Yes, Thursday Night Football’s sixth season kicks off on NFL Network this week with another 8 game schedule. It begins with a tasty AFC West matchup between old American Football League rivals Oakland and San Diego at the Stadium Formerly Known as Jack Murphy. In addition, it marks the debut of the new Thursday Night Football announcing team of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock. Alex Flanagan returns to roam the sidelines.
Rich Eisen is back as the host of Thursday Night Kickoff pregame, Pre-Kick, halftime and postgame shows from the game sites. He’ll be joined by an expanded cast of analysts as well as a studio presence from Los Angeles hosted by Kara Henderson.
We have the particulars of the game that will be aired this Thursday on NFL Network.
Mike Mayock and Brad Nessler Make Thursday Night Football Debut
Deion Sanders Sit Down Interview with San Diego Quarterback Philip Rivers on Thursday Night Football Kickoff Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET
Michael Irvin joins Thursday Night Football Pregame, Halftime and Postgame On-Location Team
MIKE MAYOCK’S KEY MATCHUP:
“What intrigues me the most is the matchup between the two quarterbacks.
I was at the Denver-Oakland game on Sunday. As the game went on, Carson Palmer got more comfortable. You could see him drive the football. I am intrigued to watch him develop. The Raiders have staked an awful lot of their future on Carson Palmer being a very good quarterback. As the game went on, I liked what I saw.
As far as San Diego, I have watched a lot of tape on Philip Rivers and their offense. I felt that they have been a half-beat off most of the year [before watching Green Bay tape]. The turnovers have been the killer for San Diego so far this year.
As we roll into this huge AFC West matchup on Thursday Night Football, it’s the quarterbacks in this division that ultimately will determine the winner. We have three teams at 4-4. I just can’t wait to watch Carson Palmer to see if he can get back to where he was 4-5 years ago and Philip Rivers to see if he can get back to where he was last year.”
– Thursday Night Football game analyst MIKE MAYOCK
PREGAME SHOW 1-ON-1 INTERVIEW:
- DEION SANDERS sits down for an interview with San Diego quarterback PHILIP RIVERS during Thursday Night Football Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET.
TEAMS: RAIDERS (4-4) CHARGERS (4-4) ANNOUNCERS Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (game analyst); Alex Flanagan (sideline) PREGAME (6:00 PM ET) Thursday Night Kickoff
In San Diego: Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan In Los Angeles: Kara Henderson, Kurt Warner, Sterling Sharpe, Jay Glazer
PRE-KICK (8:00 PM ET) Pre-Kick Show
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan, Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, Sterling Sharpe, Jay Glazer, Stacey Dales
HALFTIME Halftime Show
Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan
POSTGAME Postgame Show
Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin, Steve Mariucci, Deion Sanders, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan NFL Total Access Postgame Show
In-studio: Andrew Siciliano, Kara Henderson, Jamie Dukes, Willie McGinest, Kurt Warner Game Site: Stacey Dales, Steve Wyche
WHERE TO WATCH DirecTV – Channel 212 (SD/HD), DISH Network – 154 (SD/HD)
Verizon FIOS – Channel 88 (SD) 588 (HD), AT&T U-Verse – Channel 630 (SD) 1630 (HD)Check your local cable listingsNFL.com LIVE – live “look-ins” at select moments of game
NFL Mobile Live on Verizon Wireless
LOCAL OTA SIMULCAST* CBS Channel 5 (KPIX) FOX Channel 5 (KSWB)
Thursday Night Football
NFL Network begins its sixth year airing the Thursday Night Football primetime package. Presenting eight games in the key stretch of the 2011 season as teams fight for playoff berths and seeding.
In the 2011 debut of Thursday Night Football NFL Network travels to San Diego, CA where the Oakland Raiders (4-4) travel south to take on the division rivals San Diego Chargers (4-4). Quarterbacks CARSON PALMER of the Raiders and PHILIP RIVERS of the Chargers meet for the fourth time as starting quarterbacks and have brought out the best in each other, combining for more than 1,900 yards, 16 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in the three previous matchups (Palmer with Cincinnati).
This season marks the debut of new Thursday Night Football broadcast booth duo, BRAD NESSLER and MIKE MAYOCK. Veteran play-by-play voice, Nessler will serve as the play-by-play announcer and Mayock, in his seventh year with NFL Network, will serve as the game analyst and Alex Flanagan returns for her second season as the sideline reporter.
RICH EISEN hosts NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff, Pre-kick Show, Halftime Show and the Postgame Show from the stadium. Eisen, a two-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Studio Host category, is joined by fellow Sports Emmy nominee STEVE MARIUCCI, a former NFL head coach with the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions who also served as Brett Favre’s quarterback coach in Green Bay; 2011 NFL Hall of Fame inductee MARSHALL FAULK, who won a Super Bowl XXXIV ring with the Rams, earned 2000 NFL MVP honors and three Offensive Player of the Year awards (1999-2001); 2011 NFL Hall of Fame inductee DEION SANDERS, a two-time Super Bowl winner who was 1994 Defensive Player of the Year and an eight-time Pro Bowler who holds the NFL record with 19 career return touchdowns; and making his Thursday Night Football debut, Hall of Famer and third-year NFL Network analyst MICHAEL IRVIN.
Additional coverage will be provided from NFL Network studios in Los Angeles with host KARA HENDERSON and analysts KURT WARNER, two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP quarterback; STERLING SHARPE, five-time Pro Bowl selection; and JAY GLAZER, NFL insider and senior writer for FOXSports.com.
NFL.com LIVE/Thursday Night Football at 8:00 PM ET features live “look-ins” of Raiders-Chargers, game highlights and instant analysis from NFL Network talent. From the NFL Network studios in Los Angeles, PAUL BURMEISTER, KURT WARNER, JAMIE DUKES, and BUCKY BROOKS provide expert analysis, commentary and fantasy information. STACEY DALES and STEVE WYCHE provide live reports from the stadium, while Brooks contributes ‘Instant Playbook’ analysis of key plays and drives from the exclusive perspective of the coaching tape immediately after the most important moments.
Following the game, hosts Henderson and ANDREW SICILIANO are joined by analysts WILLIE MCGINEST, Warner and Dukes on a postgame edition of NFL Total Access.
That will do it.