When the NFL schedule was announced five months ago most out of town fans of the Patriots circled week two as a game they would likely see from the comfort of their own living room or man cave. After all it was a 4:15 game between two of the elite teams in the AFC and the New England Patriots; it would surely be broadcast just about anywhere, right?
Although this game is indeed the primary game for CBS in their late slot, there are sizable portions of the country that will not see it unless they have the Sunday Ticket, a Slingbox, head to a local sports bar, or roll the dice with a fuzzy illegal internet stream.
The Miami and Houston television markets were going to get the Dolphins’ game versus the Texans, but it looks like most of the rest of those states will also get those games. So fans in Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, and all of Texas – with the exception of Dallas – will not see the Pats on local television.
In addition most all of Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho will be treated to a compelling matchup between the Bengals and Broncos rather than the Pats – Chargers game.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are the announcers for the Pats-Chargers game; Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will do the Miami game while CBS’ number eight team of someone or something known as Spero Dedes (is that contagious?) calls the Broncos-Bengals game; for his sake analyst Steve Beuerlein better not sit too close.
For the early game the New England area and most of the southeast will get the Jaguars – Jets game; Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf are the announcers. The early game broadcast on Fox in New England is a good one: Chicago at New Orleans; their number one crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be the announcers for that matchup.
To the best of my knowledge, this is a complete listing of the television stations that will be airing the Pats – Chargers game; for a visual representation check out the506.com.
Alaska: KTVA, Anchorage; KXD, Fairbanks
Alabama: WIAT, Birmingham; WHNT, Huntsville; WKRG, Mobile; WAKA, Montgomery
Arkansas: KFSM, Fort Smith; KTHV, Little Rock
Arizona: KPHO, Phoenix; KOLD, Tucson; KSWT, Yuma
California: KBAK, Bakersfield; KHSL, Chico; KVIQ, Eureka; KGPE, Fresno; KCBS, Los Angeles; KION, Monterey; KPSP, Palm Springs; KOVR, Sacramento; KFMB, San Diego; KCOY, Santa Maria
Connecticut: KFSB, Hartford
DC: WUSA, Washington
Georgia: WGCL, Atlanta; WRDW, Augusta; WRBL, Columbus; WMAZ, Macon; WTOC, Savannah
Hawaii: KGMB, Honolulu
Iowa: KGAN, Cedar Rapids; KCCI, Des Moines; KIMT, Mason City; KMEG, Sioux City
Idaho: KLEW, Lewiston
Illinois: WCIA, Champaign; WBBM, Chicago; WMBD, Peoria; WHBF, Rock Island
Indiana: WEVV, Evansville; WISH, Indianapolis; WLFI, Lafayette; WSBT, South Bend; WTHI, Terre Haute
Kansas: KOAM, Pittsburgh; WIBW, Topeka; KWCH, Wichita
Kentucky: WNKY-DT, Bowling Green
Louisiana: KALB-DT, Alexandria; WAFB, Baton Rouge; KLFY, Lafayette; KNOE, Monroe; WWL, New Orleans
Massachusetts: WBZ, Boston; WSHM, Springfield
Maryland: WJZ, Baltimore; WBOC, Salisbury
Maine: WABI, Bangor; WGME, Portland; WAGM, Presque Isle
Michigan: WLNS, Lansing; WJMN, Marquette; WNEM, Saginaw; WWTV, Traverse City
Minnesota: KDLH, Duluth; KEYC, Mankato; WCCO, Minneapolis
Missouri: KFVS, Cape Girardeau; KHQA, Hannibal; KRCG, Jefferson City; KCTV, Kansas City; KTVO, Kirksville; KOLR, Springfield; KMOV, St. Louis
Mississippi: WCBI, Columbus; WXVT, Greenville; WHLT, Hattiesburg; WJTV, Jackson; WMDN, Meridian
North Carolina: WBTV, Charlotte; WFMY, Greensboro; WNCT, Greenville; WRAL, Raleigh; WILM, Wilmington
North Dakota: KXJB, Fargo
Nebraska: KGIN, Grand Island; KOLN, Lincoln; KMTV, Omaha
Nevada: KLAS, Las Vegas; KTVN, Reno
New York: WRGB, Albany; WBNG, Binghamton; WIVB, Buffalo; WENY-DT, Elmira; WCBS, New York; WROC, Rochester; WTVH, Syracuse; WWNY, Watertown
Oklahoma: KWTV, Oklahoma City; KOTV, Tulsa
Oregon: KBNZ, Bend; KVAL, Eugene; KTVL, Medford; KOIN, Portland
Pennsylvania: WTAJ, Altoona; WSEE, Erie; WHP, Harrisburg; KYW, Philadelphia; KDKA, Pittsburgh; WYOU, Scranton
Rhode Island: WPRI, Providence
South Carolina: WCSC, Charleston; WLTX, Columbia; WBTW, Florence; WSPA, Spartanburg
Tennessee: WDEF, Chattanooga; WVLT, Knoxville; WREG, Memphis; WTVF, Nashville; WJHL, Tri-Cities
Texas: KTVT, Dallas
Virginia: WCAV, Charlottesville; WTKR, Norfolk; WTVR, Richmond; WDBJ, Roanoke
Vermont: WCAX, Burlington
Washington: KEPR, Kennewick; KIRO, Seattle; KREM, Spokane; KIMA, Yakima
Wisconsin: WFRV, Green Bay; WKBT, La Crosse; WISC, Madison; WDJT, Milwaukee; WSAW, Wausau
West Virginia: WVNS, Beckley; WDTV, Weston
Any CBS television station that is not listed above that is in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana or Texas will be showing the Houston-Miami game. Any CBS television station is not listed above that is in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Ohio or West Virginia will get the Bengals-Broncos game. Also, KPIX in San Francisco will be the only CBS station that will not broadcast any of these three games.