ESPN’s Monday Night Football Grows Year-Over-Year Viewership for Fourth Consecutive Week; 12.6 Million Watch Buffalo-Tennessee Week 6 Thriller
On Friday, Oct. 22, ESPNU will air a day of Manning family-centric programming.
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ESPN networks will highlight nearly a dozen ranked squads during Week 8 of the college football season, including four of the top five programs ranked in the AP Top 25. In total, nearly 40 games are set for the spotlight on ESPN platforms, with every game available on the ESPN App.
“With a healthy quarterback and a pressure D, it’s not just Jerry Jones’ sunny-sidedness that gives Dallas legit optimism for a deep playoff run.” – King on the Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott
“When you have a bad play or an interception and the game changes right there, you gotta have the water-down-a-duck’s-back mentality. Let it go…Mac’s got that. I really like what I see out of him. He’ll be a good quarterback for a long time.” – Prescott on Patriots rookie QB Mac Jones
“In my 38 seasons covering the NFL, I’ve never seen a class of quarterbacks as good as this one.” – King on the NFL’s quarterbacks this season
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 18, 2021 – Peter King speaks with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott following Dallas’ 35-29 overtime victory over the Patriots yesterday in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also ranks his top-12 quarterbacks in the NFL right now, speaks with Cardinals assistant receivers coach Spencer Whipple – who called the plays in Arizona’s win yesterday – discusses Jon Gruden and Dan Snyder, hands out his Week 6 awards, and more.
Across NBC Sports this week, Pro Football Talk streams live on Peacock at 7 a.m. ET every weekday and re-airs at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN. In addition to Pro Football Talk, Peacock offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel for free, including shows Safety Blitz, Chris Simms Unbuttoned, The Peter King Podcast, The Rich Eisen Show, Brother from Another, and The Dan Patrick Show. To learn more about the NBC Sports on Peacock channel and how to sign up, click here.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
DAK PRESCOTT & THE COWBOYS
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to King following Dallas’ Week 6 win: “I think what we’ve shown now, six games in, is we can win games on offense or defense. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”
King on the 5-1 Cowboys: “Who saw any team with a three-game lead in the NFC East after six weeks? … With a healthy quarterback and a pressure D, it’s not just Jerry Jones’ sunny-sidedness that gives Dallas legit optimism for a deep playoff run.”
King on Patriots rookie QB Mac Jones after he threw a pick-six late in the fourth quarter vs. the Cowboys: “I said to Prescott how impressive it was that Jones, on the very next snap, threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to get New England back in it, and how impressive it was that Jones took three or four brutal shots on the day and just kept playing Rocky Balboa. He kept coming back for more.”
Prescott on Jones: “Those two things that you just said, honestly, are the two most important things to be really good at this position. You gotta be able to take a lick and not flinch and make the play when the hard hit’s coming. And when you have a bad play or an interception and the game changes right there, you gotta have the water-down-a-duck’s-back mentality. Let it go. It’s over. Mac’s got that. I really like what I see out of him. He’ll be a good quarterback for a long time.”
King on Prescott’s performance vs. the Patriots: “Prescott is playing with such confidence. With Gillette Stadium at a fever pitch, he was perfect on the last drive of the game. Five of five, each ball thrown in the perfect spot, the last one against Cover Zero.”
Prescott on the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime: “It was a designed roll out. Great call by (offensive coordinator) Kellen (Moore). He’s just been on fire all year long, honestly. Just for him to give a formation that we ran out of couple times, a condensed formation, and to allow me to run the naked out of it (a bootleg right) … Playmakers win, and we’ve got the playmakers.”
King on the Cardinals: “Usually after a big win, the head coach speaks in the locker room and the players cheer and someone gets a gameball. In the age of Covid, sometimes there’s a wrinkle. The 6-0 Cardinals stayed the last unbeaten team in football Sunday with a statement game – a 37-14 win at Cleveland. Afterward, the coach was in the locker room, sort of. Kliff Kingsbury was actually in the room virtually, on FaceTime, watching from his home 2,060 miles away in Arizona, quarantining with the coronavirus.”
King: “Spencer Whipple, the assistant receivers coach, got the nod from Kingsbury on Friday to call the plays into Kyler Murray’s helmet. Seems that Whipple’s even demeanor and encyclopedic knowledge of the Kingsbury offense appealed to the head coach.”
King on the Cardinals in Week 6: “The NFL’s lone unbeaten team didn’t just survive in Cleveland. The Cardinals buried the Browns.”
King on the Cardinals play-calling in Week 6: “Run-game coordinator Sean Kugler would ID the best running plays for situations, and when a run was called for, he’d be on the headset to Whipple, telling the play, and Whipple would tell Murray. On pass plays, Whipple would make the call. Both men knew there’d be times a run or pass might be the call, and in that case, they’d basically think, WWKC? What would Kliff call?”
Whipple to King: “Kliff put me at ease. When he told me what was going on, he just got right into it, instead of talking about how different it would be or how hard it would be. So I never really thought of the magnitude of it.”
King on calling plays for the Cardinals’ offense: “As special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers told Whipple: ‘It’s not like you’re going to be driving a minivan. You’re taking the keys to a Ferrari in this game.’ … The Ferrari, of course, was Murray, off to a great start.”
King: “The Cards had 352 yards, scored on seven of 10 possessions, and it all seemed just too good to be true. When you’ve got a good plan and good player to execute it, dream days like this can happen.”
King: “I am not going to defend Gruden in any way – his emails are indefensible, and now that the sun has shone on them, he absolutely should not be coaching an NFL team. But I am going to ask this: What’s worse: An NFL owner running his team like a sixties frat house for at least a decade, with 40 women coming forward to decry sexist treatment by Snyder or his employees, lives and professional dreams shattered in the process; or a Neanderthal coach sending a slew of terrible emails?”
King on next steps to take: “Transparency. The league claims it can’t release the emails because it promised confidentiality to the women interviewed in the probe. There’s a compromise. Hire a neutral party with an impeccable reputation to run an investigation of the 650,000 emails.”
KING’S WEEK 6 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis, Kyler Murray, Arizona, & Adam Thielen, Minnesota.
King on Taylor: “The 41st pick in the 2020 draft is turning out to be one of the best Colts GM Chris Ballard ever made.”
King on Murray: “He’s a frenetic ball of fire on the field, but Murray is pretty damn efficient too.”
Defensive Players of the Week: T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh, Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas, Markus Golden, Arizona.
King has Watt: “The Steelers are 3-3 this morning in large part because of what Watt did in overtime as the midnight hour approached in the ‘Burgh…Two sacks, seven tackles, and three passes blocked/deflected by Watt in a typically brilliant game.”
Special Teams Players of the Week: Matthew Wright, Jacksonville, Frankie Luvu, Carolina, & Luke Gifford, Dallas.
King on Wright: “For five games and 56 minutes, the Jaguars were 0-for-2021 in field goals. Hadn’t made a field goal yet. Wright, the former Steeler and Lion, active because of Josh Lambo’s ineffectiveness, picked a very good time to get Jacksonville off the schneid.”
Coach of the Week: Urban Meyer, Jacksonville.
King: “With so much heat on Meyer, it was a very nice way to win the first game of his NFL coaching career, and his first coaching win in 1,018 days.”
NEWS & NOTES
King on NFL quarterbacks in 2021: “So many good quarterbacks now. In my 38 seasons covering the NFL, I’ve never seen a class of quarterbacks as good as this one. Try to make a top 10 right now, for how quarterbacks are playing right now. Not who are the best, but how they’re playing right now, this month. It’s fruitless, but here goes:
|1. Kyler Murray||7. Justin Herbert|
|2. Josh Allen||8. Patrick Mahomes|
|3. Dak Prescott||9. Matthew Stafford|
|4. Lamar Jackson||10. Kirk Cousins|
|5. Tom Brady||11. Derek Carr|
|6. Aaron Rodgers||12. Joe Burrow|
King on Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory: “I think defensive end Randy Gregory is having an impact in Dallas…As many times as the Cowboys were criticized for sticking with the troubled Gregory, now that he appears to have his life in order, the combination of Gregory and rookie Micah Parsons on the front seven is gold for the Cowboys’ front.”
