The stars align in a favorable position this week for out of town Pats fans as 92% of the US will be able to see the Patriots play the Jets next Sunday from the comfort of their own couch, even without a subscription to the Sunday Ticket.


Why such overwhelming coverage?

  • It’s a national late game
  • It’s on CBS and they have the doubleheader this week
  • There’s only one other late game instead of the usual four or more
  • Fox is not showing any late games due to their commitment to broadcast baseball playoffs


The only CBS stations that will not be broadcasting the Pats game are nine affiliates in northern California and Oregon that follow the 49ers; seven in northern Florida and southern Georgia that follow the Jaguars; and Reno Nevada, which always shows whatever game the Las Vegas affiliate is not airing; they will all be broadcasting Jacksonville at Oakland. My condolences to football fans in those markets.


Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be the announcers for the Pats-Jets game.


Most of the country (including New England) will get Baltimore at Houston for the early CBS game, which will be shown on 82% of the CBS affiliates; Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf are the announcers. There are only two other CBS games: Tennessee at Buffalo (17 stations) and Cleveland at Indianapolis (16 stations). Five markets will not get an early CBS game per NFL rules that prohibit another game from being broadcast in the market of a team playing at home at the same time: Tampa, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Charlotte and New York City.


Although some New England stations might consider switching to the Buffalo game since they are a division rival, I doubt that will happen; Baltimore and Houston are the two top AFC teams that most likely pose a threat to the Patriots for winning the conference and that promises to be a very good game, while the Bills-Titans is not nearly as compelling of a matchup.


On FOX the Redskins at Giants game get the most coverage (42%) and will be the early game available in New England. Other games on Fox are Dallas at Carolina (20%), Green Bay at St. Louis (17%), New Orleans at Tampa Bay (11%) and Arizona at Minnesota (10%).


Looking ahead to week 8 the Pats-Rams game in London will again be announced by Nantz and Simms. Since they are CBS’ number one broadcast team it should get decent coverage, even though it is an early game and FOX has the doubleheader. If you are in one of the eight markets of the four other early CBS games you won’t get it though; those games are Jacksonville at Green Bay, Miami at the Jets, San Diego at Cleveland and Indianapolis at Tennessee.


Here is a complete list of the CBS stations that will be broadcasting the game between the Patriots and the Jets:

