NFL Schedule

NFL Week 15 of 18: Tight races; Covid forces games on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

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Summarizing the four NFL lead play-by-players’ strengths:

Nantz: shares warm anecdotes and invitingly so

Buck: Can’t say it any better than Tom Verducci, “Buck’s concise.” Aikman can never complain about too little runway.

Michaels: Brings the perfect mix. Accurate play calling and taps into his wealth of historical retention to draw parallels.

Levy is slowly becoming a fan favorite, your friend at the game. Working with two analysts in the booth is a difficult challenge. Each year Steve gets better.

  • When Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and company are given a beaten up Tennessee at Pittsburgh, it’s hardly a star-studded week of matchups.
  • Adam Amin (good) and Mark Schlereth (bad) have a long on-going rivalry, Dallas at the Giants. If Mark doesn’t show some zip and insight, he can be gone with the wind. He’s a panful listen. Talks haltingly, meaningless gibberish.
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  • When I saw this on LinkedIn,  I thought I’d die. Steve Strain’s occupation – “Pre-arrangement funeral counselor and freelance sports broadcaster.” I’ve seen sportscasters who are lawyers, psychologists, salespeople and the like! But a pre-arrangement funeral counselor?
  • Per below, the largest swath of TV geography on Sunday afternoon is GB-Baltimore on Fox – 86% of America and 187 stations. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and little to say Erin Andrews will preside. Thanks for Tom Rinaldi joining the Fox show. CBS which will run single Sunday will have its top team, Nantz, Romo and Wolfson- 62% and 178 stations, Tenn-Pitt and no Derrick Henry. Nantz will be ready with excellent and pertinent stories.
  • With tight races and close games, Sunday Ticket’s menu is a panacea for parity?
  • This year, Fox will supply the two crews for the Sat afternoon DH on NFLN. Like other vertical and cable networks, subscriptions are dropping. NFL Network is down to just 53 million subscribers. At its height, ESPN had over 100 million customers.
  • While the colleges are quiet until the playoffs, the NFL has encroached upon Saturday. This weekend’s sked covers Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Things funny going on with Michele Tafoya, ‘Ms. Material.’ She’s good but has been AWOL for a while and won’t return on NBC’s SNF next season. That’s too bad. A solid performer! The network is saying that she’ll do Super Bowl in LA. Sounds like it might be her farewell.



Sunday night, December 19

8:20 PM- New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NBC, Peacock: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya


Monday, December 20

8:15 PM- Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 

ABC, ESPN, ESPN+: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters


December 19, 2021

All listings are unofficial and subject to change. Check back often for updates.


  • Thursday Night: Kansas City @ LA Chargers (FOX/NFLN) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
  • Saturday 8:15 ET: New England @ Indianapolis (NFLN; Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen)
  • Sunday Night: New Orleans @ Tampa Bay (NBC) Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworh
  • Monday 5:00 ET: Las Vegas @ Cleveland (NFLN; Joe Davis, Kurt Warner)
  • Monday 8:15 ET: Minnesota @ Chicago (ESPN/ABC) Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Ridick



Tennessee @ Pittsburgh Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
█ NY Jets @ Miami – Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta
Houston @ Jacksonville – Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Cincinnati @ Denver (LATE)- Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Atlanta @ San Francisco (LATE) – Kevin Harlan, Trent Green




Dallas @ NY Giants –  Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Carolina @ Buffalo – Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Arizona @ Detroit – Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib


FOX LATE Green Bay @ Baltimore – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

This game will now be nationally televised.


7:00 PM ET


Washington @ Philadelphia Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
█ Seattle @ LA Rams Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston


Both games have been moved from Sunday due to COVID outbreaks on the WFT and Rams. The game not televised in your area will be available on Sunday Ticket.

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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