King on Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette: “I think it’s impressive to see what Leonard Fournette has become in the Tampa Bay offense – considering how he was discarded like some undrafted free agent by the Jaguars less than 14 months ago…And now look at Fournette, as vital a part of the Super Bowl champions’ offense as Mike Evans.”
King on Miami: “We’re two weeks before Halloween, and the Dolphins, who were supposed to be competitive with Buffalo in the AFC East this year, are already four games behind them in the loss column. Nothing seems certain with this franchise, including the futures of Brian Flores (16-22 in year three) and Tua Tagovailoa.”
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage:
- PFT Live with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Mike Golic (Mondays) and Florio and Chris Simms (Tuesday-Thursday) streams live on Peacock from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on weekdays, followed by The Dan Patrick Show at 9 a.m. ET, The Rich Eisen Show at Noon ET, Brother From Another at 3 p.m. ET, PFT PM at 5 p.m. ET. At 6 p.m. ET, Chris Simms Unbuttoned streams Tuesday-Friday.
- ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest news and updates.
- NBC Sports EDGE’s A Good Football Show continues the NFL discussion and Bet The Edge Podcast provides daily betting insights.
A new “Football Morning in America” posts every Monday morning exclusively on NBCSports.com through the NFL season. It was announced in May 2019 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 PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
“That’s all anyone ever wants is just objective standards that apply to everyone who’s applying so that the opportunities are equal.” – Maria Taylor on hiring NFL head coaches
“You need someone with integrity. You need people that are going to have the respect of the staff and players and bring that diversity of the locker room together.” – Tony Dungy on NFL head coaches
“The most important thing though is caring. Caring about your players. They’ll only care once they know how much you care, and it’s not just what they do on the field, it’s more importantly who they are as people.” – Drew Brees on head coaching qualities
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 17, 2021 – NBC Sports’ presentation of Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season began tonight from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., with Football Night in America leading into coverage of Seahawks-Steelers on Sunday Night Football on NBC and Peacock.
Maria Taylor hosted FNIA from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn. She was joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms.
Two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison joined co-host Jac Collinsworth at the site of the game. NFL Insider Mike Florio provided reports from his home studio.
For the first time ever, Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football are streaming on Peacock Premium every week this season. Viewers can sign up here. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers.
Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst) are calling tonight’s game. Al Michaels has the night off.
NBC Sports’ new post-game show Peacock Sunday Night Football Final streams tonight exclusively on Peacock following Sunday Night Football.
Following are highlights from tonight’s edition of Football Night in America on NBC and Peacock:
Florio: “There’s one area of confusion that has lingered since this all started. A lot of people believe it began because of the leak of one email, an email from Jon Gruden to former Washington president Bruce Allen about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, that that’s what started all of this. The truth is, the NFL had already flagged emails from Jon Gruden, gathered them and was in the process of sending them to the Raiders at the time this first leaked. There are many who wonder that if it had never leaked, would anything have ever been done about it…The league insists that it has not leaked anything, but the truth here is only a small handful of people have had access to these emails, 650,000 of them generated through the Washington Football Team investigation. The league won’t say whether it’s investigating but, again, not many have (access). The league also says they won’t be releasing any of these emails. Many say they should. Until they are, there’s a chance that some of the leaks we’ve already seen could happen again.”
Taylor on the NFL emails: “Obviously transparency is key, sunlight is the best disinfectant, which is why it’s imperative to continue to see other emails from that investigation. Let’s go back to the Gruden email. It’s really not the email itself, it’s just the beginning, it’s a cancer cell. Basically, if that cell is able to fester, then it could be insidious and take over things like hiring practices – that same mindset can infest hiring practices or whether or not minorities are allowed to have leadership positions, or women for that matter. So that kind of moves the ball forward into the Raiders opening up their hiring process for a new head coach.”
