Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NFL on Fox Week 15 Preview

From Fox Sports -


NFC East Lead on The Line as Eagles Visit Giants


Bradshaw & Long Reflect on Favre’s Streak Coming To An End


Billick: You’re Going To See Sidelines Enforced on a Higher Level


ELI/VICK FACE OFF FOR NFC EAST SUPREMACY – The weather has turned cold but the playoff races are heating up as the NFL on FOX season rumbles into Week 15 on Sunday, Dec. 19 with singleheader coverage of six enticing matchups. At 1:00 PM ET, a pair of 9-4 teams face-off as Eli Manning and the Giants host Michael Vick and the Eagles. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action from the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. In Dallas, other NFC East rivals meet as the Cowboys host the Redskins. The NFL Wild Card leaders meet in Baltimore as Drew Brees and the Saints take on Joe Flacco and the Ravens. Very much a part of the NFC playoff picture, Josh Freeman and the Bucs welcome the Lions to Tampa. Also, the Cardinals travel to Charlotte to battle the Panthers. The 4:00 PM ET window features a matchup of potential division winners as the Seahawks host Matt Ryan and the Falcons at Qwest Field.


Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson. NFL Insider Jay Glazer presents the latest league news and scoops and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand to go over any impactful officiating issues from the last week. This week, Oliver sits down with the Eagles receivers to discuss the big play passing game they have orchestrated with Vick.


Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1pm (50% of nation)
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver
New Meadowlands Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Denver, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, West Palm Beach


Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 1pm (15%)
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & Tony Siragusa
Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Richmond, San Antonio, Tulsa, Washington


New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens 1pm (7%)
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Chris Myers
M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Birmingham, New Orleans, Pittsburgh


Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers 1pm (5%)
Ron Pitts, John Lynch & Charissa Thompson
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, NC
MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Greensboro, Phoenix, Raleigh


Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Bucs 1pm (4%)
Dick Stockton, Charles Davis & Laura Okmin
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Fort Myers


Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks 4:05pm (18%)
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan & Nischelle Turner
Qwest Field – Seattle, WA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Greenville, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Miami, Nashville, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis


BRADSHAW REFLECTS ON FAVRE’S STREAK COMING TO AN END – FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw reflected on the Vikings quarterback Brett Favre’s consecutive games streak coming to an end this past Monday night against the NY Giants. “He was the best that I’ve ever seen play the game. It’s unfortunate that the last three years have come down to a cell phone and all the drama we’ve seen. He was simply the best and the most charismatic quarterback I’ve ever seen and I even did the forward to his book. I believe in Brett Favre and have always loved to watch him play and this is kind of sad, isn’t it? It’s sad but there’s also a sense of relief that it’s over.”


ANALYST HOWIE LONG ADDED ON FAVRE’S DEPARTURE – “This last year has been tough. I’ve always said you’d have to beat the game out of him, physically and emotionally out of Brett and I think this last year has done that.”



BILLICK ON NFL REACTION TO JETS COACH’S TRIPPING OF DOLPHINS PLAYER – “That can’t be allowed, that area of the field has to be as safe for the payers as possible,” said Billick. "I think the league is going to dictate even more on who can’t be on the sideline. Players that aren’t dressing and non-active personnel that don’t have to be there, maybe including your weight guy. It’s tough for the coaches. There are very specific parameters about where people should stay. Stay out of the white paint, there’s another line behind that everybody is supposed to be behind except a few coaches. You’re going to see that enforced on a higher level.”


ST. JUDE VISITS FOX NFL SUNDAY – On Sunday, December 12, 11-year-old Markell of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital paid a visit to the set of FOX NFL SUNDAY to help raise awareness for kids battling cancer at St. Jude, the nation’s No. 1 children’s cancer hospital. Markell, a devoted New Orleans Saints fan who just finished his last treatment for osteosarcoma, has been in a season-long competition with Terry Bradshaw to see who can most accurately choose each week’s game winners. Markell is currently out-picking Bradshaw 34-16 to 25-31. “I played a long time in the NFL and have seen a lot of courageous individuals, but nobody can match the courage and determination of Markell and these wonderful children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Terry Bradshaw. “I haven’t yet figured out what Markell’s weekly pick strategy is, but I’m sure there are a ton of people out there who would love to know his secret!” This NFL season, FOX Sports teamed with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help kids who are sidelined by cancer and other deadly diseases. FOX Sports Supports, the network’s charitable initiative is a unique program that raises awareness, provides financial assistance and spurs volunteerism for health related charities selected by FOX Sports employees.

FUEL TV’s ‘CUBED’ INTERVIEWS DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON – Action actor/WWF Champion pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson goes toe-to-toe with host Chris Pizzi on “Cubed” airing on FUEL TV on Friday, Dec. 17 (12:00AM ET/PT). Also, host Michelle Nunez stars in a provocative video for Jeremy Shockey. Look for a special appearance by MMA superstar Dan Henderson.


HEAVYWEIGHTS COLLIDE THIS SUNDAY ON FOX SOCCER CHANNEL – Two iconic English clubs – who have combined to win the past six Barclays Premier League titles – meet for the first time this season when reigning champion Chelsea hosts Manchester United on Sunday, December 19 (11:00 AM ET) at London’s Stamford Bridge.

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