Archive for November, 2011

Week 12 NFL Preview

22 TEAMS WITHIN TWO GAMES OF PLAYOFF SPOT;

WEEK 12 KICKS OFF WITH THANKSGIVING TRIPLEHEADER

As the NFL enters Week 12, there are 22 teams within two games of a playoff spot. And with six weeks to play, nothing has been settled.

“Stacking wins together is what good teams do this time of year,” says Dallas Cowboys quarterback TONY ROMO, who is 18-2 in his career as a starter in November. “You need to put yourself in position for the stretch run. It’s been big to win these past three games. It’s going to keep on getting bigger every game.”

Week 12 begins on Thursday with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the sixth consecutive year. Traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas will host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NFL Network featuring the first game between head coach brothers – JIM and JOHN HARBAUGH – in NFL history.

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HBO Sports and NFL Films examine the life of “Broadway Joe” Namath in a documentary debuting Jan. 28

The Emmy®-winning combination of HBO Sports and NFL Films will explore the fascinating life and career of one of pro football’s biggest stars in a documentary on New York Jets icon Joe Namath, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.  NAMATH debuts SATURDAY, JAN. 28 (8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

“Joe Namath is one of the most compelling sports figures of the last 50 years and we are delighted to tell his story,” said Bernstein.  “We will retrace his life not only from Joe’s perspective, but also from the viewpoints of many others who are familiar with Joe’s extraordinary football career, following his journey from Beaver Falls to today.  We hope to present the definitive film on an NFL icon and a trailblazing free spirit.”

“In the mythology of pro football, Joe Namath is Arthur,” says Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films.  “He pulled the proverbial sword from the stone and the NFL became the Camelot of American sports.  His story is timeless, authentic and also very human.  It is a privilege for NFL Films to partner with HBO Sports once again in documenting the life of ‘Broadway Joe.’ ”
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NFL Serves Up Three Sizzling Courses of Thanksgiving Football

For millions of Americans, Thanksgiving Day and NFL football are inextricably linked.

From touch football games with friends to watching NFL games with relatives after a holiday feast, these football moments and memories are interwoven with the holiday season.

The NFL this Thursday will present fans with a Thanksgiving tripleheader for the sixth consecutive year as traditional competitors Detroit and Dallas host games during the day followed by a primetime nightcap on NFL Network.

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Week 13 Flex Scheduling

LIONS-SAINTS TO BE ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON DEC. 4;

COLTS-PATRIOTS MOVES TO 1:00 PM, RAVENS-BROWNS TO 4:05 PM ON CBS; BRONCOS-VIKINGS MOVES TO 1:00 PM ON FOX

The Week 13 Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game on Sunday, December 4 will be played at 8:20 PM ET on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, the NFL announced today.

Previously, it was announced that the Indianapolis Colts- New England Patriots game would move to 1:00 PM ET on CBS.  In addition, Baltimore Ravens-Cleveland Browns moves to 4:05 PM ET on CBS. The Denver Broncos-Minnesota Vikings game moves to 1:00 PM ET on FOX.

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Week 11 What to Look For — A Look Back

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Step by Step: Review Process for On-Field Rules Violations

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Seven from Sunday — Week 11

  • New Orleans’ DREW BREES (3,326 yards, 23 touchdowns), Green Bay’s AARON RODGERS (3,168 yards, 31 touchdowns) and New England’s TOM BRADY (3,032 yards, 23 touchdowns in nine games) have all passed for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in their team’s first 10 games (Brady and the Patriots play their 10th game on Monday night).

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Jets-Broncos on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football posts 31% viewership increase

Ranks as No. 1 show on cable with more than 7 million viewers

 Nearly 500,000 fans watched NFL.com/LIVE coverage

Last night’s New York Jets-Denver Broncos game on NFL Network was watched by an average of 7.1 million viewers (not including over-the-air stations in New York and Denver) – topping last year’s Week 11 game by 31 percent (Bears-Dolphins, 5.4 million). After two games, Thursday Night Football is averaging 6.1 million viewers, up 17 percent over 2010.

Jets-Broncos is the fifth most-watched game in the six years of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and ranked as the night’s No. 1 show among all programs on cable. Other sports competition included North Carolina-Virginia Tech college football on ESPN, which drew 1.8 million viewers.

Nearly 500,000 fans logged on to the complementary online coverage of Jets-Broncos via NFL.com/LIVE Thursday Night Football presented by GMC, which features “live look-ins,” highlights, statistics and instant analysis from a team of experts on-site and in NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios.

Thursday Night Football continues with the historic matchup of head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh as the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers visit the 6-3 Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 24) at 8:00 PM ET. The Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show begins at 7:00 PM ET. All Thursday Night Football games are available in their entirety on NFL Mobile Only From Verizon with complementary online coverage via NFL.com/LIVE.

On Thanksgiving morning at 10:00 AM ET, NFL Network presents a special 2.5-hour NFL GameDay Morning pregame show live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore to preview all of the Thanksgiving Day action.

NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and is the only network fully dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football. For more information, log onto www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

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Week 11 @NFLFootballInfo and @NFLHistory Tweets of the Week

The following release includes the “Tweets of the Week” from the @NFLFootballInfo and @NFLHistory Twitter feeds.

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Commissioner Goodell: NFL success due to “magic of game and passion of fans”

In a wide-ranging interview this morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that exciting on-field play has resulted in viewership numbers that top all other programs on television by a wide margin.

“It is the magic of the game.  It is the passion and the diversity of our fan base.  They love football.  Our game is so unpredictable.” Commissioner Goodell said when asked about NFL viewership doubling the average primetime show and NFL games ranking as 18 of the 20 most-watched shows on TV this fall.

“Our league is so competitive now,” the Commissioner continued. “Of the eight divisions last year, we would have six new division champions if things hold as they are today.  The competitiveness is what the fans want, the unpredictable nature of our game. You saw it last night (in the Jets-Broncos game).”

Last night’s game was decided on a touchdown with 58 seconds left and continued the trend of fantastic finishes.  Two-thirds of this season’s games (98 of 147) have had the opponents within seven points in the fourth quarter.

Following is a transcript of the Commissioner’s CNBC appearance:
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