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I could easily break the all-time WatchDog posting record today if I were willing to get excited about the various networks' announcements regarding their 2008 NFL schedules.

But I'm not going there, because I don't feel like it. Click below for all the details.

I'm still focused on more immediate matters, like trying to figure out which President might challenge Barack Obama's claim of being the best hoopster in the White House should he be fortunate enough to win in November.

I was thinking William Howard Taft for his ability to post up without a three-second lane.

NBC p.r. stalwart Brian Walker suggested Abraham Lincoln for his height. He imagined an all-elbows-and-shoulders Phil Jackson type.

I informed Walker that basketball was invented 26 years after Lincoln died, but I still like the Jackson visual.

Click below for that NFL schedule stuff, scroll down to find your favorite network.HERE IS NBC'S RELEASE

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, marquee teams, storied rivalries and the NFL's most dynamic players highlight the "NBC Sunday Night Football" schedule as the league today announced its 2008 slate of games. NBC will open the season on Thursday, Sept. 4 with the Giants hosting their NFC East rival the Washington Redskins and end the season on Feb. 1 with Super Bowl XLIII from Tampa Bay, the network's first since 1998. Highlights of NBC's schedule:

Fourteen of NBC's 16 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 11 of 16 include two playoff teams; four of the 16 games are playoff rematches from last season. Three appearances from the Super Bowl champion Giants (Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys).

A rematch of last year's highest rated NFL regular season game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots, which earned a 20.1. The Colts will also meet the Bears and Chargers on Sunday Night Football.

Three appearances from the Super Bowl champion Giants (Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys).

Six games involving the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, winners and MVPs of the last two Super Bowls. Eli and the Giants will open NBC's schedule on Thursday, Sept. 4, while Peyton and the Colts will play in the first Sunday Night Football contest on Sept. 7.

Three appearances by the Patriots including a rematch against LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers, the team they eliminated the last two years in the playoffs. They also will play the Colts and Seahawks.

Three games involving the Cowboys all against conference rivals (Packers, Redskins, Giants).

A meeting between two of the NFL's most historic franchises as the Cowboys visit the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field.

Four matchups among bitter NFC East rivals (Redskins-Giants; Giants-Eagles; Giants-Cowboys; Cowboys-Redskins).

A rematch of last year's memorable playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The first "NBC Sunday Night Football" visit to Cleveland as the Browns host their archrival the Steelers.

"Looking at this schedule and all of the great stories that will unfold, I can't wait for the start of the season, and to build on the success of the last two years," said Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. "In the first two seasons of 'NBC Sunday Night Football,' we created a new destination to reach viewers and changed what was 36 years of traditional viewing habits on Sunday and Monday nights. The NFL remains one of the most valuable properties in all of television. "

As evidence of the continuing shift in consumer behavior, last season "Sunday Night Football won 11 Sunday nights, up from nine in 2006. In just two years, there is now a five million viewer difference, 43 percent, between Sunday and Monday nights. Sunday Night Football was the No. 5 rated primetime show last year.

NBC's 2008 NFL schedule, with a complete breakdown of the matchups from NBC's John Madden and Cris Collinsworth:

("NBC Sunday Night Football" kickoff, 8:15 p.m. ET preceded by "Football Night in America," 7 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Sept. 4 – Washington Redskins at New York Giants*

Sunday, Sept. 7 – Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Sept. 14 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Sept. 21 – Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Sunday, Sept. 28 – Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Sunday, Oct. 5 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, Oct. 12 – New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers

Sunday, Oct. 19 – Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Oct. 26 – No game scheduled due to World Series Game 4 (FNIA airs 7-8 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 2 – New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Nov. 9 – New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Nov. 16 – Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)

Sunday, Nov. 23 – Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)

Sunday, Nov. 30 – Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)

Sunday, Dec. 7 – New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)

Sunday, Dec. 14 – New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)


Washington Redskins at New York Giants (Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.)

Eli Manning and the Super Bowl champion Giants host their fierce division rival the Redskins in the debut for first year head coach Jim Zorn. Manning led the Giants to a 17-14 victory over the previously undefeated Patriots and was named Super Bowl XLII MVP.

Madden: "I like the idea of having the first game of the season opening up on a Thursday as a stand alone game. Now we have a real opening weekend with the World Champion New York Giants coming back home after the Super Bowl to start the season. That's pretty darn exciting."

Collinsworth: "I still think the most interesting rivalries in football are in the NFC East. What a baptism by fire for Jim Zorn. Giants Stadium will be rocking."


Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

The Sunday Night Football schedule kicks off with a rematch from Super Bowl XLI as Peyton Manning and the Colts make their debut in their new stadium. Manning was the MVP of the Super Bowl versus the Bears.

Madden: "The Bears are always good on defense playing against the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning. This game was the Super Bowl just two years ago."

Collinsworth: "The Bears can apply the type of pressure that can really bother Peyton Manning."


Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio)

The Cleveland Browns make only their second appearance on the league's premier primetime package in the last 13 years (2003 was last time since 1995) when they take on AFC North rival Steelers. Both teams finished with 10-6 records last season with the Steelers edging out the Browns for the division title by beating them twice.

Madden: "The Steelers have a tough schedule this year, maybe the toughest schedule. The Browns have a very good offense and this is the year they can make that playoff move."

Collinsworth: "A lot of people are picking Cleveland as the team to beat in the AFC North. They got better in the offseason and look like one of the up and coming franchises in the NFL. Having played in the division with these two teams, I know how intense Pittsburgh-Cleveland is."


Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)

In what should be a fan favorite, two of the NFL's most popular and historic franchises clash with Aaron Rodgers taking over at quarterback for the retired Brett Favre. He'll face Tony Romo, coming off his second straight Pro Bowl appearance. The teams had identical 13-3 marks last season. In Week 13, the Cowboys defeated the Packers 37-27.

Madden: "Dallas-Green Bay. That's just football. What is Green Bay going to be without Brett Favre? Aaron Rodgers was a first round draft choice and now the world is going to find out about him."

Collinsworth: "When Rodgers came in against the Cowboys last year he gave them a big lift. Stylistically he may be a better fit for this offense than Brett Favre. The Packers have one of the most impressive young rosters in the league."


Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears (Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.)

After missing the playoffs last season, both of these traditional NFC powerhouses look to establish themselves early in the season.

Madden: "I think the Eagles are going to be back and be a playoff team this year. Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago: This just sounds like a hitting game."

Collinsworth: "Even though Philly has not won a Super Bowl, year in and year out they are one of the most consistently good teams. This is an important year for Donovan McNabb."


Pittsburgh Steelers at Jacksonville Jaguars (Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.)

David Garrard leads the Jags against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in a rematch of last year's Wild Card game in which the Jags squandered an 18-point fourth quarter lead but kicked a late field goal to survive with a 31-29 victory.

Madden: "Another hitting game. Jacksonville came into Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers with David Garrard making a big fourth down run. The Steelers still have that taste in their mouth."

Collinsworth: "The Jaguars are one of my favorite teams to watch play. They have two tremendous backs and I'm a big fan of David Garrard."


New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.)

The Patriots, led by QB Tom Brady, became the first NFL team to finish the regular season undefeated since the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Patriots have eliminated the Chargers the last two years in the playoffs, including 21-12 in last year's AFC Championship Game, so San Diego will be thirsting for revenge. Last season, Tom Brady set the NFL single season record by throwing 50 touchdown passes, while his favorite target Randy Moss set the record by a receiver with 23.

Madden: "The Chargers thought they should have gotten the Patriots last year."

Collinsworth: "These are maybe the best two teams in football. You can't deny what the Patriots did last year and if not for their injuries, the Chargers may very well have been world champions."


Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.)

The NFL's premier primetime package returns to Tampa for the fist time since 2003 when the NFC South Division champs host Matt Hasselbeck and the four-time defending NFC West Division champion Seahawks.

Collinsworth: "Mike Holmgren is looking for that grand farewell. Seattle's defense is as fast and talented as any."


NO GAME (Note: World Series Game 5)


New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)

In one of the NFL's most anticipated games every year, two future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks square off as Tom Brady and the Patriots travel to Indianapolis to take on Peyton Manning and the Colts. The Pats defeated the Colts 24-20 in Week 9 last season in the highest rated game of the regular season, earning a 20.1.

Madden: "In the last five years, this has been the top game of the year. You are talking about the two top quarterbacks in football, two great coaches and two good organizations. This is just 'The Game.'"

Collinsworth: "Each year this is the most anticipated game on the NFL schedule and as long as Brady and Manning are around, always will be."


New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.)

Two bitter NFC East rivals meet in the always hostile environment in Philly. Last season the Giants defeated the Eagles twice, including jump-starting their season by sacking Eagles QB Donovan McNabb 12 times in a September victory.

Madden: "The NFC East is always fun. Old-time football."

Collinsworth: "Of all the rivalries in the NFC East, this is the most intense. It feels like Yankees-Red Sox."


Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FedEx Field, Landover, Md.)

Sports Illustrated has called it the top rivalry in the NFL and "one of the greatest in sports." Last season the teams split their two games, each winning on their home field.

Madden: "Back-to-back NFC East rivalry games. Big games in the regular season, those to me are always the best."

Collinsworth: "The Cowboys are a team that has a lot going for it and will play with a chip on their shoulder because of last year's disappointment."


Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.)

Another AFC playoff rematch pits two of the league's marquee stars, LaDanian Tomlinson and Peyton Manning, on two of the NFL's most powerful offenses. The Chargers beat the Colts twice last season – 23-21 in Week 10 of the regular season and then 28-24 in the AFC Divisional playoffs.

Madden: "Is San Diego going to step up to be in the mix with New England and Indianapolis?"

Collinsworth: "If there's one team that has Manning's number it's San Diego. They're sort of his achilles heel."


Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minn.)

Another division rivalry game as dynamic second-year running back Adrian Peterson squares off against Bears stalwart LB Brian Urlacher. Last season in just his eighth game as a pro, Peterson set the NFL's single game rushing record with 296 against the Chargers.

Madden: "Adrian Peterson after one year is one of the top backs in football. If they can get some passing to go with his running he is going to have a bigger year this year than he did last year."

Collinsworth: "Peterson is one of the great talents in the game and the most exciting player to watch."


New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks (Qwest Field, Seattle, Wash.)

The always raucous 12th man in Seattle will make things challenging for Brady and the Patriots. This game is expected to have major playoff implications for both teams.

Madden: "Mike Holmgren, one of the top coaches in football is in his last season. He has one more year in Seattle and he thinks it's going to be a pretty good one."

Collinsworth: "These are two of the best teams in the NFL over the past five or six seasons. They have contrasting styles which makes for a better football game. Matt Hasselbeck is on the cusp of being an elite quarterback and a win over Tom Brady would go a long way."


New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys (Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas)

Another bitter NFC East game as Tony Romo and the Cowboys seek to avenge last season's playoff loss to the Giants.

Madden: "Giants at Dallas, that sounds like a championship game. Two great young quarterbacks, Eli Manning and Tony Romo. It has all those things that sound awfully good."

Collinsworth: "It's hard to imagine this rivalry getting even more intense but after last year, it is. There is no one in Dallas who believed the Giants were going to walk into Dallas and beat the Cowboys last year."


San Diego Chargers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.)

A matchup between two of last season's division winners. Rivers will face one of the NFL's best secondaries led by Ronde Barber.

Collinsworth: "Two teams with top-notch defenses but I don't know another team in the league that has as much talent on both sides of the ball as the Chargers."


The 39th season of Monday Night Football will open on ESPN with a nationally televised doubleheader Monday, Sept. 8 – previously announced Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (7 p.m. ET) and Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (10:15 p.m.) – and will continue with a total of 17 primetime games. Following a successful season that delivered the four biggest cable household audiences of the year, and 16 of the top 20, ESPN’s schedule will feature 11 playoff teams from 2007, including both the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants and AFC champion New England Patriots.

Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analysts Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser will call the MNF game telecast each week at 8:30 p.m. with additional MNF and NFL-related content available throughout the day across ESPN’s multimedia platforms.

ESPN’s MNF Schedule Highlights:

Appearances by both Super Bowl teams – New York Giants at Cleveland Browns (Oct. 13) and New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos (Oct. 20);

Three MNF appearances each by two teams -- Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers;

Two MNF appearances each by five teams -- Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers;

MNF will visit six NFL cities in 2008 it has not visited in ESPN’s two seasons – Boston (Foxborough, Mass.), Chicago, Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston and Nashville;

Games of note – Sept. 8: Aaron Rodgers will make his first start at quarterback as the Packers begin post-Brett Favre era on MNF; Nov. 3: Steelers-Redskins game in Washington, D.C., the night before the nation votes for a new president, and Steelers’ first game there in 20 years;

Dec. 1: Houston Texans play first MNF game in franchise history, vs. Jacksonville Jaguars.

Following the season-opening MNF doubleheader, the ESPN schedule will feature a matchup of longtime NFC East rivals as Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles face Tony Romo, former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys (Sept. 15). On Sept. 22, the New York Jets head west to face LaDainian Tomlinson and the San Diego Chargers. The opening month concludes Sept. 29 with an AFC North grudge match between Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens and Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

October opens with a matchup of elite young running backs when Adrian Peterson and the Vikings visit Reggie Bush and the New Orleans Saints (Oct. 6), followed by back-to-back games featuring last year’s Super Bowl teams. First, Eli Manning and the NFL champion New York Giants play Derek Anderson and the upstart Cleveland Browns (Oct. 13), the Browns’ first MNF appearance since 2003. A week later, MVP Tom Brady and the defending AFC champion New England Patriots host Jay Cutler and the Denver Broncos on Oct. 20. Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts close out the first half of the season with a key AFC South division game against Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Oct. 27.

On the eve of the United States presidential election, MNF will be in the nation’s capital when Roethlisberger and the Steelers meet Clinton Portis and the Washington Redskins (Nov. 3), the Steelers’ first regular-season game in Washington since 1988. MNF will then have a NFC West clash, San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals (Nov. 10), followed by the Browns at the Buffalo Bills (Nov. 17). The final game of the month pits likely NFC Playoff contenders against one another when Rodgers and the Packers meet Drew Brees and the Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on Nov. 24.

The December MNF schedule will kick off with a first when the Houston Texans, the lone current NFL team yet to play on MNF, will host David Garrard and the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 1. A week later, NFC South teams face off when Jeff Garcia and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers (Dec. 8). The Browns play the Eagles in Philadelphia (Dec. 15) before the MNF season concludes with an old fashioned NFC North slugfest between the Packers and Chicago Bears Dec. 22 – the first MNF game in the Windy City since 2003.

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will continue to offer a Spanish-language production of MNF preseason and regular-season games this year.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football is the most-watched series in cable television history and the only NFL series nominated for a Sports Emmy in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category both the past two years. In two seasons on ESPN, Monday Night Football has registered nine of the top 10 all-time biggest household audiences in cable history, led by the New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens telecast (12/03/07), which attracted cable’s largest audience ever (12.5 million homes and 17.5 million viewers). For the 2007 season, MNF averaged an 8.6 rating and 8,277,000 homes (11,230,000 P2+); the accompanying “Monday Night Surround” content on ESPN.com sparked an increase of Monday traffic to the site of 36% over the previous season.

ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2008 NFL Schedule


Date Time (ET) Teams

Aug. 7 8 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Aug. 11 8 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers

Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns at New York Giants

Aug. 25 8 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers

Regular Season

Date Time (ET) Teams

Sept. 8 7 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

10:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Sept. 15 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Sept. 22 8:30 p.m. New York Jets at San Diego Chargers

Sept. 29 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Oct. 6 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Oct. 13 8:30 p.m. New York Giants at Cleveland Browns

Oct. 20 8:30 p.m. Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

Oct. 27 8:30 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Nov. 3 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins

Nov. 10 8:30 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Nov. 17 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills

Nov. 24 8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

Dec. 1 8:30 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Dec. 8 8:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Dec. 15 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles

Dec. 22 8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears


NFL Network announced today its eight-game, regular-season primetime schedule. Game times for the contests -- seven on Thursdays and one on Saturday – are 8:00 PM ET. NFL Network’s schedule features four division matchups and teams which combined for six playoff berths and five division titles in 2007.

Among the highlights of NFL Network’s Thursday and Saturday Night Football:

The Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, who met in three AFC Championship Games in four years in the late 1980s, kick off the NFL Network slate on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns have won seven of their past eight at home, but Denver has historically played well in Cleveland with a 9-2 record in the city.

The defending AFC champion New England Patriots host the division-rival New York Jets on Thursday, Nov. 13. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has won 12 of his 14 career starts against the Jets.

Winners of three of the last four AFC North titles meet at Heinz Field as the Cincinnati Bengals visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Nov. 20. Over the past five years, the Steelers have won 29 of 40 home games (.725) – but have dropped three of five to Cincinnati.

The NFL’s Thursday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day tripleheader concludes with the Arizona Cardinals visiting the Philadelphia Eagles in the first NFL “turkey day” game in Philadelphia since 1940. The Eagles coach that day: future NFL Commissioner Bert Bell.

Oakland visits AFC West-rival San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 4. The Raiders and Chargers have combined for six of the division’s eight titles since 2000.

The New Orleans Saints visit the Chicago Bears for the third time in 25 months on Thursday, Dec. 11. The past two meetings (including the 2006 NFC Championship Game) have featured 111 points and more than 1,400 yards of offense.

The Indianapolis Colts have won the past five AFC South titles and visit division foe Jacksonville on Thursday, Dec. 18. The Jaguars, who finished second in each of the past four seasons, and the Colts are two of only six NFL teams to average 10 victories since 2004.

The NFL Network schedule wraps up on Saturday, Dec. 20 as the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys host the Baltimore Ravens in the final regular-season game at Texas Stadium. The Cowboys will open a new stadium in 2009.

Each NFL Network telecast will feature a live, two-hour pregame show from the host city, providing a unique feel for the atmosphere surrounding the event. In addition, a one-hour postgame show will wrap up the action with interviews, highlights and press conferences.

NFL.com LIVE again will offer complementary Thursday and Saturday Night Football game coverage including select live video, statistics and interactive applications. Last year’s NFL.com LIVE coverage earned a Sports Emmy nomination for outstanding new approaches in coverage.

Week 10: Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 PM ET

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns

Week 11: Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 PM ET

New York Jets at New England Patriots

Week 12: Thursday, November 20 at 8:00 PM ET

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 13: Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 PM ET

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (Thanksgiving)

Week 14: Thursday, December 4 at 8:00 PM ET

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers

Week 15: Thursday, December 11 at 8:00 PM ET

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

Week 16: Thursday, December 18 at 8:00 PM ET

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 16: Saturday, December 20 at 8:00 PM ET

Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys

NFL Network games also will be carried on free, over-the-air television in the city of the visiting team and in the city where the game is played if it is sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff.


The 15th season of the NFL on FOX premieres Sunday, Sept. 7 with doubleheader coverage of seven games anchored by the NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys in the national window against the 10-6 Cleveland Browns on the banks of Lake Erie. Early in the day, Week 1 action showcases several of the NFL’s biggest stars as Reggie Bush and the New Orleans Saints host Jeff Garcia and the NFC South Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Matt Hasselbeck and the NFC West Champions Seattle Seahawks visit the Buffalo Bills.

At present, FOX Sports is scheduled to broadcast 109 regular-season games, including nine doubleheader Sundays and the traditional Thanksgiving Day game which this year features Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren leading his Seahawks to Dallas for a much-anticipated holiday showdown against Tony Romo, Terrell Owens and the Cowboys at 4:15 PM ET.

Other key matchups on the NFL on FOX schedule include rematches of last season’s NFC divisional playoffs when the Green Bay Packers travel to the Emerald City to face-off with the Seahawks on Sunday Oct. 12 and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and the World Champion New York Giants host Romo and the Dallas Cowboys at the Meadowlands on Sunday Nov. 2. Another pivotal clash between two storied dynasties anchors FOX’s Sunday Dec. 7 doubleheader when the Cowboys meet the AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field at 4:15 PM ET.

