Another reminder of what happens when your city gets back into the NFL business.
Sundays aren’t the only day that you feel this weird guilt/obligation to watch the local team mess conflict with your non-football viewing habits.
Even though the new fall TV season hasn’t really started yet, and the time shift means there’s not a of prime-time here to deal with, it’s not real convenient for those on the freeways trying to slog home.
Following up on the Chargers’ season opener on a Monday night, the Rams have their first and only Thursday night appearance of the season this week at San Francisco.
Again, you’re asking two West Coast teams to put up a 5:20 p.m. start so that it gets into prime-time in the East.
The NFL Network has it, but since TV rules stipulate that any cable-based game has to also go on an over-the-air channel in the L.A. market, it will simulcast on Channel 4 with Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth and Heather Cox.
The NFL Net coverage starts actually at 3 p.m. with Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci, plus Melissa Stark and LaDainian Tomlinson in some sort of bus outside the park.
Amazon Prime subscription also streams the Thursday night games as part of their new rights deal (non-exclusvie).
At least tune in to see the latest yellow/gold swatch of “Color Rush” they’ve forced the Rams to wear this time. Last year when the Rams went to Seattle for a Thursday game, they were in all white because, with the Seahawks in all green, the yellow-green combo is not suitable for colorblind viewers. This time, they’re back to all yellow, while the 49ers are in black with orange numbers. Good luck with that.
The rest of the NFL Week 3 to pay attention to:
= Yahoo! is live streaming a game. It did a Buffalo-Jacksonville game from London in 2015 and called it a success.
= Beth Mowins gets her first game with CBS, and L.A. misses another week of hearing Tony Romo (unless you’re invested in that DirecTV “NFL Sunday Ticket” deal)
= Baltimore vs. Jacksonville from London, 6:30 a.m., Yahoo! Sports streaming (with Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
= Houston at New England, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts). L.A. misses on Cleveland-Indianapolis with Mowins on the call with Jay Feeley, as well as Pittsburgh-Chicago, Denver-Buffalo and Miami-N.Y. Jets as the CBS offerings go in this window.
= N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman). Fox only has five games for its single Sunday, including Atlanta-Detroit, Tampa Bay-Minnesota and New Orleans-Carolina in this window, plus Seattle-Tennessee in the late window.
= Chargers vs. Kansas City from StubHub Center, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon). It blocks us from the other CBS afternoon game, Cincinnati-Green Bay with Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.
= Oakland at Washington, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya). The Raiders’ rating here will likely be whatever the Rams and Chargers get combined on Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.
= Dallas at Arizona, 5:15 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)