Before the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oklahoma Sooners Heisman Trophy winner sat for a one-on-one conversation with Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson in April 2018 as part of ESPN’s pre-NFL Draft SportsCenter Special: QB2QB with Russell Wilson series.
College GameDay Built by the Home Depot will originate from Baton Rouge, La., ahead of the SEC matchup between No. 7 Florida and No. 5 LSU.
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Beginning this weekend on Oct. 12, ESPN will deliver select regular season college football games live in native 4K resolution as part of the “Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week.” This agreement with Samsung, who serves as production collaborator and presenting sponsor, kicks off with Saturday’s matchup between No. 7 University of Florida and No. 5 Louisiana State University at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and DIRECTV on channel 107.9at*. This “Samsung QLED 4K Game of the Week” live telecast marks the first in a package that includes six college football games this season, as well as a 4K feed that will be part of ESPN’s “Megacast” presentation of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 13, 2020.
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Steelers, Who Visit Chargers This Week on NBC Sunday Night Football, Featured in Three of NBC NFL Top 10 Moments
Al Michaels Has Called Four of NFL’s Top 10 Plays
No. 1 Play – Franco Harris’ ‘Immaculate Reception’ in 1972 NFL Playoffs – Broadcast on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 9, 2019 – In celebration of the NFL’s historic 100th season, the NFL compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Plays in league history, selected by a panel of 80 experts who were chosen to participate by the NFL and the Associated Press. NBC broadcast five of the Top 10 plays on the list – the most of any network – including three featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers, who visit the Los Angeles Chargers this week on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
In addition, NBC SNF play-by-play announcer Al Michaels called four of the top 10 plays on the list.
The NFL’s No. 1 play, Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception” in the 1972 AFC Divisional playoffs, was presented by NBC with Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis making the call.
NBC was also home to the fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and 10th-ranked plays, with each called by Michaels.
Following are the five top-10 plays on the NFL’s list of 100 Greatest Plays that occurred on NBC:
No. 1 December 23, 1972 – The Immaculate Reception
Losing 7-6 with 22 seconds remaining in the AFC Divisional playoffs on NBC, the Steelers face a fourth-and-ten from their own 40-yard line against the Raiders. Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw throws a pass intended for running back John Fuqua, but the ball is deflected back towards the line of scrimmage. Steelers rookie running back Franco Harris appears out of nowhere, catches the ball just before it hit the ground – forever known as the ‘Immaculate Reception’ – and runs down the sideline for the game-winning 60-yard touchdown.
NBC Broadcast Team: Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
No. 5: February 1, 2015 – Malcolm Butler’s Game-Winning Interception in Super Bowl XLIX
Trailing the Patriots 28-24 with 26 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC, the Seahawks call a pass play from the Patriots’ one-yard line on second-and-goal. Patriots undrafted rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler cuts in front of Seattle wide receiver Tyler Lockett on a quick slant and intercepts Russell Wilson’s pass to clinch New England’s Super Bowl victory.
NBC Broadcast Team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
No. 6: February 1, 2009 – Santonio Holmes’ Game-Winning Touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII
Down 23-20 against the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII on NBC, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completes the game-winning touchdown to wide receiver Santonio Holmes in the corner of the endzone. Holmes, who is surrounded by three Cardinals defenders, makes a leaping catch while keeping both feet inbounds to secure the touchdown and a 27-23 Pittsburgh win in the Super Bowl.
NBC Broadcast Team: Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan
No. 7: February 1, 2009 – James Harrison’s Interception in Super Bowl XLIII
With eight seconds remaining in the first half of Super Bowl XLIII between Pittsburgh and Arizona, Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepts Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner at their own goal line and returns it 100 yards for a touchdown as the half expires, completing the longest play in Super Bowl history at the time. Following the momentum-shifting play, the Steelers would go on to win 27-23 (see play No. 6 above).
