College GameDay Built by Home Depot is making its eighth visit to Miami, originating from Hard Rock Stadium ahead of the No. 12 Miami Hurricanes’ matchup against Florida State (7:30 p.m. ET, ABC).
“MVP Monday”: ESPN Blankets Monday Night Football’s Chiefs-Ravens, Mahomes-Jackson Showdown with Pregame Multiplatform Storytelling and Content
Mike Tirico Joins Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, and Terry McAulay to Call this Week’s Matchup
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET; Followed by 8:20 p.m. ET SNF Kickoff
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App to Live Stream All Sunday Night Football Games
Universo to Televise All SNF Games in Spanish-Language
“Sunday Night 7” Free-to-Play Game Features $100,000 Jackpot Every Contest
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 23, 2020 – Two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers (2-0) visit NFL all-time passing leader Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (1-1) on this week’s edition of NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America on NBC, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Rodgers and Brees have met four times previously, splitting the series with two wins each. In their four head-to-head matchups, Brees is averaging 374.8 passing yards per game with 13 touchdowns and Rodgers is averaging 324.3 passing yards with 10 touchdowns. The Packers and Saints combined to average nearly 70 points per game in the four meetings, with two games being decided by eight points or less.
The Saints have averaged 28.2 points per game in Brees’ starts — the highest average among quarterbacks with 100 starts for a team since 1950. The next-highest marks are by Tom Brady with the Patriots (28.1), Steve Young with the 49ers (27.3), and Rodgers with the Packers (27.0).
The duo also ranks among all-time quarterbacks in many categories:
|CATEGORY||DREW BREES||AARON RODGERS|
|Passer Rating (min. 1,500 att.)||98.3 (3rd)||102.6 (1st)|
|Passing Touchdowns||550 (1st)||370 (7th)|
|Passing Yards||77,888 (1st)||47,550 (12th)|
|Starting QB Wins||164 (4th)||115 (13th)|
Mike Tirico (play-by-play) joins Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya to call this weekend’s game. Three-time Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay is the Sunday Night Football rules analyst.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by executive producer Fred Gaudelli and director Drew Esocoff. SNF is the only show to win 10 Sports Emmys for Outstanding Live Sports Series.
Last week, the Packers topped division rival Detroit, 42-21, behind Rodgers’ two touchdown passes and Aaron Jones’ 236 yards from scrimmage (168 rush, 68 rec.) and two touchdowns. Green Bay enters Week 3 as the NFL’s top offense (505 yards per game) and highest-scoring team (42.5 points per game).
The Saints look to bounce back after falling to the Raiders, 34-24, on Monday night. Brees passed for 312 yards while running back Alvin Kamara, who ranks fourth in the NFC with 241 yards from scrimmage this season, rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns and led the team with nine receptions for 95 yards.
Liam McHugh will host Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET alongside Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, and NFL Insider Mike Florio. Jac Collinsworth will co-host FNIA on-site from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Football Night is produced by Rob Hyland and directed by Mike Sheehan.
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 PRESENTS FULL SEASON OF SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Telemundo Deportes will televise the entire NBC Sunday Night Football package live including all Sunday night regular-season games, the NFL Kickoff game, the annual Thanksgiving night game and three Playoff Games. Universo will televise 21 games, with Telemundo to broadcast the newly-added primetime NFL Wild Card playoff game on Sunday, January 10. Coverage of the 2020 NFL season across both Telemundo and sister network, Universo, mark the first time ever that the full SNF schedule is available in Spanish-language in the U.S.
“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 over the course of the regular season and NBC NFL playoff games. Sunday Night 7 is available for download NOW on the NBC Sports Predictor app (available in the App Store and Google Play Store) and at NBCSports.com/Predictor.
Last week, one winner took home the Sunday Night 7 first-place prize of $1,000.
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.
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, Paul Burmeister and Liam McHugh, 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.
Rotoworld offers comprehensive fantasy football coverage throughout the 2020 NFL season across NBC Sports’ platforms. Rotoworld’s Fantasy Football Draft Guide and premium tools are available for purchase now via Rotoworld’s new subscription model, beginning at only $3.99 per month. The industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, the 2020 Rotoworld Fantasy Football Draft Guide features more than 450 extensive player profiles, ‘Sleepers and Busts,’ player projections, positional rankings and tier groupings from Rotoworld’s NFL experts, and more. For the first time, Rotoworld’s Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet is downloadable and available for free by registering on Rotoworld.com. The Cheat Sheet, which includes top 200 PPR rankings, PPR positional rankings, dynasty rookies, and more, is also available as part of the 2020 Draft Guide.
