NFC South: Chris Myers
Take a look at the map of which games will be broadcast in which areas on Sunday and follow the yellow that represents the game between the Saints and Raiders. The late-afternoon game on FOX, with Dick Stockton and John Lynch announcing, will get much more than just regional play. Aside from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, the game will be available in a large part of Texas, much of California and Nevada, a few pockets in the Midwest and in New York City and surrounding areas.
The 1 p.m. games between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons won’t get nearly as much exposure.
Chris Myers and Tim Ryan will call the game between the Bucs and Panthers, which will air only in the Carolinas and parts of Florida.
The game between the Falcons and Cardinals will feature Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa. That game will be available only in Georgia, most of Arizona and parts of Alabama and Tennessee.
This week is pretty easy because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a bye and we don’t have to wait until 72 hours before kickoff to find out if their game will sell out or not. It’s also easy because the New Orleans Saints play the San Diego Chargers in a nationally-televised game on NBC (with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth) on Sunday night.
The variable games are the ones involving the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons in the early-afternoon time slot and the game between Seattle and Carolina in the late-afternoon slot.
The undefeated Falcons are starting to turn heads around the country and that’s reflected in this week’s map. The Atlanta-Washington (on FOX with Sam Rosen and John Lynch) game will be shown throughout most of the Southeast and even over into parts of Texas as well as Washington and surrounding markets.
The Carolina-Washington game won’t get nearly as much exposure. The FOX game, featuring Chris Myers and Tim Ryan, will be limited pretty much to the Carolinas and the Pacific Northwest.
Let’s start with the 1 p.m. ET game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. The FOX game with Dick Stockton and John Lynch will air through just about the entire Southeast, except for most of Florida. That’s pretty solid regional exposure, but the game will be overshadowed on a national basis by the contest between the 49ers and New York Jets, which will be shown throughout the entire Northeast and most of the West Coast.
Now, let’s turn to the late-afternoon games with two NFC South teams playing at the same time. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints travel to Lambeau Field to face the Packers.
Which game is getting better play?
You probably guessed it already. The FOX broadcast with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman of the Packers and Saints will be shown throughout the vast majority of the country, including Tampa Bay because the Bucs’ game won’t air locally because it didn’t sell out.
The FOX broadcast (featuring Chris Myers and Tim Ryan) of the game between the Redskins and Bucs will be shown in Washington, D.C. and surrounding markets, two very small pockets of Florida and what appears to be a very unlucky portion of central Texas.
The Bucs will open their preseason schedule at Miami on Aug. 10. They’ll be at home against Tennessee on Aug. 17 and with New England on Aug. 24. The Bucs close their preseason at Washington on Aug. 29.
All games are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. WTSP-TV Channel 10 will carry the games locally (home games are subject to blackouts if not sold out) with Chris Myers handling play-by-play duty and former Tampa Bay safety John Lynch providing commentary. Dave Wirth will be the sideline reporter. On radio, the games will be carried on 103.5 FM and 620 AM in the Tampa Bay area. Gene Deckeroff will enter his 24th season as the radio voice of the Bucs and former Tampa Bay tight end Dave Moore will join him in the booth with T.J. Rives working as the sideline reporter.
The rest of the NFC South teams have yet to announce finalized schedules. But you can see a tentative schedule for the Panthers here, the Falcons here and the Saints here. I’ll get you finalized schedules as soon as their available.
The NFL is expected to release the full regular-season schedule later this month.
The game will be televised nationwide by FOX with Joe Buck handling play-by-play duties. Troy Aikman will be the analyst. Pam Oliver and Chris Myers will work as field reporters. On the radio side, Westwood One will carry the game nationally with Dave Sims doing play by play and James Lofton as the analyst. Hub Arkush will be the sideline reporter.
The game also will be carried regionally on the New Orleans Saints radio network. In the immediate New Orleans area, the game will be carried on 870 AM and 105.3 FM. Jim Henderson and Hokie Gajan will be in the booth with Kristian Garic working the sidelines. For those with satellite radio looking to pick up the Saints’ broadcast, it will be on Sirius 123 and XM 102.
Here's one that was a natural. John Lynch will work as color analyst for Tampa Bay's preseason television broadcasts.
Lynch, who also will serve as an analyst on Fox's regular-season broadcasts, will be paired with Chris Myers in the preseason. Lynch was pretty much a media darling throughout his career, but he didn't exactly leave with warm feelings toward coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen. Lynch officially retired as a Buccaneer last year, but Gruden and Allen weren't very active participants in the ceremony. Their firings after the season helped thaw Lynch's relationship with the organization.
A nine-time Pro Bowler, Lynch joined the Bucs in 1993 and spent 11 seasons in Tampa Bay before joining the Denver Broncos.