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NFL Week #17: League and TV about to finish long journey through ’20 season; All 16 games are Sunday

UPDATE

CBS announced Saturday that Tony Romo is out Sunday. He won’t call the Cardinals-Rams game because of Covid protocols. Boomer Esiason will fly to Los Angeles and join Jim Nantz for the broadcast. Boomer played for the Cardinals. Romo was scheduled to cover the Cardinals for the first time. Esiason was also an analyst on ABC’s Monday Night Football.

The NFL didn’t have a great option for its final game of the 2020 regular season, the Sunday nighter. So it designated the one that definitely has a bearing on the playoffs, Washington at Philadelphia. NBC will have Al Michaels back in the booth. He missed last Sunday’s game because of Covid protocols.

  • All 32 teams play on Sunday for the first and only time this season. The league has nimbly threaded together the 17 week schedule without having to postpone or delay any playoff games.
  • This weekend both CBS and Fox will run doubleheaders.
  • Tom McCarthy is back this weekend on CBS. He and ex-kicker Jay Feely have the Jets-New England game on CBS. The last time they worked was a Tuesday prime-timer in Nashville between the Titans and Bills. Feely kept interrupting McCarthy. It was annoying to listen to him. He sounded downright rude.
  • Robert Smith has been assigned as a Fox analyst for Sunday’s game, Minnesota at Detroit. He’ll work with the imperturbable Joe Davis who shows little emotion. If his pants were brining, he wouldn’t yell fire.
  • Joe Buck and partner Troy Aikman have Dallas at the Giants. If the Cowboys beat the Giants in the Meadowlands and Washington loses or ties on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas will join the post-season field. If the Giants win and Washington loses, the Giants are headed to the playoffs.
  • Tiki Barber has Raiders at Denver for CBS. He hardly works network game telecasts. His brother Ronde worked for Fox in the past but was not renewed. Beth Mowins works with him. Her prime employer is ESPN.

This is the full broadcast schedule and market by market list for Sunday’s regional coverage by CBS and Fox. The information is unofficial and subject to change:

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Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 1 p.m., Fox, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

180 markets/ 85% of US

Abilene-Albany, NY-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Amarillo-Anchorage-Austin-Bakersfield-Baltimore-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Bend-Billings-Biloxi-Binghamton-Birmingham-Bluefield-Boise-Boston-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Burlington-Butte-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Charleston-Charleston-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Cheyenne-Chicago-Chico-Cincinnati-Clarksburg-Cleveland-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Davenport-Dayton-Denver-Des Moines-Dothan-El Paso-Elmira-Erie-Eugene-Eureka-Evansville-Fairbanks-Fort Smith-Fort Wayne-Fresno-Grand Junction-Great Falls-Green Bay-Greensboro-Greenville, NC- Greenville, SC- Greenwood Guam Harlingen Harrisburg Harrisonburg Hartford Hattiesburg Helena Honolulu Houston Huntsville Idaho Falls Indianapolis Jackson, Ms- Jackson , Tn-Jacksonville Johnstown Jonesboro Joplin Juneau Kansas City Knoxville Lafayette, In- Lafayette<la- Lake Charles Laredo Las Vegas Lexington Lima Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Louisville Lubbock Madison Medford Memphis Meridian Miami Milwaukee Missoula Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery Myrtle Beach Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Ottumwa Paducah Palm Springs Parkersburg Peoria Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Me- Portland, Or- Presque Isle Puerto Rico Quincy Raleigh Reno Richmond Roanoke Rochester Rockford Sacramento Salisbury Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara Seattle Sherman Shreveport South Bend Spokane Springfield, Il- Springfield, Ma- Springfield, Mo- St. Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Terre Haute Topeka Tri-Cities Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler US Virgin Islands Utica Victoria Waco Washington Watertown Wausau West Palm Beach Wheeling Wichita- Wichita Falls Wilkes-Barre Wilmington Yakima Youngstown Yuma