AK — KTVA, Anchorage
AK — KXD, Fairbanks
AL — WIAT, Birmingham
AL — WTVY, Dothan
AL — WHNT, Huntsville
AL — WKRG, Mobile
AL — WAKA, Montgomery
AR — KFSM, Fort Smith
AR — KTHV, Little Rock
AZ — KPHO, Phoenix
AZ — KOLD, Tucson
AZ — KSWT, Yuma
CA — KCBS, Los Angeles
CA — KPSP, Palm Springs
CA — KFMB, San Diego
CO — KKTV, Colorado Springs
CO — KCNC, Denver
CO — KREX, Grand Junction
CT — WFSB, Hartford
DC — WUSA, Washington
FL — WINK, Fort Myers
FL — WFOR, Miami
FL — WTSP, Tampa
FL — WPEC, West Palm Beach
GA — WGCL, Atlanta
GA — WRDW, Augusta
GA — WRBL, Columbus
GA — WMAZ, Macon
HI — KGMB, Honolulu
IA — KGAN, Cedar Rapids
IA — KCCI, Des Moines
IA — KIMT, Mason City
IA — KMEG, Sioux City
ID — KBOI, Boise
ID — KIDK, Idaho Falls
ID — KLEW, Lewiston
ID — KMVT, Twin Falls
IL — WCIA, Champaign
IL — WBBM, Chicago
IL — WMBD, Peoria
IL — WHBF, Rock Island
IL — WIFR, Rockford
IN — WEVV, Evansville
IN — WANE, Fort Wayne
IN — WISH, Indianapolis
IN — WLFI, Lafayette
IN — WSBT, South Bend
IN — WTHI, Terre Haute
KS — KOAM, Pittsburg
KS — WIBW, Topeka
KS — KWCH, Wichita
KY — WNKY, Bowling Green
KY — WYMT, Hazard
KY — WKYT, Lexington
KY — WLKY, Louisville
LA — KALB, Alexandria
LA — WAFB, Baton Rouge
LA — KLFY, Lafayette
LA — KNOE, Monroe
LA — WWL, New Orleans
LA — KSLA, Shreveport
MA — WBZ, Boston
MA — WSHM, Springfield
MD — WJZ, Baltimore
MD — WBOC, Salisbury
ME — WABI, Bangor
ME — WGME, Portland
ME — WAGM, Presque Isle
MI — WBKB, Alpena
MI — WWJ, Detroit
MI — WWMT, Kalamazoo
MI — WLNS, Lansing
MI — WJMN, Marquette
MI — WNEM, Saginaw
MI — WWTV, Traverse City
MN — KDLH, Duluth
MN — KEYC, Mankato
MN — WCCO, Minneapolis
MO — KFVS, Cape Girardeau
MO — KHQA, Hannibal
MO — KRCG, Jefferson City
MO — KCTV, Kansas City
MO — KTVO, Kirksville
MO — KOLR, Springfield
MO — KMOV, St. Louis
MS — WLOX, Biloxi
MS — WCBI, Columbus
MS — WXVT, Greenville
MS — WHLT, Hattiesburg
MS — WJTV, Jackson
MS — WMDN, Meridian
MT — KTVQ, Billings
MT — KXLF, Butte
MT — KXGN, Glendive
MT — KRTV, Great Falls
MT — KPAX, Missoula
NC — WBTV, Charlotte
NC — WFMY, Greensboro
NC — WNCT, Greenville
NC — WRAL, Raleigh
NC — WILM, Wilmington
ND — KXMB, Bismarck
ND — KXJB, Fargo
NE — KGIN, Grand Island
NE — KOLN, Lincoln
NE — KMTV, Omaha
NM — KRQE, Albuquerque
NV — KLAS, Las Vegas
NY — WRGB, Albany
NY — WBNG, Binghamton
NY — WIVB, Buffalo
NY — WENY, Elmira
NY — WCBS, New York
NY — WROC, Rochester
NY — WTVH, Syracuse
NY — WWNY, Watertown
OH — WKRC, Cincinnati
OH — WOIO, Cleveland
OH — WBNS, Columbus
OH — WHIO, Dayton
OH — WOHL, Lima
OH — WTOL, Toledo
OH — WKBN, Youngstown
OK — KWTV, Oklahoma City
OK — KOTV, Tulsa
OR — KBNZ, Bend
OR — KVAL, Eugene
OR — KOIN, Portland
PA — WTAJ, Altoona
PA — WSEE, Erie
PA — WHP, Harrisburg
PA — KYW, Philadelphia
PA — KDKA, Pittsburgh
PA — WYOU, Scranton
RI — WPRI, Providence
SC — WCSC, Charleston
SC — WLTX, Columbia
SC — WBTW, Florence
SC — WSPA, Spartanburg
SD — KCLO, Rapid City
SD — KELO, Sioux Falls
TN — WDEF, Chattanooga
TN — WBBJ, Jackson
TN — WVLT, Knoxville
TN — WREG, Memphis
TN — WTVF, Nashville
TN — WJHL, Tri-Cities
TX — KTAB, Abilene
TX — KFDA, Amarillo
TX — KEYE, Austin
TX — KFDM, Beaumont
TX — KGBT, Brownsville
TX — KBTX, Bryan
TX — KZTV, Corpus Christi
TX — KTVT, Dallas
TX — KDBC, El Paso
TX — KHOU, Houston
TX — KVTV, Laredo
TX — KLBK, Lubbock
TX — KOSA, Odessa
TX — KLST, San Angelo
TX — KENS, San Antonio
TX — KXII, Sherman
TX — KYTX, Tyler
TX — KXTS, Victoria
TX — KWTX, Waco
TX — KAUZ, Wichita Falls
UT — KUTV, Salt Lake City
VA — WCAV, Charlottesville
VA — WSVF, Harrisonburg
VA — WTKR, Norfolk
VA — WTVR, Richmond
VA — WDBJ, Roanoke
VT — WCAX, Burlington
WA — KEPR, Kennewick
WA — KIRO, Seattle
WA — KREM, Spokane
WA — KIMA, Yakima
WI — WFRV, Green Bay
WI — WKBT, La Crosse
WI — WISC, Madison
WI — WDJT, Milwaukee
WI — WSAW, Wausau
WI — WVNS, Beckley
WI — WOWK, Huntington
WI — WIYE, Parkersburg
WI — WDTV, Weston
WI — WTRF, Wheeling
WY — KGWC, Casper
WY — KGWN, Cheyenne





