Preview of Week 16 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-Gameday-LogoRavens RB Justin Forsett with NFL Media’s Michael Silver on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ at 9:00 AM ET

Feature on the Kemoeatu Brothers on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

‘NFL GameDay First’ Kicks Off Sunday Coverage at 7:00 PM 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:

  • Players Only Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson examine the race for first place in the NFC West between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, and discuss what Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is doing better this year than he did during their Super Bowl championship run last season
  • First Tailgate – What is the key ingredient for a Dallas Cowboys win at home over the NFC South-champion Indianapolis Colts?
  • Are Bill Belichick and Tom Brady the greatest coach-quarterback combination in NFL history?
  • Has Jay Cutler started his last game as Chicago Bears quarterback?
  • What will we be calling “Johnny Football” after his second NFL start?
  • Which playoff contender needs the biggest “Christmas Miracle” to reach the postseason?
  • Full highlights, analysis and reaction from Saturday’s doubleheader of Eagles-Redskins and Chargers-49ers
  • Live reports from Kim Jones for Patriots-Jets, Aditi Kinkhabwala for Chiefs-Steelers, Alex Flanagan for Ravens-Texans, Jeff Darlington for Browns-Panthers and Albert Breer for Falcons-Saints
  • 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

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver sits down with Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett to discuss his long and winding road in the NFL
  • Feature on the Kemoeatu brothers – Chris and Ma’ake Kemoeatu – which is a holiday story of love and sacrifice from former NFL rivals
  • NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington examines the past two weeks for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton
  • Full highlights and analysis of Saturday’s doubleheader, and what they mean for the playoff picture
  • Players Only – What is it like playing for pride?
  • How will Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray be affected by his broken hand? Marshall Faulk had the same injury and knows the answer
  • Why has quarterback Jay Cutler failed in Chicago?
  • NFL GameDay Morning analyzes what to expect from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton coming off the accident
  • Will Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel bounce back this week?
  • Did the Buffalo Bills provide a blueprint for beating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers?
  • How do the New England Patriots avoid an upset to Rex Ryan and the New York Jets?
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers can clinch a playoff spot with a win. How do they get it done against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday?
  • Santa Mooch makes his annual appearance to give presents to the NFL GameDay Morning crew
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest news from around the NFL
  • Week 16 Bold Predictions & picks for every game on Sunday
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from New Orleans for Falcons-Saints
    • Jeff Darlington from Charlotte for Browns-Panthers
    • Alex Flanagan from Houston for Ravens-Texans
    • Kim Jones from New York for Patriots-Jets
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala from Pittsburgh for Chiefs-Steelers
    • Desmond Purnell from Dallas for Colts-Cowboys

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 Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson 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, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk 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.

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

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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.

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NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes – Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside EverBank Field tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci providing pregame analysis leading up to Cowboys-Bears on Thursday Night Football.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Mariucci and Faulk appeared on the show.

Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“RGIII has nothing to prove in Washington. The reason I say that [is] because it’s over for RGIII in Washington. Here’s the game plan: RGIII needs to go to the Houston Texans.” – Deion Sanders on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“[Robert Griffin III] has to appear to be healthy because that’s the thing that everybody is watching…He’s got to play quick and fast and resemble that quick, fast rookie that we saw a few years ago.” – Steve Mariucci on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

“When you define [Jay Cutler’s] career you say that you’re enamored with his talent, disappointed with his performance and bothered by his body language. I think when you look at him, he’s a guy that doesn’t inspire those around him. He kind of deflates them.” – Bill Cowher on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“I’ve never seen a guy who just was so lackadaisical when he made mistakes. I rarely see the hand pointing at him when things go wrong to the receivers, or the [running] back, or the offensive line.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“If Aaron Kromer had to do what he did it’s because he could not go upstairs and tell someone. If you can’t go upstairs and say, ‘Hey coach, GM, owner this is what we have, the problems that we have with our quarterback,’ then it’s above you. You have to do stuff. Sometimes things leak out – and sometimes you want them to leak out because the problem is bigger than you.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer’s comments on Jay Cutler

“If DeMarco Murray plays in this game it’s going to take a miracle and some really good medicine.” – Marshall Faulk on Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray

“[Johnny Manziel] understands now that the speed at this level is different. He’ll play better. He’ll make a statement.” – Michael Irvin on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“Sometimes [Mark Sanchez] truly makes us understand that he’s the backup quarterback. He’s not Nick Foles. It only takes a couple of throws here and there and it’s a whole different outcome in the game they played a week ago.” – Deion Sanders on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez

“You look at the San Diego Chargers and really they are a second level team…They beat the teams they’re supposed to beat but they’re not ready to take the next step.” – Bill Cowher on the San Diego Chargers

“This [Seattle Seahawks’] defense, it’s playing better than it did a year ago.” – Steve Mariucci on the Seattle Seahawks defense

“[The Jacksonville Jaguars] reminds me a lot of our young Cowboy team before we got rolling.” – Michael Irvin on the Jacksonville Jaguars offense

“This is a young football team. I love what they have in terms of a staple moving forward with this kid Blake Bortles.” – Bill Cowher on Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles

“I have to give a lot of credit to Gus Bradley…This team hasn’t given up. They play hard, they fight until the end, and they do what they need to do. They just need to do it more consistently.” – Deion Sanders on Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley

“I really like the Baltimore Ravens going down the stretch for the playoffs.” – Deion Sanders on the Baltimore Ravens

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff is available for viewing:

