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NFL Week 8 TV & Odds: Patriots at Bills gets primary early distribution on CBS

John Morgan
October 24, 2016 at 11:15 pm ET

The 6-1 New England Patriots and 4-3 Buffalo Bills renew their rivalry in Week 8. The AFC East clubs meet for the 114th time since the American Football League’s inception in 1960. The Patriots lead the series 69-43-1 and would love to avenge their sole loss on the 2016 season. The game kicks off at 1:00 pm eastern time at Ralph Wilson Stadium New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York.

On Monday the Patriots were listed as 6½ point road favorites.

CBS will broadcast the Pats’ game. I am hoping that CBS will send their top broadcasting crew of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson to announce the contest, though that has not been officially announced. The reason I say ‘hope’ is because if they are given Sunday off since CBS only has the single game then that means it will once again be Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.

The game is scheduled to air throughout almost all of the east coast, as well most of the southeast. As of Monday WBZ’s transmission problems have been fixed, so hopefully for Patriot fans that will not be an issue this weekend.

FOX owns the doubleheader tripleheader next weekend and two games dominate their distribution plans. Seattle at New Orleans will be broadcast by most all of the FOX affiliates in the early time slot. Green Bay at Atlanta is the only late game on FOX, and will be available everywhere except for Denver.

Originally the Packers-Falcons was to be an early game but ten days ago the league moved it to the late time slot. Part of that was due to the Falcons’ hot start, but the biggest reason was the underwhelming performances of two other teams. Arizona and Carolina were expected to be two of the best teams in the NFC, but right now they are a combined 4-8-1. As a result the Cardinals-Panthers game was demoted from the late time slot to an earlier kickoff.

The third and final London game of the 2016 season happens Sunday morning, with Washington taking on Cincinnati.

The prime time games are Jacksonville at Tennessee on Thursday, Philadelphia at Dallas on Sunday and Minnesota at Chicago on Monday. For Dallas this marks the seventh time in seven games that the Cowboys will receive nationwide or near-nationwide broadcast distribution this season.

The Dolphins, Ravens, Steelers, Rams, Giants, and Forty Niners are all off with a bye in Week 8. The Patriots will receive their bye next week, followed by games against Seattle and San Francisco.

As always, these broadcast listings are preliminary. Between now and Sunday there will be changes for some network affiliates.


NFL Week 8 Television Coverage and Odds


2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars at 3-4 Tennessee Titans
Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 pm ET on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Titans -3½ . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in all markets.


★★★ 4-3 Washington Redskins ‘at’ 3-4 Cincinnati Bengals in London
Sunday, October 30 at 9:30 am ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
Bengals -3 . . . . over/under 46½
Broadcast in all markets.


★★★ 4-3 Detroit Lions at 4-3 Houston Texans
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
Texans -3 . . . . over/under 45½
Broadcast in Illinois, Indiana (except Indianapolis), Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Jacksonville FL, Toledo OH and Nashville TN.


★★★★ 4-1-1 Seattle Seahawks at 2-4 New Orleans Saints
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis and Chris Spielman
Seahawks -3 . . . . over/under 48
Broadcast in all markets with the following exceptions. Markets listed above for the Detroit-Houston game. Markets listed below for the Arizona-Carolina game. Buffalo, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Tampa will also not receive this game due to NFL/FCC rules.


★★★ 3-3-1 Arizona Cardinals at 1-5 Carolina Panthers
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Panthers -2½ . . . . over/under 48
Broadcast in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee and western Virginia.


★★★★★ 6-1 New England Patriots at 4-3 Buffalo Bills
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Patriots -6½ . . . . over/under 47½
Broadcast in New England, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, DC, Florida (except Tampa, Orlando and Fort Myers), Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana (except Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York (except NYC), North Carolina (except Charlotte), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin (except Green Bay), Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH and Las Vegas NV.


2-5 New York Jets at 0-7 Cleveland Browns
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
Jets -4½ . . . . over/under n/a
Broadcast in Ohio and New York City. (The Albany station which nearly always airs Jet games thought this was such a dumpster fire they went with the Pats-Bills instead.)