PFT LIVE – WEEKDAYS AT 7 A.M. ET ON PEACOCK
Mike Florio and co-host Chris Simms bring fans the latest NFL news and interviews with players and coaches every weekday morning with PFT Live streaming live on Peacock at 7 a.m. ET. Peter King and NBC Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison also contribute regularly to PFT Live’s coverage throughout the season.
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. The show will be re-aired on NBCSN from 9-11 a.m. ET.
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 Rotoworld Football. 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 Rotoworld Football 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: New for 2020, 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 Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco, will surround the 2020 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in 32 million U.S. households.
SNF GRILL BRINGS STADIUM EXPERIENCE TO FRONTLINE WORKERS
Throughout the first half of the 2020 NFL season, NBC will celebrate and support local communities by bringing the SNF Grill, a mobile concession stand setup, to the host cities of each Sunday Night Football game. The SNF Grill will thank first responders and frontline workers by bringing a gameday stadium experience, filled with free meals and football-related fun, to hospitals, fire stations, and other frontline worker venues.
In accordance with health and safety standards, social distancing and masks will be required at all stops.
Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood stars in the show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Working within social-distancing parameters, the 2020 Sunday Night Football show open was uniquely produced without extras in a studio or stadium, while also celebrating the millions who watch the games.
For the first time, the SNF show open will feature user-generated content from fans showcasing their team spirit. In addition, cameos from some of the NFL’s biggest stars, also recorded remotely, will be highlighted.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2019-20 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented ninth 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 10th consecutive TV season.
** Thanksgiving Night Game
FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: Flexible scheduling will be used in Weeks 11-17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-16, 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. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights.
For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. 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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Monday Night Football MegaCast Drives Franchise’s Viewership to 15.6 Million, a 31% Year-Over-Year Increase
With the first Saturday of SEC football on the horizon, SEC Network is adding a new studio show to its programming lineup. Out of Pocket with Alyssa Lang will debut at 9:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 26 on SEC Network, following an audio-only Marty & McGee (7 – 9:30 a.m.) and leading into SEC Nation (10 a.m. – noon). The show is a personality-driven programming offering, centering around Lang’s love of football, food, memes and more.
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With the SEC returning to action, ESPN networks will play host to 18 AP Top 25 ranked teams in Week 4, highlighted by No. 12 Miami hosting in-state ACC foe Florida State for ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Capital One, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Molly McGrath on the call at 7:30 p.m. ET.
“I want to be the best in the world. If I’m not thinking like that, I’m not going to be successful.” – Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
“I have never been in a game like this…The other thing that was important today – not just the win – but the way Coach McCarthy was with us at halftime…He’s easy to follow.” – Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
“Gardner (Minshew) might be good. Really good…The rest of this year is going be very interesting for a team with four picks in the first two rounds next April.” – King on Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 21, 2020 – Peter King speaks with Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the Seahawks to a 35-30 victory over New England last night on Sunday Night Football, in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also speaks with Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, recaps the games and news from Week 2, and hands out his weekly awards.
Across NBC Sports this week, The Rich Eisen Show continues on Peacock and NBCSN at Noon ET. PFT Live featuring Mike Florio and Chris Simms streams live on Peacock at 7 a.m. ET every weekday, followed by The Dan Patrick Show at 9 a.m. ET. Brother From Another, with Michael Holley and Michael Smith, and PFT PM both debut on Peacock this week. ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest offseason news, and the Rotoworld Football Podcast and Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast discuss Week 1.
The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
King on Seattle and Russell Wilson: “Seattle is 2-0 after the scintillating 35-30 win over New England on Sunday night. After two weeks, Wilson’s the most accurate passer in football (82.5 percent), he’s got the most touchdown passes in football (nine), with the highest rating in football (140.0)…We all talk about what an athletic gumby Wilson is, but he does take a pounding too.”
Wilson to King on last night’s game: “Honestly, I think you know they popped me pretty good on the touchdowns that you’re referring to. I think to be able to stay in the pocket and just be able to take all the hits and still make the throws is always the key. Give your guys a chance. My thing is always giving guys a chance.”
King on Wilson’s chances of winning MVP for the first time this season: “Projecting now is silly, but Wilson’s off to the best start of a great career, and you can’t stop him from dreaming.”
Wilson on wanting to be the best: “I want to be the best in the world. If I’m not thinking like that, I’m not going to be successful…I think when you’re trying to be the greatest to do this, you always have to believe that way, think that way, and know that.”
King on Seattle’s offense: “The ‘Let Russ cook’ thing – fans and media wishing he’d be able to create more, the way he did at time Sunday night – is gaining traction, maybe even in the coaches offices…But it’s no secret Wilson has wanted a freer hand in the offense…Seattle looks dangerous and diverse, though, especially when Russ cooks.”
Wilson on Seattle’s offense: “I think I have a tremendous relationship with Coach (Pete) Carroll and also Coach (Brian) Schottenheimer. I don’t think Coach Schotty gets enough credit…I’m trying to go somewhere, you know what I mean? I’m trying to help take this team somewhere special. It takes a lot of hard work. It takes everyone. It’s not just me.”
Dak Prescott on the Cowboy’s come-from-behind win over Atlanta yesterday and their onside kick: “I have never been in a game like this. Maybe the playoff game my rookie year against Green Bay, but we lost that one, and it didn’t come down to a play like this one. It was incredible, honestly. We’ve seen it done in practice. [Offensive coordinator] Kellen Moore saw it get set up, and [quarterbacks coach] Doug Nussmeier told me, ‘Watermelon kick!’”
Prescott on calling Dallas’ onside kick ‘the Watermelon Kick’: “That’s what we call it. The ball just kind of sits there like a watermelon, not on a tee…I asked our punter, Chris Jones, why [the Falcons] wouldn’t just dive on it, and he said the way it spins makes it really hard to do that. They were probably afraid that if they jumped on it, it might get loose and we’d recover.”
King on the onside kick: “It’s actually an ingenious idea. Because players can’t line up more than one yard from the spot of the kickoff, kicking team players can’t get the kind of running start they used to on onside kicks…Cowboy players could run to the skidding ball and attempt to block out, as on a basketball rebound, any opposing players who might be trying to get to the ball.”
Prescott on Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy: “The other thing that was important today – not just the win – but the way Coach McCarthy was with us at halftime. That was an important time for our team. We were down big [29-10 at halftime] and he said, ‘Forget the final score. Let’s see the team we’ve got out there in the second half. Let’s see the men we’ve got.’ He’s easy to follow.”
KING’S WEEK 2 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams, & Aaron Jones, Green Bay.
King on Goff: “He’s rapidly dispelling doubts about his ability brought on by his 16-pick season last year. Great game for Goff in a tough place to play – made very much easier by the no-fan edict.”
Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Vaccaro, Tennessee.
King: “The Titans allowed the Jags to score 30 points…without Vaccaro, it would have been worse, and maybe much worse…It’s a terrific all-around game by a terrific safety.”
Special Teams Players of the Week: Harrison Butker, Kansas City, & Stephen Gostkowski, Tennessee.
King on Gostkowski: “The least effective kicker in the league through two weeks has two game-winning field goals through two weeks; he’s the first kicker this century to kick game-winners in the last two minutes of the first two games.”
Coach of the Week: Matt LaFleur, Green Bay.
King: “For all those (like me) who thought the Packers’ stay atop the division would be brief, LaFleur and his team have demonstrated in eight quarters that 2019 was no fluke.”
WEEK 2 NOTES
King on NFL QBs: “The quarterbacks just keep on coming. The over-35 set – (Tom) Brady, (Philip) Rivers, (Ben) Roethlisberger, (Aaron) Rodgers – went 4-0 Sunday, winning by an average of two touchdowns a game. But the QB farm system continues to churn out quality. Eleven of the 13 quarterbacks drafted in the top 10 picks over the past five years started over the weekend.”
King on the injuries around the NFL on Sunday: “We can’t be rash about the rash of injuries, but the NFL and NFLPA must study these especially closely…I think one other thing has to be considered: the loss of a legitimate offseason program, with organized and enforced strength and conditional and speedwork for nine or 10 spring weeks.”
King on Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker: “I’ve never seen anything like what happened at the end of Kansas City 23, L.A. Chargers 20 (overtime)…Before Sunday, the 25-year-old Butker had never kicked a field goal of 58 or more yards in a game. In the span of 90 minutes, he kicked three of them, and two counted.”
Butker on the final sequence: “Definitely the hardest situation I’ve ever been put in. But what gave me a little confidence is how we practice. In practice, I have to hit eight to 10 long field goals, like 54, 63, 65, 58. So some kickers, maybe their leg would get tired kicking three long ones in a row like that.”
King on Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew: “Gardner might be good. Really good…The rest of this year is going be very interesting for a team with four picks in the first two rounds next April – and three or four bright-prospect quarterbacks in the draft.”
King on Detroit: “It’s Sept. 21, and Matt Patricia looks done already…Patricia doesn’t have a lot of time to save his job, not when the Cleveland Browns have five more wins than Patricia since opening day 2018.”
King on the Chargers QB situation: “I would disagree with Anthony Lynn, the Chargers’ coach who said Sunday night that if Tyrod Taylor is “100 percent ready to go,” he’d remain the Chargers’ starting quarterback…Justin Herbert played well enough Sunday to keep the job, for now.”
The following are additional highlights of NBC Sports’ NFL coverage:
- Football Night in America: Week 2 Recap with Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio
- Football Night in America: SNF Week 3 Preview: Packers-Saints
- PFT Live with NBC Sports’ Mike Florio and Chris Simms 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 continues on Peacock and NBCSN weekdays at Noon ET.
- Brother From Another and PFT PM debut on Peacock this week.
- ProFootballTalk.com continues to provide the latest news and updates.
- The Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast and Rotoworld Football Podcast discuss Week 2 and look ahead to Week 3.
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.
“Jerry, stop trippin’. Pay the man. He’s a franchise quarterback.” – Rodney Harrison on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
“Two weeks into the season, he’s been the best player in the NFL.” – Chris Simms on Bills QB Josh Allen
“This is what’s special. He’s not sliding, not running out of bounds. He’s thinking end zone.” – Tony Dungy on Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
“Good thing no fans are there to boo them right now.” – Mike Tirico on the 0-2 Philadelphia Eagles
STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 20, 2020 – NBC Sports’ presentation of Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season began tonight from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., with Football Night in America leading into coverage of Patriots-Seahawks on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Mike Tirico hosted FNIA from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 in Stamford, Conn., and was joined by Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms. Due to COVID-19 precautions, two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison and NFL Insider Mike Florio joined Football Night remotely from studios in their respective homes. Jac Collinsworth co-hosted the show on-site from CenturyLink Field and was joined by Sunday Night Football analyst and his father Cris Collinsworth.
In addition, actor and Seahawks fan Jeffrey Dean Morgan set the stage for tonight’s game with a taped piece and Jac Collinsworth interviewed Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter) and Terry McAulay (rules analyst) are calling tonight’s Patriots-Seahawks game.
Following are highlights from tonight’s edition of Football Night in America on NBC:
Florio: “A bad day for several high-profile players in the NFL.”
Tirico: “I’ll say there was an hour between 1:15-2:15 (p.m. ET) where you didn’t want to watch the next play and were afraid who else would get hurt…maybe last week we thought this was going to happen, but we see it this week.”
Dungy: “I was concerned about this as a former coach, where you have no offseason program, no preseason games. Now your guys are coming out going 100 miles per hour for the first time. We didn’t see it last week, but I think it caught up with them this week.”
Simms: “No doubt, I agree — beat up from last week still and still getting game ready. No OTAs, no preseason …, training camp and the whole process was sped up. We shouldn’t be shocked with guys going down right now.”
Florio on the turf at MetLife Stadium and numerous injuries in 49ers-Jets: “Plenty of lower leg injuries today creating concerns about the quality of the turf and there were complaints today from multiple players about that turf. I’m told NFL Field Operations will be taking a look at the situation as a result of all those injuries and they need to because the 49ers actually play there again next week against the New York Giants.”
Cris Collinsworth: “At this point, I’d be more confident in (Cam Newton’s) ability to throw the ball than I would be in this group of receivers to get open.”
Dungy on both teams’ persona flip-flop: “The personality of the teams have totally flip flopped. In the past, Seattle pounds it and runs the ball, while now it’s Russell Wilson. I think New England comes in and stops them from throwing and make Seattle run. Other side of the coin, whenever you played Tom Brady, you had to take away the passing game from New England. Seattle today, we have to stop Cam Newton from running and force them to throw. It’s a different mindset.”
Simms: “I think they’ve got the secondary to matchup with these receivers and I think this running offense with Cam Newton is still going to be a pain in the butt this early in the season even for Pete Carroll.”
Cris Collinsworth: “On both sides of the ball right now, we’re seeing Pete Carroll being willing to let Russ cook.”
Harrison on S Jamal Adams: “He’s at his very best when he’s moving forward. He’s aggressive, he’s a physical player with a tremendous motor.”
Tirico on head coaches Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll: “They’re not oldies but goodies, they’re oldies but greaties.”
Dungy: “This is exactly why they got Leonard Fournette. When we have the lead at the end of the game, that big back to pound it out and seal the game for them.”
Simms: “We saw more ‘Tom Brady New England plays’ today, especially early on. Last week it seemed like it was more Bruce Arians, let’s push the ball down the field. No biscuit, no risk it. This week was let’s get the high-percentage, underneath stuff.”
Harrison: “I got to give a lot of credit to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Cowboys never gave up. They were down 29-10 at halftime and you always have a chance to win when you have these type of weapons. Today showed what type of leader and player Dak Prescott Is. What a tremendous victory for Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys.”
Tirico on Falcons 20-0 first-quarter lead in Dallas: “What in the wide world of Jerry World is going on?”
Harrison’s message to owner Jerry Jones on Dak Prescott’s performance, but no long-term contract: “Jerry, stop trippin’. Pay the man. He is a franchise quarterback.”
Dungy on QB Mitchell Trubisky: “He extended the plays, didn’t panic, and stayed with his reads.”
Simms on Trubisky: “He’s playing smart, making good decisions, throwing the ball accurate. His legs are getting him out of trouble and he’s not making stupid mistakes.”
Florio: “I’ve spoken with Mitchell Trubisky multiple times in the past. Something is different about him, he’s relaxed, he’s confident and he’s sure of himself. He told me back in the early days during the pandemic when there was nothing to do, that’s when the Bears acquired Nick Foles and that’s when he took that time to reflect and decide what he wanted to be as an NFL quarterback and that made him put in the work, put in the effort and do what needed to be done to win that starting job. As for Foles, he was brought there because of knowing that offense. What Trubisky told me is that it’s all of the other offenses that Foles has been a part of and he brought that information and made their offense better.”
Simms on QB Josh Allen: “So far, two weeks into the (season), he’s been the best player in the NFL. They have put the ball in his hands and he has been delivering with his legs and improved throwing.”
Dungy on QB Kyler Murray: “This is what’s special. He’s not sliding, not running out of bounds. He’s thinking end zone.”
Dungy: “I thought Sean McVay called an outstanding game getting the ball out of Jared Goff’s hands quickly.”
Harrison: “I love Sean McVay’s commitment to running the football. It’s really opening up the offense.”
Harrison on rookie QB Justin Herbert: “Anthony Lynn, don’t overthink this. You have a really good young quarterback. Continue to build on this. He can continue to build on his confidence. This is the guy who should be starting, not Tyrod Taylor.
Dungy: “I met Justin Herbert last summer in Eugene, Oregon. He could have come out the year before and been a top-five pick, but wanted to come back and throw to his brother (Patrick) and win a national championship. That told me, ‘this guy is something special.’ He’s not thinking about money or individual things. Everybody out there raves about him and the type of leader he is. I agree with Rodney, they have a winner.”
Tirico: “Good thing no fans are there to boo them right now.”
Simms on QB Gardner Minshew: “He’s a gamer. You’re never out of it with Gardner.”
Dungy: “The Pittsburgh defense wasn’t great today, but that pass rush was relentless.”
Tirico on zero Jets touching Raheem Mostert on his 80-yard TD: “That is not next-gen, that is same Jets.”
–FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA–
College GameDay Built by Home Depot is headed to Louisville for the third time in show history.
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