- Which Team Needs Homefield Advantage Most? – The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew debate which team needs homefield advantage most in the playoffs:

http://tinyurl.com/lahhthn

- Sink or Swim: Who Will Make the Playoffs? – Host Rich Eisen, and analysts Steve Mariucci, Bill Cowher, Marshall Faulk, Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin analyze which teams are sinking and which teams are swimming heading towards the playoffs:

http://tinyurl.com/mefk9uo

- What are the Bears Thinking after Benching Cutler? NFL Total Access Kickoff breaks down the latest in Chicago:

http://tinyurl.com/krbnzu5

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Dynamic Wide Receiver Tandem Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, December 19 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

Advance Premiere Airs Following Titans-Jaguars on ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Those two guys put Jacksonville on the map. I don’t think they’ve had anybody close to that or probably will ever have anyone close to those two wide receivers.” – Steve Smith Sr.

For six seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Keenan McCardell and Jimmy Smith – nicknamed Thunder and Lightning – combined for more yards and receptions than any other wide receiver tandem in the NFL during that time period. Yet while one of them has been able to transition well to life outside of the NFL, the other is still trying to find his way.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, December 19 at 9:00 PM ET with the story of McCardell and Smith, one of the most dynamic receiving duos in NFL history. The one-hour NFL Films-produced documentary includes McCardell visiting Smith at his home in Mississippi while Smith was on house arrest to reminisce about their playing time together. Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life also addresses Smith’s struggles with drug use, the perception that it was the cause of his sudden retirement, and the recovery process that is still taking place.

An advance premiere of Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life airs on Thursday, December 18 following the conclusion of the Thursday Night Football game between the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following the premiere of Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: 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 Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life are:

  • The on-field numbers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell amassed as a receiving tandem in Jacksonville
  • Defeating the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos on the road in 1996 playoffs to make it to the AFC Championship Game
  • Losing to the Tennessee Titans three times in the 1999 season – the team’s only three losses the entire season
  • Smith’s time as a backup wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys
  • McCardell winning a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being cut by the Jaguars
  • Smith’s off-field issues with drug use and his ongoing recovery

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Jimmy Smith

Keenan McCardell

Etta Smith – Jimmy’s mother

Trey Smith – Jimmy’s son

Mark Brunell – Jaguars teammate

Tony Boselli – Jaguars teammate

Fred Taylor – Jaguars teammate

Tom Coughlin – Former Jaguars head coach

Steve Smith Sr. – Ravens wide receiver

Jerry Jones – Cowboys owner

Troy Aikman – Hall of Fame quarterback

Pete Prisco – Former Florida Times-Union writer

Mark Rypien – Former Redskins quarterback

Samari Rolle – Former Titans defensive back

Brad Johnson – Former Buccaneers quarterback

Provided below are some select quotes from Keenan McCardell & Jimmy Smith: A Football Life:

“Being a professional player, sometimes you think that you’re above the law. You have to have someone to tell you no sometimes, and it’s hard because who’s going to tell you no? You have to have that person that is going to see through all of the stardom and the money and the fame, and say, ‘You have to stop.’ I would have had that if someone would have known about it. I had those people around me but I hid it so well.” Jimmy Smith

“They were inseparable. They were just about like brothers.” – Etta Smith

“Those two guys put Jacksonville on the map. I don’t think they’ve had anybody close to that or probably will ever have anyone close to those two wide receivers.” – Steve Smith Sr.

“For us, it wasn’t a shock that we made these plays. We had so much confidence in each other that we were not going to let each other down.” – Keenan McCardell

“I was shocked. I had never had an occasion to question him and he had never indicated to me anything but straight, truthful answers. So myself and the legal team believed him. We believed him.” – Tom Coughlin

“I never doubted any of his decisions because he never gave me anything to say that I shouldn’t trust him.” – Keenan McCardell

“The unfortunate thing is that they thought I retired because I failed a drug test. I had one year left on my contract and I was tired; I was actually tired the year before. I was just like what else do I have to play for?” – Jimmy Smith

“It was painful. You don’t raise your children to have this happen to them.” – Etta Smith

“People like Keenan in this business today are needed to tell them the work that has to go into succeeding. Players can relate to somebody like Keenan McCardell.” – Tom Coughlin

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

  • January 2 – The 2006 Rose Bowl

ABOUT NFL NETWORK

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.

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Quotes From Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoQuotes From NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final

“I haven’t seen [Johnny Manziel] grow at all. I expected this period where he got a chance to sit and watch Brian Hoyer, I thought he would grow from what he did in college…I haven’t seen growth from Johnny Manziel.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel who was 10/18 for 80 yards and two interceptions

“[Johnny Manziel] did some things that were really, not only rookie like, but very undisciplined. He’s got a long way to go. Two more games…he’s got to be better.” – Steve Mariucci on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“All of this is learning tape for Johnny Manziel. We are going to find out can he retain it, does he learn from it and will he not make the mistakes again? The problem that I have with Johnny Manziel is he’s a playmaker. Some of those plays are in his DNA.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“We saw the same things from Johnny Manziel that we saw in college. He likes to force the ball, especially when he gets pressured. He’s going to give the defense an opportunity for an interception. Going forward he has to learn to play better from the pocket and manage the game a little better.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“I played 16 games with Peyton Manning. As great as he is right now, in those 16 games the one thing that he always talked about was the speed of the game. Didn’t think he could get there…You have to go through it in order to understand it.” – Marshall Faulk on the learning curve for rookie quarterbacks transitioning from college to the NFL

