about the second practice the whole offense changed. David was now in the dunker spot and Timmy was on the block catching the ball and David never even said a word…You know this new kid comes in and all of a sudden David’s not getting all of his touches…I never said, ‘David this is the way it’s going to be.’ We just did what we did and he knew it right off the bat and he loved it. Timmy just grew and grew from there, unbelievable.”

Parker on the quality of people in building the Spurs: “I like what TD said…we talked and he said we are good people at heart. I think that is the best thing when you choose the players, they are like good people, and all they care [about] is the team. It’s easy for everybody to follow.”

Duncan on Ginobili’s maturation through tough practices against Bruce Bowen: “I remember the first year you were here when we practiced; you’d have to play against Bruce [Bowen] a lot. And Bruce used to beat the absolute crap out of you. That’s where I started believing and started seeing that he was as good as advertised because Bruce would go at him and beat him up and try to slow him down and he’d play through all of it.”

Manu on witnessing firsthand the Spurs’ chemistry and execution last season: “I start on the bench so I get to see what’s going on more and there were some plays, especially this year, where it was like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, wow, or those passes from Tony to a wing to Boris [Diaw] to you or an extra pass to the corner, it was fun… I said, ‘This is nice. We are playing at a really high level and if we could understand that this is the way to go on a daily basis it can be so special.’”

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World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win

MLB ON FOX: LOGONetwork Posts Best Prime Time Tuesday Since 2012

FOX Deportes Posts Record-Breaking Viewership;

Kansas City Posts Best Local Game 1 Rating Since 2007

Kansas City – The San Francisco Giants and starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner dominated the upstart Kansas City Royals to take Game 1 of the 2014 World Series 7-1 last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, and viewership of the spectacle led FOX to dominate the night.

Game 1 of the 2014  World Series notched a 7.3/12 household rating share, with 12.2 million viewers, according to fast national figures issued today by Nielsen, and ranks as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched prime time broadcast since an edition of AMERICAN IDOL in February.  Additional points follow:

•       From 8:05 to 11:00 PM ET, FOX averaged a 7.7/13 with 12.8 million viewers, and once final nationals are issued, it projects to win the night in prime time (A18-49) and to be the network’s best Tuesday night performance in over two-and-a-half years (Feb. 2012).

•       FOX Deportes’ coverage of World Series Game 1 averaged 273,000 total viewers, the most for a World Series game in Spanish language television history, +77% (273,000 vs. 154,000) vs. Game 1 last year, and +81% (273,000 vs. 151,000) vs. Game 1 in 2012, the last time San Francisco competed in the Fall Classic.  When viewership on FOX Deportes is combined with FOX, the total average audience for Game 1 is 12.5 million viewers, down from 14.4 million viewers for Game 1 last year, while up compared to Game 1 in 2012 (12.2 million viewers).

•       Ratings in the two competing markets were nothing short of spectacular.  Kansas City led all markets, posting a 48.2/68, the best rating for World Series Game 1 in any market since 2007, while San Francisco registered a 29.3/50.  Sacramento posted a 23.0/37, followed by St. Louis (13.3/20) and Las Vegas (11.1/19) to round out the top five.

•       Viewership for Game 1 would have greatly benefitted from a more competitive contest.  Initial tune-in was a 6.9/12 from 8:05-8:30 PM ET, with ratings peaking at 8.5/14 from 9:00-9:30 PM ET as the Royals threatened but failed to score in the home third. Ratings decreased throughout the evening as the Giants extended their lead to 7-0 and finished off with a 5.7/12 from 11:30-11:41 PM ET.

•      World Series Game 1 broke records for FOX Sports GO, reaching a new best day ever for authenticated viewership.  Yesterday’s reach outperforms the prior record-holding day (Oct. 12, 2014, Game 2 of the NLCS) by 13%.  FOX Sports GO was downloaded more yesterday than any weekday since its launch on iOS.

Live coverage of World Series Game 2 begins tonight on AMERICA’S PREGAME on FOX Sports 1 at 6:00 PM ET before shifting to Kansas City at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and streaming live on FOX Sports GO at 7:30 PM ET.


Peyton Manning Wired-For-Sound As “NFL Turning Point” Reviews His Record-Breaking Performance Tonight at 11 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointAnalysis of Manning’s Record Breaking 509th Touchdown Pass and Scoring Drive

NFL Films Reviews Manning’s 507th, 508th and 510th Touchdown Passes

QB Matthew Stafford Wired-For-Sound During Lions Comeback Against Saints

Head Coach Gus Bradley Wired-For-Sound During Jaguars Win Over Browns

NFL Films Reviews Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ Season

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – October 21, 2014 – Wednesday night’s edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Peyton Manning’s record-breaking performance on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers, in which Manning broke the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes.

Airing tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET, NFL Turning Point will review Manning’s first two touchdowns, analyze the scoring drive that led to the historical moment, and showcase the celebration that followed. The show will also feature in-game audio from Manning, who was wired-for-sound during Sunday’s game.

In addition, this week’s installment of NFL Turning Point will study some of Week 7’s other compelling matchups. The episode reviews Saints – Lions, Browns – Jaguars and includes a spotlight feature on the play of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • 49ers-Broncos: NFL Films reviews Peyton Manning’s historic performance, and highlights the key plays that allowed Denver to win the game against San Francisco. 
  • Saints-Lions: Lions QB Matthew Stafford is wired-for-sound as NFL Turning Point breaks down Detroit’s game against New Orleans. NFL Films examines how Stafford was able to throw two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game, leading the Lions to a fourth quarter comeback win over the Saints.
  • Browns-Jaguars: Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley is wired-for-sound, as NFL Films captures the team’s first win of the season. NFL Turning Point studies how the Jaguars have struggled this season, and highlights the key plays that allowed Jacksonville to beat Cleveland on Sunday.
  • Philip Rivers: NFL Turning Point takes a look at the first seven weeks of play for San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and analyzes his season. The segment includes wired-for-sound highlights from Rivers during the Chargers game on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

-NBC Sports Group-

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 7

Sunday NFL Countdown logoESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown Notes and Quotes: Week 7

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis previewed today’s NFL games with insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Some comments from today’s show:


On being surprised wide receiver Percy Harvin was traded …

Jackson: “He is a difference maker. I’m trying to imagine the magnitude of the problems and baggage that he would have to bring to the Seattle locker room in order for them to get rid of this difference maker … They were willing to give him away – ‘we want him out of our locker room.’ I am hesitant to be the next team to bring him into the locker room. Seattle is less of a football team today than they were on Friday because of letting this guy go. They are less dangerous because this guy is not playing for them.”

Lewis: “You are talking about a very, very special talent – home run hitter when it comes to breakaway speed and what this guy can do. He is a mismatch problem for a lot of teams. He’s one of the biggest reasons Seattle has so many misdirection plays … The players have to understand this is a business at its highest level. Going into these locker rooms, you have to understand that you don’t have to get along with everybody. But you have to find a way to work with anybody. Percy (Harvin) – as well as other guys – needs to understand that.”

Ditka: “There’s nothing worse than a fractured locker room. I’m not sure I agree that they have the big loss here. With production on the field, yes. But, what he’s doing in that locker room is undermining what the coach and that football team is all about. They won a Super Bowl last year, not because of Percy Harvin. The leader of this football team is the quarterback.”

Carter: “For any player that has previous issues, there is always a moment in time that you get the chance to change or alter your history. It is all in your hand. There is always a fork, right on the road, that stops you and you have the opportunity to either go left and go about doing things your own way. Or to go right and make the right decisions and try to do something special with your life. Percy Harvin is not a bad person, but he has had issues in high school, in college and now, with two professional teams. I’m not looking at the scheme, I’m looking right at Percy Harvin because it is really up to him. He is a phenomenal talent. Right now, this league, we have less tolerance for people with great athletic ability and the inability to work in an environment. Everyone should feel safe at work, especially, one of your teammates, who you trust.”

Berman: “(Seahawks head coach) Pete Carroll, if you can’t play there, and he has a winning team, where are you going to play? Now the Jets, hopefully, can give him support, both on- and off-the-field.”


On the Dallas Cowboys and their turnaround …

After showing video from a past Countdown segment where Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis ranked the Cowboys as one of the league’s worst teams, the panel today discussed the team’s turnaround.

Johnson: “(QB) Tony Romo is doing more with less in terms of attempts … You go back to the Super Bowl winning years of Troy Aikman, they had 30 or less attempts per game for Troy Aikman. That is what Tony Romo is right now. He is completing 71 percent of his passes, the highest in the National Football League since week 3. This is why the Cowboys have now gotten up there with Seattle on potential talks about going to Arizona (Super Bowl XLIX).”

Jackson: “What Jason Garrett, that coaching staff, Tony Romo, have all accepted is that ‘we have something that we can depend on,’ and we can depend on it everywhere. They are patient. That’s what the running game takes. So, San Francisco, the four turnovers, they lose that game. But they turned it over three times against the Texans. They stick with the run. They are down 21-nothing to the Rams. They stick with the run. They were down 10-0 in Seattle. That tendency to go back to Romo throwing the ball 45-50 times in order to win the game, it didn’t happen. So, they are patient and confident in what they are doing. The defense is benefitting because they are not on the field as long. Tony Romo benefits because of play action pass.”

Lewis: “History proved exactly what Key (Keyshawn Johnson) and I said. For many a years, the Dallas Cowboys was a very bad football team when it comes to making it to the playoffs. What has changed? What has changed is they went back to the Super Bowl formula. Tony Romo is not throwing 30-plus passes per game. Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls doing the same thing. DeMarco Murray, what this guy does with the football in his hand, is the reason why the Cowboys are winning.”

Ditka: “You can’t win in this league without a defense. I know what we said about the Dallas defense over the years, and everybody was right. They’ve really changed. They are playing much better. The Cover 2 they are playing makes sense – playing with a man under. The middle linebacker is able to get depth. It is a different looking football team. That enables the offense to do what they want to do. They are not trying to catch up all the time.”

Carter: “The thing that is most important is what (defensive coordinator Rod) Marinelli is doing with the defense. He has these players, not better players than they had last year, playing in a scheme that they can perform … Also, (OL coordinator) Scott Linehan and how he has put the stamp on this offense as far as what they are going to be.”


On whether Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s workload will eventually catchup up to him …

Johnson: “I don’t care beyond this year, if I’m in the Dallas Cowboys staff. I will run him till his feet start bleeding, till the wheels fall off. Because, I have an opportunity now, with my best football player touching the ball on offense, of doing something we’ve been trying to get to for a very long time which is the playoffs, winning the Division, playing in the Super Bowl. If you’re talking beyond this year, we can deal with that in the off-season. I played with Curtis Martin back in 1998, he led us to the AFC Championship game carrying the football 367 times, touching it 400-plus times. You want to be able to get the ball in the right guy’s hands that can help you.”

Jackson: “This is a team that’s been 8-8 for two decades, we’ve got a chance to win the Super Bowl, I agree with you, I am going to run him and I’m not worried about what the aftermath is going to be. I want him to get paid. Jerry (owner Jerry Jones) has always rewarded guys when they produced for him. You hope he is one of those special guys down the stretch who can carry the ball. The number that we’re looking at, 400-plus carries, usually changes a back’s life – not for the better.”

Lewis: “When you talk about hard-running players, you think about Larry Johnson, Jamal Anderson, Eric Dickerson, even Eddie George. After that year (with max carries) their numbers dropped drastically and throughout the rest of their careers. I get it. This year is special. Use him how you can use him. There was a formula the Baltimore Ravens had in 2000. They had the same type of beast with Jamal Lewis. The complement to that beast was a Priest Holmes. Anytime you can have a two-headed monster that can take a little bit of that, who has almost the same ‘it factor,’ it can be huge for the team.”


On the cusp of Peyton Manning breaking the touchdown record, Tom Jackson reflects on the quarterback’s place in history …

“I was around when Johnny U (Unitas) played football. People think that quarterbacking is exciting now. Back then quarterbacks called their own game. We don’t have enough time to go into his entire legacy, but part of his legacy is that he is the last of these guys who basically are calling the game from the line of scrimmage. When he’s gone, we are not going to see it again, and that’s just part of his legacy.”


Ray Lewis on 49ers defense vs. Peyton Manning’s attempt at the touchdown record … 

“The first thing you are saying is – ‘it is not on my watch. It will not happen on my watch. People can talk about these records all day long or you throw fireworks.’ But if you are (49ers defensive coordinator) Vic Fangio, you’re talking about ‘we’re going in to win a football game. Do not get flustered with what’s going on with this record.’