Dungy: “What you described is exactly right, (it’s) the process. It just seems to me that what the NFL looks at — these owners — many times they’re looking for the media celebrity, the big name, the dominant personality. The two big stories we’ve had in coaching have been Urban Meyer and Jon Gruden this year, and they’re results of that and that’s not the best way to do it. What you need in the head coaching position is leadership. You need someone with integrity. You need people that are going to have the respect of the staff and players and bring that diversity of the locker room together.”
Brees: “You need someone who can build the right culture. From a veteran player’s perspective, the way I look at – what do I want in our leader, in our head coach? They have to be a great communicator. Someone that has the ability to communicate the vision and create the path by which you are going to achieve that. The other thing is coordination. Just like with a company coordinating the departments, on an NFL team, it’s the offense, the defense, the special teams. How are we bringing them all together? How are they complementing one another? How are they all working together? And the most important thing though is caring. Caring about your players. They’ll only care once they know how much you care, and it’s not just what they do on the field, it’s more importantly who they are as people. And I know plenty of minority assistant coaches who fit that bill and would make great head coaches.”
Dungy: “No doubt about it. There are guys like Joe Woods in Cleveland. I know those Cleveland players, I’ve talked to the team, I know how they feel about him. Byron Leftwich in Tampa…I live in Tampa and I hear Tom Brady talking all the time about how special this guy is — but he’s not a big name. These are the guys we have to get opportunities for.”
Taylor: “And speaking of those minority candidates, I spoke to a young Black assistant in the NFL and he hopes to one day be actually out there with an opportunity to interview for head coaching jobs, but he said he feels like the goal posts are always moving. At the beginning, you’re being told that you have to be able to call plays, and then you have the offensive coordinator at Kansas City, Eric Bieniemy, and the report back is that he’s not a good interviewer. And his (point) is, ok, well maybe people are uncomfortable in the room with him, but that doesn’t mean he’s a bad interviewer. And his question was, ‘Are we just being tolerated as minority candidates or are we being empowered?’ That’s something that the NFL has to take seriously, and that was a big concern…The (tip) of the iceberg is the email, but obviously everything deeper is the culture, the things that we’re talking about here.”
Dungy: “I think we have to have a game plan of how we’re going to do this and look for the best candidates. We’ve got a perfect example tonight with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I worked in that organization a long time. Dan Rooney, the late owner, hired three coaches in 50 years. They all went to Super Bowls, they all won, but he had a formula. He wanted tough, young, aggressive defensive coaches. So, he hired Chuck Noll when he was in his 30s, he hired Bill Cowher when he was in his 30s. The last time he looked for a head coach, he had a lot of offensive coaches on his staff that were great coaches, but he said I’m going to stick with my formula. I’m going to look for the best young coach and picked out an unknown guy named Mike Tomlin. I think that worked out pretty well.”
Taylor: “That’s all anyone ever wants is just objective standards that apply to everyone who’s applying so that the opportunities are equal and that’s what we hope we have moving forward.”
Dungy on the Steelers offense: “For Pittsburgh, that 39-year old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs help. He needs a running game. Last week, they had a dominant running game. Will that show up again tonight?”
Harrison on Steelers rookie RB Najee Harris: “Just watching him play, he is so motivated because he plays so hard…If you’re an offensive lineman, how do you not get pumped up when this kid is fighting and clawing trying to get every inch and every yard? I love this kid.”
Harrison on the Steelers defense: “Their mindset has to be they have to win the game. They can no longer count on Big Ben and this offense to pull out games.”
Simms on Roethlisberger’s struggles: “Know who you are…So far this year, when Big Ben has been in the pocket trying to buy time like old Big Ben and pumps the ball everywhere, it leads to disastrous things.”
Brees on the Steelers offense: “The Steelers offense wants to throw the ball down the seams, up the field, and that’s something that Big Ben can still do.”
Brees on Seahawks QB Geno Smith: “You don’t think Geno Smith has been waiting for this opportunity? He’s been biding his time, playing behind some really good starters, learning a lot, but here’s a guy who still prepared himself as a starter and he knows this offense. He’s ready to take advantage of this opportunity tonight.”