“I like the momentum that [the Cincinnati Bengals] have going forward.” – LaDainian Tomlinson on the Cincinnati Bengals who shut out the Cleveland Browns 30-0

“It’s unfortunate because of all the success [the San Francisco 49ers] have had. We know [Jim Harbaugh] is a good coach, we know it’s a banged up team and we know whoever’s going to inherit this team, if Jim does leave, is going to find a very talented competitive team. Jim will find a place to go – there will be several suitors for him. It’s just an unfortunate situation for the 49er faithful.” – Steve Mariucci on the San Francisco 49ers who lost 17-7 to the Seattle Seahawks and have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs

“[Odell Beckham Jr.] is a true star in the National Football League” – Michael Irvin on New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. who had 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns

“What a great acquisition, maybe the best one of the offseason…[Golden Tate] has been really big for the Lions.” – Steve Mariucci on Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate who had seven receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown

“Jeremy Maclin, he gambled right here saying I will not take a contract let’s play the season out. I think he earned a lot of money.” – Michael Irvin on Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who had four receptions for 98 yards

“In Bruce Arians I trust because regardless of what quarterback that he puts on the football field, this defense and him calling plays, they are going to make sure that they have a chance to win these ball games.” – Marshall Faulk on the Arizona Cardinals who beat the St. Louis Rams Thursday and secured a playoff berth Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles loss to the Dallas Cowboys

On NFL.com the following video clip from NFL GameDay Highlights & NFL GameDay Final are available for viewing:

- Week 15 GameDay Express – Host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin recap an exciting Week 15 thus far:

http://tinyurl.com/mw46zd7

- Playmaker’s Top 5 Grabs Michael Irvin provides his top 10 performances of Week 15:

http://tinyurl.com/ndsyvqc

- Breaking down Manziel’s Struggles – Host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin discuss Johnny Manziel’s debut:

http://tinyurl.com/kzbol7y

- Are Cowboys a Championship Team? NFL GameDay Final analyze whether or not the Dallas Cowboys are a championship contender:

http://tinyurl.com/lwfab94

About  NFL GameDay Highlights

Every Sunday evening at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network recaps the afternoon action with NFL GameDay Highlights. Host Chris Rose and analysts LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci provide highlights, analysis and set the stage for Sunday Night Football.

About  NFL GameDay Final

Every Sunday night at 11:30 PM ET, recap the complete day in the NFL with NFL GameDay Final. Host Chris Rose and analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin put the definitive exclamation point on Sundays providing unlimited highlights of all the games, plus post-game press conferences, interviews from the field and locker room, audio captured throughout the day and expert analysis.

CBS Sports And NFL Network Announce Broadcast Teams For Week 16 “Thursday Night Football” Doubleheader On Saturday, Dec. 20

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflFrom CBS Sports and NFL Network…

CBS Sports and NFL Network have announced broadcast teams for the Week 16 Thursday Night Football doubleheader airing on Saturday, Dec. 20 on NFL Network and CBS.

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and reporter Stacey Dales will call Philadelphia at Washington on NFL Network with kickoff at 4:30 PM, ET from FedEx Field in Landover, Md.  Ken Mack produces and Mark Grant directs.

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and reporter Jenny Dell will be on the call for San Diego at San Francisco on CBS and NFL Network kicking off at 8:25 PM, ET from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.  Mark Wolff produces and Bob Fishman directs.

Pregame coverage begins at 2:00 PM, ET on NFL Network with NFL Total Access Kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live from the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles to provide analysis of both the Philadelphia-Washington and San Diego-San Francisco games.

At 7:30 PM, ET, NFL Thursday Night Kickoff airs on CBS and NFL Network leading into San Diego-San Francisco.  James Brown hosts and is joined by analysts Bill Cowher, Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and rules expert Mike Carey from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

Following the San Diego-San Francisco game, the Mazda Postgame Show will air on NFL Network, featuring complete game highlights and analysis from both contests live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.

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Quotes From Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL_Network_2012_LogoQuick Quotes from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning

“Jay Cutler has gotten a lot of offensive coordinators fired let’s be honest.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“Bill Belichick is one of the great defensive minds that has ever coach in the National Football League period.” – Warren Sapp on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“Outside of the quarterback position, I think [Rob Gronkowski] is the biggest difference maker and mismatch in football” – Kurt Warner on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[J.J. Watt] has great football intelligence and he reads plays before the snap better than any defensive lineman in the NFL.” – Shaun O’Hara on Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

“I think [the Green Bay Packers] offense is the most dangerous in the NFL.– Shaun O’Hara on the Green Bay Packers

“I believe this is a must-win for the Dallas Cowboys. This is it.” – Michael Irvin on the Cowboys-Eagles matchup

***For complete quotes from ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ see below***

Quotes from NFL GameDay First

Every Sunday morning at 7:00 AM ET, NFL Network is first on the field with NFL GameDay First. Host Melissa Stark, co-host/analyst Sterling Sharpe, and analysts Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis of the day’s games, while NFL Network reporters stationed across the league report from stadiums with the first on-location reports of the day.

“I want to see [Johnny Manziel] take care of the football. Let’s be honest, that is why he has the job. Brian Hoyer was throwing interceptions and forcing things but I feel like for Johnny Manziel, if I was the coach I would say to him: ‘Johnny, it isn’t your job to win the game. Your job is to not lose the game.’” –Shaun O’Hara on what it will take for Johnny Manziel to have a successful first start

“I think J.J. Watt is going to have the biggest impact on this game and it is not just because of the sacks and the quarterback hits. He is going to swat the ball. You can get sacks and hits on quarterbacks because you are athletic and tall and fast and have long arms, but he gets sacks in bunches because he is so smart. He has great football intelligence and he reads plays before the snap better than any defensive lineman in the NFL.” –Shaun O’Hara on Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt

“The addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner make the flexibility of the secondary that much better for Bill Belichick. Revis and Browner cut down your top two receivers. Kyle Arrington is also in the defensive backfield and he led the league in picks in 2011…[The Patriots] are matching up whatever style you want to play. If you want to go quickness, they have quick guys. If you have big receivers, they have big guys. They can play whatever game you want to play. This defense is very versatile.” –Michael Robinson on the biggest strength of the New England Patriots

“I think the offense is what is propelling the New England Patriots and it is why they are the number one seed right now. It’s really the ability to score, and they are the number one scoring offense right now…I think this offense is carrying them, but their defense is going to help them win the playoff games.” –Shaun O’Hara on the strengths of the New England Patriots

“When you think about the Patriots offense, I think every corner thinks, ‘How do we stop this guy?’ Nobody can do it. I think it is because of his catching radius. I think with Rob Gronkowski, it doesn’t matter where you put the ball. He has had 52 touchdowns in his first five seasons. That is more than any other tight end.” –Sterling Sharpe on who he believes is the MVP for the New England Patriots aside from Tom Brady

“I think [the Green Bay Packers] offense is the most dangerous in the NFL. The defense doesn’t scare anybody, and they have to score 41 points at home like they have done in the last seven games because their defense won’t hold up. As good as Aaron Rogers has been, you are in trouble if you are one dimensional.” –Shaun O’Hara on the strengths of the Green Bay Packers

Quotes from NFL GameDay Morning

NFL GameDay Morning is the most comprehensive pregame show on Sunday morning, airing at 9:00 AM ET for four hours on NFL Network and taking viewers straight up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen joins analysts Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin to bring fans the latest news, injury reports, pregame analysis and game previews. Additionally, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport provides the latest inside information from around the league.

“Jay Cutler has gotten a lot of offensive coordinators fired let’s be honest. Not just head coaches, but offensive coordinators who after leaving Jay Cutler, you won’t get a job anymore.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler

“Bill Belichick is one of the great defensive minds that has ever coach in the National Football League period.” – Warren Sapp on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

“Bill Belichick has this team peak at the exact right time – and that time is now.” – Steve Mariucci on the New England Patriots

“Outside of the quarterback position, I think [Rob Gronkowski] is the biggest difference maker and mismatch in football because he’s big, he’s fast, he can run over you, he can run by you, he’s got the smarts and ability to lineup in a lot of different places…I think he changes everything for this football team.” – Kurt Warner on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[Rob Gronkowski] is playing gronkish football. I mean he is taking over on the football field. When he’s playing like this everything works well for the New England Patriots…As long as Gronk is playing Gronkish football, they’re set.” – Michael Irvin on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

“[Aaron Rodgers] is the ultimate weapon in football.” – Michael Irvin on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

“Defense [and] run game travel. Do you know what else travels? Aaron Rodgers travels.” – Kurt Warner on the Green Bay Packers playoff race for home field advantage

“I’m just impressed at what [Le’Veon Bell] has done. I’m talking about changing your body, changing your playing style and he has stepped up to the plate.” – Marshall Faulk on Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell

“The Steelers are a puzzling kind of team because they’re a good football team. They play down to their competition too many times. They seem to need a sense of urgency.” – Steve Mariucci on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“If the Steelers are going to have a chance today, it is a must that they show up on defense…and the offense will take care of itself.” – Marshall Faulk on the Pittsburgh Steelers

“I think Johnny is built for the spotlight. I think that this is a time for him where he’s going to come up and he’s going to play football. I expect him to play well. I expect them to allow him to use his legs, as well as his head, along with his arm to win this football game.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

“I believe [J.J. Watt] deserves to be in consideration. Can he win it with a guy like Aaron Rodgers doing what he does, or a guy like Tom Brady? I don’t know if he can win it but I believe he deserves to be in this conversation because he is a difference maker every time out.” – Kurt Warner on MVP considerations for Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

“That’s what most valuable does – you make people around you better. You don’t sit at 7-6 I’m sorry.” – Marshall Faulk on MVP considerations referencing the Houston Texans record and defensive end J.J. Watt

“We know who [C.J. Anderson] is. He is a guy that can carry the load and when they turn to him he can go…good in the passing game as well.” – Marshall Faulk on Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson

“I believe this is a must-win for the Dallas Cowboys. This is it.” – Michael Irvin on the Cowboys-Eagles matchup

“This is such a must-win game for the Cowboys in so many ways because if I’m the decision maker slash owner you have to ask yourself after this game – say the Dallas Cowboys lose and they do not make the playoffs – what do I have to do? You have to start questioning yourself because I believe this is the best team that [Jerry Jones] has put together in a while.” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys

NFL Media Insider Michael Silver

On where things went wrong for Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers:

“This is a divorce that a lot of us have seen coming since that surreal day at the combine that we learned that the Cleveland Browns and 49ers had had talks about a potential trade for Jim Harbaugh. We’ve seen in recent NFL history that when a coach seems to be on his way out, it doesn’t usually go well. Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh, John Fox in Carolina being some examples. Jim Harbaugh had those players rallied like they were a group in a fight together. It’s been individualized in the last year. Players have wondered if Jim Harbaugh is more about himself. The pistol offense disappeared where Colin Kaepernick was so successful. Why? Was that about credit or was that about trying to win games? And you’ve got a coach who clearly is dissatisfied and bosses who aren’t going to bat for him – divorce is inevitable.

