Thursday, December 09, 2010

NFL on CBS Week 14 Preview

From CBS Sports -

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 14 (SUNDAY, DEC. 12)


AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” ANALYSTS STEVE TASKER AND SOLOMON WILCOTS


The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Dec. 12 (1:00-7:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s one-hour studio show (12:00 NOON-1:00 PM, ET), live from THE NFL TODAY studio in New York City.


THE NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, who returns from the sidelines following back surgery that caused him to miss Week 13 in the booth, call the action from the New England Patriots-Chicago Bears game live from Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.


Throughout the 2010 season, THE NFL ON CBS will broadcast all of its games each week in HDTV, the highest definition television format – 1080i lines of picture resolution – along with 5.1 digital audio.


Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports, and serves as executive producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.


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STEVE TASKER


(On Kansas City-San Diego and ramifications for AFC West race): It is an important game for Kansas City because a win will put them up three against San Diego with three to play, and also will keep the Raiders at bay as well. It’s more important for San Diego. They absolutely have to win this game. They lost to the Chiefs on the opening weekend in a rainstorm. They have to win this game to keep pace. The loss last week was a crusher for them as it broke their momentum after coming back from a slow start to get back in the race. They have to battle to get back in it and catch this Chiefs team. The Chiefs have managed to win a couple of extra games that makes it virtually impossible for San Diego to get back in it if they lose this one.


(On key match-ups): The run defense of the Chargers versus the Chiefs’ running game is going to be huge. If he plays, Matt Cassel has played well enough to keep the defenses honest and at bay. If he can do that, then that will be key for the Chiefs because they want to run the football and play good defense. If they can do that and keep from turning the ball over, they become the toughest out in the NFL. You can’t score on them. You can’t score enough. You can’t get the football back. You can’t get time of possession. The Chiefs play stingy football. It’s hard to beat them because if you do make a mistake it’s magnified. If the Chiefs can run the ball effectively against San Diego, the Chargers are going to be up against it. Even if San Diego scores, and scores quickly with their offense, they’re not going to get enough opportunities to win.



SOLOMON WILCOTS


(On AFC West and AFC South races): If Oakland wins and San Diego wins, that is really going to tighten things up in the AFC West. But, you have to give Kansas City the nod down the stretch because they are so tough to beat at home. Looking at Jacksonville, no one expected them to win their division. In the eight years of the AFC South division, only two teams have won it – Indianapolis six times and Tennessee twice. If Jacksonville can pull this off, it would be unprecedented and huge for their organization.


(On keys to Oakland-Jacksonville): It’s about the Raiders run defense. They did such a great job last week. The Chargers come in running the ball against everyone and only gained 21 rushing yards at home against the Raiders. The Raiders are so good up front at stopping the run, if they do anything like they did against San Diego last week, they will be tough to beat. They’ll have to stop Maurice Jones-Drew, who has had five straight games rushing over 100 yards. If Oakland can stop Maurice Jones-Drew, that will get them much closer to winning a game on the road.


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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 14 and Week 15 (subject to change).


WEEK 14 – Dec. 12 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Cleveland @ Buffalo  
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein Ross Schneiderman/Jim Cornell


Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


Oakland @ Jacksonville 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


4:15 PM, ET starts:
New England @ Chicago 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Miami @ N.Y. Jets 
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


Denver @ Arizona 
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Ken Mack/Andy Goldberg


Kansas City @ San Diego 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant


WEEK 15 – Dec. 19 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:
Kansas City @ St. Louis 
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


Buffalo @ Miami 
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Ken Mack/Andy Goldberg


Cleveland @ Cincinnati 
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein Ross Schneiderman/Jim Cornell


Jacksonville @ Indianapolis 
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman


Houston @ Tennessee 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


4:15 PM, ET starts:
N.Y. Jets @ Pittsburgh 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


Denver @ Oakland 
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant

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