“I had this same opportunity in 2006, I looked at Rex Ryan and said we’ll go to the Super Bowl if we hold Peyton Manning without a touchdown. We gave Peyton Manning five field goals that day. So, it can be done. But they have to have the right mindset to go win the game. And to do it and not worry about the record.”


Inside Slant: The thin line between playing hard and playing dirty …

Following a report by NFL senior analyst Chris Mortensen that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is appealing a league-imposed $25,000 fine for twisting the ankles of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen last week, Carter, Jackson, Johnson and Lewis discussed the fine line between aggressive play and hurting opposing players.

Jackson: “I don’t think you want to be habitually creating plays that could be defined as dirty. People need to understand a dirty play doesn’t make you a dirty player. Very few of us have been on a football field for any number of years and not done something that you didn’t feel bad about … Burfict did some dirty plays. Let’s not make too much of it.”

Lewis: “There’s a lot that goes on underneath that pile … Is he such a bad player? When you watch an offensive lineman dive at somebody’s knees, I always say: ‘Listen, don’t go to my knees. This is where I make my money.’ There are certain things that you don’t go that far.”

Jackson: “We used to police our own game.”

Johnson: “I was always trying to take advantage or get an advantage for me and my team the best I could on the football field. I’m not going to hit somebody, 30 yards away, who had nothing to do with the play. I am not going to peel back on him and knock him out. That, to me, is a dirty play.”

Carter: “So, we all believe in playing a little bit beyond the whistle. But the one thing we all agree on — no hit that is going to cause an injury, to stop a guy from making a living, that’s where you cross the line. And that’s what you call dirty.”



NFL Media Programming Notes: October 21-26

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

  • Thursday Night Football – Chargers vs Broncos at 8:25 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network; NFL Thursday Night Kickoff at 7:30 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

  • Sound FX: Peyton Manning #509

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: A special edition of Sound FX featuring wired sound of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during his record-setting game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 on Friday, October 24 at 10:00 PM ET

  • Undrafted – Advance Premiere Thursday, October 23 Following Chargers-Broncos; Premieres Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 PM ET
  • Finding Giants – TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET
  • Terrell Davis: A Football Life – Premieres Friday, October 24 at 9:00 PM ET
  • NFL Now
  • Week 7 NFL Replay & Sound FX

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers on Sound FX Friday, October 24 at 3:00 PM ET 

  • NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones & Devin Hester and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee on Wednesday, October 22

  • NFL Game Rewind
  • The Aftermath
  • NFL Fantasy Live

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: All-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers Ahman Green on Thursday, October 23

  • Around the NFL
  • NFL Total Access

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson on Thursday, October 23; ‘Friday Night Spotlight’ – Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco           

  • Playbook & Playbook Primetime
  • Inside the NFL

 NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

 NFL.com Content

  • NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com Podcast Central

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis and Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar on the Dave Dameshek Football Program; Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell on the Moving the Sticks Podcast; West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen on the College Football 24/7 Podcast;   

  • NFL Mobile from Verizon
  • NFL Network Live Streaming


Thursday Night Football – Chargers vs. Broncos at 8:25 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network kicks off Thursday, October 23 at 8:25 PM ET when quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos host quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms have the call, with Tracy Wolfson providing reports from the sideline.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin, Terrell Davis, and Kurt Warner are live outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado to provide analysis of Chargers-Broncos and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.

Provided below is a list of topics they will discuss:

  • Wired sound of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning from the record-setting game
  • Recipients of Peyton Manning’s milestone touchdowns, including Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, speak about Manning
  • How does the touchdown record impact Peyton Manning’s legacy?
  • Last year on Thursday Night Football the San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos and held them to their lowest point total of the year. How do they do it again?
  • Which San Diego Chargers offensive weapon will be toughest for the Denver Broncos to stop?
  • Are the Denver Broncos the best team in the AFC?
  • Michael Irvin and Kurt Warner demonstrate how Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has gotten on a three-game hot streak

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network and CBS, James Brown, Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Mariucci, Irvin, Davis and Warner will also appear on the show.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Mariucci, Irvin, Davis, Warner and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.

Sound FX: Peyton Manning #509

A special edition of Sound FX featuring wired sound of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning during his record-setting game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7 on Friday, October 24 at 10:00 PM ET.


Every year, thousands of college football players leave school with dreams of achieving a career in the National Football League. Of those thousands, 256 players are selected in the NFL Draft. The remaining – the undrafted – are forced to overcome another obstacle to pursue their dream.

NFL Network presents Undrafted, a six-part series premiering Tuesday, October 28 at 9:00 PM ET and airing each Tuesday through December 9. All six episodes tell the stories of players who were undrafted and are currently working to make their dream of playing in the NFL a reality. Each week on NFL Network, an advance premiere of the new episode will air following the Thursday Night Football game, beginning Thursday, October 23 following the Chargers-Broncos game. Digitally, Undrafted will be made available on NFL Now through the service’s premium tier, NFL Now Plus. ($1.99 per month)

Undrafted goes inside the lives and tells the stories of various athletes as they try to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NFL. The series follows each as they prepare for the league’s Super Regional Combines, an alternative showcase for lesser-known college players and older free agents. These Combine events have taken on greater importance in recent years as numerous undrafted players — including current starters on the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys — have earned important roles on NFL rosters. Each Undrafted episode provides compelling personal and on-field footage of six long longshots angling to create a life in the NFL.

Undrafted is a continuation of a new line of programming for NFL Network, following in the steps of Finding Giants, which offered an in-depth look at the scouts and front office of the New York Giants. All six episodes of Finding Giants are available on NFL Now.

Featured on Undrafted are:

  • Harvey Unga – All-time leading rusher at BYU; selected in the seventh round of the 2010 Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Bears
  • Terrance Lewis – Wide receiver from Alcorn State University; complied 12 receiving touchdowns, three kickoff return touchdowns and one punt return touchdown in four seasons at Alcorn State (2009-12)
  • Jonathon Sharpe – Linebacker from North Greenville University; totaled 132 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and three interceptions in two seasons as a starter (2011 & 2012)
  • Akeem Davis – Safety from the University of Memphis; played in 34 games (2009-12) and recorded 162 total tackles and had 13 tackles for loss
  • Elijah Anderson – Linebacker from Morehouse College; during the 2011-12 season at Morehouse, he led the team with 72 tackles with 12 tackles for loss for 53 yards, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles
  • Nnamdi Obukwelu – Defensive tackle from Harvard University; played in 39 career games at Harvard (2010-13) and registered 109 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery

Undrafted was produced by NFL Network in association with Mandalay Sports Media, DG West and Indigenous Films.

