CHICAGO BEARS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS ON NFL NETWORK
Thursday Night Football Presented by Sears Pregame Feature on the 25th Anniversary of the Classic Chicago Bears-Miami Dolphins MNF Game
Sneak Peeks of Bill Parcells: Reflections on a Life in Football Documentary During Pregame and Halftime Shows
“Your Weekend Starts Here”
NOTABLE & QUOTABLE…
- Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show at 6:00 PM ET will include a NFL Films-produced feature on the 25th anniversary of the Miami Dolphins classic victory over the previously unbeaten Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football on Dec. 2, 1985. The Bears went on to win the Super Bowl and finished with only one loss.
- “The one thing you understand about this offense more than any other offense I’ve been in is that it’s all based on timing. The timing comes with the understanding of what’s going on around you.” – NFL Network analyst KURT WARNER on Chicago Bears offensive coordinator MIKE MARTZ’S system. Warner played for Martz with the St. Louis Rams
- Sneak peeks of the upcoming documentary Bill Parcells: Reflections on a Life in Football will air during the Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show and the Sprint Halftime Show. The 90-minute, NFL Films-produced documentary premieres on Friday, November 19 at 8:00 PM ET and features sit down interviews with Parcells and many others, a visit to his house, plus rare footage from practices, meetings, games and times away from the football field.
- “Bill Parcells is a life changer.” – CURTIS MARTIN, former New England Patriots and New York Jets running back on his coach
|BEARS (6-3)||DOLPHINS (5-4)|
|ANNOUNCERS||Bob Papa (play-by-play), Matt Millen and Joe Theismann (game analysts); Alex Flanagan (sideline)|
|PREGAME (6:00 PM ET)||Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears
In Miami: Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kara Henderson (on-site reporter); In Los Angeles: Fran Charles, Kurt Warner, Sterling Sharpe, Jay Glazer, Brian Billick, Jason La Canfora
|PRE-KICK (8:00 PM ET)||Lexus Pre-Kick Show
Bob Papa, Matt Millen, Joe Theismann, Alex Flanagan, Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Kara Henderson
|HALFTIME||The Sprint Halftime Show
Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kara Henderson
|POSTGAME||Kay Jewelers Postgame Show
Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Steve Mariucci, Marshall Faulk, Kara Henderson, Alex Flanagan
NFL Total Access Postgame Show
Fran Charles, Jamie Dukes, Rod Woodson
|WHERE TO WATCH||DirecTV – Channel 212 (SD/HD), DISH Network – 154 (SD/HD)
Verizon – Channel 88 (SD) 588 (HD), AT&T U-Verse – 630 (SD) 1630 (HD)
Check your local cable listings
NFL.com LIVE – live “look-ins” at select moments of game
NFL Mobile Live on Verizon Wireless
|LOCAL OTA SIMULCAST*||Independent Ch. 9 (WGN)||CW Ch. 39 (WSFL)|
Thursday Night Football
The fifth season of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network got off to a tremendous start as the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons was watched by an average of 5.0 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in Baltimore and Atlanta), which topped last year’s opening night game (Chicago Bears-San Francisco 49ers) by 28 percent and was the most-watched season opener in the five seasons of Thursday Night Football. Additionally, Ravens-Falcons was the night’s most-watched sporting event, topping Boston Celtics-Miami Heat (4.2 million viewers) and Los Angeles Lakers-Denver Nuggets (2.9 million viewers) on TNT, and Pittsburgh-Connecticut college football (1.8 million viewers) on ESPN.
This week, the Miami Dolphins (5-4) host the Chicago Bears (6-3) at Sun Life Stadium. Quarterback JAY CUTLER and the Bears will look to move into sole possession of first place in the NFC North, while TYLER THIGPEN will likely make the start at quarterback for the Dolphins.
This season marks the debut of new game analyst JOE THEISMANN, who returns to the broadcast booth after a successful stint with ESPN from 1988 – 2006. Alongside Theismann in the booth will be BOB PAPA, who returns for his third year as the play-by-play announcer for NFL Network, and second-year game analyst MATT MILLEN. ALEX FLANAGAN enters her first season as a sideline reporter on Thursday Night Football, and her fifth season with NFL Network. Additional newcomers include producer ED FEIBISCHOFF and director ARTIE KEMPER.
RICH EISEN hosts NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears from the stadium. Eisen, a two-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Studio Host category, is joined by fellow Sports Emmy nominee STEVE MARIUCCI, a former NFL head coach with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions who also served as Brett Favre’s quarterback coach in Green Bay; MARSHALL FAULK, who won a Super Bowl XXXIV ring with the Rams, earned 2000 NFL MVP honors and three Offensive Player of the Year awards (1999-2001) and has been selected to seven Pro Bowls; and DEION SANDERS, a two-time Super Bowl winner who was 1994 Defensive Player of the Year and an eight-time Pro Bowler who holds the NFL record with 19 career return touchdowns. Coverage also includes on-site reports from Flanagan and KARA HENDERSON, who begins her eighth season with NFL Network.
Additional coverage will be provided from NFL Network studios in Los Angeles with host FRAN CHARLES and analysts KURT WARNER, a two-time NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP quarterback; STERLING SHARPE, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a 16-year veteran NFL broadcaster; JAY GLAZER, FOX Sports NFL insider and senior writer for FOXSports.com; and BRIAN BILLICK, former NFL coach with the Baltimore Ravens who won a Super Bowl in 2000. NFL Network insider JASON LA CANFORA will also provide the latest updates.
NFL.com LIVE at 8:00 PM ET features live programming including live “look-ins” of Thursday Night Football, game highlights and instant analysis from NFL Network talent. From the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles, PAUL BURMEISTER, JAMIE DUKES, BUCKY BROOKS and MIKE MAYOCK provide expert analysis, commentary and fantasy information with contributions from Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders. Henderson and STEVE WYCHE will provide live reports from the stadium, while Mayock will return for a second season with ‘Instant Playbook’ from the NFL Films studios exclusively for NFL.com/LIVE: Thursday Night Football, which provides instant X & O analysis of key plays right after they happen.
Following the game at 12:00 AM ET, NFL Network analyst ROD WOODSON will join Charles and Dukes for a postgame edition of NFL Total Access Live.