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., Fox, ​ Chris Myers, Greg Jennings

14 markets/8% of US

Albany, Ga-Atlanta-Augusta-Chattanooga-Columbus, Ga-Fort Myers-Gainesville-Macon-Orlando-Panama City-Providence-Savannah-Tallahassee-Tampa

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., Fox Joe Davis, Robert Smith

18 markets/6% of US

Alpena-Detroit-Duluth-Fargo-Flint-Grand Rapids-La Crosse-Lansing-Mankato-Marquette-Minneapolis-Minot-Rapid City-Rochester, Mn-Sioux City-Sioux Falls-Toledo-Traverse City

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m., CBS, Ian Eagle Charles Davis

190 markets/70% of the US

Abilene-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Alpena-Altoona-Amarillo-Anchorage-Atlanta-Augusta (na_ Sc)-Austin-Bakersfield-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Bend-Billings-Biloxi-Bismarck-Boise-Bowling Green-Bozeman-Bryan -Butte-Cadillac-Cape Girardeau-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Charleston-Charlotte-Chattanooga-Cheyenne-Chicago-Chico-Cleveland-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbus_Ga.-Columbus_Ms.-Columbus_Oh.-Coos Bay-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Denver-Des Moines-Detroit-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-Duluth – Chisholm-Durango-El Paso-Erie-Escanaba-Eugene-Eureka-Evansville-Fairbanks-Fargo-Flint-Florence-Florence-Fort Wayne-Fresno-Ft SmithGlendive Goodland Grand Island Grand Junction Great Falls Greenbay Greensboro Greenville_Ms Greenville_Nc Harlingen  Hattiesburg Hays Helena Houston Huntington Huntsville Idaho Falls Indianapolis Jackson Jackson Jefferson City Johnson City Jonesboro Juneau Kalamazoo Kalispell Kansas City Ketchikan Kirksville Knoxville La Crosse  Lafayette_In. Lafayette_La. Lake Charles Lander Lansing Laredo Las Vegas Lewisburg Lewiston Lima Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Lubbock  Macon Madison Mankato Mason City Medford Memphis Meridian Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Monroe Monterey Montrose Nashville New Orleans North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Palm Springs Parkersburg Pasco Peoria Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburg Pittsburgh Portland Quincy Raleigh Rapid City Reliance Reno Rock Island Rock Springs Rockford Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Maria Sault Saint Marie Savannah Scottsbluff/Gering Scranton Seattle Sherman Shreveport Sioux City Sioux Falls Sitka South Bend Spartanburg Spokane Springfield St Joseph St. Louis Terre Haute Toledo Topeka Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Victoria Waco Walker Wausau Weston Wheeling Wichita Wichita Falls Williston Wilmington Yakima Youngstown Yuma

New York Jets at New England Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS, Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely

9 markets/11% of the country

Bangor-Boston-Burlington-Hartford-New York-Portland-Presque Isle-Providence -Springfield

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., CBS, Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

23 markets/11% of the country

Albany, Ga-Albany, NY-Binghamton-Birmingham-Buffalo-Dothan-Elmira-Corning-Ft Myers -Gainesville-Honolulu-Jacksonville-Miami -Mobile-Montgomery-Orlando-Panama City Beach-Rochester-Syracuse-Tallahassee-Tampa-Utica-W. Palm Beach-Watertown

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS, Spero Dedes, Archuleta

14 markets/8% of the US

Baltimore-Charlottesville-Cincinnati-Dayton-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hazard-Lexington-Louisville-Norfolk-Richmond-Roanoke-Salisbury-Washington