I haven’t rewatched Sunday’s game at Seattle yet but at first glance it was simply a case of the Seahawks making a couple more big plays than the Patriots did – just like in the previous week there were more big plays that went the Pats way than there were that went Denver’s way.


I will say this though: I don’t understand why the result is being portrayed as a “shocking defeat”, other than the media attempting to grab the attention of fans for the sake of ratings. Heading into the game we knew that Seattle had one of the best, if not the best defense in the league; we knew they had the loudest stadium in the league; we knew how difficult it is for teams to win a game when they travel across three time zones; we knew playing three road games in four weeks takes its toll on a team; and we knew teams often have a bit of a letdown after playing a big game (e.g., after playing against a playoff team quarterbacked by Peyton Manning). It was a game that looked as if it could easily go either way, and sure enough it ended up being a one-point game.


Before the season began I figured the Pats to be about a 12-4 club. The games they were most likely to lose would come from one of these five: (a) at Baltimore; (b) at Seattle; (c) one division road game (sweeping your division is really hard to do); (d) one of either late home games against the Texans or 49ers; (e) and one wtf game where the team comes out flat, has an early injury, or is not prepared for the opponent’s game plan.


The Pats have one loss from each of group a, b and e. Yes, sealing the deal at the end is concerning. Yes, pass defense continues to be a concern as well. But people who thought the Pats would be 6-0 right now were either delusional, unrealistic, or just not paying attention.


There is a whole lot of football yet to be played; the sky is not falling.





Today in Patriots History

October 16, 1960:
Gino Cappelletti intercepts three Tom Flores passes and also runs in for a 2-point conversion, but the Pats lose to the Raiders 27-14 at Kezar Stadium; the two teams combined for a total of twelve turnovers.

October 16, 1964:
Babe Parilli throws for 422 yards and four touchdowns, but also throws four picks in a see-saw 43-43 tie against the Raiders at Fenway Park. Larry Garron scored three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving) and seven players had at least one reception for the Pats. There was also a play where the Patriots gained 58 yards when Jim Colclough lateraled to Cappelletti, who lateraled to Ron Burton; it was the longest double lateral offensive gain in Pats history.

October 16, 1977:
The Patriots outrush the Chargers 256 yards to 53 at San Diego en route to a 24-20 victory. Sam Cunningham ran for a career high 141 yards and had another 41 yards receiving, Don Calhoun added 79 yards from scrimmage, and Don Hasselbeck had two short touchdown receptions. Despite the final score this was actually a defensive struggle; the two teams combined for a total of 13 punts.

October 16, 1983:
The Patriots score 27 unanswered points to overcome a 21-10 halftime deficit and defeat San Diego 37-21 at Sullivan Stadium. Mark van Eeghen, Tony Collins and Steve Grogan all ran for touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the defense came through in the clutch, forcing four turnovers to offset the Chargers’ 427 total yards of offense. Fred Steinfort kicked three field goals for the Pats while San Diego could not capitalize on a big day from Dan Fouts (25-37, 357 yards passing) and Kellen Winslow (six receptions for 94 yards).





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October 16, 2006:
CBGB’s closed after 33 years, with Patti Smith headlining the final night. The New York City club helped to launch the career of many non-mainstream acts, including the Talking Heads, Blondie and the Ramones.






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