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Raiders-Chiefs on NBC Thursday Night Football & Cowboys-Giants on NBC Sunday Night Football – First Time Two Primetime Matchups in Single NFL Week Feature Teams Combining For At Least 19-5 Record (.792)
“Truly great games are rare. This week on NBC we get one on Thursday and another three days later.” – Cris Collinsworth
“Both teams that lost the previous games should feel good heading into these games… I think they’ll play better and will be confident they can win. Both games will be very, very close.” – Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy Breaks Down the Matchups
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 6, 2016 – NBC Sports in the next five days presents the most prolific pair of primetime matchups ever in an NFL week. For the first time, two night games in a single NFL weekend each feature opponents combining for at least a 19-5 record (.792).
First, on NBC’s Thursday Night Football, the top two teams in the AFC West meet in Kansas City as the Chiefs (9-3) host the Oakland Raiders (10-2). The Chiefs topped the Raiders 26-10 in Week 6.
On NBC’s Sunday Night Football three nights later, the Dallas Cowboys, with an NFL-best 11-1 record, visit their second-place division rival New York Giants (8-4). The Giants are the only team to defeat the Cowboys this season, with a 27-26 victory in the season opener in Arlington, Texas.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will be in the broadcast booth for both of this week’s marquee matchups.
“Truly great games are rare. This week on NBC we get one on Thursday and another three days later,” Collinsworth said. “The Raiders and Cowboys have lost a combined three games, but two of those losses were delivered by their division rivals and opponents this week — Kansas City and the New York Giants. Young stars Derek Carr and Dak Prescott will try to prove that they are ready for a Super Bowl run. But, this is the time of year that veteran QBs like Eli Manning and Alex Smith prove that unless you can win in cold, frigid weather, you cannot claim to be a Super Bowl favorite. Great week of football on NBC.”
Super Bowl-winning and Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy will be on location on Thursday for Football Night in Kansas City before returning to the studio for Football Night in America on Sunday.
“Both teams that lost the previous games (Oakland and Dallas) should feel good heading into these games,” he said. “Both made uncharacteristic mistakes, and even though they’re on the road for this one, I think they’ll play better and will be confident they can win. Both games will be very, very close.”
Dungy also took a closer look at the matchups.
“The Raiders moved the ball well in their first matchup against the Chiefs, but couldn’t score,” he said. “The Chiefs were able to produce points with their intermediate offensive attack. I expect both defenses to play better in this game, and the cold weather should contribute to low scoring. The Raiders defense has improved significantly since the last game.”
“For Dallas, it was Dak Prescott’s first game,” Dungy added. “The Cowboys moved the ball well, but were conservative in the red zone, resulting in field goals. Their offense has improved dramatically and this time they’ll be confident that they can score touchdowns.”
“The Giants’ defensive line did a good job against the Cowboys’ outstanding offensive line in the first game. They will need to step up again,” he continued. “Eli Manning produced some big plays and the Giants had one of their best rushing games of the season in that game (113 yards, 4.7 yards/carry). It’s going to be interesting to see what adjustments each team makes for this game.”
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‘Bears Classics’ presented by Xfinity to debut Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 PM CT — Exclusively on CSN
Narrated by Chicago Bears/Pro Football Hall of Fame legend DICK BUTKUS
Chicago, IL (December 6, 2016) – CSN Chicago and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Xfinity Emmy award-winning documentary series when the network will chronicle the history of pro football’s longest and, without question, fiercest rivalry: the Chicago Bears vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Debuting Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 PM CT exclusively on CSN, Bears Classics will reflect back to the conflict that began in 1921 when the National Football League’s charter franchise, the Chicago Bears, met an independent team that joined the league that year, the Packers from Green Bay, Wisconsin. With more than 1300 NFL games played for each franchise, the win-loss records are nearly even as the Bears hold an overall advantage, while the Packers lead in total championships (13-9). From the big city on Lake Michigan to the small town some 200 miles north, the Bears & Packers continue to make their mark as combatants in pro football’s oldest rivalry.
This special edition of CSN’s Emmy-winning Bears Classics documentary series, subtitled The Longest War – Bears versus Packers, will once again be narrated by Chicago Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus. Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-1973 and is credited for redefining the middle linebacker position. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. CSN’s Sarah Lauch is the Executive Producer of Bears Classics, Willie Parker is the Producer, and Kevin Cross is the network’s Senior Director of News & Original Content.
In addition to the documentary narration by Butkus, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this edition of Bears Classics include exclusive interviews with the following individuals:
Bears Halfback (1965-71)
Bears Tight End (1961-76); Bears Head Coach (1982-92)
Bears Linebacker (2000-12)
Bears Linebacker (2003-14)
Bears Defensive End/Tackle (1979-90)
Bears Head Coach (2004-12)
Bears Quarterback (1999-2002)
Bears Wide Receiver (1983-89)
Packers Quarterback (1992-2007)
Packers Quarterback (2005-present)
Packers Right Guard (1958-68)
Packers Wide Receiver (1978-86)
Please note the following quotes from CSN’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: The Longest War – Bears versus Packers, debuting Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 PM CT:
MIKE DITKA (on the Bears-Packers rivalry): “It was a war based on respect. I never disliked them. I would say they had something we wanted because they had a better team and had championships, and we finally did get one.”
