Ok, let’s go over what’s happening in Week 6 in The League Where They Play For Pay.
Who’s off this week?
For Week 6, Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans. All get the dreaded bye on Sunday.
Blackouts? What about the blackouts?
Well, Tampa Bay is blacked out which means the local CBS affiliate won’t be able to show Kansas City-Bucs (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon).
The Chargers avoided a blackout in San Diego and Los Angeles for Monday night.
Who has the doubleheader?
Fox does. One of the weeks it has just about the minimum amount of games, just five overall, three early games and two late.
So what’s going on with Fox on Sunday?
Originally off on Sunday, Joe Buck will pull a rare NFL/National League Championship Series doubleheader. He’ll call the New York Giants-San Francisco 49ers game at 4:25 p.m. ET with Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver, then head across town to call Game 1 of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants with Tim McCarver, Erin Andrews and Ken Rosenthal.
Thom Brennaman who was originally slated to call Giants-Niners has been reassigned to his regular announcing team with Brian Billick and Laura Okmin on Dallas-Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sam Rosen who was supposed to work that game with Billick and Okmin has Sunday off.
What are your Games of the Week?
For CBS’ regional games, I’ll take Indy at the New York Jets (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms) to see what Andrew Luck can pull this week and to watch if Mark Sanchez spits the bit. And for the 4:05 p.m. game, an intriguing New England-Seattle game (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts) which might have been a candidate to be a flex game into primetime had this been eligible.
On Fox, we’ll pick Dallas at Baltimore (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin) for the Ray Lewis opportunity to sack Tony Romo and of course, the rematch of last season’s NFC Championship, New York Giants at San Francisco (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS doing anything special before or after its regional games?
Unlike Fox which has scheduled programming for several “singleheaders,” CBS has chosen to go dark at 1 p.m. or at 5 p.m., depending on the game in your area.
Not really. Just watch the games.