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NFL Week #5: DENVER-NE OFF AGAIN; CBS has Giants at Dallas today and Buffalo-Tennessee Tue

DENVER AT NEW ENGLAND AND BUFFALO AT TENNESSEE HAVE BEEN POSTPONED TO MONDAY AND TUESDAY RESPECTIVELY, DUE TO COVID-19 – Details below

ESPN WAS TO RUN DENVER – NEW ENGLAND MONDAY AT 5PM ET – AS PART OF DOUBLEHEADER FOLLOWED BY LA CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS BUT COVID STRUCK AGAIN THIS WEEKEND AND THE DEN-NE GAME HAS BEEN POSTPONED

CBS TO CARRY BUFFALO – TENNESSEE GAME TUESDAY AT 7 PM – Details below

CBS has the twin-bill this week and the Foxies are single this weekend.

This is the first bye-week of the season. Detroit and Green Bay have the weekend off.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman worked the Thursday night matchup, Tampa Bay at Chicago. The duo won’t be be behind the microphones on Sunday. They’ll be off. Aikman made the point immediately last night that Tom Brady uncharacteristically lost track of downs in the Bucs’ final pursuit. 

After the postponements, there are 11 games on Sunday, including the Sunday-nighter on NBC, a singleton on ESPN, Chargers-Saints,  on Monday and the Tuesday national game on CBS, Buffalo at Tennessee.

I can’t remember the last time CBS ran a Giants-Cowboys game. It might go back to 1993 when CBS last had the NFC package. But with the occasional twist of scheduling assignments by the league, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will be in Irving, Texas for the Sunday game which runs in the late window. As of now, the broadcast will go to 86% of America. 

Kevin Harlan’s stentorian play-by-play presentation is sidelined again this week after the Denver-New England postponement. He lost a game last week too because of the Tenn-Pittsburgh postponement.

ESPN says that its Monday Night Football rating is up 1% year over year after four games. The sports network is averaging 11.4 million viewers per game. Are the Packers popular in Wisconsin? Get this. Milwaukee did a 37.7 rating for Monday night’s Packers win over Atlanta. This occurred despite early competition from CBS’ coverage of the New England-Kansas City game. 

From Sports Media Watch: “(Last) Monday’s Patriots-Chiefs NFL game, which was originally scheduled to lead Sunday’s late doubleheader window but was pushed back a day, averaged an 8.3 rating and 14.6 million viewers on CBS. Kansas City’s win nearly matched the previous night’s Eagles-49ers game on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, which averaged an 8.4 and 15.08 million.”

Adam Amin who’ll do baseball for Fox during the playoffs works the Dolphins-Niners game in San Francisco.

Dick Stockton is off for the first time this season. He worked the first four Sundays for Fox. The veteran has been with Fox since it first acquired the NFL in 1994.

Brian Gaudin who works another NFL game for Fox this weekend (LA Rams @ Wash) was born in Evansville, Indiana, the same town in which the late NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan played his college basketball, Evansville College (now University). Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly was raised in Evansville. Brian climbed the ladder after broadcasting Butler basketball and Georgia Tech football and basketball. 

Fox’ largest distribution is the Philly-Pittsburgh game. It goes to 45% of the country and 118 markets.

CBS’ Giants-Cowboys goes to 86% of America, largest swath of any of the afternoon broadcasts.

Thursday, October 8

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. Fox/NFL network – Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

100% of the country

Sunday, October 11

Los Angeles Rams at The Washington , 1:00 p.m. Fox – Brian Gaudin, Daryl Johnston

17 markets, 12% of the country

Anchorage, Charlottesville, Fairbanks, Harrisonburg, Juneau, Los Angeles, Norfolk, Palm Springs, Richmond, Roanoke, Salisbury, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Spokane, Washington, Yakima

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. Fox – Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

122 markets, 45% of the country

Abilene-Albuquerque-Alpena-Amarillo-Austin-Bangor-Beaumont-Billings-Bluefield-Boise-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Burlington-Butte-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Charleston-Cheyenne-Chicago-Clarksburg-Cleveland-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Davenport-Dayton-Denver-Des Moines-Detroit-Duluth-El Paso-Elmira-Erie-Evansville-Fargo-Flint-Fort Smith-Fort Wayne-Gainesville-Grand Junction-Grand Rapids-Great Falls-Green Bay-Harlingen-Harrisburg-Hartford-Helena-Idaho Falls-Indianapolis-Jackson-Johnstown-Jonesboro-Knoxville-La Crosse-Lafayette-Lansing-Laredo-Lexington-Lima-Lincoln Little Rock Louisville Lubbock Madison Mankato Marquette Memphis Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Nashville North Platte Odessa Omaha Orlando Ottumwa Paducah Parkersburg Peoria Philadelphia Pittsburgh Portland, Me- Presque Isle Providence Quincy Rapid City Rochester, Mn—Rochester, NY- Rockford Salt Lake City San Angelo San Antonio Sherman Sioux City Sioux Falls South Bend Springfield, Ill- Springfield, Ma Springfield, Mo St. Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Terre Haute Toledo Topeka Traverse City Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Victoria Waco Watertown Wausau Wheeling Wichita Wichita Falls Wilkes-Barre Youngstown

Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. CBS – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis

184 markets, 78% of the country

Albany-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Alpena-Amarillo-Anchorage-Atlanta-Augusta (na_ Sc)-Bakersfield-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Bend-Billings-Biloxi-Binghamton-Birmingham-Bismarck-Boise-Boston-Bozeman-Buffalo-Burlington-Butte-Cadillac-Cape Girardeau-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Charleston-Charlotte-Chattanooga-Cheyenne-Chicago-Chico-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbus_Ga.-Columbus_Ms.-Coos Bay-Dallas-Denver-Des Moines-Detroit-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-Duluth – Chisholm-Durango-El Paso-Elmira-corning-Escanaba-Eugene-Eureka-Evansville-Fairbanks-Fargo-Flint-Florence-Florence-Fort Wayne-Fresno-Ft Myers -Ft Smith-Glendive Goodland Grand Island Grand Junction Great Falls Greenbay Greensboro Greenville_Ms – Greenville_Nc Hartford Hattiesburg Hays Helena Honolulu 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 Las Vegas Lewiston Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Lubbock  Macon Madison Mankato Mason City Medford Memphis Meridian Miami  Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery Montrose Nashville New Orleans New York North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Palm Springs Pasco Peoria Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburg Portland Portland Presque Isle Providence  Quincy Raleigh Rapid City Reliance Reno Rochester Rock Island Rock Springs Rockford Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salt Lake City San Diego San Francisco Santa Maria Sault Saint Marie Scottsbluff/Gering Seattle Sherman Sioux City Sioux Falls Sitka South Bend Spokane Springfield Springfield St Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Tampa Terre Haute Topeka Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Utica W. Palm Beach Walker Watertown Wausau Wichita Wichita Falls Williston Wilmington Yakima Yuma

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. CBS – Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

22 markets, 9% of the country

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Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. CBS – Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

29 markets, 13% of the country

Altoona-Baltimore-Bowling Green-Charlottesville-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbus_Oh.-Dayton-Erie-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hazard-Huntington-Lewisburg-Lexington-Lima-Louisville-Norfolk-Parkersburg-Pittsburgh-Richmond-Roanoke-Salisbury-Scranton-Toledo-Washington-Weston-Wheeling-Youngstown

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. Fox – Chris Myers, Brock Huard

38 markets, 14% of the country

Albany-Alexandria-Atlanta-Augusta-Baton Rouge-Biloxi-Birmingham-Charleston-Charlotte-Chattanooga-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Dothan-Greensboro-Greenville,NC-Greenville, SC-Greenwood-Hattiesburg-Huntsville-Jackson-Lafayette-Lake Charles-Macon-Meridian-Mobile-Monroe-Montgomery-Myrtle Beach-New Orleans-Panama City-Raleigh-Savannah-Shreveport-Tallahassee-Tampa-Tri-Cities-Wilmington