BRETT FAVRE (on Bears & Packers Hall of Famers): “I was talking and said ‘surely, the Packers have the most Hall of Fame members.’ Well, we’re four short; it’s the Bears that have more. So we still have a few more to go…says a lot about the Bears.”
BRIAN URLACHER (on playing against Packers QBs Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers): “Aaron’s a little more mobile…Brett ran, but he didn’t like run to create. Aaron kind of dances around back there and will wait until the guys break open, Brett would just throw it no matter what.”
JERRY KRAMER (on the teachings of Packers legendary head coach Vince Lombardi): “We never got beat. The clock ran out when the other team had more points when we did, but we never lost a game. So it’s that constant…will to win and that will to excel. Those are the things that endure.”
GALE SAYERS (on Packers/Bears games at Wrigley Field): “You came out here and you knew that the fans would be on your side. It would be different if they were in Green Bay or something, hell, they’d kill you, but here, no way. And we played Green Bay on that field a long time.”
CSN will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 PM and again on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) at 7:00 PM. Details regarding January’s premiere episode of Bears Classics will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics. Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from CSN’s team of Bears experts.
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ESPN will once again be the exclusive home of the 82nd annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by Nissan on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. ET.
The top two teams in women’s basketball, UConn and Notre Dame, will go head to head Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Several ranked teams are in action as ESPN’s coverage of men’s college basketball continues across ESPN networks, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Kansas, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Kentucky, No. 7 North Carolina, No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 16 Butler, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Purdue, No. 22 Cincinnati, No. 20 Arizona, No. 24 Oregon and No. 25 Iowa State.
The 2016 matchups for the 13 owned and operated ESPN Events bowl games has been set, kicking off the bowl season on Saturday, Dec. 17, with the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico and Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The games will conclude with the Birmingham Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 29. All games will air on ESPN with the exception of the Celebration Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl, both to be broadcast on ABC.
ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will make its third appearance at the storied annual showdown between Army and Navy, this year in Baltimore on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Emmy Award-winning show will close out its regular season from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in a special two-hour edition (9-11 a.m. ET).
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Bruins-Capitals – Tomorrow Night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
College Hockey – No. 4 Boston College at No. 12 Notre Dame – Friday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 6, 2016 – The NHL’s most prolific goal-scorer for the last decade will be featured on Wednesday Night Rivalry this week, as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals play host to Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2016-17 Notre Dame college hockey season this Friday at 7 p.m. ET, when the No. 12 Fighting Irish host the No. 4 Boston College Eagles in a Hockey East conference showdown.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of this Bruins-Capitals and Notre Dame-Boston College.
Four-time Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Bruins-Capitals from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will call Boston College-Notre Dame from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
Pre-game coverage for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live. Liam McHugh anchors Wednesday Night Rivalry studio coverage with analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as NHL insider Bob McKenzie. Post-game coverage on NHL Overtime will air on NBCSN immediately following Bruins-Capitals.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – BRUINS-CAPITALS – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Ovechkin and the Capitals boast a strong 14-7-3 record to start the 2016-17 season, but currently sit in fourth place in a highly-competitive Metropolitan Division with 31 points. The Caps’ captain leads the club with 12 goals scored in what’s been a top-heavy scoring attack in Washington. Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson (11), T.J. Oshie (8) and Nicklas Backstrom (7) have accounted for 62% of the team’s goals this season. The Caps are coming off a 3-2 overtime win against Buffalo last night, led by Johansson’s two goals, including the game-winner in the extra session.
Boston (15-10-1, 31 points) is on a three-game winning streak, including its 4-3 overtime win against Florida last night. Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who has bounced back in a big way this season, is tied for the NHL lead in wins (14), and ranks second in goals against average (1.68). Brad Marchand leads the club with 22 points (7g/15a), and David Pastrnak has broken out with 15 goals in 21 games this season, including two goals in last night’s overtime victory.
This marks the first of three meetings between the Bruins and Capitals this season. Washington has dominated the matchup of late, riding a six-game winning streak against Boston into their Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NO. 4 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NO. 12 NOTRE DAME – FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN’s 2016-17 college hockey coverage continues Friday with a Hockey East clash between Boston College and Notre Dame. The Eagles (12-5-1) are coming off a 4-3 loss to defending NCAA champion North Dakota on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden and have had a difficult non-conference schedule, but lead Hockey East with a 7-0-1 conference record. The Eagles are led offensively by Matthew Gaudreau, brother of former B.C. Eagle and current Calgary Flame Johnny Gaudreau, who paces the club with 19 points (6g/13a).
The Fighting Irish (8-6-2) are coming off a split of a weekend series against fellow Hockey East member Massachusetts. Notre Dame’s Anders Bjork is tied for fourth in NCAA Division I hockey with 26 points (11g/15a) in just 16 games this season.
Following is this week’s NHL and college hockey coverage on NBCSN:
|Wed., December 7||NHL Live||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Washington||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|NHL Overtime*||NBCSN||10:30 a.m.|
|Fri., December 9||College Hockey – No. 4 Boston College at No. 12 Notre Dame||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
*immediately following game coverage
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2016-17 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN
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