NFL Total Access Kickoff aired from outside Solider Field tonight at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, with host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci providing pregame analysis leading up to Cowboys-Bears on Thursday Night Football.
At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher hosted NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, Irvin and Faulk appeared on the show.
Quotes from NFL Total Access Kickoff
– “This is a playoff game for the Dallas Cowboys…As good as you started this season, as great as it was, that’s going to go right down that toilet if you don’t get your butt off that seat and make plays out here tonight.” – Michael Irvin on Dallas Cowboys-Chicago Bears
– “The running game has done all they can do. Right now, in order to make this run it comes down to the guys on the outside. They have to consistently make plays outside.” – Michael Irvin on the key to the Dallas Cowboys making the playoffs
– “It’s time for Tony Romo and his back to carry this team to the postseason and make some moves. I want to see Tony Romo stand up in December and right the wrong of 16-21 since he’s been the starter in December for the Dallas Cowboys.” – Marshall Faulk on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
– “He has gone underappreciated for years. He does it every year…They have to get the ball into his hands early in this game. He’s the heart and soul.” – Bill Cowher on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte
– “They play great team defense. No superstars on this defense but great effort.” – Steve Mariucci on the Dallas Cowboys defense
– “He’s bright. You’d like him. He has instinctive leadership and he hits. We like that.” – Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to Steve Mariucci on Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain
– “Early in the season we saw them run the football to set up the passing game. I believe now it’s time to make that adjustment: we need to take some shots [down the field].” – Marshall Faulk on the Dallas Cowboys offense
– “Marshawn Lynch has confided in people close to him that he is considering walking away from the game of football at age of 28 after the season. It’s the same exact thing he did last season, telling two teammates he might retire if they made the Super Bowl. They did – he didn’t retire. This would be Lynch walking out on his own terms as the Seahawks consider parting ways with him because of his age, because of his salary. The only caveat is he might follow Tom Cable, their offensive line coach, if he becomes a head coach in 2015.” – Ian Rapoport on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
Quotes from NFL Thursday Night Kickoff
– “Your season begins tonight and where you go in the future with this football team has a lot to do with what takes place tonight and the next three weeks.” – Bill Cowher on the Dallas Cowboys
– “This is the best team he’s had; defense, running game. The window of time for him is getting shorter…They need to have a healthy Tony Romo [and] a productive Tony Romo in December if they’re going to have any chance to make the playoffs.” – Bill Cowher on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
– “The defense has exceeded all expectations, the running back has exceeded all expectations, Dez Bryant is who he is – Tony Romo is the only question mark and he needs to win.” – Deion Sanders on the Dallas Cowboys
– “Usually when you don’t run no-huddle it’s when you don’t trust your quarterback calling the plays at the line of scrimmage. I hope that’s not the case tonight because it’s something that they should deploy because we saw the success Philadelphia had with it.” – Marshall Faulk on the possibility of the Chicago Bears running no-huddle against the Dallas Cowboys
– “Tonight is his night, whether it’s in the air or on the ground. I believe featuring this guy and having an offense start and end with him is the Chicago Bears’ best chance of winning.” – Marshall Faulk on Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte
On NFL.com the following video clips from NFL Total Access Kickoff & NFL Thursday Night Kickoff is available for viewing:
– New and Improved Dallas Cowboys Defense – NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci sits down with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to discuss the performance of the defense this season:
– Keys to the Dallas Cowboys Making the Playoffs – NFL Total Access Kickoff breaks down the keys for the Dallas Cowboys to make the playoffs:
– Ian Rapoport: Marshawn Lynch Considering Retirement Following 2014 Season – NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport joins NFL Total Access Kickoff to report the latest on Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:
– Cleveland Browns Quarterback Situation – The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew discuss if the Cleveland Browns made the right decision at quarterback:
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NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON NFL NETWORK:
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT ST. LOUIS RAMS — 8:25 PM ET
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COWBOYS-BEARS DELIVERS AN 8.0 OVERNIGHT RATING FOR THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL;
3rd HIGHEST EVER ON NFL NETWORK
Cowboys win in Chicago posts a 115% yearly increase for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network
NFL Network’s telecast of Thursday Night Football on Dec. 4, which featured the Dallas Cowboys defeating the Chicago Bears 41-28, earned an average overnight household rating in the 56 metered markets of 8.0 (including over-the-air stations in Dallas and Chicago), a +115% gain from last year’s Week 14 Thursday Night Football game on NFL Network and over-the-air stations (Houston @ Jacksonville on NFLN+OTA: 3.7 Metered Market Avg.).
Last night’s 8.0 overnight rating is the third highest overnight rating of all time for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and over-the-air stations (2013 NY Jets @ New England 8.55 Metered Market Avg., 2013 Kansas City @ Philadelphia 8.21 Metered Market Avg.). The 8.0 overnight rating was +35% higher than the previous Thursday Night Football game (Kansas City @ Oakland on NFLN+OTA: 5.9 Metered Market Avg.) and is expected to be the most-watched program on cable for Dec. 4.
Through 12 games of the 2014 schedule, Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network (and over-the-air stations) is up +72% in the metered markets compared to last year’s games on NFL Network and the over-the-air stations in participating markets.
Thursday Night Football continues next week on December 11 in an NFC West clash when the division-leading Arizona Cardinals visit the St. Louis Rams on NFL Network.
About 2014 Thursday Night Football
A partnership between CBS Sports and NFL Network, Thursday Night Football in 2014 features the most marquee match-ups ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. Thursday Night Football in Weeks 2-8 and Week 16 (Saturday) is broadcast on CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. The Thursday Night Football schedule in Weeks 9-12 and Weeks 14-16 is televised on NFL Network, and will be simulcast on over-the-air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams.
All Thursday Night Football games kick off at 8:25 PM ET, with the exception of the Week 16 Saturday double-header – NFL Network (4:30 PM ET) and CBS (8:00 PM ET).
Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms call the game, and Tracy Wolfson provides reports from the sidelines.
Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL Total Access Kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci are live outside the stadium. At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium.
During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.
Thursday Night Football on NFL Network is again carried on free, over-the-air television in the markets of the two participating teams. NFL Network games are available in Spanish via SAP with Roberto Abromowitz announcing.
The entire 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule is streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile, smartphone* & tablet**), the NFL app on Xbox (Xbox One & Windows 8 devices**), including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch, tablet + PC**), with participating cable and satellite providers.
For a full list of access points or to start streaming now, visit NFL.com/Watch
NFL Network 2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule
- Week 2: 9/11 – Baltimore Ravens 26 – Pittsburgh Steelers 6
- Week 3: 9/18 – Atlanta Falcons 56 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
- Week 4: 9/25 – New York Giants 45 – Washington Redskins 14
- Week 5: 10/2 – Green Bay Packers 42 – Minnesota Vikings 10
- Week 6: 10/9 – Indianapolis Colts 33 – Houston Texans 28
- Week 7: 10/16 – New England Patriots 27 – New York Jets 25
- Week 8: 10/23 – Denver Broncos 35 – San Diego Chargers 21
- Week 9: 10/30 – New Orleans Saints 28 – Carolina Panthers 10
- Week 10: 11/6 – Cleveland Browns 24 – Cincinatti Bengals 3
- Week 11: 11/13 – Miami Dolphins 22 – Buffalo Bills 9
- Week 12: 11/20 – Oakland Raiders 24 – Kansas City Chiefs 20
- Week 14: 12/4 – Dallas Cowboys 41 @ Chicago Bears 28
- Week 15: 12/11 – Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
- Week 16: 12/18 – Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
- Week 16: 12/20 – Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
- Week 16: 12/20 – San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers