THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 8:00 PM ET ON NFL NETWORK
Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Cris Carter Joins ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET
The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings host quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 PM ET. In 2012, Peterson was named the NFL MVP while Griffin III earned the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock call the game in their third season together, and Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.
NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. This week, host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, and former head coach Steve Mariucci live from Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms and interviews with players and coaches, while NFL Media insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver are on-location with the latest news from around the NFL.
Featured on the pregame show this week:
· Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter joins the NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show on-set
· Will Vikings running back Adrian Peterson make another second-half surge rushing the football as he did last season?
· Last year, quarterback Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins on a run from 3-6 to the playoffs. Currently only 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC East, will he do it again?
· NFL Total Access Kickoff discusses Dr. James Andrews – who performed the surgeries on Peterson and Griffin III – and how he became the go-to surgeon for the biggest names in sports
· Wired sound from Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during Seattle’s overtime win at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9
· Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk debate which quarterback they would build a franchise around – Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick – and which seven-touchdown performance was more impressive, Peyton Manning’s or Nick Foles’
Through eight games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.86 US HH rating (+11% vs. 2012 average) and 7.78 million viewers (+12% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.
International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.
Eisen, Sanders, Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci, Rapoport and Silver provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
As part of the NFL’s recently announced partnership with Twitter, in-game highlights will be accessible for Twitter users on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices from Thursday Night Football. The in-game highlights on Twitter are in addition to other game footage, news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and voting platforms from NFL Network and NFL.com that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (twitter.com/NFL).
Thursday Night Football on NFL.com/NFL Mobile
Each week starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football returns as the true companion for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. New this season, the live look-ins on NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football feature exclusive coaches’ angles, which include the “All-22,” “High End Zone” and Cable Cam angles. Additionally, the NFL Digital Media production will provide its own play-by-play and analysis for the first time, with Matt “Money” Smith on the call and Solomon Wilcots as analyst. Rebecca Haarlow will be live on-location providing sideline commentary to the broadcast.
From the NFL Network studios, Elliot Harrison is joined alongside analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks to provide instant studio analysis to live game action. Dave Dameshek and Crystina Poncher will be NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football’s social media correspondents, and various NFL Network analysts will join the broadcast throughout the season. To watch each NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football broadcast, visit NFL.com.
As part of the recently redesigned NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can follow Thursday Night Football on the go with TNF Xtra. TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile app, which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. TNF Xtra is live at 7:30 PM ET each Thursday during NFL Network’s 13-game broadcast schedule, and features live video updates from sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow, social media integration, trivia and polls throughout the game, relevant historical facts, statistics and profiles, and instant photos live from the game. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile.
Additionally, for Verizon subscribers the newly redesigned NFL Mobile app enables users with a premium subscription to watch a live feed of Thursday Night Football directly from their mobile device, in addition to NFL Network, NFL RedZone and live NFL game action Sunday and Monday night. All NFL Mobile from Verizon users, regardless of their wireless provider, can watch exclusive NFL highlights and video clips on their mobile device.
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
|TEAMS:||REDSKINS (3-5)||VIKINGS (1-7)|
|ANNOUNCERS||Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (game analyst); Alex Flanagan (sideline)|
|PREGAME (6:00 PM ET)||Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff
In Minneapolis: Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan, Ian Rapoport, Mike Silver
|PRE-KICK (8:00 PM ET)||KFC Prekick Show
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan, Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales
|HALFTIME||Lexus Halftime Show
Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan, Ian Rapoport, Mike Silver
Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan
NFL Total Access Postgame Show
In-studio: Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Darren Sharper, Willie McGinest
|WHERE TO WATCH||NFL Network
Check your local cable listings
NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football
NFL Mobile Presented by Verizon
|LOCAL OTA SIMULCAST*||NBC Ch. 4 (WRC) – Washington, D.C.||MyNetworkTV Ch. 29 (WFTC) – Minneapolis|