Thursday, December 16, 2010

NFL on CBS Week 15 Preview

From CBS Sports -

THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 15 (SUNDAY, DEC. 19)

AUDIBLES WITH LEAD “NFL ON CBS” ANALYST PHIL SIMMS


The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Dec. 19 (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 call the action from the New York Jets-Pittsburgh Steelers game live from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa. 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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PHIL SIMMS


(On Pittsburgh): With Pittsburgh, the offensive line is still fighting injuries. The quarterback is battling through a long list of ailments, and a tough schedule. It’s work for the Steelers, but the equalizer is Ben Roethlisberger. Even though the offense struggles, he always gives them a tremendous chance, especially late in the game. Think about it this way. He gets four downs to get it done. I look at Pittsburgh like I would New England and Indianapolis. At the end of the game, in crucial situations where you have four downs to get it done, I would absolutely bet on the offense every time. I give them a lot of credit. Yes, the Steelers are not putting up great numbers, but their defense is really starting to round into form. It looks to me like it’s gotten more aggressive. As the season’s gone along, and not many teams do this, they look like they’re getting faster. They are not afraid. They are a proven veteran team and you can’t underscore that. One coach said to me, the Steelers have a hardened core of veterans who can play every game from start to finish and they do not get tired of the fight. This time of year a lot of teams are excited to play but they can’t hang in there for the whole game. The Steelers are one of four or five teams in the NFL that can.


(On New York Jets): Their offense is now the focal point. Two bad weather games that they didn’t handle well. The opportunities were there in both games to make big plays, scoring plays to change their confidence level. It changed the confidence of the coaches that the players have not done it. Coaches need confidence too. They’re not going to call a play for a certain player if all they’ve seen is mistakes, dropped passes, missed passes or whatever. It goes hand-in-hand. A lot of times play-calling is a product of what has happened before and coaches can only go by what they see.


(On Mark Sanchez): He is a second-year quarterback. I know it seems like he’s been in New York for five years because they went the AFC Championship game last year. He’s had very good success. Of course he’s hit a rough spot. But, you can only learn through time. It’s much easier to shake off the rough spots when you’re older. So as I look at him, my first thought is, let’s make sure his confidence is high. Let’s not go by what he says or how he acts in practice. Let’s get him some confidence right away in the game. I know the coaches think about that, but the problem is they are up against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. It’s not the Steelers’ makeup to let quarterbacks get in rhythm or have great success against them, especially early. It’s going to be a rough week, a rough game and the quarterback has to manage it accordingly.



(On New York Giants after Minnesota Monday Night Game): I was thinking of New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Philadelphia watching the Giants. Yes the Giants had to move their game to Monday night, but they got to play the Vikings on a neutral field. They didn’t have to deal with the crowd noise and everything else that can go with it in Minnesota. The Giants caught a tremendous break. If I was on one of the teams chasing a playoff spot, I’d be upset. There was nothing that the League could do. You need breaks in an NFL season to make the playoffs and to have success, and the Giants got a big one this past week. Short turn-arounds mean nothing to me this time of year with the excitement of what each game stands for as the season comes to an end. And they didn’t mean anything when I was a player. Their energy level going into the game will be the best they’ve had all year long. They already got beat by the Eagles. They know what’s at stake.


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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 15 and Week 16 (subject to change).


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


WEEK 16 – Dec. 26
1:00 PM, ET starts:
N.Y. Jets @ Chicago 
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold


New England @ Buffalo 
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley


Baltimore @ Cleveland 
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


Tennessee @ Kansas City 
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Ken Mack/Andy Goldberg


4:00 PM, ET starts:
Houston @ Denver 
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein Ross Schneiderman/Jim Cornell


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


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

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