Fox has only one game Sunday — and it’s the Rams, again. Going to nine percent of the country.
(When you have to spell out a number rather than give its two-digit preferred presentation, there’s something less large about it).
Also, it’s the guys you heard try to mush through things a week ago. So they have some context to the Team Goff saga.
Go ahead, pinch yourself. Or stay in the greater adjacent Stockton area an extra day to avoid that holiday rush back to L.A. to see it bright and early.
CBS is granted doubleheader status Sunday and has a work-around for its afternoon offering, allowed to have in place something up against the Rams (you guessed it, the Chargers, so it’s not real gem). At least there’s the Raiders to watch on the TV monitors at Target during that vital day of shopping til you drop (and bring your extra bags with you — no one needs the indignity of paying an extra 10 cents a pop).
Everyone plays, and NFL Network doesn’t get any games, yet CBS ends up with three, and two each Fox and NBC. Pass the stuffing.
The altered weekend schedule:
Thursday Thanksgiving Day games:
= Minnesota at Detroit, 9:30 a.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
= Washington at Dallas, 1:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
= Pittsburgh at Indianapolis, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth)
= Rams at New Orleans, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale). Which means no sniff of Arizona-Atlanta, N.Y. Giants-Cleveland or San Francisco-Miami in the early window or Seattle-Tampa Bay (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston) in the afternoon window. Which is probably OK.
= San Diego at Houston, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon) Instead of Tennessee-Chicago, Jacksonville-Buffalo or Cincinnati-Baltimore.
= Carolina at Oakland, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms), brisky skipping over New England at N.Y. Jets (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green) in this afternoon window.
= Kansas City at Denver, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, as Al Michaels continues to have the week off)
= Green Bay at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
No bye weeks
And because you asked nicely, we’ll supply the channels for the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket for those who can’t already figure it out:
San Diego-Houston: 708
N.Y. Giants-Cleveland: 710
San Francisco-Miami: 711
Seattle-Tampa Bay: 713
New England-N.Y. Jets: 714