Ok, we have what ESPN will air on Sunday Night Countdown, NFL Matchup and on Monday Night Football. It’s all in a row below.
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 NFL’s Week 4 on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown on Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will provide the day’s headlines and league news.
The program will have five reporters at key games: Josina Anderson – Steelers at Texans; Sal Paolantonio –49ers at Eagles; Ed Werder –Lions at Cowboys; ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss – Patriots at Raiders; and Rachel Nichols – Jets at Ravens. Highlights:
Back Shoulder Pass – In a unique piece voiced by three different ESPN analysts — Trent Dilfer, representing quarterbacks, Keyshawn Johnson, wide receiver, and Herm Edwards, the defensive backs — Countdown looks at the unstoppable play that’s sweeping through the league. In the feature, top quarterbacks and receivers discuss what is needed to successfully execute the Back Shoulder Pass. Select defensive backs offer insight on how hard it is to defend.
Rex Ryan Sweater Vest – Jets head coach Rex Ryan is making his own fashion statement with a sweater vest he dons on the sideline, much like New England Patriots Bill Belichick made the Hoodie famous. But as Countdown reveals, Ryan’s vest is a Baltimore Ravens sweater with a Jets logo sewn over it.
David Akers Back in Philly – Last January, David Akers, the Eagles all-time leading scorer, got a scare on the Friday before a wildcard game against the Packers. His daughter, he learned, might have cancer. Two days later Akers missed two field goals in a six-point loss. In the offseason the Eagles did not re-sign him and now, he comes back as a San Francisco 49er.
“Mayne Event”: Bills are 3-0? – The Buffalo Bills at atop the AFC East with a surprising 3-0 record, including overcoming a 21-point deficit in an improbable victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots last Sunday. In his off-beat segment, Kenny travels to Buffalo to find out how the Bills are turning the league upside down.
NFL Matchup with host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge will preview the day’s key matchups in the National Football League. 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 analysis of the matchups. Highlights:
- Texans’ 3rd and Long Miscues – Last week, the Saints utilized various pressure packages on these long down situations to force premature, inaccurate throws. This week, Jaworski explains, fans should expect the same thing from the Steelers defense.
- Matthew Stafford and Tony Scheffler – The Lions, like most other NFL teams, use different formations to regulate a defense. One example, drawn from the Lions-Chiefs Week 2 matchup, shows the team, using three tight ends close to the formation and receiver Calvin Johnson split wide, manipulated the Chiefs defense for a Matthew Stafford touchdown throw in the seam to Tony Scheffler.
- Tight End Concept: Jermichael Finley vs. the Bears – Tight ends are becoming more versatile. From last week’s game, Jaworski shows how the Packers use tight end Jermichael Finley to create difficult matchups for opposing defenses.
Quarterback Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, tied for first place in the NFC South, host Dwight Freeney and the Indianapolis Colts on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on October 3 at 8:30 p.m. The Buccaneers last played host to the Colts at Raymond James Stadium on Oct. 6, 2003 in one of the most memorable games in MNF history. Peyton Manning engineered a remarkable fourth quarter comeback as Indianapolis scored 21 points with less than four minutes in regulation to force overtime and eventually win the game 38-35 over the then-Super Bowl champion Bucs, who were coached by current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico will call Monday’s game in Tampa with analysts Gruden and Ron Jaworski and sideline reporter Wendi Nix. Additionally, a Spanish-language MNF telecast will air on ESPN Deportes with sideline reporter John Sutcliffe in Tampa.
A 90-minute Monday Night Countdown pregame begins at 7 p.m. with studio host Chris Berman, analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Stuart Scott will host from Tampa with analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young and contributor Rick Reilly.
This week’s game will be a home game for Gruden, who coached the Buccaneers from 2002-2008 and continues to reside in the Tampa area. It’s also a homecoming of sorts for analysts Dilfer and Young. Dilfer was drafted by Tampa in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He spent the first six seasons of his career there and eventually led the Ravens to a victory in Super Bowl XXV at Raymond James. Young was selected by the Buccaneers in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. He spent two seasons there before being traded to the 49ers where he eventually became an NFL Hall of Famer.
That’s going to do it.