To view the trailer for Undrafted, visit:


Finding Giants

Before an NFL team can achieve success on the field, it is up to the hard work of the team’s scouts to scour the country to find the future players of the organization. For the first time ever, NFL Network – in association with NFL Films and Moondog Films – provides a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of professional scouts and follows the long process of what it takes to build a championship team.

NFL Network presents Finding Giants, a four-part series airing each Tuesday through October 21. All four episodes provide an intimate look into the New York Giants organization, one of the most successful NFL franchises with eight championship titles, including four Super Bowls. Each week on NFL Network, a first look of the new episode will air following the Thursday Night Football game. Digitally, Finding Giants will be made available on NFL Now through the service’s premium tier, NFL Now Plus. ($1.99 per month)

On NFL Now Plus, the full six-episode, “director’s cut” edition of Finding Giants will be available. NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service and provides fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

Finding Giants offers an in-depth look at scouting and team building in today’s NFL and shows what it takes to find and draft the best players to fit an organization. Finding Giants will also give fans a unique look at the personal side of working in the NFL as scouts and their wives balance life on the road with family life at home.

Additionally, Finding Giants will show footage inside the Giants’ draft war room during the 2014 NFL Draft, in which the Giants selected such players as Odell Beckham, Jr., Weston Richburg and Andre Williams.

To view the trailer for Finding Giants, visit:


Terrell Davis: A Football Life – Friday, October 24 at 9:00 PM ET

Throughout Terrell Davis’ football life, one surprise has followed another. After walking on at Long Beach State, Davis eventually found himself at the University of Georgia – a football powerhouse. A sixth-round pick of the Denver Broncos, Davis found himself the opening day starter his rookie season. Two Super Bowl championships, one Super Bowl MVP, one league MVP, one 2,000-yard rushing season and 7,607 total rushing yards later, Davis hopes that next step is enshrinement in Canton.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 24 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of the three-time Pro Bowl running back. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary features interviews with Davis, his mother Kateree Davis, former teammates John Elway, Rod Smith and Shannon Sharpe, former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan and more.

Following the premiere of Terrell Davis: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Terrell Davis: A Football Life are:

  • Growing up the youngest of six children and how the passing of his father affected him
  • His history with migraines and returning in the second half of Super Bowl XXXII to win MVP
  • Surpassing the 2,000 rushing yards mark in 1998
  • Walking on the football team at Long Beach State in 1991 and transferring to the University of Georgia
  • Almost quitting the Broncos during the preseason of his rookie year
  • The reason behind his popular “Salute” which followed every touchdown he scored

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October and November episodes:

  • October 31 – Ricky Williams
  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers


NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming of NFL Fantasy Live on NFL Now

o   Monday – Friday at 4:00 PM ET,

o   Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00 AM ET

  • Live streaming events and select news conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Daily, personalized NFL analysis from Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks and others
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game as wells as a personalized highlight Game Center for NFL.com fantasy leagues
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day
  • 1,200 new NFL Club-produced segments available per week
  • Over 1,000 NFL Films titles available on NFL Now Plus

NFL GameDay on NFL Network – Sunday Starting at 7:00 AM ET

NFL Network’s ‘GameDay’ coverage kicks off Sunday, October 26, providing more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the regular season.

Start each Sunday with NFL GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, the first NFL pregame show on television. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis and news reports of the day’s games.

NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive pregame show on television, airs at 9:00 AM ET and takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner are joined by Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp to discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff. NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest on what is making news around the league. Additionally, Michael Silver, Andrea Kremer, Mark Kriegel and Steve Cyphers provide in-depth feature stories each week.

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live is the only show that delivers in-progress highlights of all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates and reports, live press conferences and 1-on-1 interviews, and live reports from game sites. Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie host, and are joined by analysts Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah.

At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci recap the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary on NFL GameDay Highlights, leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

NFL GameDay Final provides the final word on Sunday’s games at 11:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player and coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

Week 7 NFL Replay & Sound FX

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Sound FX offers a compilation of the best on-field sights and sounds from around the NFL each week.

Week 7 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:


  • 8:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions


  • 3:00 PM ET – Sound FX: Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, and San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights. A two-hour edition of NFL AM airs Monday – Friday starting at 10:00 AM ET.

Hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli are joined by analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington each morning, setting the football conversation for the day.

The following guest will join the show this week:

  • Wednesday – Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones & Devin Hester and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee


NFL Game Rewind

Re-live every week one game with Game Rewind – a condensed 30-minute edition of each game. Game Rewind airs on Monday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET & 8:30 – 11:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET.

The Aftermath – Mondays at 3:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 3:00 PM ET, get up to speed on everything that happened in the NFL with highlights, news, information and analysis on The Aftermath. Host Rhett Lewis and analysts Brian Baldinger, Steve Wyche and Nate Burleson look back at all of Sunday’s games, along with player and coach press conferences.

NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 4:00 PM ET on NFL.com/NFL Now/NFL Mobile & 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2014 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs Monday through Friday. Catch it first on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET.

Additionally, each Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone channel.

This Thursday, NFL Fantasy Live airs at the special times of 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network and 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile.

On Thursday, October 23, former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green joins the show.

Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbajabiamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Marcas Grant

o   Molly Qerim

o   James Koh

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast: http://www.nfl.com/podcast/nflfantasy-podcast

Returning this year is NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the NFL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:00 PM ET; Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Around the NFL provides all of the latest news and information surrounding the National Football League Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Hosts Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes are joined each day by a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts including Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, Jamie Dukes and Charley Casserly.

In addition to the NFL Network analysts & NFL players joining Around the NFL, team beat writers from around the league join the show on a regular basis to provide their unique perspective.

NFL Total Access – Monday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET; Thursday Following Thursday Night Football

NFL Total Access returns to the time of 7:00 PM ET Monday – Saturday on NFL Network (airs on Thursday following Thursday Night Football).

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis anchor the NFL’s show of record each night and are joined by NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Nate Burleson, Michael Robinson, Warren Sapp, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger and Shawne Merriman.