NBC Broadcast Team: Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan
No. 10: February 4, 2018 – Philly Special
Leading New England 15-12 with 38 seconds remaining in the first half of Super Bowl LII on NBC, the underdog Eagles run a trick play – known as the ‘Philly Special’ – on fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ one-yard line. The ball is snapped directly to running back Corey Clement as quarterback Nick Foles motions out of the shotgun. Clement runs to his left, pitches the ball back to tight end Trey Burton, who is crossing behind him in the backfield, and Burton passes to a wide-open Foles in the end zone for a touchdown. The Eagles would go on to win 41-33, earning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
NBC Broadcast Team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
– NBC SPORTS –
Peyton’s Places, the 30-episode documentary series hosted by Peyton Manning, debuts Episode 14: Brett Favre this Sunday, October 13, exclusively on ESPN+, as Peyton travels to Green Bay to visit with the Hall of Fame Packers quarterback.
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Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by 8:20 p.m. ET SNF Kickoff
Viewership for Sunday Night Football Highest Through Week 5 Since 2016
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App to Live Stream All Sunday Night Football Games to Desktops, Tablets, Connected TVs, and Mobile Devices
Leading Up to this Sunday’s Game, Fans Can Play NBC Sports’ New ”Sunday Night 7” Free-to-Play Game Featuring $2 Million in Guaranteed Cash Prizes
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 9, 2019 – Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers host JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
Calling Steelers-Chargers is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 34th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and three-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Three-time Super Bowl referee and SNF rules analyst Terry McAulay joins Michaels and Collinsworth in the booth.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who is eighth on the NFL’s all-time list with 56,121 career passing yards, ranks second in the AFC with 1,465 pass yards this season. In seven career games against Pittsburgh (including the postseason), Rivers has 15 touchdown passes and five interceptions for a 95.3 passer rating. RB Austin Ekeler ties for third in the NFL with six scrimmage touchdowns and WR Keenan Allen is one of only three players in the league to have at least 35 receptions (38) and 450 receiving yards (470) this season.
The Steelers offense is led by WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and RB James Conner, while rookie QB Devlin Hodges is expected to make his first career start after injuries to QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph earlier this season. Steelers rookie first-rounder LB Devin Bush leads all NFL rookies with 45 tackles.
The teams last met on SNF in Week 13 of last season, as the Chargers defeated the Steelers, 33-30, on a game-winning 29-yard field goal by Los Angeles K Michael Badgley as time expired. Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ win.
Mike Tirico will host Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, NFL Insider Mike Florio and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms. Liam McHugh will co-host Football Night in America on-site from Dignity Health Sports Park.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff. FNIA begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and is produced by Rob Hyland and directed by Mike Sheehan.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL VIEWERSHIP HIGHEST IN 3 YEARS
NBC’s Sunday Night Football is averaging 21.0 million viewers across all platforms this season – the best start for the series through Week 5 (six games) since 2016, and up 5% from the same point last season (20.0 million viewers).
NBC SPORTS’ “SUNDAY NIGHT 7” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME FEATURES $2 MILLION GUARANTEED PRIZES
Leading up to this week’s Sunday Night Football game, fans can participate in NBC Sports’ new free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7, which features $2 million in guaranteed cash prizes over the course of the regular season and NBC NFL playoff games ($100,000 in guaranteed prizes for each contest). Sunday Night 7 is available for download NOW on the NBC Sports Predictor app (available for download in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor.
Last week, a Vikings fan from Minnesota won the $50,000 grand prize by becoming the first solo winner of Sunday Night 7 and the participant to earn a perfect score of 70 points this season.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES:
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC NFL games to desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, PlayStation and Xbox.
PETER KING’S NFL COLUMN “FOOTBALL MORNING IN AMERICA” DEBUTS EVERY MONDAY EXCLUSIVELY ON NBCSPORTS.COM
A new “Football Morning in America” will post every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com. King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group last year that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com, making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Florio, and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
CHRIS SIMMS UNBUTTONED
NBC Sports’ Chris Simms examines everything happening in the NFL and around the sports world. Along with a rotation of NBC Sports hosts including Ahmed Fareed, Paul Burmeister and Liam McHugh, Chris Simms Unbuttoned analyses the NFL with in-depth Xs and Os breakdowns; one-on-one interviews with players, coaches and executives; and game recaps and preview.
Rotoworld offers comprehensive fantasy football coverage throughout the 2019 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. The all-new 2019 Rotoworld Fantasy Football Draft Guide, which includes mobile optimization, an updated website design, and improved tools, is now available for purchase on Rotoworld.com. In addition, Rotoworld experts dive into fan questions on “Rotoworld Live” every Sunday at Noon ET on the NBC Sports app and YouTube.com/NBCSports. Rotoworld also presents comprehensive fantasy content, including a panel of experts answering fans’ questions on Twitch three times a week, a Waiver Wire Q&A (Tuesdays), a DFS Q&A (Thursdays), and a Rankings Q&A (Fridays).
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Mike Florio and co-host Chris Simms bring fans the latest NFL news and interviews with players and coaches every weekday morning with PFT Live on NBCSN at 7 a.m. ET. Peter King will also contribute regularly to PFT Live’s coverage throughout the regular season.
The two-hour PFT Live provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers. The program is a simulcast of NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live national program that airs daily beginning at 6 a.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ football podcasts provide extensive weekly offerings from NBC Sports’ most popular personalities and present special guests, exclusive interviews, and robust conversations across all of football on The Peter King Podcast, Chris Simms Unbuttoned, PFT PM, and Rotoworld Football. While The Peter King Podcast features intimate discussions with the NFL’s top players, Chris Simms Unbuttoned and PFT PM dive into deep conversations around the sports’ hottest topics, and Rotoworld Football explores fantasy implications for fans. For the first time this season, Rotoworld Football will debut four episodes per week, including a new Sunday night episode diving into the weekend’s results. In addition, The Mike Tirico Podcast will debut new episodes throughout the 2019 NFL season featuring exclusive interviews with the league’s top players and personalities. New episodes of NBC Sports podcasts are available for download each week on all major podcast platforms including: NBCSports.com/podcasts, NBC Sports’ Scores app, Apple, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA
- SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its seventh season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look around each SNF city, as well as access inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field, and on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time. In addition, SNF on Instagram will utilize Instagram stories to maximize fans’ exposure to the Sunday Night Football
- SNF ON TWITTER: Using tweets, photos, and videos, @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players.
- SNF ON SNAPCHAT: For the second season, NBC Sports’ Snapchat account will be creating content on the platform at each Sunday Night Football game, including Kickoff and from the SNF The NBC Sports Snapchat account will take fans behind the scenes to the FNIA set and around cities where Sunday Night Football comes to town, utilizing lenses and filters to customize content specifically for the Snapchat audience.
- SNF ON FACEBOOK: – At nearly 3.7 million likes strong, the Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides social-first stories, photos and video every week.
NBC SPORTS RADIO
NBC Sports Radio, produced and distributed by Westwood One in partnership with NBC Sports Group, is carried by more than 300 affiliates nationwide. Programming is available on radio stations throughout the United States, as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports Scores app, and on the websites of affiliates. Content includes hourly sports news updates, daily features, and is highlighted by PFT Live, featuring NFL insider and Football Night In America commentator Mike Florio daily from 6-9 a.m. ET; the PFT PM podcast hosted by Florio, which takes a look back at the day that was in the NFL; Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison and Dan Schwartzman; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison; and The Daily Line, NBC Sports Radio’s daily sports talk and betting show that airs M-F 3-7 p.m. ET and features special guests and content for casual and avid sports fans. Fans can follow @NBCSportsRadio to listen live or on demand, or visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS RETURNS FOR 2019 NFL SEASON
NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country, visiting the host cities of each Sunday Night Football game. In addition, the SNF Bus will also visit markets along the route without an SNF game on the schedule to give more fans a chance to join in on the experience. The bus will arrive in each host city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus will give fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show with exclusive activities and experiences.
For the first time ever, fans will be able to record content on the bus to share directly to their social platforms, with new experiences including augmented reality mirrors in the locker room and a green screen booth to replicate the iconic player intros in the SNF broadcast.
In addition, fan favorites returning to the bus include the official Player of the Game Ball signed at the end of every SNF matchup, a replica Football Night in America desk, and a brand new On Her Turf photo experience celebrating the power of every football fan.
|2019 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|*Sun. Oct. 13||Week 6||Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Oct. 20||Week 7||Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Oct. 27||Week 8||Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Nov. 3||Week 9||New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Nov. 10||Week 10||Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Nov. 17||Week 11||Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Nov. 24||Week 12||Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles|
|**Thurs. Nov. 28||Week 13||New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons|
|*Sun. Dec. 1||Week 13||New England Patriots at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Dec. 8||Week 14||Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Dec. 15||Week 15||Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Dec. 22||Week 16||Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears|
|*Sun. Dec. 29||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 29. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks, and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.
– SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL –
Monday Night Football’s San Francisco 49ers victory over the Cleveland Browns averaged 11.2 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, helping ESPN win the night among all networks on Monday
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Monster Primetime Matchups of No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU and No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa Headline ESPN’s College Football Week 7 Schedule
“There’s no question in my mind this is his best season in his eight-year career.” – King on Russell Wilson
“The rest of the world’s gonna be shocked tomorrow night when they see this game. But we’re not gonna be shocked.” – Reich on Speech to His Colts Before Facing the Chiefs
“He’s become a singular force trying to save the Panthers’ season after the early-season bizarre-ness of Cam Newton’s play and injury.” – King on Christian McCaffrey
“This is Coach of the Year type stuff from Sean Payton when you look at what he’s done the last three weeks.” – Mike Florio on The Mike Tirico Podcast
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 7, 2019 – Peter King speaks with Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich after last night’s upset of the Kansas City Chiefs in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also talks to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre, and shares his thoughts on the rest of the NFL weekend.
Additionally, across NBC Sports, on The Mike Tirico Podcast, Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio recap Week 5, while Florio and Chris Simms break down all of the action across the NFL on PFT Live and Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
FRANK REICH & THE COLTS
King: “The Colts, entering their bye week, are shoehorned with Houston at 3-2 atop the AFC South…they have hardly been paralyzed by the body blow of losing (Andrew) Luck on Aug. 24.”
Reich on what he told the Colts before beating the Chiefs on SNF: “The rest of the world’s gonna be shocked tomorrow night when they see this game. But we’re not gonna be shocked.”
Reich on the Colts’ rushing game: “When we got here we said we wanted to be a top five rushing team. We had the players up front, and we were gonna commit to it…Before our last series (against the Chiefs), Jacoby (Brissett) said to me, ‘Hey, let’s go run it down their throats.’”
Reich: “This is a crazy game…It’s what so great about the game too. It’s so human. The cumulative effect of 53 guys practicing great with a great attitude and a great plan and hunger can do anything.”
Reich: “I’ve come to learn in the NFL that the game is about so much more than Sunday – it’s about who you are and how you work Monday through Saturday, and you have to get your players to believe you are what you do during the week.”
King: “(Russell Wilson) is off to the best statistical start of his college or pro life…There’s no question in my mind this is his best season in his eight-year career.”
Wilson on working with Seattle’s young receivers: “This offseason, getting to know a lot of the young guys in offseason workouts was huge for us…The first thing I said to the new guys was, ‘This is your opportunity. No one cares how long it takes to get the job done.’ It’s paying off.”
Wilson on how baseball influences his throws: “God’s given me a lot of talent, but truthfully, that’s where baseball comes in. I went to spring training with the Yankees, and one of the things about infield play is you’re making these flips that really aren’t natural, moving your body in different ways that might be uncomfortable.”
Wilson on Paul Allen: “He thought big, believed big. Such a great man, and a great man to work for. We’ve got to think big and believe big too. We’ve got as good a chance as anyone this year.”
ON KIRK COUSINS & THE VIKINGS
King on Kirk Cousins: “Cousins has missed so many throws he needs to make for the Vikings to get their money’s worth on the three-year, $84-million guaranteed contract that he is midway through. One game in the Meadowlands is encouraging. But it’s not burying the Bears, or winning the division.”
Cousins on last week’s news cycle: “It was a pretty normal week for me…I can read between the lines when reporters are asking me things, so I guess there was a lot swirling around…But I can tell you I don’t pay attention to what’s out there. I just don’t…Sometimes, ignorance is bliss.”
Cousins on his expectations: “I am aware of the contract, and the expectations. I don’t pretend they’re not there. But I’ve never thought about the contract when I’m dropping back on third-and-seven.”
King on Stefon Diggs: “I think Stefon Diggs to the Patriots at the trading deadline makes sense, especially if the season goes south for Minnesota. Say, for second and fourth-round picks in 2020. A first-rounder strikes me as too rich for Diggs, but a low second isn’t enough.”
ON THE RAIDERS
King: “For the Raiders, winning three time zones away last week in Indianapolis was fun. Winning eight time zones away Sunday in London was exhilarating.”
