Sunday NFL Countdown: Eddie Lacy’s New Home; Beast Mode; Believing in Drew Stanton; Tom BradySoundtracks; and More
Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis will preview the weekend’s NFL games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Anchor/host Wendi Nix will handle select segments, while NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will report the day’s headlines and news.
Reporters at game sites:
- Seahawks at Chiefs (Lindsay Czarniak and Ron Jaworski)
- Texans at Browns (Bob Holtzman)
- 49ers at Giants (Josina Anderson)
- Eagles at Packers (Sal Paolantonio)
- Lions at Cardinals (Ed Werder)
- Eddie Lacy’s New Home: Eddie Lacy Jr.’s family – Wanda, Eddie Lacy Sr. and their four children – was displaced during Hurricane Katrina nine years ago. During the offseason, the Packers second-year running back bought a house for his mom and dad, moving them from the trailer they had called home for the past eight years. Last Monday,Countdown reporter Michelle Beisner joined the 2013 NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year on his first trip back to the new home
- Beast Mode: In their own words, Marshawn Lynch and his Seahawks teammates discuss what happens when the running back goes into “beast mode.”
- Believing in Drew Stanton: After losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a season-ending ACL tear, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arias proclaimed, “We can win the Super Bowl with (backup quarterback) Drew Stanton.” Reporter Jim Trotter sits with the journeyman quarterback to discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading the Cardinals.
- Soundtracks – Tom Brady: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, wired for in-game sound during the team’s week 9 home win over rival Peyton Manning and the Broncos, will be featured in Sunday’s Soundtracks.
ESPN’s Monday Night Football: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Face the Titans in Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans host Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Music City on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on November 17 at 8:15 p.m. The MNF team of announcer Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporterLisa Salters will call the game from LP Field in Nashville.
In addition to the ESPN telecast, MNF will be available on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.
Leading into the matchup is Monday Night Countdown at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Suzy Kolber hosts the show from LP Field with NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis and Steve Young, while Chris Berman hosts from the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn., with NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
Monday Night Countdown features:
- Soundtracks – Best of Ben Roethlisberger: Eleven years into his career, Ben Roethlisberger is having one of his finest seasons statistically, and has Pittsburgh back in playoff contention. Soundtracks features some of the best in-game audio in the career of the two-time Super Bowl winning Steelers quarterback.
- Rick Reilly’s Feature – Antonio Brown: Countdown’s Rick Reilly explores the relationship between Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown and his father Eddie, who is one of the greatest players in Arena Football League history.
- Gruden’s Grill Session with Kenny Chesney: With Monday Night Football in Music City (Nashville, Tenn.), Jon Gruden visits with country music star and football fan Kenny Chesney.
NFL Matchup: Seahawks Ground Game-Chiefs Defense; Disrupting Rob Gronkowski; Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play; and More
NFL Matchup host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s key matchups via a film-room Xs and Os analysis on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2 (re-airs on ESPN, Sunday at 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.). Highlights:
- Spotlight on Seahawks Ground Game vs. Chiefs Defense: After an impressive 350-yard rushing performance, the Seahawks look to keep their run-game momentum going at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs, who rank 20th against the run, will need to find ways to account for the multiple backfield weapons of the Seahawks. Jaworski and Hoge explain.
- Between the Lines – Slot Receiver Golden Tate: Jaworski explains why the Arizona Cardinals defense will need to focus on Golden Tate, who has the second-most receiving yards this year from the slot position.
- Jaws playbook – Jordan Matthews’ Explosive Play: Jaworski shows how the Eagles designed a play for Jordan Matthews to beat man-to-man coverage, a design they will repeat in this week’s matchup against the Packers, who played man coverage 67% of the time last year.
- Blitz Breakdown – Eagles’ Creative Blitz Designs: Hoge illustrates the ways the blitz packages of the Eagles will confuse the interior lineman and the Packers running backs this week.
- Let’s See it Hoge – Disrupting Rob Gronkowski: The Colts will look to steal a page from the defensive playbook of the Chiefs, who hindered Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski by disrupting him at the line of scrimmage, Hoge explains.
- Game Within the Game – Patriots Defensive Disguises: Jaworski explains how the Patriots are so effective at confusing quarterbacks through their use of post-snap coverage adjustments, something to look for in their matchup this week against Andrew Luck.
- Coach’s Clicker – San Francisco Offense Back to Basics: The 49ers returned to their power running game last week, and a favorable matchup against the Giants bodes well for a big performance from Frank Gore, contends Hoge.
NFL on ESPN Radio: San Francisco 49ers at the New York Giants on Sunday
The NFL on ESPN Radio continues Sunday, Nov. 16, at 12 p.m., as Eli Manning and the New York Giants host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
ESPN.com NFL Hot Read: Earl Thomas’ Play
In this week’s ESPN.com NFL Hot Read and two accompanying pieces, senior NFL columnist Jeffri Chadiha profiles Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas on the painstaking mental preparation and competitive fire that make him NFL’s top safety. Story. Accompanying Seahawks content:
- ESPN The Magazine’s Jordan Brenner looks at how the rapid rise of safeties and do-it-all defensive backs give defensive units in the NFL a fighting chance against the emergent spread offenses. (Also in Nov. 10 issue of ESPN the Magazine.)
- Writer Greg Garber on the curious tale of the roaming gnome and how Seahawks fans are baffled by the statue’s mysterious travels with video content by Sunday NFL Countdown.
Cowboys’ DeMarco Murray and Texans’ JJ Watt on Cover of New ESPN The Magazine State of Football Issue
Dallas Cowboys record-setting running back DeMarco Murray and Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, appear on separate covers of ESPN The Magazine’s new “State of Football” Issue, on newsstands Friday, Nov. 14. Planned features.