Thursday, December 23, 2010

NFL on CBS Week 16 Preview: Jets vs. Bears

From CBS Sports -



The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Dec. 26 (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-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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(On New York Jets): The Jets need to do what they did this past week and that is play their style of football. The old adage is to be an extension of your head coach. They were this past week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, it’s always about the players but it’s up to the head coach to make sure he manages the game and makes them play the same way.

What I saw from the Jets against the Steelers was what a lot of Jets fans envisioned this year; defense and offense playing tough, running the football, and little precision passing. A lot of people dream they have this great defense and these great receivers and we are going to be a high-flying offense. That usually doesn’t work hand-in-hand.

(On Chicago Bears): It didn’t shake my confidence in them as a football team as they unraveled against the Patriots. In games against good teams you need breaks and you need to hang in there early. The ball bounced away from them. What I mean by that is they dropped some interceptions. They had chances to make big plays, but they didn’t do it. Scores can be misleading in the NFL and that score was definitely misleading. The Bears play a certain style on defense. They wait for you to make mistakes. Of course a lot of times they force you into making mistakes and work to score.

(On Jay Cutler): On offense, even though they have one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL with Jay Cutler, they still have to play a certain way. They have to manage it and run the ball and make sure their quarterback doesn’t get beat up. Their pass protection is the weak part of their team and they work around it. Overall, they have done a tremendous job working around it. Anyone involved in football knows Jay Cutler is the difference maker for the Bears. If he is not the difference maker in the last few games and the playoffs then they will lose. And if he is going to be the difference maker, it’s not going to be five touchdowns and 350 yards throwing. It will be moving and throwing the pass to keep a drive going or make a throw that very few guys can make in the NFL. Numbers lie in football, and they lie for him. And, they lie for the Bears.

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

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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