Monday Night Football: Perfect Packers Host NFC North Rival Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers and the 8-0 Green Bay Packers — the defending Super Bowl champion and the NFL’s only undefeated team — will host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC North brawl on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 14, at 8:30 p.m. ET. The last time these teams met on the MNF stage (Oct. 5, 2009) then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre beat his former team 30-23. The game earned a 15.3 rating and delivered the biggest audience in the history of cable television at that time.
Mike Tirico will call the game with analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski and sideline reporter Rachel Nichols. Starting at 7 p.m., Chris Berman hosts a 90-minute Monday Night Countdown from the Bristol, Conn., studios with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Host Stuart Scott, analysts Trent Dilfer, Steve Young and contributor Rick Reilly will also join the pre-game conversation from historic Lambeau Field.
Additionally, MNF will be televised on ESPN Deportes.
Sunday NFL Countdown: The Harbaugh Brothers; Matt Forte; Rex Ryan – A Patriots Fan?
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson (on the main set) and Suzy Kolber, Bill Parcells and Merril Hoge (on the second set), will preview week 10’s games on Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBM on November 13, at 10 a.m. NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will provide the day’s headlines and league news. In addition, reporting from key games: Josina Anderson – Saints at Falcons; Bob Holtzman – Steelers at Bengals; Ed Werder – Bills at Cowboys; Colleen Dominguez – Giants at 49ers; and Sal Paolantonio – Patriots at Jets. Highlights:
- Matt Forte – Finding his Faulk: When offensive coordinator Mike Martz joined the Chicago Bears, running back Matt Forte immediately began watching game film of how Martz, formerly in a similar position with the St. Louis Rams, used running back Marshall Faulk to create one of the most dynamic offenses in league. With Martz using Forte in similar formations and plays, reports Countdown’s Tom Jackson, Forte is performing at a record-setting pace this season.
- The Harbaugh Brothers: Two brothers, two head coaches with two first place teams – Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers, atop the NFC West, and John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens are tied with the Bengals for the lead in the AFC North. Rachel Nichols sat down with Jim, John and their father Jack, a college coach for more than 40 years, as they discussed their family’s coaching pedigree.
- Patriots-Jets – Top-10 Moments: Chris Berman presents the top-10 moments that define the AFC East rivalry between the Jets and the Patriots including the “Tuna Bowl,” “Spygate,” the “post-game handshake” and more.
- Rex Ryan – A Patriots Fan?: Last summer, Jets head coach Rex Ryan shot a part in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie where he played an accountant who happened to be a Patriots season ticket holder. Sal Paolantonio was at the movie shoot where he interviewed Sandler, a Jets fan, and Ryan, about playing the role of a Tom Brady fan.
- Timmy Kelly – Eagles Anthem Singer: When the Philadelphia Eagles need a boost, they sometimes turn to one of the team’s most endearing fans, Timmy Kelly, a visually-impaired 18-year-old who has sung the anthem at various home games over the past four years. The Eagles claim they don’t lose when “Little Timmy” sings the anthem. Countdown captured Timmy’s first anthem of the season – a 34-7 Eagles victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 30.
NFL Matchup: Ron Jaworski Reviews Tom Brady’s Offense, the 49ers and Aaron Rodgers
Host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge will preview Sunday’s key games on NFL Matchup. Each NFL Sunday morning (ESPN – 3 a.m. and 7:30; ESPN2 – 8:30 a.m.), the trio brings viewers inside the film room for the Xs and Os of the matchups. Highlights:
- Tom Brady and Patriots offense vs. the Jets defense: Jaworski explains how Patriots quarterback Brady’s exceptional talent identifying matchups pre-snap and making strong, accurate throws creates problems for opposing defenses.
- The 49ers offense: A team’s success is dictated by its ability to convert in third-down plays, contends Jaworski, and he shows the 49ers’ offense uses multiple formations and play-action passes to pick up the needed yards.
- Aaron Rodgers: Jaworski goes inside the playbook to show what makes Packers quarterback Rodgers one of the best in the league – smart, accurate throws combined with the skill to manipulate defenses with pump-fakes and looking-off intended receivers.
ESPN Brand Campaign Highlights Pittsburgh Steelers’ Terrible Towel
ESPN’s latest spot in the “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” series includes the Pittsburgh Steelers’ iconic Terrible Towel, which was created in 1975 by the team’s legendary radio broadcaster Myron Cope. As part of ESPN’s integrated “Towel around the World” campaign, thousands of Steelers fans submitted images proudly displaying their beloved, bright yellow towels all around the world. Some of the most interesting submissions included the Taj Mahal, Macchu Picchu, Big Ben, Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Times Square, Mount Rushmore and the Great Wall of China. From South Africa to Afghanistan to outer space, the Terrible Towel indeed symbolizes the passion and pride of Steelers Nation.
Over a dozen locations spanning five continents are represented in the spot including original fan photographs and video recreations shot with real Steelers fans to depict original submissions.
The commercial, which debuts today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, was created by Wieden+Kennedy New York.