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Jim Nantz, Boomer Esiason

174 markets/75% of the US

Abilene-Albany-Albany-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Alpena-Amarillo-Anchorage-Atlanta-Augusta (na_ Sc)-Austin-Bakersfield-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Bend-Billings-Biloxi-Binghamton-Birmingham-Bismarck-Boise-Boston-Bozeman-Burlington-Butte-Cadillac-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Charleston-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Chicago-Chico-Columbia-Columbus_Ga.-Coos Bay-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Des Moines-Detroit-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-Dothan-Duluth – Chisholm-Durango-El Paso-Escanaba-Eugene-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fargo-Flint-Florence-Florence-Fresno-Ft Smith-Glendive-Goodland-Grand Island-Great Falls-Green Bay-Greensboro-Greenville, NC-Harlingen  Harrisburg Harrisonburg Hartford Hattiesburg Hays Helena Honolulu Idaho Falls Jackson Jefferson City Jonesboro Juneau Kalamazoo Kalispell Kansas City Ketchikan Kirksville La Crosse  Lafayette, La. Lake Charles Lander Lansing Laredo Lewiston Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Lubbock  Macon Madison Mankato Mason City Medford Meridian Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery New Orleans New York Norfolk North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Palm Springs Panama City Beach Pasco Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburg Portland Portland Presque Isle Providence  Quincy Raleigh Rapid City Reliance Richmond Roanoke Rock Island Rock Springs Rockford Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Santa Maria Sault Saint Marie Scranton Seattle Sherman Shreveport Sioux City Sioux Falls Sitka Spartanburg Spokane Springfield Springfield St Joseph St. Louis Tallahassee Tampa Topeka Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Utica Waco Walker Washington Watertown Wausau Wichita Wichita Falls Williston Wilmington Yakima Yuma

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Beth Mullins, Tiki Barber

8 markets/3% of the US

Reno-Cheyenne-Colorado Springs-Denver-Grand Junction-Las Vegas-Montrose-Scottsbluff/Gering

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m., CBS,  Greg Gumbel and Rich Gannon

27 markets/9% of the US

Bowling Green-Chattanooga-Houston-Jackson-Nashville-Victoria-Altoona-Beaumont-Bryan -Buffalo-Cape Girardeau-Columbus,Ms.-Elmira-corning-Erie-Greenville_Ms-Hazard-Huntington-Huntsville-Johnson City-Knoxville-Lewisburg-Lexington-Memphis-Pittsburgh-Rochester-Syracuse-Weston

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

27 markets/13% of the US

Baltimore-Champaign-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbus_Oh.-Dayton-Evansville-Fort Wayne-Ft Myers -Gainesville-Indianapolis-Jacksonville-Lafayette_In.-Lima-Louisville-Miami -Orlando-Parkersburg-Peoria-Salisbury-Savannah-South Bend-Terre Haute-Toledo-W. Palm Beach-Wheeling-Youngstown

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m., Fox, Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnson

158 markets/76% of the US

All US markets except those running the other Fox games at 4:25pm which are the three just below this one, Seattle at San Francisco, New Orleans at Carolina and LA Chargers at Kansas City

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m., Fox, Kenny Albert Jonathan Vilma

20 markets/9% of the US

Anchorage-Bend-Boise-Chico-Eugene-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fresno-Idaho Falls-Juneau-Medford-Monterey-Portland-Reno-Sacramento-San Francisco-Seattle-Spokane-Twin Falls-Yakima

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 4:25 p.m., Fox, Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

24 markets/7% of the US

Alexandria-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Biloxi-Charleston-Charlotte-Columbia-Columbus-Greensboro-Greenville-Greenville-Greenwood-Hattiesburg-Jackson-Lafayette-Lake Charles-Meridian-Mobile-Monroe-Myrtle Beach-New Orleans-Raleigh-Shreveport-Wilmington

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m., Fox Kevin Kugler, Brock Huard

10 markets/7% of the US

Columbia, Mo-Joplin-Kansas City-Los Angeles-Palm Springs-San Diego-Springfield, Mo-St. Joseph-Topeka-Wichita

Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m., NBC, Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth

100% of the US

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For late market updates, you can always check here: The506

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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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