King: “Hard to tell where this season will take the Raiders, but they’re playing like the second-best team in the West…Who’d have thought when (Antonio) Brown was wreaking havoc on this franchise on Labor Day Weekend that we’d be seeing the Raiders a game out of first in the AFC West entering the middle of October?”
Raiders RT Trent Brown: “We’re beginning to figure out our identity. Our identity is running the football. Everything, for us, opens up by running the football.”
Brown on rookie RB Josh Jacobs: “Josh is a great running back…I really appreciate Alabama not giving him that many carries. Keeps him fresher for us in his NFL career.”
King: “Nine years removed from playing, and three years after being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Brett Favre is happy with this quiet life… I visited Favre in August, and we recorded a 47-minute podcast to use around the time of his 50th birthday, which is Thursday.”
Favre on his playing career: “I wouldn’t trade any of it, the good and the bad…I wouldn’t change anything. It is what it is…If everything was good, if I completed every pass, we’d won every game, how would you ever know what a real great win would be like?”
Favre: “You’ve got to have the absolute best time you can have. But you’ve got to work hard at it. I know I did…I’m proud of what I did. I had a blast doing it.”
Favre on Mahomes: “He is more polished than I was. I think our styles are very similar. We use our feet, use our arm strength. You never know what’s gonna come out, including me, including him.”
KING’S WEEK 5 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Christian McCaffrey, Carolina, Deshaun Watson, Houston, the Oakland Raiders offensive line, Russell Wilson, Seattle, & Aaron Jones, Green Bay.
King on McCaffrey: “He’s better than any of us thought he would be…He’s become a singular force trying to save the Panthers’ season after the early-season bizarre-ness of Cam Newton’s play and injury.”
King on Jones: “Jones has some attitude to him, and it’s an attitude that has served the 4-1 Packers well in the first five weeks. More importantly, he has good instincts for a back around the goal line.”
Defensive Players of the Week: Justin Houston, Indianapolis, Za’Darius Smith, Green Bay, & Danielle Hunter, Minnesota.
King on Smith: “Playing with a sore knee, Smith continued to bolster the case of GM Brian Gutekunst for Executive of the Year after the latter went big in free agency…Green Bay’s defense, because of its edge rushers, has become a unit to be reckoned with.”
Coach of the Week: Jon Gruden, Oakland.
King on Gruden: “The Raiders won in Indy and then came back after some major adversity, giving up 21 straight points to Chicago, to beat the Bears. It’s the first two-game winning streak for the Raiders since Gruden returned to coach last season.”
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of The Mike Tirico Podcast:
Tony Dungy on the Cowboys: “The Cowboys look great when their offensive line is dominating…but they aren’t doing that. When they’re playing even games and they have to throw 28, 30, 35 passes, they’re not the same team.”
Mike Florio on the best team in the NFC: “I like the Saints and this is Coach of the Year type stuff from Sean Payton when you look at what he’s done the last three weeks…Here they are 3-0 without Brees.”
Mike Tirico on young quarterbacks: “These young quarterbacks who are making these exciting throws on the run are re-energizing the league…We’ve still got those veteran guys who have been around for a long time, but the way these young guys are being allowed to play impacts why we’re seeing young guys come in and do well in years one, two and three.”
The following are clips from last night’s edition of Football Night in America:
- Thanks Mom: Mecole Hardman: Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman gives a heartfelt message to his mom, who he credits with keeping him on the right track on his path to the NFL.
- Mahomes & Mozart: Playing off of head coach Andy Reid’s postgame speech in Week 4, this video shows the art of the Chiefs’ offense, which is led by Patrick Mahomes.
- Sunday Night 7 Picks with Liam McHugh and Eric Stonestreet: McHugh and actor & die-hard Chiefs fan Eric Stonestreet make their Sunday Night 7 picks.
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage heading into Week 5:
- Mike Florio and Chris Simms, with guest Peter King, discuss all things NFL on PFT Live, including handing out their Week 5 superlatives, sharing updated power rankings, and making their Week 6 game picks.
- On Chris Simms Unbuttoned, Simms deep dives into film of two games from Week 5 decided by the fans (Twitter poll).
A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May that King signed an exclusive agreement with NBC Sports Group that included writing a weekly Monday morning NFL column for NBCSports.com; making regular appearances on NBCSN’s and NBC Sports Radio’s PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
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