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. Fox – Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman

10 markets, 10% of the country

Albany-Binghamton-New York-Oklahoma City-Phoenix-Puerto Rico-Tucson-US Virgin Islands-Utica-Yuma

Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. Fox –  Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

25 markets, 18% of the country

Bakersfield-Baltimore-Bend-Boston-Chico-Cincinnati-Eugene-Eureka-Fort Myers-Fresno-Guam-Honolulu-Houston-Jacksonville-Joplin-Kansas City-Las Vegas-Medford-Miami-Monterey-Portland, Or-Reno-Sacramento-San Francisco-West Palm Beach

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. CBS – Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

208 markets, 86% of the country

Abilene-Albany, Ga-Albany, NY-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Alpena-Altoona-Amarillo-Anchorage-Atlanta-Augusta Ga-Austin-Bakersfield-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Bend-Billings-Biloxi-Binghamton-Birmingham-Bismarck-Boise-Boston-Bozeman-Bryan -Buffalo-Burlington-Butte-Cadillac-Cape Girardeau-Casper-Cedar Rapids-Charleston-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Cheyenne-Chicago-Chico-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbus_Ga.-Columbus_Ms.-Coos Bay-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Des Moines-Detroit-Dickinson-Dodge City/Ensign-Dothan-Duluth – Chisholm-Durango-El Paso-Elmira-corning-Escanaba-Eugene-Eureka-Fairbanks-Fargo-Flint-Florence-FlorenceFresno Ft Myers  Ft Smith Gainesville Glendive Goodland Grand Island Grand Junction Great Falls Green Bay Greensboro Greenville, Ms-Greenville, NC Harlingen  Harrisburg Harrisonburg Hartford Hattiesburg Hays Helena Honolulu Houston Idaho Falls Jackson Jefferson City Johnson City Jonesboro Juneau Kalamazoo Kalispell Kansas City Ketchikan Kirksville La Crosse  Lafayette, La. Lake Charles Lander Lansing Laredo Las Vegas Lewisburg Lewiston Lincoln Little Rock Los Angeles Lubbock  Macon Madison Mankato Mason City Medford Memphis Meridian Miami  Milwaukee Minneapolis Minot Missoula Mobile Monroe Monterey Montgomery Montrose New Orleans New York Norfolk North Platte Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Palm Springs Panama City Beach Pasco Peoria Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburg Portland, ME- Portland, Or Presque Isle Providence  Quincy Raleigh Rapid City Reliance Reno Richmond Roanoke Rochester Rock Island Rock Springs Rockford Roseburg Roswell Sacramento Salisbury 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 Spartanburg Spokane Springfield, Ma- Springfield, Mo- St Joseph St. Louis Syracuse Tampa Topeka Tucson Tulsa Twin Falls Tyler Utica Victoria W. Palm Beach Waco Walker Washington Watertown Wausau Weston Wichita Wichita Falls Williston Wilmington Yakima Yuma Williston Wilmington Yakima Yuma

 

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m. CBS – Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

32 markets, 14% of the country

Cleveland-Evansville-Fort Wayne-Indianapolis-Lafayette_In.-Terre Haute-Youngstown-Baltimore-Bowling Green-Champaign-Chattanooga-Cincinnati-Columbus_Oh.-Dayton-Denver-Erie-Hazard-Huntington-Huntsville-Jackson-Jacksonville-Knoxville-Lexington-Lima-Louisville-Nashville-Parkersburg-Pittsburgh-South Bend-Tallahassee-Toledo-Wheeling

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. NBC- Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of the country

Monday, October 12

LA Chargers at New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN – Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick

ESPN penetrates 85% of the country

Tuesday, October 13

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans, 7:00 p.m. CBS- Tom McCarthy, Jay Feely

100% of the country

 

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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.

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