Harrison on Seahawks QB Geno Smith: “I’m not worried about Geno Smith. He’s been in this system almost three years. He’s a veteran player…He’s looking for this opportunity. I think he’ll be fine.”
Dungy on the defense’s inability to generate turnovers and big plays: “They aren’t getting any of those. That’s what they’ve got to do, find some playmakers. I don’t know where, but that’s what they’ve got to do.”
Brees on the defense: “They just don’t do anything really well…They’re going to have to be able to stop this Steelers run game that has started to kick up, and I don’t think they match up very well outside. They play a lot of one-on-one coverage and there’s just too many weapons on that Steelers side of the ball.”
Harrison on Seahawks S Jamal Adams: “He was frustrated because he wanted to be more involved in the defensive game plan…What you have to do with Jamal Adams is get him moving forward. Put him on the line of scrimmage where he can have one-on-one opportunities against running backs, against tight ends. This is where he’s at his very best, and he told me that he’ll be a lot more involved tonight.”
Dungy on Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner’s work with HBCU football programs: “I asked Bobby why HBCUs because he’s not an HBCU grad. He said, ‘I just love the history and I think some of these young men need an opportunity.’”
Taylor on the Raiders: “Tumultuous week, but the Raiders coming out strong.”
Brees on win vs. Broncos: “They really came together this week as a team. Made plays on both sides of the ball, going on the road, great win in the division.”
Simms: “Mistakes were the theme for Dallas early on. They moved the ball up and down the field on the New England Patriots. In fact, Coach (Dungy) and I were saying, ‘I’ve never seen a team dominate like this and they’re losing by seven.’”
Dungy on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: “He didn’t get discouraged, he just kept coming back and making plays…Dak Prescott just played outstanding today in a big situation.”
Brees on the Cowboys defense: “I’ve been really impressed with this Dallas defense and the way that they’ve responded this year. Lightyears change from what they were last year, and how about Trevon Diggs? This guy’s unbelievable. If he’s close to the ball, he’s coming down with it.”
Simms on CB Trevon Diggs (who had an INT-TD): “I’ve never seen anything like this…It seems like it’s every week. He has unbelievable ball skills.”
Harrison on the Ravens’ defense vs. the Chargers: “They were outstanding today in stopping one of the hottest quarterbacks in the National Football League. They did a great job of coming up, disguising, dropping guys in coverage. It looked like Justin Herbert was confused. He didn’t know what was going on.”
Brees on the Ravens’ rushing attack: “Obviously, this is a plug-and-play running back offense because you’ve got Lamar Jackson. He accounts for at least one or two defenders every play.”
Dungy on the Ravens’ defense: “Great pass rush, pressure from all over the place, and then this tight coverage…They did the best job on Justin Herbert I’ve seen all year.”
Simms: “There’s weapons galore on the (offensive) side of the ball, but the defense was really impressive today. They harassed Baker Mayfield…They’re for real on both sides of the ball.”
Dungy: “Is anybody playing better than Kyler Murray right now? I don’t think so.”
Simms: “The hottest combination we’ve seen in the NFL this year – Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp.”
Simms: “I think everyone keeps expecting them to fall off, ‘They’re the Bengals. They’re not going to keep winning, right?’ No, they’re here to stay. They’re too good on the offensive side of the ball and they’ve got talent on the defensive side of the ball. So, we’d better get used to talking about them.”
Brees on believing in the Bengals: “I absolutely do. I think Joe Burrow and this cast of weapons on offense will continue to build chemistry and only get better.”
Simms on QB Joe Burrow and WR Ja’Marr Chase: “This is the best big-play combo we’ve seen in football so far this year. I feel like I’m talking about these two every week.”
Brees: “This could have been a letdown game for the Bengals of the past, but not this year.”
Simms: “He wasn’t perfect today, but we did see that (QB Patrick) Mahomes magic once again today for Kansas City.”
Brees on the Chiefs offense and Mahomes’ turnovers: “You have to acknowledge that it’s a problem, and it’s gotten you beat three times this year. The turnovers and the sloppy play. Call it a difference in the way defenses are playing these guys, but they have to acknowledge these are the things that will get them beat.”
Brees: “This is when they went to the next level…Aaron Jones and this run game. Their ability to create these explosive plays has been a big difference maker for them.”
Simms on the Colts’ 31-3 win vs. the Texans: “You’re seeing this Colts offense – I know they’re 2-4, but I think they’re a dangerous 2-4 football team going forward.”
Simms on the Colts’ big-play offense with the return of WR T.Y. Hilton: “They need him back, they do. This is a part of the offense they missed over the first five weeks. Hopefully T.Y. can provide that for them.”
Florio on the Jaguars’ win and final drive under QB Trevor Lawrence: “Let’s set the stage. It was 20-20, there were five seconds left, it’s fourth-and-eight from the Miami 44, and the Jaguars were planning to throw it to the endzone. Trevor Lawrence told me he didn’t want to do that. So, Miami calls a timeout – gives the Jaguars a chance to change their mind, and on that play, you had the receivers covered about six yards off the ball. There was a defensive back in the middle that Trevor Lawrence had to manipulate with his eyes before the play because he didn’t have time to do it during the play. It worked, they got the first down, kicked the field goal, and finally got a win.”
Simms: “Tua (Tagovailoa) played really well today. He energized this offense. It’s been stagnant so far this year.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will make its seventh visit to Athens, Ga. – and second trip in the past three weeks – on Saturday for this weekend’s showdown of undefeated SEC teams: No. 11 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Georgia. GameDay will originate from Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus.
Mike Tirico to Call Seahawks-Steelers with Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Maria Taylor Hosts Football Night in America with Tony Dungy, Drew Brees, Chris Simms and Mike Florio; Jac Collinsworth and Rodney Harrison On Site from Heinz Field
Football Night in America Begins at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by 8:20 p.m. ET SNF Kickoff
“Sunday Night 7” Free-to-Play Game Features Weekly $100,000 Jackpot
Sunday Night Football & Football Night in America Delivering Largest Audiences Since 2015 and 2016, Respectively
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2021 – Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers host DK Metcalf and the Seattle Seahawks on this week’s edition of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on NBC, Peacock and Universo.
Pittsburgh (2-3) defeated the Broncos, 27-19, last week behind 253 passing yards and two touchdowns by Roethlisberger, who ranks eighth all-time with 402 career touchdown passes. Steelers running back Najee Harris rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in Week 5, and leads all NFL rookies with 307 rushing yards this season.
The Seahawks (2-3) look to bounce back from a 26-17 loss to the Rams in Week 5. Seattle quarterback Geno Smith, who replaced Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter last week after Wilson sustained a finger injury, is expected to make his first NFL start since 2017 on Sunday. Metcalf, who had 98 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Rams, is tied for second in the league with five touchdown catches this season.
The Seahawks lead the all-time series, 10-9, including one postseason matchup when Pittsburgh topped Seattle in Super Bowl XL following the 2005 season. In their most recent meeting, the Steelers beat the Seahawks, 28-26, on Sept. 15, 2019.
Mike Tirico (play-by-play) will call Seahawks-Steelers from Heinz Field this weekend, along with 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, and four-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay is the Sunday Night Football rules analyst. Al Michaels has the week off.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff. SNF has won a record 11 Sports Emmys for Outstanding Live Sports Series.
With Tirico in the booth, Maria Taylor hosts this Sunday’s Football Night in America, joined by Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, and NFL Insider Mike Florio. Co-host Jac Collinsworth and two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison will provide on-field analysis and reports from Heinz Field.
Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports since its debut in 2006, begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The coordinating producer of FNIA is Rob Hyland and the co-producer is Matt Casey. FNIA is directed by Pierre Moossa.
Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, a new NFL post-game show produced by NBC Sports, streams exclusively on Peacock following every Sunday Night Football game during the 2021 season. The show is hosted by NBC Sports commentators Kathryn Tappen and Chris Simms, who will provide instant reactions to each Sunday game along with highlights and interviews. Plus, Football Night in America commentators Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Drew Brees, Rodney Harrison and Jac Collinsworth will provide recaps and insights into the day’s biggest moments.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL & FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA DELIVERING LARGEST AUDIENCES SINCE 2015 AND 2016, RESPECTIVELY
For the season, Sunday Night Football is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 22.4 million viewers – the best average through Week 5 since SNF’s record 2015 season, and up 23% from last season. Viewership for Football Night in America is up 53% from this point last season with an average of 8.1 million viewers. FNIA is off to its best start through Week 5 since 2016.
PEACOCK TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
For the first time ever, all of NBC Sports’ NFL regular-season games, playoff games, Super Bowl LVI, and Football Night in America will stream live on Peacock this season. Peacock features a slate of sports talk content NFL fans can enjoy on the NBC Sports channel, which is free to stream. Shows include Brother from Another, as well as The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, PFT Live, PFT PM, Safety Blitz, The Peter King Podcast, and Chris Simms Unbuttoned.
To learn more about the NFL on Peacock, including how to watch and sign up, click here. Peacock Premium is included at no additional cost for Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and Cox Contour customers.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM ALL NBC NFL GAMES
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all NBC games to desktops, mobile, tablets, 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. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast.
TELEMUNDO DEPORTES TO PRESENT ENTIRE NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE, INCLUDING PLAYOFFS AND SUPER BOWL LVI
Telemundo Deportes will again carry the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package, including exclusive Spanish-language coverage of Super Bowl LVI, live for the first time on the Telemundo Network — marking the first time ever that a Super Bowl will be televised on a Spanish-language broadcast network in the U.S. The package also includes 20 regular season games that will be televised on Universo, including the NFL Kickoff game and the Thanksgiving primetime game, as well as a Wild Card game, and one Divisional Playoff game. In addition, Telemundo Network will broadcast the Sunday primetime Wild Card game. All games will also be available on live stream via TelemundoDeportes.com and the Telemundo Deportes app.
“SUNDAY NIGHT 7” FREE-TO-PLAY GAME RETURNS WITH $100,000 JACKPOT EVERY CONTEST
Once again this season, in the build-up to each week’s Sunday Night Football matchup, fans can participate in NBC Sports’ free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7, which features a $100,000 jackpot every contest for each game in the Sunday Night Football package, as well as two NFL Wild Card playoff games and one NFL Divisional Playoff. Sunday Night 7 is available for download NOW on the NBC Sports Predictor app powered by PointsBet (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor.
In Sunday’s game, two users finished in first place with a score of 55 points.
POINTSBET AND NBC SPORTS INCLUDE EXCLUSIVE BETTING INTEGRATIONS INTO FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AND PEACOCK SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FINAL POST-GAME SHOW
This season, PointsBet and NBC Sports include exclusive betting integrations on the Football Night in America studio show and the new Peacock Sunday Night Football Final postgame show. Click here for more information.
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. It was announced in May 2019 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 PFT Live with Mike Florio; and continuing to contribute to Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. The Peter King Podcast streams weekly on Peacock on Thursdays at 6 p.m. ET.
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 and Paul Burmeister, 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. The show is available to stream on Peacock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET.
NBC SPORTS EDGE
NBC Sports EDGE, part of the newly announced NBC Sports Next portfolio and one of the internet’s highest-trafficked fantasy sports and gaming websites, offers comprehensive fantasy football and betting coverage throughout the 2021 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. The industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, the 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Guide is available for purchase now via NBC Sports EDGE’s subscription model beginning at only $3.99 per month, and features more than 450 extensive player profiles, player projections, positional tiers, Top 200 rankings for PPR, Half-PPR, Non-PPR and Dynasty, as well as Individual Defensive Player rankings, sleepers and busts, drafting strategy articles, team reports and much more. NBC Sports EDGE also provides fantasy football coverage and betting insights through its digital shows, A Good Football Show and Bet the Edge.
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON PEACOCK
Pro Football Talk streams live on Peacock’s NBC Sports on Peacock channel from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET on weekdays and re-airs at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Florio is joined by veteran sports commentator Mike Golic on Monday mornings, co-host and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms from Tuesday – Thursday, with a special guest co-hosting on Fridays.
The two-hour PFT Live is known for delivering inside information and comprehensive analysis from an independent perspective. The show covers all the latest news around the league, breaks down reports and rumors and features interviews with players, coaches and executives.
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 A Good Football Show. 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 A Good Football Show explores fantasy implications for fans. New episodes of NBC Sports podcasts are available for download each week on all major podcast platforms including:
NBCSports.com/podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn and iHeart.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA
- SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Through the unique filter of Instagram, fans will get an in-depth look at each week’s Sunday Night Football game with the most engaging photos and videos from across the NFL. SNF also utilizes Instagram Stories for up-to-the-minute coverage of the league.
- SNF ON TWITTER: The very latest news, video, analysis from the Football Night in America crew and much more lives on @SNFonNBC, the real-time engine for NBC’s year-round NFL coverage.
- SNF ON FACEBOOK: With more than 3.5 million followers, SNF’s Facebook page is the hub of football conversation. It’s the place to converse and engage with fellow fans on the latest news and action across the NFL.
- NBC SPORTS ON TIKTOK: NBC Sports’ presence on TikTok puts the spotlight on the offbeat and exuberant side of the National Football League for a young, highly-engaged audience.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Chicago, NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Washington will again deliver extensive multiplatform coverage of the 2021 NFL season, led by comprehensive live gameday shows, in-depth news, analysis and commentary programming, and multimedia digital content covering the teams in their respective markets.
NBC Sports invites fans to paint a path to Super Bowl LVI with SNF canVS, a season-long interactive art campaign, which began at the 2021 NFL Kickoff game and continues at each Sunday Night Football game throughout the season.
Each week in the city of the SNF matchup, local artists will create a five-yard long mural inspired by fan input that epitomizes the fanbase’s love for their team. This week’s featured artist is Cody Sabol, who will be hosting this weekend’s remote mural painting event Saturday at Discovery Christian Church in Mars, PA.
At the end of the season, each of the 20 five-yard murals will come together to create a 100-yard masterpiece showcasing the painted pride that captures the devotion and passion of fans. Click here for more details.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood stars in the show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Shot at Industrial Light & Magic’s cutting edge LED sound stage utilizing the company’s StageCraft LED virtual production technology recently used in “The Mandalorian,” the 2021 Sunday Night Football show open for the first time will feature a virtual football tailgate as a backdrop for Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”
In addition, the show open will highlight user-generated cameos from some of the NFL’s biggest stars, as well as fans’ self-recorded video from NFL tailgates.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD 10 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2020-21 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year – adding to its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on official live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the 11th consecutive TV season.
|*Sun. Oct. 17||Week 6||Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|*Sun. Oct. 24||Week 7||Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers|
|*Sun. Oct. 31||Week 8||Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings|
|*Sun. Nov. 7||Week 9||Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Nov. 14||Week 10||Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders|
|*Sun. Nov. 21||Week 11||Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers|
|**Thurs. Nov. 25||Week 12||Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Nov. 28||Week 12||Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Dec. 5||Week 13||San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks|
|*Sun. Dec. 12||Week 14||Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Dec. 19||Week 15||New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|*Sun. Dec. 26||Week 16||Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Jan. 2||Week 17||Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers|
|*Sun. Jan. 9||Week 18||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game
Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-18. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, 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.
For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
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The Walt Disney Company and NFL Reach Five Year Rights Agreement for ESPN to Present New Monday Night Wild Card Game Concluding Super Wild Card Weekend; Begins with Inaugural Game Following 2021 Regular Season
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ESPN’s Monday Night Football Colts-Ravens Matchup Generates 11.4 Million Viewers, Another Year-Over-Year Audience Increase
Week 7 of college football across ESPN networks sees nearly a dozen ranked squads highlighted across ESPN platforms, including four of the AP Top 25. In total, close to 40 games are set for the spotlight on ESPN networks, with every game available in the ESPN App.