NFC South: Tony Siragusa
A lot of times, a game between Tampa Bay and New Orleans would get dominant play in the Southeast. But that’s not the case Sunday. The Fox game, which will feature Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick, basically will be a regional game. It will air only in parts of Florida, all of Louisiana, a good chunk of Mississippi and part of Alabama.
The Bucs and the Saints are getting overshadowed by the game between the Falcons and New York Giants. That game will air throughout Georgia, a large part of Alabama and Tennessee and even spill over into parts of Arkansas and Florida. More importantly, the Fox broadcast, featuring Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, will be available through most of Texas all of New Mexico and in the Las Vegas market. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
The Falcons and Giants will be available in the nation’s two largest markets. The game will be broadcast in New York and throughout almost all of the Northeast. It also will be available in Los Angeles and almost all of Southern California.
The late afternoon game between San Diego and Carolina is going to get very limited play. The Chargers weren’t able to sell out, so the game won’t even air in San Diego. The Fox broadcast, featuring Sam Rosen and Heath Evans, will air only in all of North Carolina and most of South Carolina.
The Falcons have a couple questions on injuries. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) and receiver Julio Jones (ankle) both are questionable. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons bring one or both to the field to test them out. But I haven’t seen any signs of that yet. There are only a few Falcons, including kicker Matt Bryant, on the field at the moment. Coach Mike Smith just walked onto the field and is talking to broadcaster Tony Siragusa, who played for Baltimore when Smith was an assistant coach there.
We should get official word on if Jones and Weatherspoon will be active or not at approximately 11:30 a.m. ET. As soon as the word comes, I’ll let you know.
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.
The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints each have prime-time games that will be broadcast nationally. The Falcons host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night on NBC. The Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN on Monday night.
Even the games involving the NFC South’s other two teams will be available to pretty large television audiences. Let’s take a look at the map of which games will be shown in which television markets.
Although the Carolina Panthers are 1-6, their 1 p.m. ET game on FOX (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa) will get huge exposure. I think it’s safe to say that has a lot more to do with the Redskins and Robert Griffin III than it does with the Panthers. The game will be shown in the Mid-Atlantic region, much of the Northeast, most of the Southeast and throughout almost all of Texas.
The Sunday late-afternoon game (FOX with Dick Stockton and John Lynch) between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders won’t be as widely available as the game between the Panthers and the Redskins, but still will get some decent play. It will air in Central Florida, Northern California, part of Nevada and throughout all of Colorado.
Let’s turn to the trusty maps at the506.com.
The Bucs and Saints will air at 1 p.m. ET on FOX with Dick Stockton and John Lynch as the announcers. The game will get good, but not great play. It will be aired throughout Florida, except for the Jacksonville and Miami markets, and through most of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, but that’s about it.
The Dallas at Carolina game will air at the same time on FOX with -- Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa – and that game will get more exposure. But I think that has a lot more to do with the Cowboys than the Panthers. The game will air in the Carolinas, a small pocket of Georgia, all of Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and parts of some neighboring states.
But the game that’s getting the most exposure in this time slot is the contest between the Redskins and Giants. As you might expect, that game will air throughout the entire Northeast and also will get some good play out West.
The surprising thing is the Washington-New York game will be carried through most of Georgia, including the Atlanta market. The Falcons have a bye Sunday, but it would be logical to assume their fans might want to see how their NFC South rivals fare.
Then again, the Falcons are running away with the division, so it might make more sense to show Atlanta fans a game involving teams the Falcons could face in the postseason.
FOX will carry the game nationally. Kenny Albert will handle play-by-play duties and Daryl Johnston will be the color analyst. Tony Siragusa will be reporting from the sidelines of the Superdome.
The game also will be carried on the Saints Radio Network (870 AM and 105.3 FM in the New Orleans area). Jim Henderson is the play-by-play announcer with Hokie Gajan as color analyst and Kristian Garic as the sideline reporter.
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Here's all the broadcast information for Saturday night's game between Arizona and Carolina. Kenny Albert will be the play-by-play man on FOX with Daryl Johnston as the analyst and Tony Siragusa as the sideline reporter.
In the Carolinas, the Panthers Radio Network will carry the game with Mick Mixon doing play by play and Eugene Robinson as the analyst. Nationally, the game will be carried on Westwood One Radio with former Panthers' radio voice Bill Rosinski handling play by play while Dan Reeves provides analysis.