Each week, coverage begins with FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00-1:00 PM ET/9:00-10:00 AM PT), America’s most-watched pregame show for 14 straight years. Curt Menefee returns as host alongside veterans Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Pam Oliver, insider Jay Glazer and comedian Frank Caliendo. Since its premiere in September 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has won 19 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities, including four for Outstanding Studio Show.

In 2007, FOX Sports was crowned the No. 1 NFL network, out-rating all other NFL rightsholders including the league’s prime-time over-the-air package, a first for any Sunday afternoon broadcaster. The NFL on FOX scored its most-watched season in 12 years (averaging 17.1 million viewers) and highest-rated (10.7/23 average household rating/share) since 1999. The NFC package on FOX out-rated the AFC package for the 13th straight season.

For several seasons, FOX Sports has presented an unmatched offering of NFL games in high definition. This year, for the first time ever, all NFL on FOX games are produced and broadcast in state-of-the-art HD beginning with three preseason broadcasts in August straight through coverage of the NFC’s postseason.

The 2008 NFL on FOX season includes 58 games featuring last season’s NFC playoff teams, including 10 games each featuring the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, the NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys and the NFC North Champion Green Bay Packers. The NFC West Champion Seattle Seahawks play 13 times while the NFC South Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and NFC Wild Card Washington Redskins each have 12 scheduled games. FOX Sports’ 2008 regular season schedule also includes two games featuring the AFC Champion New England Patriots.

Once the playoff teams are determined, the NFL on FOX presents exclusive live postseason coverage, including an NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday, Jan. 4, the NFC Divisional Playoffs, Saturday, Jan. 10 and Sunday, Jan. 11, and the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 18.

The NFL on FOX’s 15th season of coverage begins with three prime-time preseason contests, the first of which kicks-off under the lights of Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, August 14 (8:00 PM ET), when the Carolina Panthers visit Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles. FOX Sports’ second preseason game takes place on Saturday, August 16 (8:00 PM ET) when the Oakland Raiders travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans. FOX Sports’ final preseason broadcast comes on Thursday, August 21 (8:00 PM ET) at historic Solider Field when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Chicago Bears.

David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of the NFL on FOX. Bill Brown is Senior Producer and George Greenberg is Creative Director. Scott Ackerson is the Coordinating Producer of FOX NFL SUNDAY.

Following is a complete list of games on the 2008 NFL on FOX regular and postseason broadcast schedules.

Sunday, September 7

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

4:15 PM Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns

Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, September 14

1:00 PM Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

New York Giants at St. Louis Rams

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins

4:05 PM San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, September 21

1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings

4:05 PM New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, September 28

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans

4:15 PM Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, October 5

1:00 PM Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

4:05 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

Sunday, October 12

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins

4:15 PM Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, October 19

1:00 PM New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys at St. Louis Rams

4:05 PM Detroit Lions at Houston Texans

Sunday, October 26

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

Washington Redskins at Detroit Lions

St. Louis Rams at New England Patriots

Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles

4:15 PM New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, November 2

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams

Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans

4:15 PM Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks

Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, November 9

1:00 PM New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

St. Louis Rams at New York Jets

4:05 PM Carolina Panthers at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, November 16*

1:00 PM Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers

Philadelphia Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:05 PM St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, November 23*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars

Chicago Bears at St. Louis Rams

4:15 PM New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals

Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks

Thursday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Day)

4:15 PM Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, November 30*

1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers at Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New York Giants at Washington Redskins

4:05 PM Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers

Sunday, December 7*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Washington Redskins at Baltimore Ravens

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints

4:15 PM Dallas Cowboys at Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, December 14*

1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts

Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars

San Francisco 49ers at Miami Dolphins

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

4:05 PM Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, December 21*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

4:15 PM TBD

Sunday, December 28*

(FOX NFL SUNDAY & CBS Doubleheader)

1:00 PM Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears at Houston Texans

St. Louis Rams at Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

4:15 PM Washington Redskins at San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, January 4, 2009

NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

NFC Divisional Playoff Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

* NFL on FOX games scheduled in Weeks 11-17 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games likely moving to the late


The CBS Television Network, marking its 49th year of coverage of the NFL, will broadcast a total of 106 games during its 17 weeks of regular-season coverage of the NFL’s American Football Conference. The regular-season schedule is followed by a full post-season slate including an AFC Wild Card playoff game on January 4, 2009, two divisional playoff games on January 10 and January 11 and the AFC Championship Game on January 18.

