Sunday Countdown: Ray Lewis, Jets, more

October, 18, 2012
10/18/12
3:30
PM ET
“Sunday NFL Countdown” airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, as host Chris Berman and analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson set the stage for each week’s games.

See below for some of the highlights and features of this week’s show.

In the meantime, check out our ESPN expert picks for the Week 7 slate of games.

End of the workhorse running back -- voiced by Earl Campbell: Baltimore against Houston, one of the marquee matchups of Week 7, features a rare matchup of workhorse running backs in Ray Rice and Arian Foster. NFL teams have trended toward running back committees in recent years. So are the days of franchise halfbacks history? “Sunday NFL Countdown” looks at the evolution of the running back and where it’s going from here. Former Houston Oilers star Earl Campbell, arguably the best example ever of the workhorse back, narrates the feature.

Ray Lewis’ impact: One of the best linebackers ever to play the game will not be in uniform this weekend, as Ravens star Ray Lewis is sidelined with a torn triceps. “Sunday NFL Countdown” taps Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and other legendary players to discuss the emotions of slowing down toward the end of a Hall of Fame career.

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley: Before he made life difficult for offenses with the Steelers and the Michigan Wolverines, LaMarr Woodley played at Saginaw High School in Michigan. Now, he’s making life easier for kids from his hometown by footing the bill for the financially strapped school district’s entire football budget. “Sunday NFL Countdown” shares the story of how Woodley has made it possible for other Saginaw kids to follow in his footsteps.

DJ Porter on the Jets: Is there a team that’s been through more in the past year than the New York Jets? DJ Porter spins his take on Gang Green, mixing music and sound bites in time for the Jets’ showdown with New England.

Mayne Event: What’s still wrong with Aaron Rodgers? After responding to media critics with a resounding six-touchdown performance against the Texans, you might think any questions about Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were answered. However, Kenny Mayne discovers there is major dissension in the Green Bay locker room, with running backs unhappy they’re not getting enough carries. and offensive lineman wondering why they aren’t being used in tackle-eligible situations. Amid the chaos enters Kenny, who talks to Rodgers to get to the bottom of things once and for all.

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