NFL Week #1: List of TV talent and geographic game coverage; ESPN’s Steve Levy does first pro game

NBC's Michaels-Collinsworth kickoff season with Packers-Bears, CBS' Nantz-Romo on Titans-Browns and Fox' Buck-Aikman call Giants-Dallas


NFL TV Week # 1

  • Fox has the doubleheader this weekend. By NFL rule, Cleveland and Miami get only the late game. CBS has the single game assignment this first week. 
  • The talent assignments are below as is the geographic focus for each of the Fox and CBS broadcasts.
  • ESPN runs a doublehader Monday night as it has traditionally the first week of the season. Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland do the first of twin bill. The versatile Steve Levy gets his first NFL assignment with partner Brian Griese in the nightcap. A thumbnail bio on Levy follows the schedule below:


NFL Weekend # 1 – All times eastern

Thursday, September 5

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears – 8:20p NBC

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth 

Geographic Focus: 100% of the country

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers – 1:00p FOX

Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston

Geographic Focus: California and Western U.S., Carolinas

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns – 1:00p  CBS

Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Geographic Focus: State of Tennessee, Pockets of Ohio, W. Virginia and Mississippi

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars – 1:00p CBS

Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts

Geographic Focus: State of Missouri, Parts of Florida, Georgia and Nebraska

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins – 1:00p CBS

Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Geographic Focus: Parts of Florida and Maryland, DC

 Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings – 1:00p FOX

Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman

Geographic Focus: Georgia, Upper Midwest, Parts of South and Midwest

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets -1:00p CBS

Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Geographic Focus: New York State, Connecticut and New England

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles – 1:00p FOX

Kevin Bernhardt, Charles Davis

Geographic Focus: Large swath of Eastern clearances +

Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers – 4:05p CBS

Greg Gumbel, Trent Green

Geographic Focus: Southern California, State of Indiana, Utah and the Midwest

Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks – 4:05p CBS

Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

Geographic Focus: The Pacific Northwest, Parts of Ohio and Kentucky

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals – 4:25p FOX

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

Geographic Focus: Arizona, Michigan and other parts of Midwest

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboy -s 4:25p FOX

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Geographic Focus: Much of the country, outside pieces of West, Midwest and Florida

San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4:25p FOX

Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber

Geographic Focus: Parts of California, Florida and Oregon

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots – 8:20p NBC

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

Geographic Focus: National

Monday, September 09, 2019

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints – 7:10p ESPN

Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland

Geographic Focus: National

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders – 10:20p ESPN

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick

Geographic Focus: National

steve levy

Steve Levy makes his NFL play-by-play debut this week, calling the second game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader between the Broncos and Raiders alongside Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. He has been employed by ESPN since 1993.

Although best known as a longtime SportsCenter anchor, Levy is a seasoned play-by-play voice. After not having a regular game-schedule for over a decade, he jumped into ESPN’s college football rotation in 2016 and quickly became one of the marquee voices of the sport. In fact, he was selected by the Worldwide Leader to call two Orange Bowls and a Fiesta Bowl before being rewarded with this Monday Night Football opportunity.

Interestingly enough, Levy’s best play-by-play work might actually be hockey, where he was the #2 voice on the NHL behind Gary Thorne for eight seasons. During that time span, he was on the call for the three longest Stanley Cup playoff games on this side of World War II. In 2016, Steve got back into the sport when ESPN obtained the rights to the World Cup of Hockey and he was assigned as the lead announcer.

He’s also well known to SportsCenter fans for his back and forth with Barry Melrose, covering the NHL


Disclaimer: Networks’ market coverage is subject to change

Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a graduate of Dean College who majored in sports broadcasting. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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Michael Green
4 years ago

Thanks for this–fine job!

For those of us who remember Steve Levy giving hourly updates on WFAN in its early days, it’s nice to see him doing so well. He was good then, and he’s always impressed me.