NFL Network & Programming Notes (12/02 – 12/06)

NFL_Network_2012_LogoRegular Programming

·         NFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

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

·         NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

·         The Aftermath

SHOW HIGHLIGHT:  Various live press conferences shown from around the NFL

·         NFL Replay & Sound FX

SHOW HIGHLIGHT:  Panthers’ Ron Rivera, Browns’ Joe Thomas, and Colts’ Cory Redding

·         Great Wall of Dallas: A Football Life

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Cowboys Daryl Johnson, Nate Newton, and Jay Novacek live in-studio for A Football Life: Backstory   

·         NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Former Cowboys Daryl Johnson, Nate Newton, and Jay Novacek

·         NFL Fantasy Live

SHOW HIGHLIGHT:  Bears’ Matt Forte

·         Around the League Live & Around the League Primetime

SHOW HIGHLIGHT:  Giants’ David Diehl, Raiders’ Charles Woodson, Ravens’ Chris Canty, Saints’ Ben Watson, Redskins’ London Fletcher, and Cowboys’ Brandon Carr

·         NFL Total Access
      SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Two-time Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Rod Smith will    be an analyst Tuesday-Friday

On Tuesday, former Cowboys Daryl Johnson, Nate Newton and Jay Novacek in-studio

·         Playbook

·         NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming

· Content

·         NFL 2020 – Eight-Part Video Series Looks at the Future of the NFL – hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: First five webisodes, Look and Feel, International Players, Global Game, Analytics and Officiating, and Making View, are now posted:

· Editorial Content


· Podcast Central featuring The Rich Eisen Podcast and Six Total Podcasts

PODCAST GUESTS: Panthers’ Ryan Kalil, Actor Rainn Wilson, and Missouri quarterback James Franklin



NFL Network Thursday Night Football – Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Thursday at 8:00 PM ET

NFL Network’s 13-game Thursday Night Football series resumes Thursday at 8:00 PM ET the Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville, Florida to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

NFL Network’s coverage kicks live from EverBank Field at 6:00 PM ET with the Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show.

Also, at 8:00 PM ET, and for each Thursday Night Football game, Live: Thursday Night FootbalI streams a live broadcast from the NFL Network studios which provides live look-ins and real-time commentary.

Look for NFL Network’s complete release tomorrow on

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The Aftermath – Mondays at 2:00 PM ET

Each Monday at 2:00 PM ET, join host Scott Hanson and a rotation of NFL Network analysts as they breakdown the impact of Sunday’s NFL action on each team moving forward in the NFL season on an all new show, The Aftermath.

The show features various NFL head coach’s ‘day after’ press conferences.

The Aftermath leads into NFL Fantasy Live at 5:00 PM ET.

NFL Replay – Tuesday at 2:00 PM ET & 3:30 PM ET, Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET; Sound FX – Wednesday at 10:00 PM ET

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

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

Week 13 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:


·         2:00 PM ETNFL Replay: New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans  

·         3:30 PM ETNFL Replay: Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys



·         9:00 PM ETNFL Replay: To be determined after Monday Night Football. Stay tuned to both @NFLNetwork and @InsideNFLMedia for an announcement.

·         Midnight ET Sound FX: Wired for sound this week, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Brown, and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Cory Redding


The Great Wall of Dallas: A Football Life – Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET;

A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET with Former Cowboys Nate Newton, Daryl Johnson, and Jay Novacek In-Studio

In the early 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys won three Super Bowl championships in four years, with Hall of Famers Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin leading the way. However, it was six offensive linemen – none of which were drafted higher than the third round – who paved the way for those teams and collectively became one of the greatest offensive line units in NFL history.

NFL Network’s two-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Tuesday, December 3 at 9:00 PM ET with The Great Wall of Dallas: A Football Life, which profiles the Cowboys’ offensive line from the early 1990s. Comprised of tackles Mark Tuinei and Erik Williams, guards Nate Newton and Kevin Gogan, center Mark Stepnoski, and guard/center John Gesek, the “Great Wall of Dallas” was an intimidating force that led the Cowboys to big wins and memorable moments, while also skirting on the edge of recklessness, arrogance and controversy.

The one-hour documentary details the incredible success each lineman achieved, as well as the struggles and challenges they faced, both during their playing careers and once they retired.

Following the episode, Steve Wyche hosts A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of the episode. This week, former Dallas Cowboys Nate Newton, Daryl Johnson, and Jay Novacek joins the show in-studio.

Viewers will also have the opportunity to interact and offer their thoughts on Twitter by following @NFLNetwork and using the hashtag #AFootballLife.

Viewers can also interact with and follow the series on their phones and tablets with A Football Life Xtra. Located within the new NFL Mobile app, A Football Life Xtra features producer commentary, photos and artifacts from the NFL Films archives, and career stats and unique facts, as well as trivia games and polls on NFL legends. Visit on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile. Additionally, 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.

To view the complete release, click here:


NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET, Re-Aired at 10:00 AM ET

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

Joining the show this year are two-time Super Bowl champion Terrell Davis, former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington and former quarterback Jeff Garcia. Host Nicole Zaloumis joins analysts Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel and Steve Wyche. Molly Qerim and Paul Burmeister will also join the show this season.

·         On Monday, New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones joined the show  (

·         On Tuesday, former Dallas Cowboys Nate Newton and Jay Novacek in-studio 

·         On Wednesday, Indianapolis Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn

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NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 5:00 PM ET and 1:00 AM ET on NFL Network; 4:00 PM ET on 

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2013 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs on both and NFL Network Monday through Friday. Catch it first on at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET and 1:00 AM ET.  Each Monday and Thursday nights, the late edition is updated to reflect their respective night’s action.

Each NFL Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL RedZone channel and

On Friday, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte joins the show

NFL Network Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Jason Smith

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Molly Qerim

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast:

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

Around the League Live & Around the League Primetime – Primetime Lineup Starts at 6:00 PM ET Each Day.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, NFL Network presents a completely revamped evening schedule. Around the League Live and Around the League Primetime now start at 6:00 PM ET & 7:00 PM ET, respectively

Show: Around the League Live – 6:00 PM ET

Host: Andrew Siciliano

Analysts Scheduled to Appear this Week:

o   Solomon Wilcots

o   Bob Papa

o   Steve Mariucci

o   Jaime Dukes

o   Willie McGinest

o   Brian Baldinger

Player Guest:

o   Wednesday: Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson, Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty, and New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson

o   Thursday: Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr

o   Friday: New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl

Show: Around the League Primetime – 7:00 PM ET

Host: Lindsay Rhodes

Analysts Scheduled to Appear this Week:

o   Willie McGinest

o   Solomon Wilcots

o   Jamie Dukes

o   Heath Evans

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

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NFL Total Access – Now at 8:00 PM ET & 11:00 PM ET 


Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, NFL Network presents a completely revamped evening schedule, headlined by the move of NFL Total Access in prime time to a new starting time of 8:00 PM ET.  NFL Network’s signature show will also air at 11:00 PM ET.

This week, two-time Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Rod Smith will be a guest analyst Tuesday through Friday.

Monday, December 2, 2013 – Leading into and following Monday Night Football each week

·         Host: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis

·         Analysts: Willie McGinest, LaDainian Tomlinson, Brian Billick, Steve Mariucci, Heath Evans, Daniel Jeremiah

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

·         Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis  

·         Analysts: Willie McGinest,  LaDainian Tomlinson

·         Player Guests: Former Dallas Cowboys’ Daryl Johnson, Nate Newton, and Jay Novacek

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

·         Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis  

·         Analysts: Heath Evans, Willie McGinest, Kurt Warner

Thursday, December 5, 2013 – Following NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

·         Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis  

·         Analysts: Willie McGinest, Heath Evans

Friday, December 6, 2013

·         Hosts: Dan Hellie

·         Analysts: Darren Sharper, Daniel Jeremiah, and Willie McGinest

Saturday, December 7, 2013

·         Hosts: Amber Theoharis

·         Analysts: Heath Evans & Darren Sharper  


Playbook  – Fridays at 9:00 PM ET & 10:00 PM ET   

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

Super Bowl champion Shaun O’Hara joins Sterling Sharpe, and Brian Baldinger every Friday at 9:00 PM ET (NFC) and 10:00 PM ET (AFC) to break down each week’s games with the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week. Each one-hour show explains why teams have an advantage over their opponent, as well as provide an in-depth review of each Thursday Night Football game the night before.

********************** Launches NFL 2020  – An Exclusive Video Series Looking into the Future of the NFL has launched NFL 2020, an exclusive eight-part video series looking into the future of the NFL and what football will be like, both on and off the field, in the year 2020.  Hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and located at,’s NFL 2020 examines the ever-changing landscape of the NFL and raises the question: what will the NFL look like seven years from now?

With the help highly-acclaimed NFL reporters Peter King, Armen Keteyian, and Sam Farmer, along with NFL players Ryan Clark, Justin Tuck, and head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh, the series looks at every facet of the NFL from the background of future players, to the changes in fan experience, the evolution of football equipment, and the perception and persona of the NFL culture.

The first five webisodes, Look and Feel, International Players, Global Game, Analytics and Officiating, and Making View can be viewed here: 

To see the complete release and schedule, please click here:


NFL Editorial Content – Daily on

·         Ian Rapoport

o   NFL Media’s national insider provides regular reports to and NFL Network

        o   To read his work:

·         Michael Silver

o    Chip Kelly’s ‘college offense’ has Philadelphia soaring:

o    Also writes every Thursday

 ·         Judy Battista

o   Peyton Manning hushes critics with deep-ball bonanza vs. Chiefs:

o   Also conducts weekly Mailbag

        o   To read her work:

·         Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

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

o   To view the weekly power rankings:

  ·         Michael Fabiano’s Weekly ‘Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em presented by Microsoft:

o   NFL Fantasy expert and Fantasy Sportswriters Association Hall of Famer Michael Fabiano releases his weekly ‘Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em’ column each Wednesday. The columns are broken down by position and provide a comprehensive look at the fantasy football picture. 

o   To view the articles:

 Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:


The Rich Eisen Podcast Highlights’s Six Different Podcasts Each Week 

 This season, NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts.

Rich Eisen welcomes in Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil to The Rich Eisen Podcast. The

Panthers are 9-3 and have won eight games in a row. Hear what Kalil has to say about the Panthers chances of winning the NFC South and his thoughts on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Actor Rainn Wilson, best known as Dwight from The Office, then stops by the podcast. Wilson is a Seattle Seahawks fan so Eisen gets his thoughts on the NFC West leaders. Additionally, Wilson plays fantasy football and suffered the misfortune of benching Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker who caught four touchdown passes against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Wilson elaborates on his poor mismanagement.

To hear the interviews with Kalil and Wilson, please visit:

Other Podcasts and Guests include:

·         Dave Dameshek Football Program  – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

·         Around the League

·         The Coaches Show

·         College Football 24/7 – Missouri quarterback James Franklin

·         NFL Fantasy Live

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


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