Tuesday, October 21

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Nate Burleson and Kurt Warner

Wednesday, October 22

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
    Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans

Thursday, October 23 – After Chargers-Broncos

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans
  • Guests: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson

Friday, October 24

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Daniel Jeremiah
  • Guests: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco

Saturday, October 25

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Jamie Dukes, Heath Evans, Daniel Jeremiah

Playbook – Friday at 4:00 PM ET; Playbook Primetime – Friday at 8:00 PM ET

See the game the way the pros do each week with two editions of the show Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Playbook airs every Friday at 4:00 PM ET with former players Sterling Sharpe and Shaun O’Hara, and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick bringing the viewers the inside information for every game each week. With the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week – Playbook breaks down all of the games and tells you who will win on Sunday. The one-hour show also recaps the previous night’s Thursday Night Football matchup.

At 8:00 PM ET, Sharpe, O’Hara and Billick return for Playbook Primetime, which breaks down the week’s biggest games and explains which teams will win and why.


Inside the NFL – Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET

Showtime’s popular show, Inside the NFL, comes to NFL Network for the first time. Each week’s episode will re-air on NFL Network Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET following its original airing on Showtime.

Host Greg Gumbel is joined by analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cover every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.


NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings: http://on.nfl.com/17CaPue

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Get all of the news and analysis from around college football with NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Follow on Twitter: @NFL_CFB

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

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NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program – St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis and Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show
  • College Football 24/7 – West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks – Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:



NFL Network Programming Schedule 

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

NFL Mobile from Verizon

With NFL Mobile, stream more live games than ever before. Get Thursday, Sunday & Monday Night primetime NFL games and for the first time, local Sunday afternoon games live on your smartphone. Plus, stream NFL Network 24/7 and NFL RedZone every Sunday live, exclusively from Verizon.

NFL Mobile is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. Verizon customers can access live games and NFL Network included with the MORE Everything Plan. NFL Redzone is not included with the More Everything Plan, but can be purchased through NFL Mobile for $1.99/mo. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/insiders-guide/inside/nfl. Data usage applies for app download use & blackout rules apply.

NFL Network Live Streaming

Watch NFL Network anytime, anywhere at NFL.com/Watch.  Live streaming is accessible on PCs, tablets and Xbox for authenticated NFL Network subscribers via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more distributors.  In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can access live streaming on smartphones via NFL Mobile.  Learn more by going to www.NFL.com/watch


Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 7

FNIA-nfl-nbcThe Seattle Seahawks are not invincible. They don’t look like the defending Super Bowl Champions.” – Tony Dungy on the Seahawks

Julius Thomas is the best tight end that Peyton Manning has ever played with.” – Hines Ward on Broncos TE Julius Thomas

The history we might get a chance to see tonight, in my opinion is the biggest of the big. This is like the home run record in baseball.” – Cris Collinsworth on Peyton Manning and the NFL’s all-time record for most career passing touchdowns

“If I were the owner, I would be doing everything I could at this moment to go, ‘Guys, I don’t care what your differences are, we’re fixing this. We’re keeping this team together because it works.’” – Collinsworth on the 49ers

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 19, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Kathryn Tappen reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, while Elliott talked with TE Julius Thomas.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:


Dungy: “The Seattle Seahawks are not invincible. They are 3-3 right now and they don’t look like the defending Super Bowl Champions.”

Collinsworth: “It’s possible that success is tearing this team apart more so than when they were trying to get to the Super Bowl.”

Harrison: “They have to get back to that cockiness that they had. They’re trying to be too perfect. They need to relax, start having fun and go back to the fundamentals.”


Dungy: “They’re pretty good. Joe Flacco has gotten used to his new weapons, and their defense is starting to play like they did in their Super Bowl year. When these guys give pressure, Ngata and Suggs and those guys, they’re awesome.”

Harrison: “Steve Smith has been awesome this year, but you can’t forget about Torrey Smith, because he can stretch the defense.”

Florio on Ray Rice investigation: “Rice continues to be indefinitely suspended by the NFL. The appeal hearing is tentatively set for early November, but there’s a dispute over whether or not Commissioner Goodell will testify at that appeal hearing. The NFL Players Association believes that he should; the NFL is resisting. I’m told that former federal judge, Barbara S. Jones, who’s been appointed to handle the appeal, will make a decision this week on whether or not Commissioner Goodell will be required to testify.”


Dungy: “Colt McCoy came in and gave the team a spark, that’s what he does. He can move around. He makes things happen, and he took care of the ball today.”

Harrison on Colt McCoy: “He played one half of the game great. Let’s control our expectations a little bit, but I do believe that he deserves to start next week.”


Harrison: “The Carolina Panthers have not looked good. Cam Newton is not 100 percent. Their defense looks average, but the Panthers are still in first place in their division. This is a crazy league.”


Harrison: “They are not good enough to just show up. They have to play hard. They have to play smart. They can’t make the mistakes they made today.”


Dungy: “Alex Smith was good all day. Then on that last drive, he was great. He moved around, he got away from the rush and made big plays. He gives them what they need, when they need it.”


Florio on CJ Spiller’s season-ending injury: “I’m told that C.J. Spiller is going to have surgery tomorrow to repair his broken collarbone, and he is done for the year.”


Florio on Percy Harvin: “As stunning as it was that the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin, it was just as surprising that the Jets decided to give him what amounts to a third chance. Some in the league, along with coaches who have known Harvin for a long time, believe that his temperament, his belligerence, and his fighting with teammates makes him unfit to play in the NFL.”


Collinsworth on Peyton Manning: “Not only does he have a great sense of the history of the game, but he also has a way of creating history. The history we might get a chance to see tonight, in my opinion in football, is the biggest of the big. This is like the home run record in baseball.”

Dungy on Manning breaking the all-time record for most career passing touchdowns: “I promise you he [Manning] will not be focused on that record tonight, he will be focused on the 49ers defense.”

Ward on Julius Thomas: “Julius Thomas is the best tight end that Peyton Manning has ever played with. The only knock that I can make on Julius Thomas is that he needs to improve upon his blocking skills, because he can’t block anyone.”


Collinsworth: “This franchise needs to be very careful right now because they have it good. They have the coach. They have a very successful general manager. They have a young quarterback. They have a good, young owner.  It all fits right now, but to think that you’re going to pull the head coach out of that equation and have it continue to run in the same fashion, I think is a little bit arrogant. If I were the owner of this team, I would be doing everything I could at this moment in time to go, ‘Guys, I don’t care what your differences are, we’re fixing this. We’re keeping this team together because it works.’”

Florio on Aldon Smith: “I’m told there’s a chance Smith could actually be reinstated sooner than expected. He could be back one or two games early.”

Note: On tonight’s Week 7 edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, Bob Costas interviewed Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. Manning needs three touchdown passes to set the NFL’s all-time record for most career passing touchdowns. Costas and Manning discussed the record, and all of the NFL QBs who have held the mark since Sammy Baugh.

In addition, Josh Elliott spoke with Broncos TE Julius Thomas.


On spending a day with Sammy Baugh: “One of the greatest days in my professional sports career was an afternoon I got to spend with Sammy Baugh in Rotan, Texas. It was about 15 years ago. An interesting story about how I got there. We flew in to Snyder, Texas, but there were no rental cars in Snyder. So we drove from Snyder to Rotan in a hearse. I did sit in the front seat though. A lot of records will be broken in the NFL. One record that will never be broken:  No quarterback will ever lead the league in touchdowns, interceptions as a defensive back, and punting average. Sammy Baugh did that.”

Bob Costas: “After that, the [TD] record was held by Bobby Layne. He was a different kind of guy than Sammy Baugh or yourself.”

Manning: “I never knew Bobby Layne, but my dad knew him and said he was great guy with great charisma. When I studied him, I found out what a great competitor he was. Maybe one of the great competitors of all time, at quarterback.”

Costas: “Then Y.A. Tittle.”

Manning: “I met Y.A. Tittle a number of times. That great picture of him on his knees, bloodied, tells you how tough he was. From what I studied, he was ahead of his time. He threw for seven touchdowns in a game. He was a special quarterback.”

Costas: “After Y.A. Tittle, then came Johnny Unitas. He held the record next.”

Manning: “I had an evening with Johnny Unitas at a banquet. I presented him with a pair of black high-tops. I wore black high-tops at Tennessee, and of course I knew Unitas did. We have a picture of him holding the high-tops, and he really liked it. That moment was very special for me. He was arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and the first pure timing passer.”

Costas: “Unitas finished at 290. Eventually Fran Tarkenton got to 342 and held the record for a long, long time.”

Manning: “I never met Fran Tarkenton. He and my dad are good friends, and he keeps up with me through my dad. I didn’t realize what a great passer Fran was. I knew he was a great scrambler. The fact that he threw for so many touchdowns, he was ahead of his time, and that record held for 20 years.”

Costas: “And then Dan Marino. He was the first to go past 400, and it looked like that mark was going to last for a long, long time.”

Manning: “My dad has always been my favorite player. You have to have a current favorite player, and Eli is obviously my current favorite player. Marino was my guy. I loved the way he competed, managed the game, and controlled the game. One of my very first games in the NFL was against Marino. We didn’t win, but I always remember that he hugged me after the game and said ‘Keep your head up, you’re going to play a long time in this league.’

I‘ve never forgotten that. He was probably the greatest passer of all time.”

Costas: “And then Brett Favre. No matter how you battered him and knocked him around, he showed up every Sunday and got the record.”

Manning: “I think that all players would like to be able to say that they played with as much passion as Brett Favre. I don’t know anybody else that can say it. I hope you can say that about me, but I’m not sure it does justice to Favre. Nobody had more passion than he did. There will never be anyone quite like him.”


On not playing football in high school: “In high school I really didn’t [play football]. My friends would say come play football, and I would tell them that I was focused on basketball. My goal was to get a college scholarship. I thought I needed to invest all of my time in basketball.”

On joining the football team in college: “When I got to college and I reached that goal, the first thing that came to my mind was that I never gave football a shot. I went and asked the football coaches if they wouldn’t mind a 6-foot, 4-inch wide receiver? And they said ‘Of course. We don’t turn those down.’ Basketball coaches are not normally thrilled about their players running around on football fields, so it had to wait.”

On work ethic and size: “Being one of the smallest power forwards in Division I basketball, it gave me my work ethic. Every night you are going up against guys who are taller than you, and you are thinking ‘How am I going to find a way to have success tonight?’ You have to find a way to outwork them and find a way to do more. Being able to translate that work ethic to football has helped a lot. Now I’m the prototype size. I take that work ethic that I learned when I was the undersized guy, and put it together with my size, and it allows good things to happen.”

On being on pace to have 29 touchdown catches this season: “That 29-touchdown pace is a long time away. To be in this position now, and to be able to do things that help out my team, is a blessing for me. They are doing all they can to put me in a position to score, and I just need to go out there and find a way to catch the football.”



“Chasing 509″ – Peyton Manning Aims To Set NFL Record For Most Career Passing Touchdowns When Broncos Host 49ers On Sunday Night Football

FNIA-nfl-nbcManning Needs Three Touchdown Passes To Set NFL All-Time Record For Most Career Passing TDs

Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream 49ers-Broncos

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Peyton Manning looks to become the most prolific quarterback in NFL history this Sunday when the Denver Broncos (4-1) host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET. Manning is currently “Chasing 509,” needing just three more passing touchdowns reach 509 for his career, which would break the NFL record for most passing touchdowns (Brett Favre, 508).

The Broncos enter their Sunday Night Football showdown with San Francisco following a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The 49ers have won three straight games, including a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. Sunday night’s game is only the third meeting in the last 10 years between the 49ers and Broncos, and the first-ever meeting between Manning and Kaepernick.

Calling 49ers-Broncos is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.


With three more passing touchdowns this Sunday night, Manning would reach 509 passing TD’s in his career to eclipse Brett Favre (508) for the most career passing touchdowns in NFL history. Some of Peyton Manning’s most memorable moments “Chasing 509” have come on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Manning boasts a 17-6 all-time record on SNF (including NFL Kickoff), the most wins of any quarterback on Sunday Night Football on NBC, including a 10-3 home record in those contests. Following are some of Manning’s top performances on NBC over the past eight-plus seasons.

