San Diego Super Chargers find L.A. TV a week too late

Your NFL TV schedule for this weekend (for those deficient of DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket status):

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10 a.m.: Oakland at Kansas City, Channel 2 (Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon) — goes head-to-head with Tennessee-Cincinnati, Buffalo-Jacksonville and Indianapolis-Minnesota.

10 a.m.: N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman — goes head-to-head with Chicago-Carolina, Green Bay-Detroit and New Orleans-Washington.

1 p.m.: San Diego at Denver, Channel 2 (Dick Enberg and Randy Cross) — goes head-to-head with New England-NY Jets, Baltimore-Houston and Miami-Arizona. Fox also has San Francisco-Seattle and Atlanta-Tampa Bay in this window.

5:15 p.m.: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Channel 4 (Al Michaels and John Madden)

5:30 p.m. Monday: Philadelphia at Dallas, ESPN (Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser).

Last Sunday, you may recall that Fox had access to the Chargers’ home opener against Carolina, but choose instead to carry the Dallas-Cleveland contest. In retrospect, L.A. viewers missed out on a doozy — Carolina winning on the last-play pass, 26-24, while the Cowboys took care of business in a 28-10 victory.
Fox’s philosophy on L.A. being a secondary TV market of San Diego doesn’t go far. The network, home of the NFC, will still put on the game it decides is best for all in L.A., which may often not be the Chargers, even though many still consider them to be the best team in the AFC and a likely Super Bowl contender.

CBS, on the other hand, has the AFC package and is more inclined to sent L.A. the Chargers broadcast — as it will Sunday, instead of Brett Favre and the New York Jets playing at home against New England (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) as be the game of most national interest. CBS will also cram as many Raiders games into its schedule — and with a doubleheader week, it can do that as well in Week 2, even at the expense of a game that may seem to be more nationally interesting — Indianapolis at Minnesota (with No. 2 CBS team Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf).

In Week 3, CBS has a double-header week again, but San Diego hosts the New York Jets on Monday Night Football, so it’s not an issue. Everyone gets it on ESPN. CBS will likely deliver Oakland at Buffalo in the 10 a.m. window (with Don Criqui and Dan Fouts) rather than Cincinnati-NY Giants (going head-to-head against it) and then carry Pittsburgh-Philadelphia (with Nantz and Simms) at 1:15 p.m.

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