The Rams 2.0 are a liability to us all at this point in the struggle for mediocrity. Especially from a TV viewing experience.
Fox has the Sunday doubleheader this weekend, but the unfortunate lock-down of having anything Rams beamed back toward us in this delivery system is asking L.A. to give up a lot. It’s beginning to smell a lot like the old Chargers days, eh?
The Rams-Falcons game lands at the Coliseum on Sunday (1:25 p.m., Channel 11) to a very limited audience (11 percent of the country), and it’s a reflection on the game’s importance that Dick Stockton and David Diehl will be asked to fly out to spend time in the booth with Kristina Pink on the sidelines.
Conversely, Fox has put all its Sunday afternoon guns on the Seattle at Green Bay contest in the same window.
Again, with Stockton’s insertion into the equation, he had the unmemorable call of the Rams’ back in Week 3 with Chris Speilman and we believe Stockton intends to return to the upright position for this one as well.
CBS has one of six games to pick from, but it has to be in the 10 a.m. window.
And suddenly, Thursday night games are worth staying awake for. Taking that a step further, NBC points out that the late games it covers Thursday and Sunday are the first time two prime-time games have been held in the same week featuring teams that have combined for at least a 19-5 record (.792 winning percentage).
Here’s how it falls together:
= Raiders at Kansas City, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4, NFL Network (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox)
= Denver at Tennessee, 10 a.m., Channel 2 (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts). CBS passes on Pittsburgh-Buffalo (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms), Cincinnati-Cleveland, Chicago-Detroit (shifted over from Fox) and Houston-Indianapolis in the early window.
= Washington at Philadelphia, 10 a.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver). You’d have thought maybe San Diego’s game at Carolina (Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn) would have to be here, but Fox goes with the game of more national interest and 68 percent coverage. Chargers-Panthers only gets 6 percent coverage, which may be an all-time low. Arizona-Miami and Minnesota-Jacksonville are also bypassed.
= Rams vs. Atlanta, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11 (Dick Stockton, David Diehl, Kristina Pink). St. Louis is part of the 67 percent who see Seattle-Green Bay (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman), but not L.A. Also in this window: Fox’s New Orleans-Tampa Bay (Thom Bennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Speilman) and CBS’ N.Y. Jets-San Francisco (Greg Gumbel, Trent Green)
= Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
= Baltimore at New England, 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters) Continue reading