The AFC Champion New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers will appear nine times each on THE NFL ON CBS, while the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns will make 10 appearances; the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars 11 times each; the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders 12 times; the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills 13 times each; and the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs 14 times each.

THE NFL ON CBS kicks off Week 1 with singleheader coverage on Sunday, Sept. 7 (12:00 Noon-4:00 PM, ET) beginning with THE NFL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game studio show.

The day’s NFL action is highlighted by New England hosting Kansas City and Cincinnati taking on the Baltimore Ravens. Other regional action that day on THE NFL ON CBS includes Jacksonville-Tennessee, Houston-Pittsburgh and the New York Jets-Miami, live on the CBS Television Network.

The Network’s 2008 broadcast schedule, which includes nine doubleheader weekends, features several of last year’s powerhouse teams in the AFC and key AFC-NFC match-ups including Indianapolis-Green Bay (10/19); Indianapolis-Pittsburgh (11/9); Pittsburgh-Philadelphia (9/21); Pittsburgh-New England (11/30); a Super Bowl XXXV rematch of Baltimore-N.Y. Giants (11/16); Cleveland-Washington (10/19); Jacksonville-Chicago (12/7); Denver-San Diego (12/28); Indianapolis-Minnesota (9/14); Cincinnati-N.Y. Giants (9/21); Cincinnati-Dallas (10/5); New England-San Francisco (10/5); San Diego-Pittsburgh (11/16); Tennessee-Chicago (11/9); Baltimore-Indianapolis (10/12); Houston-Green Bay (12/7); Buffalo-St. Louis (9/28); Kansas City-Carolina (10/5); Oakland-New Orleans (10/12); Denver-Carolina (12/14) and N.Y. Jets-Seattle (12/21).

In Week 8, THE NFL ON CBS travels across the Atlantic Ocean to cover the San Diego Chargers-New Orleans Saints (10/26) game live from London, England.

And in Week 14, THE NFL ON CBS crosses the Canadian border to broadcast Miami-Buffalo (12/7) live from Toronto, Ontario.

Along with near-weekly divisional battles in the AFC Western Division between San Diego, Denver, Kansas City and Oakland, other AFC games highlighted include interdivision rivalries in the North including Pittsburgh-Cincinnati (10/19); Pittsburgh-Baltimore (12/14); and the “Battle of Ohio” with Cleveland-Cincinnati (9/28), and in the South Division with Tennessee-Indianapolis (12/28) and Tennessee-Jacksonville (11/16).

Thanksgiving Day (11/27) will feature the Tennessee Titans at Detroit Lions.

CBS Sports’ NFL pre-season schedule begins Friday, Aug. 22 (8:00 PM, ET) live in prime time with the Houston Texans taking on the Dallas Cowboys. The Network’s second pre-season game sees the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Minnesota Vikings live in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are the lead announce team for the Network’s coverage of the NFL.

THE NFL TODAY, CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show, begins on Sunday, Sept. 7 (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) with host James Brown, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher.

Sean McManus is President, CBS News and Sports, Tony Petitti is Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, CBS Sports. McManus and Petitti serve as executive producers of CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL.

Following is the complete 2008 CBS Sports NFL broadcast schedule.

