Thursday, December 29, 2011

NFL Today on CBS previews Week 17

From CBS Sports -


The CBS Television Network continues its 52nd year broadcasting the NFL with coverage of THE NFL ON CBS on Sunday, Jan. 1 (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 Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game, live from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo.  Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer and Mike Arnold is the lead game director.

Sean McManus is Chairman, CBS Sports, and serves as Executive Producer of CBS Sports’ coverage of THE NFL ON CBS.  Harold Bryant is Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

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(On Baltimore-Cincinnati and playoff implications): Baltimore is undefeated at home, so obviously they’d like to win to get to play at home and get the bye.  But for motivation, getting to the playoffs, the Bengals have that.  And, playing at home is a bonus for them because Baltimore is just 3-4 on the road.  Cincinnati is a team that a lot of people haven’t given enough credit for being as good as they really are.

(Keys to Game): Baltimore has to find a way to run the ball against Cincinnati, and that is no easy chore.  On the road, if you’re throwing a lot and having incompletions, that just jacks the crowd up.  Cincinnati’s pass-rush is very good.  So in order to slow that down, Ray Rice is going to have to have a real good day.  Cincinnati has a chance with their wide receivers to do some damage here.  A.J. Green did not play in the first game against Baltimore.  Jerome Simpson got a lot of attention for his leap into the endzone last week and he had a huge game against these guys the first time.  But the guy to keep your eye on may be Jermaine Gresham more than anybody else.    

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Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 17 (subject to change).

WEEK 17 – January 1, 2012 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER
1:00 PM, ET starts:              
·N.Y. Jets @ Miami                 Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf                               
·Buffalo @ New England          Don Criqui/Randy Cross                                
·Tennessee @ Houston             Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker                        
·Indianapolis @ Jacksonville     Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein                    

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·Baltimore @ Cincinnati            Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts                                 
·San Diego @ Oakland             Marv Albert/Rich Gannon                        
·Kansas City @ Denver            Jim Nantz/Phil Simms                               
·Pittsburgh @ Cleveland           Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots                

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