Well what? We’re back for another viewing guide. Do you want to ask a proper question?
Ok, who’s on bye this week?
No one. We’re done with the byes for the season. We have a full slate of games from now on.
Seriously? No more byes?
Seriously. We’re done with the byes for the rest of the regular season.
What about blackouts?
Oh, we have two. Despite Carson Palmer’s return to Cincinnati, Bengals fans won’t be able to watch their team play against Oakland. The game has been blacked out in the Cincinnati area.
In addition, the Atlanta Falcons game in Tampa Bay will be blacked out as well. This marks the 18th blackout out of 21 home games for the Buccaneers. And this despite the team winning its last four games and five out of its last six.
UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.: Totally forgot about a third blackout this week, in San Diego. The Ravens-San Diego game won’t be seen in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Which are your Games of the Week, my lord?
From CBS, I’ll choose the AFC North rivalry game between the most corrupt NFL organization in the world, the Pittsburgh Steelers (I keed) and my Cleveland Browns (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots) and Baltimore-San Diego (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts) where we await the final days of Norv Turner.
On Fox, there’s the aforementioned Atlanta-Tampa Bay game (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin) and the national game, San Francisco at New Orleans (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
And the Sunday Night Football game between the last two Super Bowl champions, Green Bay at the New York Giants on NBC (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
Anything else I should know?
Well, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms get a rare Sunday off having worked the Thanksgiving Day game. However, Fox’s “A” team of Buck, Aikman and Oliver plus NBC’s Sunday Night Football team are working after calling games on Turkey Day.
Interesting quirk. Anything else?
No. Enjoy your football Sunday.
UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: We do have something else. Brian Billick’s back is acting up and he won’t be able to call today’s Atlanta-Tampa Bay game with Thom Brennaman and Laura Okmin. Charles Davis tweeted that he’ll be doing the analysis in Billick’s place. This just one day after Charles called the Stanford-UCLA game on Fox.