Let’s provide the announcing assignments, regional splits plus a preview of what will be seen on the premiere of Fox NFL Sunday at noon ET on September 9.
There are a couple of newbies on Fox’s pregame show this Sunday, Rob Riggle replaces Frank Caliendo as the comic relief and prognosticator and Erin Andrews makes her NFL debut in a feature interviewing Green Bay quarterback Aaron “Discount Doublecheck” Rodgers. Plus we’ll see if traveling coast-to-coast will have some wear-and-tear on Michael Strahan as he now is doing double duty co-hosting “Live with Kelly and Michael” and doing Fox NFL Sunday.
Fox has the doubleheader this week as Washington at New Orleans will be the game heading to most of the country at 1 p.m. and San Francisco at Green Bay will be the main game at 4:25 p.m. ET. Take a look at what we have for you below.
NFL ON FOX KICKS OFF 19th SEASON WITH WEEK 1 DOUBLEHEADER ACTION – The NFL on FOX’s journey to the NFC Championship game begins Sunday, Sept. 9 with doubleheader coverage of seven games. The action starts at 1:00 PM ET at the Louisiana Superdome as Drew Brees and the new-look Saints try to put their offseason turmoil behind them as they host Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. Romeo Crennel looks to get his first full season as Chiefs coach off to a quick start in a home matchup with Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Michael Vick and the Eagles travel to Cleveland to face rookie QB Brandon Weeden and the Browns. In Detroit, Chris Long and the Rams defense hope to slow down the Lions’ dynamic duo of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson.
With a new kick-off time of 4:25 PM ET, the second half of FOX Sports’ doubleheader takes us to Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers host Alex Smith, Patrick Willis and the 49ers. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver call the action between the NFC’s top seeds in last year’s playoffs from Lambeau Field. Meanwhile, Cam Newton looks to take the next step in his career as the Panthers travel to Tampa to battle the Bucs. Also, the Cardinals host the Seahawks in an all-NFC West affair.
Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET with the 2012 premiere of America’s No. 1 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 is back for another season to break the latest league news and scoops from the FOX NFL SUNDAY studio while NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira returns to discuss the effects of the replacement on Week 1. Last month, FOX Sports added one of America’s funniest comedians to FOX NFL SUNDAY: writer, actor and comedian: Rob Riggle. Riggle contributes a weekly segment where in addition to lampooning the game, its stars and his co-stars, he challenges Bradshaw, Long, Johnson and Strahan as they vie for the coveted “Lead Dog” trophy for the most correct selections at season’s end.
In her FOX NFL SUNDAY reporting debut, Erin Andrews sits down with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Washington at New Orleans Saints: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston & on-field analyst Tony Siragusa, going to 56% of USA. 1:00PM
Louisiana Superdome – New Orleans, LA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albany, Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Hartford, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Norfolk, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, West Palm Beach
Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick & Laura Okmin, going to 10% of USA, 1:00PM
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Denver, Greenville, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns: Dick Stockton, John Lynch & Jennifer Hale, going to 9% of USA, 1:00PM
Cleveland Browns Stadium – Cleveland, OH
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions: Chris Myers, Tim Ryan & Jaime Maggio, going to 9% of USA, 1:00PM
Ford Field – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Detroit, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Tulsa
San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Pam Oliver, going to 87% of USA, 4:25PM
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albany, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Bucs: Ron Pitts, Mike Martz & Kristina Pink, going to 7% of USA, 4:25PM
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Raleigh
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals: Sam Rosen, Heath Evans & Heidi Androl, going to 5% of USA, 4:25PM
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
MARKETS INCLUDE: Phoenix, Portland, Seattle
FOX SPORTS & CHILDREN’S ORGAN TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION TEAM UP FOR 2012 NFL SEASON – This NFL on FOX season, FOX Sports is proud to team with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA). COTA is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding volunteers, COTA’s Miracle Makers, in raising funds for families whose children are facing transplants. COTA’s priority is to assure that no child is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. COTA families are not charged for services and every dollar contributed in honor of patients is used for transplant-related expenses. FOX Sports Supports, the network’s charitable initiative now in its fifth year, raises awareness, provides financial assistance and spurs volunteerism for health charities selected by FOX Sports employees. In August, NFL on FOX on-air personalities Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Jay Glazer, Jimmy Johnson, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Pam Oliver and Michael Strahan shot PSA’s in Los Angeles, CA with four transplant kids and their families.
For more information please visit: http://www.cota.org/foxsports/
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