(all times ET)


Cincinnati @ Baltimore 1:00

N.Y. Jets @ Miami 1:00

Kansas City @ New England 1:00

Houston @ Pittsburgh 1:00

Jacksonville @ Tennessee 1:00


Tennessee @ Cincinnati 1:00

Buffalo @ Jacksonville 1:00

Oakland @ Kansas City 1:00

Indianapolis @ Minnesota 1:00

New England @ N.Y. Jets 4:15

San Diego @ Denver 4:15

Miami @ Arizona 4:15

Baltimore @ Houston 4:15


Kansas City @ Atlanta 1:00

Oakland @ Buffalo 1:00

Cincinnati @ N.Y. Giants 1:00

Miami @ New England 1:00

Houston @ Tennessee 1:00

Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia 4:15

Cleveland @ Baltimore 4:15

Jacksonville @ Indianapolis 4:15


Cleveland @ Cincinnati 1:00

Houston @ Jacksonville 1:00

Denver @ Kansas City 1:00

San Diego @ Oakland 4:05

Buffalo @ St. Louis 4:05


Tennessee @ Baltimore 1:00

Kansas City @ Carolina 1:00

Indianapolis @ Houston 1:00

San Diego @ Miami 1:00

Cincinnati @ Dallas 4:15

New England @ San Francisco 4:15

Buffalo @ Arizona 4:15


Miami @ Houston 1:00

Baltimore @ Indianapolis 1:00

Cincinnati @ N.Y. Jets 1:00

Oakland @ New Orleans 1:00

Jacksonville @ Denver 4:05


San Diego @ Buffalo 1:00

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:00

Tennessee @ Kansas City 1:00

Baltimore @ Miami 1:00

Indianapolis @ Green Bay 4:15

Cleveland @ Washington 4:15

N.Y. Jets @ Oakland 4:15


San Diego @ New Orleans (London) 1:00

Oakland @ Baltimore 1:00

Buffalo @ Miami 1:00

Kansas City @ N.Y. Jets 1:00

Cleveland @ Jacksonville 4:05


N.Y. Jets @ Buffalo 1:00

Jacksonville @ Cincinnati 1:00

Baltimore @ Cleveland 1:00

Houston @ Minnesota 1:00

Miami @ Denver 4:05


Tennessee @ Chicago 1:00

Jacksonville @ Detroit 1:00

Cincinnati @ Houston 1:00

Buffalo @ New England 1:00

Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh 4:15

Kansas City @ San Diego 4:15


Denver @ Atlanta 1:00

Houston @ Indianapolis 1:00

Tennessee @ Jacksonville 1:00

Oakland @ Miami 1:00

Baltimore @ N.Y. Giants 1:00

San Diego @ Pittsburgh 4:15


Houston @ Cleveland 1:00

Buffalo @ Kansas City 1:00

New England @ Miami 1:00

N.Y. Jets @ Tennessee 1:00

Oakland @ Denver 4:05


Tennessee @ Detroit 12:30


Indianapolis @ Cleveland 1:00

Baltimore @ Cincinnati 1:00

Denver @ N.Y. Jets 1:00

Miami @ St. Louis 1:00

Pittsburgh @ New England 4:15

Kansas City @ Oakland 4:15


Jacksonville @ Chicago 1:00

Houston @ Green Bay 1:00

Cincinnati @ Indianapolis 1:00

Cleveland @ Tennessee 1:00

Kansas City @ Denver 4:05

N.Y. Jets @ San Francisco 4:05

Miami @ Buffalo (Toronto) 4:05


Pittsburgh @ Baltimore 1:00

Denver @ Carolina 1:00

Tennessee @ Houston 1:00

San Diego @ Kansas City 1:00

Buffalo @ N.Y. Jets 1:00

New England @ Oakland 4:15


Cincinnati @ Cleveland 1:00

Miami @ Kansas City 1:00

Pittsburgh @ Tennessee 1:00

N.Y. Jets @ Seattle 4:05

Houston @ Oakland 4:05

Buffalo @ Denver 4:05


Cleveland @ Pittsburgh 1:00

Tennessee @ Indianapolis 1:00

New England @ Buffalo 1:00

Jacksonville @ Baltimore 1:00

Kansas City @ Cincinnati 1:00

Miami @ N.Y. Jets 1:00

Oakland @ Tampa Bay 1:00

Denver @ San Diego 4:15






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