AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” LEAD ANALYST PHIL SIMMS, DAN DIERDORF AND “TOPS” ANALYST BART SCOTT
The CBS Television Network continues its 54th year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Nov. 24 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the San Diego Chargers-Kansas City Chiefs game live from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
* * * * *
(On Kansas City): The good thing for them is they’re playing at home. The emotions and the spotlight were certainly on them playing in Denver. NFL teams can’t be up 16 games a year so there’s going to be highs and lows when it comes to emotion and sometimes being ready to play. This (playing San Diego) is a big game in that respect. They have to go out there and really dig in and, of course, not take anything for granted. As I said, the big thing is they’re at home. So if they aren’t emotionally ready, the crowd will get them going. The other thing about Kansas City is that I’m sure there was a large percentage of the population that thought Denver would just destroy them. After the game was over, I’m sure many said, ‘Oh, you know Kansas City hung in there pretty good, on the road, really didn’t get any breaks.’ And believe it or not, it probably would almost be a confidence boost knowing that they’ve seen the best in the NFL and can hang with them.
(On N.Y. Jets-Baltimore game being a “playoff” game): Even though they won’t be mathematically eliminated if they were to lose this game, the chances of Baltimore making the playoffs at 4-7 would be microscopic. For the Ravens this is an all-in game. Plug in whatever words you want – desperation, urgency, must-win – that would describe the Ravens this week. The Jets could lose this game and still say they are in it. But, that is not likely the case for Baltimore.
(On N.Y. Jets): They wish they were getting a little bit better play in their secondary, but the defense is playing good enough to have a much better record than 5-5. They are having wildly inconsistent play on the offense and at the quarterback position. In their losses, that play has been just too much to overcome.
BART SCOTT (who played for both the Jets and Ravens)
(On N.Y. Jets-Baltimore): This game features two teams with their backs against the wall. The winner of this game gets a leg up on the last Wild Card spot. The loser is in big trouble. Whoever can establish the run will win the game. Running the football is the key to this game.
* * * * *
Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 12 and Week 13 (subject to change).
WEEK 12 – Nov. 24
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·N.Y. Jets @ Baltimore Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith
·Pittsburgh @ Cleveland Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Ken Mack/Mark Grant
·Jacksonville @ Houston Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker/ Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen
·San Diego @ Kansas City Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
4:00 PM, ET starts:
·Indianapolis @ Arizona Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
·Tennessee @ Oakland Marv Albert/Rich Gannon Jim Rikhoff/Andy Goldberg
WEEK 13 – Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28* & Dec. 1 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
4:30 PM, ET starts:
·Oakland @ Dallas* Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Jacksonville @ Cleveland Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Ken Mack/Mark Grant
·Tennessee @ Indianapolis Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker/ Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen
·Miami @ N.Y. Jets Marv Albert/Rich Gannon Jim Rikhoff/Jim Cornell
·New England @ Houston Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith
4:25 PM, ET starts:
·Cincinnati @ San Diego Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
·Denver @ Kansas City Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURES EMOTIONAL THANKSGIVING STORY ON TRAGIC ACCIDENT INVOLVING DALLAS COWBOYS PLAYERS LAST DECEMBER
NARRATED BY STACEY JACKSON, MOTHER OF JERRY BROWN, FOR WEEK 12 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, NOV. 24
“THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW” ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK CONTINUES WITH TALK ABOUT WEEK 12 ISSUES
THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 54th year of the NFL, continues its 2013 NFL season on Sunday, Nov. 24 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as Lesley Visser reporting.
This week THE NFL TODAY features an emotional Thanksgiving story about the tragic automobile accident last December involving two members of the Dallas Cowboys, practice squad player Jerry Brown, who was killed, and his friend since college and teammate Josh Brent, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter as a result of the accident. Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, narrates the emotional story of forgiveness and shares her fight to carry on, in part, through the life of a baby granddaughter born a month after her son’s passing.
In addition, Jim Rome appears live via satellite; and THE NFL TODAY team discusses the playoff implications of this week’s games. Drew Kaliski is producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS) continues its unique fan-focused take on all of the week’s NFL and college action, headlines and hot-button issues, giving viewers all the latest information as it happens. “TOPS” is hosted by Adam Schein along with 11-year NFL veteran Scott, long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and LEAD OFF’s Allie LaForce reporting. Shawn Robbins and Andrew Finger produce and Jay Kincaid directs THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as the Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
* * * * *
Follow us on Twitter: @CBSSportsGang, @NFLonCBS and @TOPSonCBS