An observation heading into NFL Week 1: Playing video blackjack at the casinos in Vegas last weekend, you can’t help but notice that King Dan Fouts has an impact on how much bank you can make … it was is if he was talking to me at 4 a.m., imploring me to stop.
It will also be Fout’s call on when to fold while watching the Rams’ season opener against Indianapolis on KCBS-Channel 2. The former Chargers QB, who has publicly said he was against his team moving from San Diego to L.A., gets to air it out if he chooses with Ian Eagle (and Evan Washburn on the sideline) with a 1 p.m. kickoff from the Coliseum.
(Memo to CBS: Please have Fouts do the Chargers-Dolphins game from StubHub Center in Week 2…. want to hear him again belittle the little facility that the displaced Chargers are now playing in as they await joint tenancy in Inglewood).
The Chargers become the back end of the Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN, going to Denver with Beth Mowins and recently fired Jets coach Rex Ryan trying to become a TV analysts at Mowin’s expense. We’ll have a story on Mowins for Sunday’s editions. Sergio Dipp is the sideline reporter for the game that starts on time as a simulcast on KABC-Channel 7, no matter if the early game runs long. (All ESPN NFL regular season games are shown on an over-the-air channel in the home team’s markets)
Almost every Rams game was on Fox KTTV-Channel 11 last season because of its NFC-heavy schedule, but CBS lands this one with the AFC affiliation and the Colts.
As it turns out, Fox has the locked-in doubleheader and will put its prime Seattle-Green Bay telecast up against it, which gives L.A. viewers some lively competition.
The rest of Week 1 that will beam free to L.A. (not taking into account DirecTV and “NFL Sunday Ticket” because we don’t have it and don’t want it):
== Kansas City at New England, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, starting his 32nd year in prime-time NFL playcalling, with Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya. Football Night in America begins at 4:30 p.m.) Shown nationally
== Philadelphia at Washington, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber) Instead of Chicago-Atlanta, Arizona-Detroit or Tampa Bay-Miami on Fox. No CBS game allowed in this window, so that excludes Tony Romo’s debut with Jim Nantz on Oakland-Tennessee — and it kicks the Raiders out of L.A. in this case — plus Pittsburgh-Cleveland, N.Y. Jets-Buffalo, Baltimore-Cincinnati and Jacksonville-Houston.
== Rams vs. Indianapolis, 1 p.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). No other game on CBS in the afternoon window.
== Seattle at Green Bay, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman) Fox also has Carolina-San Francisco in this window for the Bay Area and East Coast viewers in each team’s area.
== N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya. Football Night in America begins at 4 p.m.) Shown nationally. This is the fourth time in six seasons that the Cowboys-Giants have kicked off the Sunday night schedule and the 18th prime-time Giants-Cowboys game that Michaels has called.
“Dallas, of course, not that they’re America’s Team or whatever, but they were,” Michaels said recently. “There is a certain patina with that team.”
As the Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn adds: “Public service announcement: If you believe ‘patina’ to be some sort of sly Michaels’ reference for a gambling term, you’d be wrong. Let’s go with this definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: ‘A surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use’.”
== New Orleans at Minnesota, 4 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden) Shown nationally
== Chargers at Denver, 7:15 p.m., ESPN and Channel 7 (Beth Mowins, Rex Ryan, Sergio Dipp) Shown nationally. A Chargers pregame show airs on Channel 7 at 7 p.m. with Rob Fukuzaki and Ashley Brewer with a post-game show starting afterward and running until 11 p.m.