On the relationship between Jim Harbaugh and 49ers management moving forward:

“I think it’s a compatibility issue. I think it’s been decided. I think that there has just been a wall of tension throughout this last year especially. It’s a tense workplace environment. They’re very talented and he’s a great coach, but the wall is starting to crumble. It’s a lot of weight to shoulder.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport

On the fallout in Chicago:

“It was a very tense day in Chicago on Friday when this news did break. I am told all options were on the table as far as Aaron Kromer’s job status. Marc Trestman the head coach considered everything including firing him. In the end, he decided that Aaron Kromer should stay employed by the Chicago Bears. One reason is Kromer is a very valued assistant on that staff. In fact, I’m told by another Bears source, a different Bears source, that when they hired Trestman hiring Kromer was considered as important as everything. Now the question, why did he do this? I’ve heard from so many people, other coaches across the league, by outing himself the only thing people can come up with is that he couldn’t take knowing that he did something to hurt the team. Actually a standup move.”

On Jay Cutler’s reaction:

“He was hurt. Talking to people close to Jay Cutler he was definitely hurt by this. A little stung and certainly a little surprised that Aaron Kromer would do something like this. But if you listen to Jay Cutler’s press conference he seemed extremely professional. Much more professional than we’ve seen him in the pubic light in some years mainly because he knows, thanks in part to this report and by the way he’s played, the spotlight is on him like it has never been before. He knows of all things he needs to play better. The thing that could come out of this for Jay Cutler is he knows he might be done with the Bears this year, he knows so much rides on him, [and] he is control of his own destiny.”

On Johnny Manziel’s preparation for his first NFL start:

“I’ve talked to several Browns sources about this and they say Manziel has been in the building every day this week at 7:00 A.M. which is two hours earlier than most teammates get there. He’s been leaving about 7:00 P.M. which is two hours later than most teammates get there. There were certainly some questions going into the draft and going into the season about work ethic, there are no such questions now. As far as the plays we will see, there will be more read option today than there has been in the game plan all year. You will see some familiarity to the same plays that RGIII ran with Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Talking to Bengals sources, they have studied that Washington film from a couple of years ago. They’ve also gone into the preseason, the only time they’ve really seen Manziel play just to get some semblance of an idea of what he is going to do on the field and they will try to keep him in the pocket. One more thing, a bigtime fan will be in attendance today: LeBron James will be in the suite of Maverick Carter and Erik Burkhardt, Manziel’s agents, checking on his buddy.”

On Cam Newton’s readiness for the rest of the season:

“I’ve talked to Panthers sources last night, they are optimistic that Cam Newton will be back next week after suffering those two transverse process fractures, the same thing that Tony Romo had earlier in the season – he missed one week and was able to come back. At this point, everything is day-to-day of course because you don’t know how Cam Newton’s going to feel this week. But at this point, the Panthers think he will be back next week, as they try somehow to continue their march to the playoffs.”

On coaches whose futures depend on how their teams finish:

“I’ll give you two big ones. First of all, Giants coach Tom Coughlin. I’m told by sources close to Coughlin that he does want to coach next year. He feels young, he feels healthy, [and] he would like to be the coach of the Giants next year. It is no guarantee that the Giants will make a coaching change despite what everyone thinks and some will hinge on how this team does finish down the stretch. Remember, this is a very patient organization. The next one, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. At some point a couple of weeks ago it seems Philbin was safe, now I am being told he is not safe. Some of it will depend on if the Dolphins do flail down the stretch as they have in recent years. Talking to some players there, there is some concern about Philbin’s lack of emotion which has really been a concern over the last several years. They are a little nervous that they will be out-schemed again in December. Let me give you just one quick nugget about this, something that really rankled the players: Philbin had them attend leadership classes, something that kept them late in the facility. They weren’t sure why. They didn’t really understand it.”

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning are available for viewing:

- Week 15 Bold Predictions NFL GameDay Morning provides Bold Predictions for Week 15:

http://tinyurl.com/myoy9pk

- Week 15 Sunday Statements – The NFL GameDay Morning crew provide their Week 15 Sunday Statements:

http://tinyurl.com/l4wjh9w

- Cutler ‘Hurt’ by Buyer’s Remorse Comments – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest on the Chicago Bears:

http://tinyurl.com/lqdnpbf

- How Does Manziel Win in His Debut? – The NFL GameDay Morning crew breaks down what it will take for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to get a win in his NFL debut:

http://tinyurl.com/khgdhyz

- Players Only: Should J.J. Watt Win MVP? – The former players of NFL GameDay Morning debate whether or not J.J. Watt should win this year’s MVP award:

http://tinyurl.com/mm4f4y2

- Joyless in San Francisco – NFL Media Insider Michael Silver joins the NFL GameDay Morning crew to discuss the latest in San Francisco:

http://tinyurl.com/o7e7o7j

- Cowboys-Eagles Warren Sapp reads a text from Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and the GameDay Morning crew discuss what adjustments the Cowboys will need to make to face the Eagles:

http://tinyurl.com/oaagmh3

- Coughlin, Philbin on the Hot Seat – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports on the latest regarding Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin:

http://tinyurl.com/q7krn8n

- Home Sweet Lambeau? Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin discuss the significance of home field advantage in Green Bay:

http://tinyurl.com/ndho4nu

Preview of Week 15 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-Gameday-LogoLive Reports from Cleveland on Johnny Manziel’s First Start

Pittsburgh Steelers Legends Weigh in on what to Make of the 2014 Team

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:

  • Who is the most important Patriots player not named Tom Brady?
  • What will we be calling “Johnny Football” after his first NFL start?
  • Are the Green Bay Packers the most dangerous team in the entire NFL?
  • Several Pittsburgh Steelers legends weigh in on the roller coaster season for this year’s team
  • We’ll spotlight this dynamic and historic season for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt
  • Shaun Goes Special: Shaun O’Hara goes to social media to find out which MVP candidate will have the bigger impact on SundayJ.J. Watt or Andrew Luck?
  • Live reports from Aditi Kinkhabwala and Nate Burleson for Bengals-Browns, Kimberly Jones for Dolphins-Patriots, Jeff Darlington for Steelers-Falcons and Albert Breer for Packers-Bills
  • NFL Media national insider Ian Rapoport with the latest news from around the league
  • Picks for every game

This Week on NFL GameDay Morning

Host: Rich Eisen

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

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • Steelers legends weigh in on what to make of the up-and-down 2014 team
  • Should J.J. Watt win the NFL MVP?
  • Live reports from Cleveland on Johnny Manziel’s first start
  • Steve Mariucci previews Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel’s first career start
  • Which teams should be on Upset Alert in Week 15?
  • Week 15 Bold Predictions
  • We head to the demo field to show what makes J.J. Watt so dominant
  • Players Only – What it’s like playing in rivalry games
  • NFL Media’s Michael Silver examines San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh’s future
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from Buffalo for Packers-Bills
    • Stacey Dales from Indianapolis for Texans-Colts
    • Jeff Darlington from Atlanta for Steelers-Falcons
    • Kim Jones from New England for Dolphins-Patriots
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala & Nate Burleson from Cleveland for Bengals-Browns

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 Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah providing 6.5 hours of coverage.

At 7:30 PM ET, Chris Rose hosts NFL GameDay Highlights, along with LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci.

At 11:30 PM ET, Rose and analysts Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk 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.

NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes – Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Edward Jones Dome tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner providing pregame analysis leading up to Cardinals-Rams on Thursday Night Football.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Warner appeared on the show.

Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians with Marshall Faulk

NFL Network analyst Marshall sat down with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians for an interview on NFL Total Access Kickoff:

On who is Bruce Arians:

“Teacher, father, husband…solid golfer.”

On the ideas and mindset he instills on his quarterbacks:

“It’s no difference coaching offensive line or receivers, there’s only one way to do it and that’s the right way. If it’s not the right way and perfect, coaching needs to be involved. I just have to do it rough sometimes. That’s just the way I communicate.”

On whether or not he’ll shrink the playbook with new player personnel:

“Never ask players to do things they can’t do, that’s bad coaching just to say that’s your system. We try to put each guy in a position to be successful. If Drew [Stanton] can’t handle the playbook we’ll shut it down – but he can handle more volume probably than Carson [Palmer] could because he’s been in the offense longer.”

On critiquing Bruce Arians:

“Right now, doing OK. The test of time always is what you’re measured by. This next month we’ll see how damn good a coach you are. Everybody wants to pat you on the back in September [and] October, they remember what you do in December.”

Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“I took three things away from [Bruce Arians]: his trust in his players, he respects his players, and more than anything, he’s honest with his players.” – Marshall Faulk on the three things he took away from his interview with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

“What [Bruce Arians] has on that staff is a mix of experience [and] a mix of youth. They bring knowledge and respect to the game of football and that’s permeated through that team. They are teachers. They have great respect for the game. That staff has a way of bringing that football team united and they know what they’re doing every Sunday – they’re prepared.” – Bill Cowher on Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians and his coaching staff

“[The Arizona Cardinals] have five cornerbacks that can start for any team in the NFL.” – Deion Sanders on the Arizona Cardinals secondary

“I’m a defensive coach at heart. If you like defense, and you like an aggressive approach to it, you will love tonight’s game.” – Bill Cowher on tonight’s Cardinals-Rams matchup

“It’s all about the quarterback. I believe Drew Stanton has to play better.” – Kurt Warner on the keys to winning the NFC West for the Arizona Cardinals

“Shaun Hill has been a spark for this football team. I think what he brings to this team…Is an aggressive veteran that’s willing to take chances down the field.” – Kurt Warner on St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill

“I believe that [Tre Mason] has ‘it’ and you need ‘it’ if you’re going to run the ball effectively week in and week out in the NFL. He has ‘it’ and they need to hang their hat on him.” – Marshall Faulk on St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason

“This [St. Louis Rams] squad has realized that they possess a front four that can rarely be matched with anybody in this league…on defense these guys come hard, they come ferocious, they understand the alignment and assignment.” – Deion Sanders on the St. Louis Rams defense

“I like the Dallas Cowboys in this division.” – Deion Sanders on the NFC East

“I expect a little bit of everything. I think there’s going to be some good, I think there will be some bad, and I think there could quite possibly be some ugly.” – Kurt Warner on what to expect from Johnny Manziel Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals

“I’m expecting Manziel-Mania going off in Cleveland.” – Michael Irvin on expectations for Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel 

