This should be the week Fox calls an audible and hires Eric Dickerson as a game analyst.
Cue the jheri curl as everyone on the Rams curls up into a ball.
The problem is obvious: Not many would understand what he’s saying. If you watched (and tried to listen) to him when KCBS-Channel 2 bunched him up with Andrew Siciliano and Marshall Faulk on those three TV exhibition games, it’s painfully obvious. As it is when Dickerson takes to the airwaves to do interviews this week in addition to the hours he soaks up on KLAC-AM (570) for his Monday headline show.
Dickerson has had plenty of time to vent about how the Rams have wronged him. Instead, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver are dispatched to Foxoboro, Mass., for the Rams-Patriots game on Sunday at 10 a.m., carried by KTTV-Channel 11. That broadcasting group was first exposed to this edition of the Rams in Week 9.
Fox has the doubleheader and goes rouge without considering the San Diego secondary market baloney. CBS has one of five games to pick from and it really has no other choice here but to go Raider strong.
How the weekend shakes out:
= Dallas at Minnesota, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4, NFL Network (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox). Expect more Cowboys-related ratings even on a weeknight.
= Rams at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver). Because of this Rams’ commitment, Fox won’t be showing us the early Detroit-New Orleans, Philadelphia-Cincinnati or San Francisco-Chicago in this window. And because there’s more interesting in seeing if Tom Brady sets an NFL record for most career wins by a quarterback, and if Jeff Fisher moves into sole possession of No. 2 on the NFL’s list of coaching losses, this has the most at stake anyway. Some 36 percent of the nation will see it — which seems to be the highest percentage of any Rams game this year outside the Monday Night Football opener.
= Buffalo at Oakland, 1:05 p.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). The other CBS games that can’t air here anyway because they go up against the Rams: Houston-Green Bay (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms), Kansas City-Atlanta (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green), Denver-Jacksonville and Miami-Baltimore.
= N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman). Surprise? San Diego’s home game against Tampa Bay goes to only those two home markets (5 percent of the country), knowing the Giants-Steelers (now going to 85 percent) is far too good a national matchup to have corrupted by NFL TV guidelines. Also bypassed here: Washington at Arizona.
= Carolina at Seattle, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
= Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
Bye week (but won’t really be missed): Cleveland, Tennessee
Sunday’s DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” lineup:
= Channel 705: Kansas City-Atlanta
= Channel 706: Miami-Baltimore
= Channel 707: Houston-Green Bay
= Channel 708: Denver-Jacksonville
= Channel 709: San Francisco-Chicago
= Channel 710: Philadelphia-Cincinnati
= Channel 712: Detroit-New Orleans
= Channel 714: Washington-Arizona
= Channel 716: Tampa Bay-San Diego