NFL games were the two most-watched shows on TV last week (Nov. 4-10) with the CBS national telecast (mostly Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers) topping all sports and entertainment competition with 24.1 million viewers followed by NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Dallas Cowboys-New Orleans Saints) drawing 21.1 million viewers. This marks the 10th time in 10 weeks that an NFL game has topped the viewership charts.
Locally, NFL games topped ratings in 27 NFL markets last week. For the season, NFL games rank as the 20 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day, up from 16 at this point last season.
Unless you have a dish, or feel like going to a sports bar, here are your options:
1:00pm: CBS - Jets at Buffalo. Announcing team: Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. This one is only being shown in the NY/Buffalo/New England market. Mainly because the Bills were facing a TV blackout until Friday, when owner Ralph Wilson bought the remaining tickets to avoid what would have been the league's first blackout of the season. The proceeds of the sale of the tickets will go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
1:00pm: FOX - Washington at Philadelphia. Announcing team: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch. An always-entertaining matchup, this year especially in this subpar NFC Least division. The Eagles have yet to win at home under Chip Kelly (0-4) and the Redskins are 1-4 on the road. Best case scenario for Giant fans is a Washington win here, which would put drop the Eagles to 5-6 while improving the Redskins' record to 4-6.
4:25pm: FOX - Green Bay at Giants. Announcing team: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa. The game we're sure you all will be watching. This game was flexed out of primetime in favor of Kansas City-Denver and rightfully so. The Giants are 3-6 and the Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers, reducing the "watchability" factor of this game which will now only be seen in the NYC and some Midwest markets. The rest of the country, with the exception of Seattle and Minnesota will be treated to San Francisco at New Orleans.
8:30pm: NBC - Kansas City at Denver. Announcing team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth. Probably the best matchup of the year so far. The AFC’s top two teams...the 9-0 Chiefs and the 8-1 Broncos. The teams’ combined winning percentage of .944 (17-1) is the highest in a game this late in the season since December 7, 1969 when the 11-0 Los Angeles Rams faced the 10-1 Minnesota Vikings (combined 21-1, .955 winning percentage).
The Chiefs, who had a bye in Week 10, are the first team in the four professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) to start a season 9-0 after finishing with the worst record in the previous year. Kansas City has allowed a league-low 111 points and is the first club since 1934 to start 9-0 and not allow more than 17 points in any of the first nine games.
Monday, ESPN, 8:40pm: New England at Carolina. Announcing team: Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden. Another very watchable ballgame.
The Patriots, who had a bye in Week 10, will look to continue the offensive success it had in Week 9 when New England scored 55 points and racked up 610 yards of total offense. In that win over Pittsburgh, quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 432 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. The performance was Brady’s 15th with at least four touchdowns and no interceptions and the Patriots are 15-0 in those contests.
Carolina aims for its sixth consecutive win. The Panthers’ defense has been one of the league’s best, allowing 115 points, the second-fewest in the NFL behind only 9-0 Kansas City (111). Carolina is the only team in the NFL to rank in the top five in total (second), rushing (second) and passing (tied for fourth) defense. Last week, the Panthers held San Francisco to nine points and 151 total net yards in Carolina’s 10-9 victory. Entering that contest, the 49ers had averaged 34.8 points and 357.6 total net yards per game over its past five games (all wins).