★★ 5-2 Oakland Raiders at 3-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Buccaneers -1 . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in northern California, central Florida (Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers), southern Oregon and Reno NV.


★★★ 4-2 Kansas City Chiefs at 3-4 Indianapolis Colts
Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
Chiefs -2½ . . . . over/under 50
Broadcast in Illinois (except Chicago), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee (except Memphis) and Fargo ND.


★★★★ 3-4 San Diego Chargers at 5-2 Denver Broncos
Sunday, October 30 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; announcers TBD; probably Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Broncos -6 . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Idaho, southern Louisiana (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Charlotte NC, Bismark ND, Portland OR, Houston TX and Green Bay WI.


★★★★★ 4-2 Green Bay Packers at 4-3 Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, October 30 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Falcons -3 . . . . over/under 52½
Broadcast in all markets except for Denver.


★★★★ 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles at 5-1 Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, October 30 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Cowboys -4½ . . . . over/under 43½
Broadcast in all markets.


★★ 5-1 Minnesota Vikings at 1-6 Chicago Bears
Monday, October 31 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Vikings -6 . . . . over/under 40½
Broadcast in all markets.



Early Week Eight Prediction:

2-4 Jacksonville Jaguars at 3-4 Tennessee Titans (-3) [NFLN]
Thursday, October 27 on NFLN; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Titans -3 . . . . over/under 43½ . . . . TEN -150, JAC +130
Broadcast in all markets.

This week we once again have a real clunker on Thursday night. Preseason predictions of Jacksonville progressing to become a playoff team look absurd right now. Tennessee has improved, but that is not saying anything. Last year the Titans were the worst team in the NFL. Jacksonville’s offensive line cannot open up any holes in the running game. Blake Bortles has thrown as many picks as touchdowns (nine) and has an abysmal 76.4 passer rating. To make matters worse the Jaguars have lost NT Roy Miller for the rest of the season due to a torn Achilles heel.

Prediction: Titans 23, Jaguars 13
Titans -3 (two units) . . . . under 43½ (one unit) . . . . Tennessee -150


NFL Week 7 Television Coverage & Odds – Pats-Steelers broadcast virtually everywhere

John Morgan
October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm ET

The New England Patriots will take part in what will be the NFL’s biggest game next Sunday as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Pats. The highly anticipated contest lost a bit of its luster with Ben Roethlisberger suffering an unfortunate knee injury. Big Ben will be out for a few weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee suffered in Sunday’s upset loss at Miami. The outcome of this game could go a long ways to determining who has home field advantage in the AFC playoffs next January.

The game kicks off at 4:25 pm eastern time Sunday. CBS will broadcast the game on every one of their affiliates in the United States with the exception (thanks to archaic NFL/FCC rules) of Atlanta and San Francisco. Jim Nantz will announce the play-by-play with Phil Simms will handling the commentary.

Last week when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook published their advanced lines this game was listed as a pick’em. Roethlisberger’s injury combined with Pittsburgh’s poor showing at Miami and New England’s 18-point victory over Cincinnati has caused oddsmakers to dramatically reassess this matchup. Early today the Patriots were listed as a seven point favorite and as of early Monday evening most venues have pushed that up to 7½ points.

Week 7 has a couple of good NFC games on tap: Minnesota at Philadelphia in the early time slot, and Seattle at Arizona on Sunday night. New England fans should be interested in Buffalo at Miami early and Houston at Denver on Monday night.

For the first time this season the Cowboys will not be televised in prime time or to a near-nationwide audience. The reason? Dallas (and Carolina) have a bye this week. Please keep in mind that the broadcast distribution is preliminary. Some affiliates will request and receive approval to change to another game.


NFL Week 7 Television Coverage & Odds


★★ 1-5 Chicago Bears at 3-2 Green Bay Packers
Thursday, October 20 at 8:30 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Packers -9½ . . . . over/under 46
Broadcast in all markets.


