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NFL Week #9: NBC’s SNF takes spotlight, Brees and Brady, New Orleans at Tampa Bay

CBS has the doubleheader, Fox the single game on Sunday afternoon.

Byes: Philadelphia, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland and Cincinnati

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman work Thursday night and are off on Sunday.

Seattle-Buffalo in an early slot on Sunday goes to just 12% of country. Chris Myers did a college game last weekend. He’ll be calling this inter-conference game on Sunday.

Late week changes:

  • Joe Davis replaces Adam Amin on Chargers-Raiders. Also, Dick Stockton and Greg Jennings were assigned late to Bears-Titans. Originally, Kevin Kugler and Chris Spielman were scheduled to work that game. Amin, Kugler and Spielman generally work each week.
  • Lindsay Czarniak posted last week that she tested positive for Covid. There could be issues with contact tracing that’s effecting the trio sidelined this week.

For the numerically inclined: NFL ratings info from our friends at Sports Media Watch:

“The NFL on CBS has averaged 16.27 million viewers over the past four weeks, up 12% from last year and the network’s best average in Weeks 5-8 since 2015 (19.18M). MNF is now averaging 11.22 million viewers this season, off just 1% from last year (11.30M). SNF has now averaged a single-digit rating in five straight weeks, the longest such streak since 2007.”

For NBC, it’s a big sports weekend. The Breeders’ Cup on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. At 7:30, #3 Notre Dame hosts #1 Clemson (no Trevor Lawrence) and then Sunday Night Football featuring Brady and Brees.

Thursday, November 5

Green Bay at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. Fox/NFL Network, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

99% of country on Fox, NFL Network in approximately 65 million homes

Sunday, November 8

New York Giants at Washington, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma

19 markets/15% of US

Albany-Binghamton-Bluefield-Burlington-Charlottesville-Elmira-Harrisonburg-Hartford-New York-Norfolk-Philadelphia-Puerto Rico-Richmond-Roanoke-Salisbury-US Virgin Islands-Washington-Watertown-Wilkes-Barre

Chicago at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Dick Stockton, Greg Jennings

37 markets/13% of US

Alpena-Bowling Green-Cedar Rapids-Champaign-Chattanooga-Chicago-Davenport-Duluth-Evansville-Flint-Fort Wayne-Grand Rapids-Green Bay-Huntsville-Jackson-Knoxville-La Crosse-Lafayette, In-Lansing-Lexington-Louisville-Madison-Mankato-Marquette-Memphis-Milwaukee-Nashville-Peoria-Quincy-Rochester-Rockford-South Bend-Springfield-Terre Haute-Traverse City-Tri-Cities-Wausau

Detroit at Minnesota , 1:00 p.m. CBS, Kevin Harlan, Trent Green

35 markets/12% of US

Alpena-Bismarck-Cadillac-Cedar Rapids-Chicago-Des Moines-Detroit-Dickinson-Duluth – Chisholm-Escanaba-Fargo-Flint-Florence-Green Bay-Kalamazoo-La Crosse -Lansing-Madison-Mankato-Mason City-Milwaukee-Minneapolis-Minot-Peoria-Rapid City-Reliance-Rock Island-Rockford-Sault Saint Marie-Sioux City-Sioux Falls-Toledo-Walker-Wausau-Williston

Carolina at Kansas City, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston

98 markets/35% of US

Abilene-Albany-Albuquerque-Alexandria-Amarillo-Augusta-Austin-Baton Rouge-Beaumont-Biloxi-Birmingham-Casper-Charleston-Charleston-Charlotte-Cheyenne-Cincinnati-Clarksburg-Cleveland-Columbia-Columbia-Columbus-Columbus-Columbus-Corpus Christi-Dallas-Dayton-Des Moines-Dothan-El Paso-Fargo-Fort Myers-Fort Smith-Gainesville-Greensboro-Greenville-Greenville-Greenwood-Harlingen-Harrisburg-Hattiesburg-Jackson-Johnstown-Jonesboro-Joplin-Kansas City-Lafayette, LA-Lake Charles-Laredo-Lima-Lincoln-Little Rock-Lubbock-Macon-Meridian-Miami-Minot-Mobile-Monroe-Montgomery-Myrtle Beach-New Orleans-North Platte, Odessa Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Ottumwa Paducah Panama City Parkersburg Pittsburgh Raleigh Rapid City San Angelo San Antonio Savannah Sherman Shreveport Sioux City Sioux Falls Springfield, Mo- St. Joseph St. Louis Tallahassee Tampa Toledo Topeka Tulsa Tyler Victoria Waco West Palm Beach Wheeling Wichita Wichita Falls Wilmington Youngstown

Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

20 markets/7% of US

Abilene-Amarillo-Austin-Beaumont-Bryan -Corpus Christi-Gainesville-Harlingen -Houston-Jacksonville-Laredo-Lubbock -Odessa-Panama City Beach-San Angelo-San Antonio-Tallahassee-Tyler-Victoria-Waco

Seattle at Buffalo, 1:00 p.m. Fox, Chris Myers, Brock Huard

33 markets/12% of US

Anchorage-Bangor-Bend-Billings-Boise-Boston-Buffalo-Butte-Erie-Eugene-Fairbanks-Great Falls-Guam-Helena-Honolulu-Idaho Falls-Juneau-Medford-Missoula-Phoenix-Portland, Me—Portland, Or-Presque Isle-Providence-Rochester-Seattle-Spokane-Springfield-Syracuse-Tucson-Twin Falls-Utica-Yakima

Denver at Atlanta, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

52 markets/13% of US

Albany, Ga-Albuquerque-Atlanta-Augusta, GA-Billings-Birmingham-Boise-Bozeman-Butte-Casper-Charleston-Chattanooga-Cheyenne-Colorado Springs-Columbia-Columbus, Ga.-Denver-Dodge City/Ensign-Dothan-Durango-Glendive-Goodland-Grand Island-Grand Junction-Great Falls-Hays-Helena-Huntsville-Idaho Falls-Kalispell-Kansas City-Lander-Lincoln-Macon-Missoula-Mobile-Montgomery-Montrose-North Platte-Omaha-Pittsburg-Reno-Rock Springs-Roswell-Salt Lake City-Savannah-Scottsbluff/Gering-Spartanburg-St Joseph-Topeka-Twin Falls-Wichita

Baltimore at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m. CBS, Ian Eagle, Charles Davis

129 markets/68% of US

Albany, NY-Alexandria-Altoona-Anchorage-Bakersfield-Baltimore-Bangor-Baton Rouge-Bend-Biloxi-Binghamton-Boston-Bowling Green-Buffalo-Burlington-Cape Girardeau-Champaign-Charlotte-Charlottesville-Chico-Cincinnati-Cleveland-Columbus, Ms.-Columbus, Oh.-Coos Bay-Dallas-Dayton-El Paso-Elmira-corning-Erie-Eugene-Eureka-Evansville-Fairbanks-Florence-Fort Wayne-Fresno-Ft Myers -Ft Smith-Greensboro-Greenville, Ms-Greenville, NC-Harrisburg-Harrisonburg-Hartford-Hattiesburg-Hazard-Honolulu-Huntington-Indianapolis-Jackson-Jackson-Jefferson City-Johnson City-Jonesboro-Juneau-Ketchikan-Kirksville-Knoxville-Lafayette, In.-Lafayette, La.-Lake Charles-Las Vegas-Lewisburg Lewiston Lexington Lima Little Rock Los Angeles Louisville Medford Memphis Meridian Miami  Monroe Monterey Nashville New Orleans New York Norfolk Oklahoma City Orlando Palm Springs Parkersburg Pasco Philadelphia  Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland Portland Presque Isle Providence  Quincy Raleigh Richmond Roanoke Rochester Roseburg Sacramento Salisbury San Diego San Francisco Santa Maria Scranton Seattle Sherman Shreveport Sitka South Bend Spokane Springfield, Ma- Springfield, Mo- St. Louis Syracuse Tampa Terre Haute Tucson Tulsa Utica W. Palm Beach Washington Watertown Weston Wheeling Wichita Falls Wilmington Yakima Youngstown Yuma

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. Fox, Joe Davis, Mark Schlereth

25 markets/24% of US

Atlanta-Bakersfield-Baltimore-Chico-Colorado Springs-Denver-Detroit-Eureka-Fresno-Grand Junction-Houston-Indianapolis-Jacksonville-Las Vegas-Los Angeles-Minneapolis-Monterey-Palm Springs-Reno-Sacramento-Salt Lake City-San Diego-San Francisco-Santa Barbara-Yuma

Miami at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

11 markets/6% of US

Ft Myers -Honolulu-Lewiston-Miami -Orlando-Pasco-Phoenix-Tucson-W. Palm Beach-Yakima-Yuma

Pittsburgh at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. CBS, Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

224 markets/94% of U.S.

Entire U.S. except:

Ft Myers -Honolulu-Lewiston-Miami -Orlando-Pasco-Phoenix-Tucson-W. Palm Beach-Yakima-Yuma

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 8:20 p.m. NBC, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth

100% of U.S.

Monday, November 9

New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick

ESPN is in approximately 85 million homes

(Market clearances are subject to change and unofficial, 11/4/2020)

Thanks to Eye on Sky and Air sports for up to date information!

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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