NFL Week #6: CBS has Buffalo-KC across the U.S. late and Fox has Jets-Green Bay early

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  • Fox has only one window available to the NFL this Sunday. It’s the early one. The late one is committed to post-season MLB.
  • The Detroit Lions, Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans get the season’s first byes.
  • CBS has the doubleheader and Fox the single game.
  • Widely distributed games for CBS are Baltimore vs. Giants, early penetration at 78% ; The second game Buffalo-Kansas City, is a curious matchup, Allen-Mahomes; 100% with the network’s number one team, Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. It’s the late broadcast.
  • Fox’ largest regionally distributed telecast is Jets at Green Bay – to 49% of nation. Kevin Burkhardt will wear the play-by-play mic.
  • Al Michaels, who has tonight’s Washington at Chicago Amazon game quipped: “If we don’t have a better game than last week I may retire.” From my perspective, having to deal with garrulous Herbie can’t be welcoming or pleasant either. Last Thursday, Indy nipped Denver 12-9. Neither team scored a touchdown. Al didn’t hold back.
  • Many of these voices who are listed below hog all the assignments they can, be they college or pro. Excellent pairs of shoes, be they Alden or Allen-Edmonds, in time, wear our. There are too many voices who do too much. A game each Saturday and Sunday can knock you out. It’s excessive. In time. they’ll run throats dry. It’s one reason why Uncle Al has endured. He’s careful about his broadcast diet.
  • Chris Carrino: Alumnus and Broadcaster's Personal Battle ...Steve Levy is doing some NFL broadcasts for ESPN Radio, nationally.
  • Underrated are Fox’ Chris Myers and CBS’ James Lofton. As an analyst, Lofton is on the dough and can be funny. He should replace Trent Green on CBS’ #3 team. He’s dull and too often not very insightful.
  • I’m happy to hear from Compass Media CEO, Peter Kosann that Chris Carrino, who suffers from MS, is able to travel and calls NFL games out-of-town. Chris is a model of inspiration. He’s also an excellent play-by-player. (left)
Thursday, October 13
8:20 PM- Washington Commanders at Chicago Bears (Subscription)
AMZN: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung
Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli
Sunday, October 16
1 PM- New York Jets at Green Bay Packers (49% and 109 stations)
FOX: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Compass Media: Bill Rosinski, Steve Beuerlein
1 PM- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers (12% and 32 stations)
FOX: TBD, Daryl Johnston, Pam Oliver
ESPN Radio: Steve Levy, Mike Tannenbaum
1 PM- San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons (10% and 21 stations)
FOX: TBD, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
1 PM- Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins (5% and 12 stations)
FOX: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
1 PM- Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants (78% and 178 stations)
CBS: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn 
Sports USA Radio: John Ahlers, Brandon Noble
1 PM- New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns (8% and 16 stations)
CBS: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins 
1 PM- Cincinnati Bengals at New Orleans Saints (9% and 30 stations)
CBS: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, A.J. Ross
1 PM- Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (5% and 32 stations)
CBS: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Renner
4:05 PM- Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams (16% and 19 stations)
FOX: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
Sports USA: Larry Kahn, TBA
4:05 PM- Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (7% and 19 stations)
FOX: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jennifer Hale
4:25 PM- Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (245 stations/entire country)
CBS: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson
Compass Media: Chris Carrino, Brian Baldinger
Sunday Night October 17
8:20 PM- Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (100%)
NBC, Peacock: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark
Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Mike Golic
Compass Media: Kevin Ray, Danny White
Monday, October 17
8:15 PM- Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers (Full ESPN)
ESPN: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner 
Maps and schedules courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports and 506Sports.


█ Baltimore @ NY Giants – Ian Eagle, Charles Davis 
█ New England @ Cleveland – Kevin Harlan, Trent Green 
█ Cincinnati @ New Orleans – Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta

█  Jacksonville @ Indianapolis – Andrew Catalon, James Lofton


█ NY Jets @ Green Bay, Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen 
█ Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh, Joe Davis (or Brandon Gaudin), Daryl Johnston 
San Francisco @ Atlanta, Adam Amin (or Chris Myers), Mark Schlereth 
█ Minnesota @ Miami, Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma 
█ Carolina @ LA Rams (LATE), Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez 
█ Arizona @ Seattle (LATE), Chris Myers (or Noah Eagle), Robert Smith

NOTE: Fox’ play-by-play announcers aren’t completely determined yet because of potential baseball conflicts.

CBS has the Buffalo-Kansas City telecast for the late afternoon telecast Sunday with Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson. 

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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