The CBS Television Network continues its 54th year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Oct. 20 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Houston Texans-Kansas City Chiefs game live from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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(On Kansas City): First off, let’s just get this straight, Kansas City’s defense is real in every aspect. Look at how Dontari Poe is playing this year. You take him and Mike DeVito – those are two names that people don’t talk about. They might be the reason why this defense has changed around so much because they give it some oomph. I am super impressed with everything about their defense. On the offensive side, it’s everything as advertised. It is definitely a work in progress. And with Alex Smith, you’ve got to be careful how you judge him. Protection and guys getting open both are issues.
(On Houston): It’s probably good Houston is playing away from home. Maybe not against a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, but when you go away from home it is a great bonding experience for the football team. It can bring you back together. And right now, that team needs that as much as anything.
(On New York Jets): The Jets realize how close they came to beating the Patriots playing with a rookie quarterback, who in the fourth quarter of that game looked like a rookie quarterback. So, I would think the confidence level amongst the Jets players is very high. They certainly think they can win this game. The question is can Geno Smith keep from turning the ball over? The Jets can’t beat the Patriots losing the turnover battle. It can’t be done.
(On Tom Brady and New England): Tom Brady is on a level that other quarterbacks can only dream of being. But this is a Patriots offense that at times really struggles. Now with Danny Amendola unsure of his status, and not knowing whether Rob Gronkowski is going to play, Brady is searching for the timing and consistency in their passing game that is just not there. For every spectacular play that one of these kids makes, there are a couple of drops along the way that go with it. We’re not used to seeing the Patriots struggle like this on offense. But the biggest concern for them moving forward is that they’ve lost their best defensive player in Jerod Mayo. He was out there on every play coordinating their defensive packages. A defense has three levels. They lost their best player on Level 1 in Vince Wilfork. Now they’ve lost their best guy in the second level in Mayo, and the best guy they have in the third level, Aqib Talib, is hurt. This is a Patriots team that is kind of limping into MetLife Stadium. I’m sure the Jets’ confidence is very high.
(On Pittsburgh-Baltimore): Their records at this point don’t matter. It’s still early in the season and time for both of these teams to get their game right. It seems like both teams have real trouble running the ball and that’s so uncharacteristic of what we’ve seen out of them over the years. Whichever team can finally get the running game going will have success. But it is going to be extremely difficult because both teams’ defenses are so good against the run. That has always been the spirit of both these teams. And now they also have great quarterbacks that are capable of getting the job done. Their personalities as a team have been tough physical defense with tough physical running. So to me, that will be the key.
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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 7 and Week 8 (subject to change).
WEEK 7 – Oct. 20 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Cincinnati @ Detroit Marv Albert/Rich Gannon Jim Rikhoff/Andy Goldberg
·San Diego @ Jacksonville Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein Ryan Galvin/Ed Coleman
·Buffalo @ Miami Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Chris Svendsen
·New England @ N.Y. Jets Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith
4:25 PM, ET starts:
·Baltimore @ Pittsburgh Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
·Cleveland @ Green Bay Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Ken Mack/Mark Grant
·Houston @ Kansas City Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
WEEK 8 – Oct. 27
1:00 PM, ET starts:
·Cleveland @ Kansas City Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
·Miami @ New England Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
·Buffalo @ New Orleans Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith
4:00 PM, ET starts:
·N.Y. Jets @ Cincinnati Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Ken Mack/Mark Grant
·Pittsburgh @ Oakland Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon Jim Rikhoff/Andy Goldberg
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“THE NFL TODAY” FEATURES KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AND ANDY REID; AND BALTIMORE-PITTSBURGH RIVALRY FOR WEEK 7 OF “THE NFL TODAY” ON SUNDAY, OCT. 20
“THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW” ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK CONTINUES WITH TALK ABOUT WEEK 7 ISSUES
THE NFL ON CBS, broadcasting its 54th year of the NFL, continues its 2013 NFL season on Sunday, Oct. 20 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) and THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW on CBS Sports Network (9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET) live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
James Brown hosts THE NFL TODAY along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, NFL TODAY Insider Jason La Canfora, as well as Lesley Visser reporting.
This week THE NFL TODAY features the undefeated, 6-0, Kansas City Chiefs with head coach Andy Reid in preview of the Houston-Kansas City game. In addition, a historical preview of the bitter AFC North rivalry, Baltimore-Pittsburgh, is wired for sound and discussed by two former participants in that rivalry, Cowher and Sharpe. And, Peyton Manning’s “homecoming” to Indianapolis and the controversial remarks made this week will be discussed. Drew Kaliski is producer and Bob Matina is director of THE NFL TODAY.
THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW (TOPS) continues its unique fan-focused take on all the week’s NFL and college action, headlines and hot-button issues, giving viewers all the latest information as it happens. “TOPS” is hosted by Adam Schein along with 11-year NFL veteran Bart Scott, long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and LEAD OFF’s Allie LaForce reporting. Shawn Robbins and Andrew Finger produce and Jay Kincaid directs THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW.
Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports and serves as the Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
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