From CBS Sports -
THE NFL ON CBS: WEEK 17 (SUNDAY, JAN. 2)
AUDIBLES WITH “NFL ON CBS” ANALYSTS DAN DIERDORF AND DAN FOUTS
The CBS Television Network continues its 51st year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Jan. 2 (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 Tennessee Titans-Indianapolis Colts game live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. 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 Tennessee-Indianapolis): There is not one chance in 10,000 of Tennessee beating Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. Not a chance. It is the NFL, and ‘on any given Sunday,’ but come on. With everything on the line for the Colts, it would be hard to believe.
(On Jacksonville): Jacksonville has squandered their opportunity. They had a chance to seal the deal two weeks ago in Indianapolis and couldn’t do it. They stumbled again last week, and now they have to win and scoreboard-watch at the same time. It’s not an attractive place to be, especially given that the Colts would have to lay one of the major eggs of all-time by losing to Tennessee.
(On Jacksonville-Houston): Both of these teams thought they were going to have bigger years than they’ve had, especially Houston after getting off to a 4-2 start. At least Jacksonville can say, ‘We have a chance to win our division on the final Sunday of the season.’ That’s something. But it has been an unbelievably disappointing season for the Texans who started out 4-2. After seeing them in the opening weekend where they routed the Colts, this is not where I expected to see the Texans on the final weekend of the season.
(On Pittsburgh-Cleveland): This is huge for Pittsburgh because a win not only gives them the AFC North division title, but also the number two seed and a bye. That’s the most important thing as they’ll get a week off to get guys back, one of them being Troy Polamalu, who I think they also would like to hold out this weekend if they can.
(On Pittsburgh-Cleveland rivalry): The rivalry is as strong as it’s ever been. In fact, a Cleveland paper polled the public last week by asking, ‘Which team they’d rather beat, Baltimore or the Pittsburgh Steelers?’ It was 3-1 that they’d rather beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. The fans know what this is about. The other thing is being that it’s only about a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh to Cleveland, I bet the stadium is half-filled with Steelers fans because the Browns fans didn’t really show up last weekend either.
(Keys to Game): Whenever you are playing in a game where one team is out of it, you want to reinforce that idea early in the game. A quick start for Pittsburgh is imperative. They won’t want Cleveland hanging around thinking they have a chance to win the game. Pittsburgh will want to get them early so they start thinking about where they’re going to spend their next couple of months.
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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 17 (subject to change).
WEEK 17 – Jan. 2, 2011
1:00 PM, ET starts: Miami @ New England
Bill Macatee/Rich Gannon Bob Dekas/Andy Goldberg
Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets
Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker Victor Frank/Mark Grant
Cincinnati @ Baltimore
Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley
Pittsburgh @ Cleveland
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith
Oakland @ Kansas City
Spero Dedes/Randy Cross Ken Mack/Jim Cornell
4:15 PM, ET starts:
Tennessee @ Indianapolis
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
Jacksonville @ Houston
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman
San Diego @ Denver
Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein Ross Schneiderman/Chris Svendsen
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CBS SPORTS AND NFL FILMS LOOK BACK AT 2010 WITH “NFL SOUNDS OF THE SEASON” ON SATURDAY, JAN. 1
This one-hour special, NFL SOUNDS OF THE SEASON, on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011 (5:00-6:00 PM; taped) features the best moments from the NFL in 2010 as captured by NFL Films’ microphones and cameras. CBS Sports’ Jason Ross serves as coordinating producer.