NFL Week 7 in the L.A. market: London calling (again) without the brutal wake-up call

What time is the Rams’ kickoff in London? Does looking at Big Ben even help?

Before looking ahead, we glance backward …
Sunday evening, as the Dodgers-Cubs NLCS Game 2 was understandably engaging most of the Southern California viewership — a 12.3 rating and 25 share, translating to 1.14 million viewers for TBS — it’s quite interesting to note that still some 526,000 other viewers were registered watching the N.Y. Giants-Denver NFL game on KNBC-Channel 4 (6.8 rating/13 share) going on at the same time.
(Maybe they even caught the Al Michaels-Harvey Weinstein “only in L.A.” joke reference that led to some on social media getting their Under Armor in a bunch).
What’s stranger is that the New England-N.Y. Jets telecast at 10 a.m. Sunday (via CBS) had the largest NFL rating of the day in L.A.: 8.2/21 share, with an average of 647,000 viewers.
However, the Chargers’ game in Oakland (Channel 2, 1:25 p.m.) still averaged more viewers — 679,000 — despite its 7.9 rating and 18 share because of how it was positioned.
Head-to-head with the Rams-Jacksonville game on Channel 11 (5.9/14 share/485,000 viewers), the Chargers can claim victory. But we all know it was the Raiders’ participation that made the difference, eh?
(And we’re pretty sure that Dick Stockton, calling that Rams-Jags game, may finally see the end of his broadcast career coming closer. The memo from Fox will likely come with some obvious bulletpoints like this one).

Pushing forward …

The saving grace for the Rams-Cardinals game in London is that it doesn’t come with that brutal 6:30 a.m. kickoff. The Chargers at home against Denver also provides uninterrupted coverage of both games. However, a Super Bowl rematch on Channel 4 on Sunday night and a Raiders’ game all to themselves on Thursday will likely claim the top rated games all around.
It stacks up this way:

THURSDAY
== Kansas City at Oakland, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2/NFL Network/Amazon Prime (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo)

SUNDAY
== Rams vs. Arizona in London, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber)
This is the only game Fox has for Sunday out of a schedule of five options. We get this one instead of New Orleans-Green Bay, N.Y. Jets-Miami, Tampa Bay-Buffalo in the morning or Dallas-San Francisco in the afternoon (with Thom Brennamen and Troy Aikman).
== Carolina at Chicago, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts)
The Rams have competition from this one, but CBS could have also picked Baltimore-Minnesota, Jacksonville-Indianapolis or Tennessee-Cleveland.
== Chargers vs. Denver at StubHub Center in Carson, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Kevin Harland, Rich Gannon)
This game blocks us from Cincinnati-Pittsburgh (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo) and Seattle-N.Y. Giants in the afternoon.
= Atlanta at New England, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

MONDAY
= Washington at Philadelphia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden)

Bye week: Detroit, Houston

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