A week after they lost in London, and two weeks after they lost in Detroit, and three weeks after they lost ….
The point is: The Rams’ current hangover may result in not really knowing what city, state or country they belong in at this point, but they have their only bye week of the NFL season to enjoy at this point.
Nothing to do Thursday, Sunday or Monday except give the No. 1 draft pick more reps and re-calibrate until Week 9. (Same for N.Y. Giants, Pittsburgh, Miami, San Francisco and Baltimore).
So what 6-6 tie game is left to focus on? And what game could possibly distract us from the Presidential race this weekend? (Because the latest investigative report/panicked speculation on why NFL ratings are falling has to do, of course, with our obsessive nature concerning who’ll become the next president. There is something to note about today’s TVs: They come with remote controls that allow one to leave an NFL game and go to TVLand whenever necessary).
Fox is bestowed with what amounts to a triple-header on Sunday, thanks to another London affair. CBS takes one for the team — and it has to pick between San Diego and Oakland to send to the L.A. market.
Here’s how it was decided, along with the Halloween-night contest where cheerleaders are allowed to dress as cheerleaders but usually go with some other kind of classy costume:
= Jacksonville at Tennessee, 5:25 p.m., NFL Network (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson)
= Washington vs. Cincinnati at Wembley Stadium in London, 6:30 a.m., Channel 11 (Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver)
= Seattle at New Orleans, 10 a.m., (Justin Kutcher, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman). It goes to 64 percent of the country, but Fox skips over a contest that seems more obvious: The Rams’ NFC West rival Arizona playing at Carolina (10 a.m., going to just 9 percent), as the Panthers play the Rams in Week 9. Also bypassed here: Detroit-Houston.
= San Diego at Denver, 1:05 p.m., Channel 2 (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green). CBS has five choices here, and the obvious one seemed taking Oakland at Tampa Bay in the 10 a.m. slot, considering the Raiders’ new-found success. Instead, they are still aligned with the San Diego market as a Southern California-adjacent entity. So the Chargers will go up against Fox’s designated nationally-televised afternoon contest, and CBS also passes on Kansas City-Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets-Cleveland and New England-Buffalo in the early window.
= Green Bay at Atlanta, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman). Every market but Denver gets this one. Even San Diego. That’s 98 percent coverage.
= Philadelphia at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
= Minnesota at Chicago, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)