  • Sept. 10, 2006 – In the first-ever Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Manning throws for 247 yards and a touchdown in “The Manning Bowl,” leading the Indianapolis Colts past younger brother Eli and the New York Giants 26-21 at Giants Stadium.
  • Nov. 5, 2006 – Peyton Manning throws for 327 yards and two touchdowns, as the Colts improve to 8-0 with a 27-20 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
  • Sept. 6, 2007 – Manning and the Colts follow their Super Bowl XLI victory with a 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on NFL Kickoff, as the Colts QB throws for four touchdowns at the RCA Dome.
  • Oct. 11, 2009 – Manning goes 36-for-44, including a perfect 14-for-14 in the second quarter, with 309 yards and three touchdowns, in a 31-9 win in Tennessee over the Titans. In the game, Manning passed Fran Tarkenton for third place on the all-time TD pass list behind Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
  • Nov. 15, 2009 – Following Bill Belichick’s stunning gamble on fourth down in Patriots territory, Manning leads the Colts on a game-winning drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds remaining in a 35-34 win, keeping Indianapolis undefeated at 9-0.
  • Sept. 9, 2012 – In his return to the NFL and debut with the Broncos following neck surgery in 2011, Manning throws the 400th TD of his NFL career in a 31-19 win over the Steelers.
  • Sept. 5, 2013 – Manning throws a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes and 462 yards, the second-highest total of his career, in a 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Oct. 20, 2013 – Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since joining the Broncos, and throws for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-33 loss to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
  • Sept. 7, 2014 – Manning defeats Luck and the Colts to open the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule, throwing three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas in a 31-24 win in Denver. With the win, Manning joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat each of the current 32 NFL franchises.


Tony Dungy on 49ers keys to success against Broncos: “Power running – take time off the clock, and keep Peyton on the bench…do what you do best, and you’ve got a chance…if they don’t get pressure on Manning, he will torch this secondary.”

Rodney Harrison on 49ers: “It’s very important to keep your identity, and that’s running the ball with Frank Gore. Don’t allow Colin Kaepernick to pass the ball 40 times.”

Dungy on difference in Manning now from 10 years ago: “He plays within himself. He looked for big plays so much in the past, and now he’s content to throw the little slant, throw the screen pass…every pass doesn’t have to be 50 yards.”


For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.


NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.


NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.


For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/


Earlier today, NBC Sports Group announced the launch of NBC SportsWorld, a new micro-site within NBCSports.com dedicated to long-form storytelling. The new site launches today and will be populated with compelling long-form stories, essays, short films and documentaries, including select archived Olympic video. In advance of Sunday night’s 49ers-Broncos game, CSN Bay Area Senior Insider Ray Ratto connects the dots from Joe Montana and John Elway to Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning.

Click here for more information on NBC SportsWorld: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/15/nbc-sportsworld-is-new-long-form-home-of-nbc-sports-digital/


Wednesday night’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 6’s most compelling matchups, including the Dallas Cowboys upset over the Seattle Seahawks. Airing tonight at 11 p.m. ET, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Packers-Dolphins and Giants-Eagles contests.

In addition, this week’s installment will include a wired-for-sound feature on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, as well as a spotlight feature on the play of Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that are synonymous with NFL Films.

Click here for more info: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/14/cowboys-seahawks-headline-new-episode-of-nfl-turning-point-tomorrow-night-at-11-p-m-et-on-nbcsn-3/


Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.


Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.


NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

Click here for more info: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/07/14/nbcsn-sunday-sports-report-premieres-august-17/


NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com


NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.


NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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“One-Hit Wonders” Who Caught a Touchdown Pass from Peyton Manning Highlights ESPN’s Week 7 NFL Content

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Sunday NFL Countdown: Peyton Manning’s One-Hit Wonders; Smashing Records – The DeMarco Murray Story; Special Guest Jim Cramer; and More 

Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview week 7 on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. ET. The three-hour program will feature reporter/host Wendi Nix during select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.

ESPN reporters at game sites:

  • Bengals at Colts (Lindsay Czarniak and Ron Jaworski at “The Big Early Game”)
  • Saints at Lions (Sal Paolantonio)
  • Panthers at Packers (Bob Holtzman)
  • Giants at Cowboys (Ed Werder)
  • 49ers at Broncos (Josina Anderson)


  • One-Hit Wonders: Peyton Manning has 506 touchdown passes and needs just three more to surpass Brett Favre’s record 508. Seven players caught only one touchdown in their careers with the lone pass coming from Manning. Reporter Jim Trotter tracks down some of the lucky seven.
  • Smashing Records: Breaking rushing records is in DeMarco Murray’s DNA. The Cowboys running back is on the precipice of several NFL rushing records this season, including Jim Brown’s record for six consecutive 100-yard games to open a season. Murray broke Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith’s Cowboys single-game rushing record with 253 yards in October 23, 2011, vs. the Rams. At the University of Oklahoma, Murray set several school records, surpassing Sooner greats Billy Simms, Marcus Dupree and Adrian Peterson. Greg Garber reports on Murray’s history with breaking records.
  • My Brother’s Keeper – The Joe Haden Story: Browns cornerback Joe Haden has always shared a unique bond with his younger brother Jacob, who has special needs and is unable to communicate verbally. That bond was further strengthened when Joe, at nine years of age, dove into their aunt’s swimming pool to save Jacob’s life. Josina Anderson reports. (Ed note: This piece was moved from last Sunday’s show to this week.)
  • Soundtracks – Earl Thomas: Seahawks safety Earl Thomas of the vaunted “Legion of Boom” defensive unit was wired for in-game audio last Sunday against the Cowboys and will be featured on Sunday’s “Soundtracks.”
  • Jim Cramer – Buy or Sell: Jim Cramer, star of CNBC’s Mad Money joins the Countdown crew for a segment, measuring the stock of AFC North quarterbacks.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football: JJ Watt and the Texans Visit Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers

JJ Watt and the Houston Texans visit Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on October 20 at 8:15 p.m. The Steelers enter the matchup with the longest MNF home win streak in the series’ 45-year history – 15 games.

The MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters will call the game from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The NFL’s week seven finale will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and available via WatchESPN for those with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.

Monday Night Countdown begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Suzy Kolber and NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young review Sunday’s games and preview the MNF matchup from Heinz Field. Studio host Chris Berman, NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter join the show from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn.

Monday Night Countdown highlights:

  • Soundtracks: Best of J.J. Watt: The Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, J.J. Watt’s dominating performance this season has his name being mentioned in MVP discussions. Countdown features the best of Watt’s in-game audio in Soundtracks.
  • Gruden’s Grill Session with JJ Watt: MNF’s Gruden visits with Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt in this week’s Grill Session.
  • Ben Roethlisberger Conversation: Two-time Super Bowl Steelers winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sits for a one-on-one conversation with MNF reporter Salters.
  • Rick Reilly’s Feature – Bill O’Brien: Family and football is a tough balancing act for any head coach. Rick Reilly tells the story of how Jack O’Brien, the son of Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, helped give his father a renewed perspective on pressure and life beyond the football field.