★★ 3-3 New York Giants ‘at’ 3-3 Los Angeles Rams in London
Sunday, October 23 at 9:30 am ET on NFLN; Kevin Harlan and Dan Fouts
Giants -3 . . . . over/under 44
Broadcast in all markets.


★★★★ 5-0 Minnesota Vikings at 3-2 Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Vikings -2½ . . . . over/under 40
Broadcast in New England, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Las Vegas NV, New Mexico, New York (except Buffalo and NYC), Charlotte NC, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


★★★★ 2-3 New Orleans Saints at 3-2 Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, John Lynch and Pam Oliver
Chiefs -7 . . . . over/under 50
Broadcast in Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska.


★★★ 4-2 Washington Redskins at 3-3 Detroit Lions
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis and Peter Schrager
Lions -1 . . . . over/under 48½
Broadcast in DC, Michigan, North Carolina (except Charlotte) and Virginia.


★★ 0-6 Cleveland Browns at 2-4 Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
Bengals -10 . . . . over/under 46
Broadcast in eastern Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.


★★★ 4-2 Buffalo Bills at 2-4 Miami Dolphins
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein
Bills -3 . . . . over/under 45½
Broadcast in Arkansas, south and central Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and western New York.


★★★ 4-2 Oakland Raiders at 2-3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
Jaguars -1 . . . . over/under 49
Broadcast in Alabama, northern Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and everywhere west of the Mississippi River (with the exception of Arkansas and Kansas City).


★★ 2-4 Indianapolis Colts at 3-3 Tennessee Titans
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
Titans -2½ . . . . over/under 48½
Broadcast in Illinois, Indiana, western Kentucky, Tennessee and Houston TX.


★★ 3-3 Baltimore Ravens at 1-4 New York Jets
Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle and Rich Gannon
Pick’em . . . . over/under 42½
Broadcast in Connecticut, DC, Maryland, western Massachusetts, eastern New York (Albany, NYC), North Carolina, Pennsylvania (except Philadelphia), South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.


★★ 2-4 San Diego Chargers at 4-2 Atlanta Falcons
Sunday, October 23 at 4:05 pm ET on FOX; Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Falcons -6½ . . . . over/under 53
Broadcast in Alabama, southern California, parts of Florida (Jacksonville, Miami, West Palm), Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Baltimore, Buffalo, Nashville and New York City.


2-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1-5 San Francisco 49ers
Sunday, October 23 at 4:05 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
Buccaneers -2 . . . . over/under 47½
Broadcast in northern California, Florida (except Jacksonville, Miami and West Palm Beach) and Reno NV.


★★★★★ 5-1 New England Patriots at 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, October 23 at 4:25 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Patriots -7 . . . . over/under 46
Broadcast in all markets with the exception of Atlanta and San Francisco.


★★★★ 4-1 Seattle Seahawks at 2-3 Arizona Cardinals
Sunday, October 23 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Cardinals -1 . . . . over/under 43½
Broadcast in all markets.


★★★★ 4-2 Houston Texans at 4-2 Denver Broncos
Monday, October 24 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Broncos -7 . . . . over/under 41
Broadcast in all markets.


OPINION: NFL Hypocrisy, The Growing Allegations of Biased Media

Robert Alvarez
January 13, 2016 at 3:08 pm ET

Over the past few seasons as social media has expanded across the internet, longtime NFL on CBS color analyst Phil Simms has gained notoriety for his mispronunciations of player names, accusations of biases towards certain teams, and even criticism for just stating really absurd things such as last weekend when proposed that the NFL needs to needs to “ban running backs and wide receivers from jumping.” The twitter account below was made just to track his on-air gaffes every year.

So as the divisional round of the playoffs set to begin this upcoming weekend, I recently came across a detailed petition created by fans of the Denver Broncos, in an ironic effort last season to have Simms outright banned from game telecasts by way of 46,000 signatures, and it appeared to still be growing after its resurface on social media. When reading the comments, fans were seen saying, “He does not add anything to the games, he actual takes away from it. We have to mute most of the game! Rather than announce he gives his opinion on EVERYTHING, if you let him he probably would talk about coach Fox’s underwear color is wrong.” Another fan stated. “He lowers the quality of the broadcast to an unbearable point.” Or this gem, “Phil’s transparent dislike for the Broncos is completely out of control as far as I’m concerned. If anchors and analysts are removed from the booth for insensitive comments I don’t see why Phil isn’t removed for just not being very competent at his craft.” Ah yes, something Patriots fans can relate to, media bias complaints. How familiar. It was interesting to note how extensive a movement the petition was at first.

Many Broncos fans were not pleased with Simms “hate” towards their franchise. Some going as far as to say he held a personal vendetta because they released his son and former quarterback Chris Simms. As silly and nonsensical as the petition appeared to be, it reminded me of what has really occurred surrounding the New England Patriots of the past year and the Broncos current situation with the report by Al Jazeera stating Peyton Manning’s wife received shipments of Human Growth Hormones (HGH) back in 2011 when he was recovering from neck surgery.

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Back in New England of late, both Simms and his broadcast partner Jim Nantz have come under actual scrutiny for their handling of Manning and his HGH accusations after Nantz claimed in a recent interview it was a “non story”. However, it is this “non story” that just might contradict those Broncos fans grievances that Simms and CBS is biased “against the Broncos,” but it does help shed even more light onto an NFL that has been marred by sourcing controversies and rumored biases in both the leagues internal and external media outlets dating back to Deflategate. Who could forget the Jets fan that runs the NFL twitter account and this beauty of a tweet?

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Get it?

Many in New England will continue to argue that the media treated Tom Brady unfairly for something he was “generally aware” of and “more probable than not” might have done something with air pressure as Manning appears to have a free pass with sympathy during his HGH scandal by the national media so far. Mainly because the outlet that conducted the report, Qatar based Al Jazeera, has been deemed unreliable my most mainstream American media.

ESPN’s own Mike Ditka said during Sunday NFL Countdown “Al Jazeera is not a credible news organization. They’re out there spreading garbage. That’s what they do, yet we give them credibility by talking about it.” Those are some pretty bold statements, and you would think ESPN as the “Worldwide Leader In Sports” should be at least obligated as a news source to look into the evidence that was provided. They did after all cover a story that also had little actual evidence.

Checkout this brief snippet of ESPN’s Deflategate coverage versus the HGH allegations.

Also noted below is when Nantz joined Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday program and was asked about the story not being covered during the broadcast. This is the full “non story” quote.

So the story (or lack thereof) one remains a puzzling question among those who backed and defended Tom Brady for those eight long months as Deflategate nears its one year anniversary. In both instances, the two quarterbacks have strongly maintained their innocence, but only one has dealt with the hard hitting questions, in depth media coverage and even court hearings/suspensions. Now there is no strong evidence that proves Phil Simms or Jim Nantz have ever been biased calling football games but to see other fanbase’s argue  outside of New England of biased coverage certainly is ironic and hypocritical after many called New Englander’s paranoid for their “unfair” media treatment over the past year. Consider this quote by the same Phil Simms about Deflategate earlier this year.

Now, It would be strongly unlikely Simms is banned or even considered for suspension by CBS at any point in the near future, as they are the broadcast rights holders for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara CA. But that isn’t the story, the question that remains is if the Broncos make the Super Bowl, will it be openly discussed throughout the game like Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth did last season? Maybe they should have a bet how many times they bring up HGH like Michaels did over the air with Deflategate THIS season? Judging by Nantz’ comments, not a word will be said. If the media and the NFL is going to spend eight months talking about air pressure, the least they could do is show some investigative work with the human growth hormones report. That is after all, protecting the integrity of the game.


In the meantime, those Broncos fans are going to have to endure another “biased” game when their first divisional game is played this weekend.

However, the petition organizers might want to check out these tweets before they ever decide to submit it.