Back in May when the NFL gave this matchup to NBC, it looked like a potential Super Bowl preview. Well, San Diego has held up its end of the bargain with a 3-0 record, but after the NFL gutted the New Orleans Saints due to Bountygate, the Saints are facing a potential 0-5 record. NBC is trying to hype the game by using Saints QB Drew Brees potentially breaking Johnny Unitas’ old touchdown record.
It may be a stretch, but if the peacock gets a big number for SNF, then NBC will make a reference to the record (if it’s broken) in its ratings press release. That’s something to look for.
Here’s NBC’s preview.
DREW BREES LOOKS TO BREAK JOHNNY UNITAS’ RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A TOUCHDOWN PASS, ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Coverage Begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET
Sunday Night Football Extra to Live Stream Chargers-Saints on NBCSports.com
NEW YORK – October 2, 2012 – Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers (3-1) travel to New Orleans to take on Drew Brees and the Saints (0-4) on Sunday Night Football. Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET.
All eyes will be on Brees, as the Saints quarterback attempts to break one of the NFL’s most historic marks. With a touchdown pass against the Chargers, his former team, Brees will break Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.
Calling Chargers-Saints is six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 27th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 13-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his three seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who, last year in her first season with SNF, won the inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Reporter.
Football Night in America is hosted by 23-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Costas will be joined on site by Michaels, Collinsworth and Hines Ward, the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Super Bowl MVP and newest addition to NBC Sports’ NFL team.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC’s Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday night. Patrick is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and NBCSports.com. Carolyn Manno will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Broncos-Patriots game.
Michaels and Collinsworth on Chargers vs. Saints
Patrick, Dungy and Harrison on Chargers vs. Saints:
That’s going to to it. My viewing guide for Week 5 is next.