NFL Matchup – Colts Play Action; Cowboys Run Game; Struggling Seahawks Offense; and More

NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via film-room X’s and O’s analysis on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-air on ESPN, Sunday at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.).  Highlights:

  • Jaws Playbook – Colts Play Action: Jaworski takes viewers through a play-action pass that the Colts offense will execute against the Bengals defense on Sunday.
  • Inside the Matchup – Chargers Bunch Formation: Jaworski explains how the Chiefs man-to-man defense can be nullified by the Chargers’ bunch formations.
  • Coach’s Clicker – Cowboys Run Game: Hoge illustrates the staples of a versatile Cowboys run game, giving the Cowboys a more balanced offense that wears down opposing defenses.
  • X and O Files – Jets Defensive Game Plan vs. Manning: The Jets defense was able to slow down quarterback Peyton Manning’s decision-making process by playing a variety of defensive coverages, something the 49ers will look to replicate this weekend, argues the NFL Matchup panel.
  • Hoge Breakdown – Suh to Disrupt Drew Brees: Hoge explains how the Lions will rely on their defensive line, led by Ndamukong Suh, to create pressure on quarterback Drew Brees and slow down the Saints passing attack.
  • Let’s See it Hoge – Struggling Seahawks Offense: The Seahawks offense is having trouble on third downs and when defenses are able to keep quarterback Russell Wilson in the pocket, Hoge explains.

NFL on ESPN Radio: Drew Brees and Saints vs. Matthew Stafford and Lions

ESPN Radio will broadcast the matchup between two exciting NFL quarterbacks – Drew Brees vs. Matthew Stafford – on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m., when the Detroit Lions (4-2) host the New Orleans Saints (2-3) on ESPN Radio.  Ryan Ruocco, Bill Polian and Ian Fitzsimmons will be on site for the broadcast. Pre-game coverage begins at 12 p.m.

E:60 – Profile on Cowbpys’ Jason Witten Airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. 

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has six All-Pro selections, played in nine Pro Bowls and owns the franchise record for receptions during his 12 seasons. But what sets him apart, are his toughness and resilience, traits he learned those at an early age, although not by choice. Witten grew up haunted by an abusive father until, at the age of 11, he and his battered mother moved to live near their maternal grandfather, a legendary high school football coach who helped Witten heal and emerge as a star football player. The Cowboys star has established a foundation that mentors boys whose mothers are victims of domestic violence.  E:60’s Jeremy Schaap reports (Trailer).

ESPN.com – On Jim Irsay’s Shadow Life and Cowboys Unexpected Success


Preview of Week 7 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorning‘NFL GameDay Morning’ Sunday at 9:00 AM ET

Brett Favre with Steve Mariucci

Cowboys TE Jason Witten with Michael Irvin

‘NFL GameDay First’ Airs Sunday at 7:00 AM ET

Sunday is ‘GameDay’ and every week NFL Network provides more than 15 hours of live coverage, beginning at 7:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay First. NFL Network’s coverage continues at 9:00 AM ET with NFL GameDay Morning leading viewers into the early games. At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis of the day’s games, and at 7:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Highlights recaps the entire afternoon. At 11:30 PM ET, NFL GameDay Final provides complete analysis on the entire football Sunday.

This week on NFL GameDay First

Host: Melissa Stark

Co-host/Analyst: Sterling Sharpe

Analysts: Shaun O’Hara & Michael Robinson

Featured this week on NFL GameDay First:

  • NFL GameDay Morning’s Steve Mariucci joins NFL GameDay First from Brett Favre’s house to discuss if this is the week Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning breaks Favre’s all-time passing touchdown record
  • Sterling Sharpe – the recipient of Brett Favre’s first career touchdown – explains when he knew Favre was destined for greatness, and how Peyton Manning’s career parallels that of Favre’s
  • After a Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Robinson breaks down the status of his former team, the Seattle Seahawks. Is it time to panic in Seattle?
  • Shaun O’Hara takes to social media to find out the more impressive unit in Dallas this season: the offense or the defense?
  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver’s all-access feature with quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Live reports from Jeff Darlington for Bengals-Colts, Alex Flanagan for Panthers-Packers, Albert Breer for Saints-Lions and Steve Wyche for Seahawks-Rams
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest news from around the league
  • Picks for every game on Sunday

This week on NFL GameDay Morning

Host: Rich Eisen

Analysts: Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp, Michael Irvin & Terrell Davis

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • Steve Mariucci joins Brett Favre at Favre’s home in Mississippi to discuss the following topics
    • Brett Favre’s thoughts on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning approaching his all-time passing touchdown record
    • Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning are all approaching the age of 40 – how much longer can they play at a high level and any advice for them?
    • Thoughts on being inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame next year, and thoughts on the current season for the Packers
    • Who is the best young quarterback in the game today?
    • Thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys’ 5-1 record and quarterback Tony Romo
  • NFL Network analyst and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin sits down with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten for an interview
  • Warren Sapp explains why the Dallas Cowboys defense is dominating
  • Are the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys the best team in the NFL?
  • Terrell Davis joins NFL GameDay Morning in-studio to discuss Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s quest for 2,000 yards and his edition of A Football Life airing Friday, October 24
  • Marshall Plan Marshall Faulk analyzes why Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is excelling
  • What are the biggest concerns for the defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks?
  • Warner’s Corner Kurt Warner breaks down the play of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver was granted unique access in meetings and the film room with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest news from around the NFL
  • Week 7 Bold Predictions & picks for every game on Sunday
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from Detroit for Saints-Lions
    • Stacey Dales from Chicago for Dolphins-Bears
    • Jeff Darlington from Indianapolis for Bengals-Colts
    • Alex Flanagan from Green Bay for Panthers-Packers
    • Kim Jones from Dallas for Giants-Cowboys
    • Steve Wyche from St. Louis for Seahawks-Rams

NFL GameDay Live, NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final Conclude Sunday Coverage

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live provides in-progress highlights and analysis, as well as live fantasy football updates for all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games. Hosts Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie are joined by analysts LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans, Brian Billick and Daniel Jeremiah providing 6.5 hours of coverage.

At 7:30 PM ET, Chris Rose hosts NFL GameDay Highlights, along with Tomlinson, Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and Steve Mariucci.

At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap all of the day’s action on NFL GameDay Final with game highlights, player and coach press conferences, post-game interviews and analysis of every game.


Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers. For more information, log on to NFL.com/nflnetwork.  NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.