Week 9 NFL Games & TV Maps: Dallas dominates yet again, w/ their 4th string QB
Here is a look at this week's TV Maps. Lo and behold, the primary afternoon game includes the Dallas Cowboys yet again. This is a team that arguably has the worst defense in the history of the NFL, and may be the only club that has a chance to out-suck the Jets to capture the number one pick of the 2021 draft. Despite this ineptitude, week after week networks continue to showcase the Cowboys for their broadcasts.
I get it that CBS only gets one or maybe two opportunities to broadcast one of their games each year and that Dallas is a large television market, but this matchup against the Steelers is pitiful. The Ben (as in benched) DiNucci era is over after going 21-40 for 180 yards, four sacks and two lost fumbles (one in the red zone, the other ran back for a TD) last week on what is supposedly the NFL's showcase, Sunday Night Football, against another unwatchable team, the Eagles. Now Mike McCarthy can't decide whether he should start his 4th string QB or 5th string QB: an undrafted QB from Central Michigan (Cooper Rush) with one career NFL completion - in 2017 - or Garrett Gilbert, the former (2014!) practice squad player who does have one more career NFL completion than Rush, and whose claim to fame is being a starter for the Orlando Apollos of the very short lived Alliance of American Football.
Why the NFL and CBS did not flex the Pittsburgh-Dallas game from 4:30 to 1:00, and shift the 5-2 Ravens vs 5-2 Colts game into the late slot is a head scratcher. Hype up the history that both franchises left their former fans with not so much as a Dear John letter, whatever.
At least we have a good matchup Thursday night.
Hat tip to our friends at 506 Sports for the TV Maps.
- Thursday Night: Green Bay @ San Francisco (FOX/NFLN)
- Sunday Night: New Orleans @ Tampa Bay (NBC)
- Monday Night: New England @ NY Jets (ESPN)
Red: Baltimore @ Indianapolis; Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Blue: Detroit @ Minnesota; Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Green: Denver @ Atlanta; Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon
Yellow: Houston @ Jacksonville; Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Red: Pittsburgh @ Dallas; Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Blue: Miami @ Arizona; Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Fox (Single Game):
Red: Carolina @ Kansas City; Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston
Blue: NY Giants @ Washington; Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Green: Seattle @ Buffalo; Chris Myers, Brock Huard, Greg Jennings
Orange: Chicago @ Tennessee; Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman
Yellow: Las Vegas @ LA Chargers (LATE); Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth