Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sunday Countdown: Watt, Fitzgerald, more
By ESPN.com staff
Here are some of the stories you’ll see on "Sunday NFL Countdown," which airs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
- Last week, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt sacked Peyton Manning 2.5 times and is now second in the NFL in the category. Watt, a second-year player, is quickly becoming one of the best defensive players in the game. But it’s not just his sack prowess that makes life miserable for opposing offenses. His passion for knocking down passes has become a force teams must reckon with. This week, Tom Jackson catches up with Watt to discover the art of J.J.’s swat.
- Eagles running back LeSean McCoy led the NFL in touchdowns in 2011. Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora once led the NFC in sacks and wears two Super Bowl rings. Neither likes the other, a fact made clear last year when their animosity erupted on the field and then escalated to Twitter. Now they duel with tweets and bone-jarring contact. E-60’s Lisa Salters explores the NFL’s hottest Twitter feud and looks ahead to their next on-field meeting Sunday night in Philly.
- A month ago, you probably couldn’t find anyone who picked the Arizona Cardinals to start 3-0. All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one of the reasons Arizona has become the surprise team of the new season. Besides helping orchestrate the Cardinals’ offense, Fitzgerald recently was a guest conductor for the Phoenix Symphony. Beethoven or beating corners -- Fitzgerald explains his podium and pigskin success.
- Cris Carter returns for his weekly look at players who simply haven’t been showing up. Last week, CC placed Chris Johnson front and center in his segment, and the Titans back has yet to be found. Who will CC single out this week? Players need to step up soon or risk of being called out in “Where You At?”
- For the second straight year, facing back-to-back games east of the Mississippi, the San Francisco 49ers are spending a week in Youngstown, Ohio. Last year, San Francisco won the games before and after its week in Ohio, beating Cincinnati and Philadelphia. Sunday, the 49ers hope to bounce back against the Jets after losing to the Vikings. Colleen Dominguez has been with San Francisco all week and gives us an all-access, inside look at the 49ers on the road.
- Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen and his wife, Kara, are in the midst of a difficult journey. One of their unborn twins has a rare and deadly heart defect, diagnosed in utero. Chris Connelly sits down with them to find out what they’ve been doing to prepare, and what the short- and long-term prognosis is for their son.
Here are Week 4 picks from Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Cris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson.