NFL Network’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ — New York Giants at Chicago Bears — Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8:00 PM ET
Bears WR Brandon Marshall Interview with Rich Eisen on ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET
NFL Network Analyst & Former Giants QB Kurt Warner Joins Coverage From Chicago
The Chicago Bears (3-2) will try to hold off the winless New York Giants (0-5) as the eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 PM ET from Soldier Field in Chicago. While no team in NFL history has ever made the playoffs after losing its first five games, the Giants’ are only two games out of first place in the NFC East, and over the past five seasons (2008-12) eight NFL teams have rallied from a deficit of two or more games to win their division – two of those coming from the NFC East (2012 Redskins & 2009 Cowboys).
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock call the game for their third season together, and Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.
NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. This week, NFL Network analyst and former Giants quarterback Kurt Warner joins host Rich Eisen, Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, and former head coach Steve Mariucci. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms and interviews with players and coaches, while NFL Media’s national insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media’s Mike Silver are on-location with the latest news from around the NFL.
Additionally, Melissa Stark is live on-location outside of Solider Field with fans throughout the pregame show.
Featured on the pregame show this week:
- Rich Eisen sits down with Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall
- Melissa Stark provides a tour of Solider Field
- The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew demonstrates how the Bears turn defense into offense
- Is New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning putting too much pressure on himself?
- An inside look at Broncos-Cowboys from Week 5 with exclusive sound from on the field and highlights from NFL Films cameras
Through four games of its 13-game schedule, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football is averaging a 5.2 US HH rating and 8.2 million viewers – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.
International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show.
For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.
Eisen, Sanders, Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci, Warner, Rapoport and Silver provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
As part of the NFL’s recently announced partnership with Twitter, in-game highlights will be accessible for Twitter users on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices from Thursday Night Football. The in-game highlights on Twitter are in addition to other game footage, news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and voting platforms from NFL Network and NFL.com that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (twitter.com/NFL).
The NFL and NFL Players will support October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fifth-annual national screening initiative and fundraising campaign. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called “A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives,” reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram.
Throughout the month, NFL Breast Cancer Awareness games will feature footballs with pink ribbon decals, on-field pink ribbon stencils and many pink items, including cleats, wristbands, gloves, sideline caps, pins, helmet decals, eye shield decals, captains’ patches, sideline towels and quarterback towels. To mark its fifth anniversary, this year’s campaign will highlight inspiring stories of individuals impacted by the A Crucial Catch campaign. All stories will be available on http://www.nfl.com/pink.
Thursday Night Football on NFL.com/NFL Mobile
Each week starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football returns as the true companion for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. New this season, the live look-ins on NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football feature exclusive coaches’ angles, which include the “All-22,” “High End Zone” and Cable Cam angles. Additionally, the NFL Digital Media production will provide its own play-by-play and analysis for the first time, with Matt “Money” Smith on the call and Solomon Wilcots as analyst. Rebecca Haarlow will be live on-location providing sideline commentary to the broadcast.
From the NFL Network studios, Elliot Harrison is joined alongside analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks to provide instant studio analysis to live game action. Dave Dameshek and Crystina Poncher will be NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football’s social media correspondents, and various NFL Network analysts will join the broadcast throughout the season. To watch each NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football broadcast, visit NFL.com.
As part of the recently redesigned NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can follow Thursday Night Football on the go with TNF Xtra. TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile app, which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. TNF Xtra is live at 7:30 PM ET each Thursday during NFL Network’s 13-game broadcast schedule, and features live video updates from sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow, social media integration, trivia and polls throughout the game, relevant historical facts, statistics and profiles, and instant photos live from the game. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile.
Additionally, for Verizon subscribers the newly redesigned NFL Mobile app enables users with a premium subscription to watch a live feed of Thursday Night Football directly from their mobile device, in addition to NFL Network, NFL RedZone and live NFL game action Sunday and Monday night. All NFL Mobile from Verizon users, regardless of their wireless provider, can watch exclusive NFL highlights and video clips on their mobile device.