Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NFL of FOX - Week 15 Preview

From FOX Sports -

New York Giants Hope To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive & Packers Look To Stay Undefeated This Sunday on FOX

Garrett Breaks Down Running Back Options With Billick on ‘Coach Speak’
GIANTS & PACKERS HEADLINE NFL ON FOX WEEK 15 ACTION – On Sunday, Dec. 18 FOX Sports kicks off Week 15 with singleheader coverage of six hard-hitting matchups – each presented in true HD. Two weeks after their dramatic matchup on FOX, both the Giants and Packers enter Week 15 in first place. Eli Manning is coming off a big performance in the Giants’ comeback victory over the Cowboys and look to take control of their playoff destiny as they welcome the Redskins to New York. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call all of the action from MetLife Stadium. Meanwhile, Green Bay takes their 13-0 record to Kansas City to face the Chiefs. In Houston, the AFC South Champion Texans host Cam Newton and the Panthers. With two-straight home wins, the Seahawks find themselves back on the edge of the NFC playoff race. This week, they hit the road to face the Bears. Drew Brees and the Saints close out FOX’s Week 15 early window as they travel to Minneapolis to battle the Vikings. The 4:00 PM ET window features the return of the Lions’ Ndamukong Suh as they are in Oakland to take on Carson Palmer and the Raiders.

Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched Sunday afternoon 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 from the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio while comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his weekly “Frank’s Picks” segment. FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira is also on hand to go over any impactful officiating issues.

This week’s edition of “The Journey,” which opens the show, is narrated by actor and producer Mark Wahlberg.  This week, Oliver sits down with Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and players Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul and Brandon Jacobs to talk about their playoff hopes and roller coaster season.

For instant updates during the week and games from the entire NFL on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at Follow the NFL on FOX on-air personalities @Jay_Glazer, @JimmyJohnson, @CurtMenefee, @MikePereira, @MichaelStrahan, @TroyAikman, @KennyAlbert, @CoachBillick, @TimBrewster, @CFD22 (Charles Davis), @DarylJohnston, @The_ChrisMyers, @LauraOkmin, @ChadPennington, @TimRyan99 & @TonySiragusa on Twitter as they provide insight and analysis all weekend. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to

Washington Redskins at New York Giants - 1pm - 32% of nation              
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman  & Pam Oliver
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Providence, Richmond, Washington, West Palm Beach

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs - 1pm - 29% of nation                 
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & on-field analyst Tony Siragusa
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans - 1pm - 11% of nation                          
Ron Pitts, Charles Davis & Drea Avent
Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, San Antonio

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears - 1pm - 9% of nation                           
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jaime Maggio
Soldier Field– Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Portland, Seattle

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings - 1pm - 8% of nation               
Dick Stockton, John Lynch & Jennifer Hale
Mall of America Field – Minneapolis, MN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders - 4pm - 10% of nation                                  
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami, Nashville

COWBOYS COACH JASON GARRETT DISCUSSES IMPACT OF DEMARCO MURRAY INJURY ON COACH SPEAK – Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joined Brian Billick on this week’s episode of Coach Speak and Garrett weighed in on the impact of running back DeMarco Murray’s season-ending injury and what it means for the team’s play calling with Felix Jones now taking more carries.  “Each of those guys are pretty versatile backs,” said Garrett.  “We’ve been comfortable running anything with those guys.  Both of them can run inside, both of them can run outside, they can block, they can catch, they can do a lot of different things.  I don’t think we’re changing the calls very much.  The big issue that we had in the game on Sunday is we were just down to one halfback.  Felix had been a guy who’d been playing on 3rd downs and spotting DeMarco on 1st and 2nd down.  Now all of a sudden, he was playing all of the 1st and 2nd down snaps and he was playing on 3rd down.  We had to do some things with personnel to kind of give him a little bit of a breather because he was getting the ball a lot and he was getting it on consecutive plays.  He did a really nice job stepping up and making plays in both the run and pass game.”

To listen to Billick’s full interview with Garrett, visit:

GLAZER: WHY NOT T.J. YATES? – Each week, FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer welcomes NFL headline makers to join him on the AFTER PARTY on This week, he sat down with Houston QB T.J. Yates and explored the surprising Texans. “It’s taken Bob McNair, one of the classiest owners, a decade to make the playoffs,” said Glazer. Surprisingly, the guy to lead the Texans in clinching their first-ever playoff berth is QB Yates. “This guy was the third-string quarterback not too long ago. He wasn’t even suiting up for games just three weeks ago. T.J. Yates is making the most of his opportunity and he has Texans fans saying, ‘why not, T.J. Yates?’”

To hear this week’s episode of After Party click here:

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