“I know he’s not Brian Hoyer. We don’t know what Johnny Manziel is. I want to see can he be [money] in the NFL.” – Marshall Faulk on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel

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TENNESSEE TITANS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — 8:25 PM ET

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Preview of Week 14 Editions of NFL Network’s ‘NFL GameDay First’ & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

NFL-GameDayMorningSeahawks RB Marshawn Lynch with Michael Robinson on ‘NFL GameDay First’ at 7:00 AM ET & ‘NFL GameDay Morning’ at 9:00 AM ET

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians with Marshall Faulk on ‘NFL GameDay Morning’

Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin with Melissa Stark on ‘NFL GameDay First’

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 Network analyst Michael Robinson sits down with his former teammate, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, for an exclusive interview
  • NFL Network’s Melissa Stark goes 1-on-1 with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin
  • Shaun Goes Social Shaun O’Hara takes to social media to find out who will have more rushing yards on Sunday: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch or Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy?
  • Does Marshawn Lynch need the Seattle Seahawks more, or do the Seahawks need Lynch more?
  • Which quarterback gives the Cleveland Browns a better chance to make the playoffs – Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel?
  • Live reports from Aditi Kinkhabwala and Nate Burleson for Colts-Browns, Desmond Purnell for Steelers-Bengals, Jeff Darlington for Ravens-Dolphins and Albert Breer for Panthers-Saints
  • 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

NFL Media Insider: Ian Rapoport

Featured this week on NFL GameDay Morning:

  • NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson sits down with his former teammate, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, for an exclusive interview
  • NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk sits down with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians
  • NFL Media’s Steve Cyphers profiles Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and his unique connection to a high school principal in Ohio
  • NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala examines the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback situation
  • Players Only – Should teams and players have loyalty to one another, and what are their memories of quarterbacks playing in an NFL game for the first time?
  • Warner’s Corner Kurt Warner analyzes the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense
  • Warren Sapp breaks down the defense for the defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks
  • Steve Mariucci on how the Seattle Seahawks defense matches up with the Philadelphia Eagles offense
  • Who has the advantage – the Seattle Seahawks defense or the Philadelphia Eagles offense?
  • Did the Cleveland Browns make the right decision in staying with Brian Hoyer at quarterback over Johnny Manziel?
  • At what point will the Cleveland Browns turn to Johnny Manziel this week?
  • Will this December be different for the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo?
  • NFL GameDay Morning looks at the 7-5 teams in the AFC and decide who is in and who is out of the playoffs
  • Which team is most likely to spoil a New England Patriots-Denver Broncos AFC Championship Game rematch?
  • Will the Pittsburgh Steelers save their season in Cincinnati?
  • NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest news from around the NFL
  • Week 14 Bold Predictions & picks for every game on Sunday
  • Live reports
    • Albert Breer from New Orleans for Panthers-Saints
    • Jeff Darlington from Miami for Ravens-Dolphins
    • Kim Jones & Michael Robinson from Philadelphia for Seahawks-Eagles
    • Aditi Kinkhabwala & Nate Burleson from Cleveland for Colts-Browns
    • Desmond Purnell from Cincinnati for Steelers-Bengals

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 Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson 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, Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk 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.

NFL Network’s ‘NFL Total Access Kickoff’ & ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Solider Field tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci providing pregame analysis leading up to Cowboys-Bears on Thursday Night Football.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin and Faulk appeared on the show.

Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff

“This is a playoff game for the Dallas Cowboys…As good as you started this season, as great as it was, that’s going to go right down that toilet if you don’t get your butt off that seat and make plays out here tonight.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys-Chicago Bears

“The running game has done all they can do. Right now, in order to make this run it comes down to the guys on the outside. They have to consistently make plays outside.” – Michael Irvin on the key to the Dallas Cowboys making the playoffs

“It’s time for Tony Romo and his back to carry this team to the postseason and make some moves. I want to see Tony Romo stand up in December and right the wrong of 16-21 since he’s been the starter in December for the Dallas Cowboys.” – Marshall Faulk on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“He has gone underappreciated for years. He does it every year…They have to get the ball into his hands early in this game. He’s the heart and soul.” – Bill Cowher on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte

“They play great team defense. No superstars on this defense but great effort.” – Steve Mariucci on the Dallas Cowboys defense

“He’s bright. You’d like him. He has instinctive leadership and he hits. We like that.” – Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to Steve Mariucci on Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain

“Early in the season we saw them run the football to set up the passing game. I believe now it’s time to make that adjustment: we need to take some shots [down the field].” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys offense

“Marshawn Lynch has confided in people close to him that he is considering walking away from the game of football at age of 28 after the season. It’s the same exact thing he did last season, telling two teammates he might retire if they made the Super Bowl. They did – he didn’t retire. This would be Lynch walking out on his own terms as the Seahawks consider parting ways with him because of his age, because of his salary. The only caveat is he might follow Tom Cable, their offensive line coach, if he becomes a head coach in 2015.” – Ian Rapoport on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

Quotes from NFL Thursday Night Kickoff

“Your season begins tonight and where you go in the future with this football team has a lot to do with what takes place tonight and the next three weeks.” – Bill Cowher on the Dallas Cowboys

“This is the best team he’s had; defense, running game. The window of time for him is getting shorter…They need to have a healthy Tony Romo [and] a productive Tony Romo in December if they’re going to have any chance to make the playoffs.” – Bill Cowher on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo

“The defense has exceeded all expectations, the running back has exceeded all expectations, Dez Bryant is who he is – Tony Romo is the only question mark and he needs to win.” – Deion Sanders on the Dallas Cowboys

“Usually when you don’t run no-huddle it’s when you don’t trust your quarterback calling the plays at the line of scrimmage. I hope that’s not the case tonight because it’s something that they should deploy because we saw the success Philadelphia had with it.” – Marshall Faulk on the possibility of the Chicago Bears running no-huddle against the Dallas Cowboys

“Tonight is his night, whether it’s in the air or on the ground. I believe featuring this guy and having an offense start and end with him is the Chicago Bears’ best chance of winning.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte

 

On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff is available for viewing:

- New and Improved Dallas Cowboys Defense – NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci sits down with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to discuss the performance of the defense this season:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/dallas-cowboys/0ap3000000438811/New-and-improved-Cowboys-defense

- Keys to the Dallas Cowboys Making the Playoffs NFL Total Access Kickoff breaks down the keys for the Dallas Cowboys to make the playoffs:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/dallas-cowboys/0ap3000000438772/Keys-to-Cowboys-making-the-playoffs

- Ian Rapoport: Marshawn Lynch Considering Retirement Following 2014 Season – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins NFL Total Access Kickoff to report the latest on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/seattle-seahawks/0ap3000000438808/Rapoport-Lynch-considering-retirement-following-2014-season

- Cleveland Browns Quarterback Situation – The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew discuss if the Cleveland Browns made the right decision at quarterback:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/cleveland-browns/0ap3000000438815/Bill-Cowher-Browns-made-the-right-call-with-starting-Hoyer

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.

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ARIZONA CARDINALS AT ST. LOUIS RAMS — 8:25 PM ET

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COWBOYS-BEARS DELIVERS AN 8.0 OVERNIGHT RATING FOR THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL;

3rd HIGHEST EVER ON NFL NETWORK

Cowboys win in Chicago posts a 115% yearly increase for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network

NFL Network’s telecast of Thursday Night Football on Dec. 4, which featured the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Chicago Bears 41-28, earned an average overnight household rating in the 56 metered markets of 8.0 (including over-the-air stations in Dallas and Chicago), a +115% gain from last year’s Week 14 Thursday Night Football game on NFL Network and over-the-air stations (Houston @ Jacksonville on NFLN+OTA: 3.7 Metered Market Avg.).

Last night’s 8.0 overnight rating is the third highest overnight rating of all time for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and over-the-air stations (2013 NY Jets @ New England 8.55 Metered Market Avg., 2013 Kansas City @ Philadelphia 8.21 Metered Market Avg.). The 8.0 overnight rating was +35% higher than the previous Thursday Night Football game (Kansas City @ Oakland on NFLN+OTA: 5.9 Metered Market Avg.) and is expected to be the most-watched program on cable for Dec. 4.

Through 12 games of the 2014 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) is up +72% in the metered markets compared to last year’s games on NFL Network and the over-the-air stations in participating markets.

Thursday Night Football continues next week on December 11 in an NFC West clash when the division-leading Arizona Cardinals visit the St. Louis Rams on NFL Network.

About 2014 Thursday Night Football

A partnership between CBS Sports and NFL Network, Thursday Night Football in 2014 features the most marquee match-ups ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. Thursday Night Football in Weeks 2-8 and Week 16 (Saturday) is broadcast on CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. The Thursday Night Football schedule in Weeks 9-12 and Weeks 14-16 is televised on NFL Network, and will be simulcast on over-the-air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams.

All Thursday Night Football games kick off at 8:25 PM ET, with the exception of the Week 16 Saturday double-header – NFL Network (4:30 PM ET) and CBS (8:00 PM ET).

Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms call the game, and Tracy Wolfson provides reports from the sidelines.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL Total Access Kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside the stadium. At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci 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.

Thursday Night Football on NFL Network is again carried on free, over-the-air television in the markets of the two participating teams. NFL Network games are available in Spanish via SAP with Roberto Abromowitz announcing.

The entire 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule is streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile, smartphone* & tablet**), the NFL app on Xbox (Xbox One & Windows 8 devices**), including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch, tablet + PC**), with participating cable and satellite providers.

For a full list of access points or to start streaming now, visit NFL.com/Watch
NFL Network 2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

  • Week 2: 9/11 – Baltimore Ravens 26 – Pittsburgh Steelers 6
  • Week 3: 9/18 – Atlanta Falcons 56 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
  • Week 4: 9/25 – New York Giants 45 – Washington Redskins 14
  • Week 5: 10/2 – Green Bay Packers 42 – Minnesota Vikings 10
  • Week 6: 10/9 – Indianapolis Colts 33 – Houston Texans 28
  • Week 7: 10/16 – New England Patriots 27 – New York Jets 25
  • Week 8: 10/23 – Denver Broncos 35 – San Diego Chargers 21
  • Week 9: 10/30 – New Orleans Saints 28 – Carolina Panthers 10
  • Week 10: 11/6 – Cleveland Browns 24 - Cincinatti Bengals 3
  • Week 11: 11/13 – Miami Dolphins 22 – Buffalo Bills 9
  • Week 12: 11/20 – Oakland Raiders 24 – Kansas City Chiefs 20
  • Week 14: 12/4 – Dallas Cowboys 41 @ Chicago Bears 28
  • Week 15: 12/11 – Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
  • Week 16: 12/18 – Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Week 16: 12/20 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
  • Week 16: 12/20 – San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers