Can the Patriots’ Offense break the Seahawks’ Defense?
Plus, A Timely Feature On How Wilson Footballs Are Made
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INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®
NEW YORK (Jan. 27, 2015) – INSIDE THE NFL Super Bowl Edition premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason and Ed Reed along with Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to discuss what lies ahead on Super Bowl Sunday.
Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are an analysis of last Saturday’s Bill Belichick press conference, a timely feature on the making of Super Bowl footballs, Seattle’s chances against an offense that averages 29 points per game and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin coaching his team to victory in the Pro Bowl last Sunday.
For limited time only, this week’s episode will also be available on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® after it airs.
INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher of NFL Films. Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.
BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION
Boomer Esiason– “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on Saturday, when Bill Belichick held a press conference and he basically refuted everything that’s been out there in the news. He said … that nobody on the Patriots’ staff was deliberately tampering with the footballs. Now, what I take out of that is that he’s put his legacy on the line. He’s put Tom Brady’s legacy on the line. And he’s put the reputation of Robert Kraft on the line. He is “ALL IN” as they say.”
Brandon Marshall – “The reason why [tampering with the balls issue] this is so important is because of the conditions. When it’s wet outside, or if it’s snowing, that’s when you want a lighter ball so you can grip it … I think it’s important to note the process of how the officials come into the locker room, they look at the balls. They check them out … They mark them and then, it’s the honor system.”
On Rob Gronkowski…
Phil Simms – “When you look at Seattle’s defense, I think they have three-to-four guys that can cover him. It’s not like most teams that can’t find one guy that matches up. You know, we looked at these linebackers, we talked about them. The corners can match up. The safeties can cover him…”
On the Seattle Seahawks…
Boomer Esiason – “They are going to be aggressive. They are not going to be moving all over the place with these formations … They are right in your face … You do not want to accelerate your thinking. I think Tom Brady has been around a long time. He trusts his offense his line…“
On Seattle and its Boot Passes…
Brandon Marshall – “You are not the No. 1 run offense in the League all year and then get to the Super Bowl and that’s gone. So, when you have that ability to run the ball … that creates one-on-one matchups and that creates big plays …”
On The Patriots’ Strategy…
Brandon Marshall – “We know that Bill Belichick is going to do his best to take away their No. 1 option, and that’s Marshawn Lynch.”
Ed Reed – “New England’s defense is going to have to play disciplined football for 60 minutes, just like everyone else has to play that way against Seattle. If you don’t, Russell Wilson is going to get those plays.”
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