ESPN NFL Content Highlights – Week 9
Monday Night Football: Michael Vick and Eagles Host Jay Cutler and Bears
Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles will host Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears in a marquee NFC matchup on ESPN’s Monday Night Football November 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET. A year ago in one of the most impressive individual performances in MNF history, Vick threw four passes for touchdowns and ran in two more in the Eagles’ 59-28 rout of the Redskins. Monday’s game marks the 50th MNF appearance for the Eagles franchise.
Mike Tirico will call the game with analysts Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski and sideline reporter Suzy Kolber. At 7 p.m., Chris Berman hosts a 90-minute Monday Night Countdown with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Host Stuart Scott, analysts Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, contributor Rick Reilly and reporter Rachel Nichols will join the show from Philadelphia.
This week’s MNF open will have a boxing theme, highlighting the Eagles’ speed versus the Bears’ power. It will be shot this weekend at a Philadelphia gym.
MNF will also be televised on ESPN Deportes.
Sunday NFL Countdown: Conversation with Drew Brees; “Mayne Event” Presents the Sexy and Talkative Tom Brady; Aaron Rodgers Soundtracks
ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown Presented by IBM with Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson (on the main set), and Suzy Kolber, Bill Parcells and Merril Hoge (on the second set), will preview the day’s games Sunday, November 6, at 10 a.m. NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will provide headlines and up-to-the-minute news. In addition, reporting from key games: Ed Werder – Bucs at Saints; Bob Holtzman – Jets at Bills; Sal Paolantonio – Giants at Patriots; Colleen Dominguez – Packers at Chargers; and Josina Anderson – Ravens at Steelers. Highlights:
· Drew Brees Conversation – Few athletes have gone as far as Saints quarterback Brees to show their respect for the U.S. armed forces. In the offseason, Brees added Navy SEALs training to a list of past USO tours that include Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Cuba. Brees’ grandfathers served in World War II, and through his affinity for the military, the Pro Bowl quarterback pays tribute to his grandfathers’ legacies and the role U.S. troops continue to play safeguarding the freedom Americans hold so dear. In a revealing one-on-one interview, Brees shared his story with reporter Rachel Nichols.
“Okinawa was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had – mainly because I did actually get to stand on the beach where my grandfather stormed in, 63 years previous. So April 1, 1945, he stormed in. The crazy thing was that now … with technology, I’m able to call him and talk to him as I am walking on the beach. So, here 63 years later, I’m in the spot where he stormed in as a 19 year-old kid and I’m asking, and I’m looking around, and I’m looking at the hillside that you basically have to climb that is dense, tropical rainforest terrain, bullets flying by your head, bombs going off and I’m just sitting there thinking, ‘Grandpa, what were you thinking?’”
– Brees on reliving his grandfather’s experience when their World War II unit stormed the beach of Okinawa
· Aaron Rodgers Soundtracks – After leading the Packers to Super Bowl XLV victory, quarterback Rodgers has guided the team to a 7-0 record. Soundtracks will feature Rodgers’ in-game audio.
· Mayne Event: Sexy Tom Brady – Patriots quarterback Brady keeps his life off-the-field very private. In fact, outside of internet rumors, most fans probably aren’t aware of much more than the fact that the surefire Hall of Fame quarterback is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen. This week in “Mayne Event,” an off-beat Kenny Mayne meets a more open Tom Brady, willing to discuss his relationship with his wife and recounts how it all began one fine football day on the beach in Rio.
· Ravens-Steelers Rivalry – Countdown presents the top five moments in one of NFL’s most intense rivalries.
· Stevie Johnson: Incognito Salesman – Countdown cameras capture Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson as he goes undercover serving as a car salesman in Buffalo.
NFL Matchup: Ron Jaworski on Drew Brees vs. Bucs Defense; Packers Offense vs. Chargers Faltering Defense; Tom Brady vs. Giants Defense
NFL Matchup with host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge will preview Sunday’s key games. Each NFL Sunday morning (ESPN - 3 a.m. and 7:30; ESPN2 - 8:30 a.m.), the trio brings viewers inside the film room for the Xs and Os of the matchups. Highlights:
· The jigsaw puzzle in New Orleans: Jaworski, uses game films from the Saints and Bucs to identify the interplay between designed plans by the Bucs defense to contain quarterback Drew Brees and Brees’ ability to identify key vulnerable areas in the Bucs defense and exploit them for big gains.
· San Diego’s faltering defense: San Diego’s recent losses have exposed some of the problems in their pass defense, contends Jaworski, who expects the Packers offense, unstoppable to-date in the season, to get big plays in this matchup.
· Tom Brady vs. Giants defense – Tom Brady is a very composed quarterback with the ability to make plays by adjusting to different offensive situations. Jaworski shows how the Giants defense, much like the Steelers last Sunday, will use very creative rush attacks to force throws from Brady that will create big defensive plays.