Sunday Countdown: Wayne, Manning, more

October, 11, 2012
10/11/12
2:28
PM ET
"Sunday NFL Countdown" airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Below are some of the features you can see this week.

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Playing for Pagano: Perhaps no member of the Colts’ family appreciated last Sunday’s dramatic, comeback win over the Packers more than Reggie Wayne. It was a game dedicated to head coach Chuck Pagano, who is currently battling leukemia. Wayne’s relationship with Pagano dates back to the middle of the 1990s, when Pagano recruited Wayne to play at the University of Miami. The two have remained close over the years. We learn what last Sunday’s game meant to Wayne, who had one of the best performances of his career, and hear how the receiver is helping his coach and friend tackle the fight of his life.

Eli Manning crash-test dummy: On Sunday, the Giants play in San Francisco for the first time since the NFC Championship Game. New York came out victorious then, but Manning took a beating from San Francisco’s vaunted defense. Manning was hailed both by teammates and the 49ers for his toughness, standing in the pocket and leading the Giants to a win. Now, as these teams get set for the rematch, we examine how Manning’s body might hold up again.

Stopping on a dime: Philly’s LeSean McCoy is the best cutback runner in the league today. Who was his inspiration? The best cutback rusher of all time, Barry Sanders. McCoy gives us the secret to stopping on a dime, and explains how the Lions’ Hall of Fame running back impacts his game today. Hear why Sanders himself is a fan of the Eagles’ star.

Where you at?: Cris Carter returns for his weekly look at players who simply haven’t been showing up. Fans have weighed in via Twitter with their suggestions, but Carter’s list is the final word. Last week, CC was looking for a bunch of defensive players and found a few guys who had been missing in previous weeks. Who will CC single out this week?

Pete Carroll’s celebrations: Want to know how the Seahawks are doing? Just watch Pete Carroll on the sidelines. The 61-year old coach is now in his third season in Seattle, and hasn’t lost any of his enthusiasm or changed his demeanor from his days at USC. We talk to the Seahawks about their exuberant head coach and the impact he has had on this young and talented NFC contender.

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