Before getting in to the week’s football coverage, I wanted to pass along one other note of interest on the airwaves this week. Tuesday at 9:00 pm PBS “American Masters” will be premiering Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin, a documentary on the iconic guitar player that includes an abundance of previously unseen concert footage, home movies, and interviews with many people who knew him: band mates Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox; fellow musicians Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood; and three women that Hendrix knew. Thankfully one of Hendrix’ managers had the foresight to record and film many of his performances, something that was not commonly done at the time, or as easy to do back then as it is today. Hendrix would have turned 70 this year, and it is amazing to think that all of his work that we know of is compressed into just a four year span before his untimely death. One of his sound engineers, Eddie Kramer, recorded a 1968 concert in Miami which is used in this show, and will be released this week on DVD, Blu-Ray, CD and vinyl.


Ratings news: Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Steelers was the second highest rated sporting event in the Boston television market since the NFL season began. The only sporting event with a higher rating was the final game of the MLB season, the World Series clinching Game 6 between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park last Wednesday. The Pats game had a 40.3 rating in the Boston market, the team’s highest rating of the season. While the Sox game was the area’s highest rated sporting event, the series as a whole averaged a 39.6 rating, which was up slightly from the Red Sox’ 2007 win in the ALCS (38.7). Compared to the Red Sox’ previous World Series, this year’s rating dropped 22% from Red Sox-Rockies in 2007 (50.7) and 23% from the Red Sox-Cardinals in 2004 (51.3), both of which were four-game sweeps.


CBS gets the NFL doubleheader this week, with the primary late game shockingly featuring the Denver Broncos. At least this time it is a decent matchup, with the Broncos traveling to San Diego. Not only do we have no Patriots to root for this week, but we are also do not get to become temporary fans of whatever team the Jets are playing; they too are on a bye.


Early Games On CBS

No early game on CBS due to NFL television rules:
Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Early line: Titans favored by 13, point total of 41
Tennessee, western Kentucky, southern Georgia, Jacksonville, Orlando

Oakland Raiders at New York Giants
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Early line: Giants favored by 7, point total of 43½
California, Reno, Dallas, western Massachusetts, Connecticut, eastern New York, New Jersey

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Early line: Steelers favored by 3½, point total of 41
West Virginia, Pennsylvania (except Philadelphia), western New York

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Early line: Bengals favored by 1½, point total of 44
Everywhere else except as noted above, including most of New England


Early Games On FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Early line: Seahawks favored by 6, point total of 44½
Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tallahassee, Tampa, eastern Tennessee

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
Early line: Lions favored by 2½, point total of 50
Arizona, northern Illinois, Michigan (except the upper peninsula), Cleveland, Toledo

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Early line: Packers favored by 9, point total of 53½
San Diego, New Mexico, Texas (except Houston), Oklahoma, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Wisconsin, western Michigan, West Virginia, Virginia, DC, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, New York (except Buffalo), Connecticut, western Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts
Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
Early line: Colts favored by 10, point total of 43½
Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, Indiana, Rhode Island, Boston


Late Game on FOX

Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
Early line: 49ers favored by 6, point total of 42
Hawaii, California, Nevada, Utah, Nashville, Jacksonville, eastern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Columbus, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, northern New Jersey, Buffalo


Late Games On CBS

No late game on CBS in San Francisco, which is blacked out per NFL television rules.

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
Early line: Cardinals favored by 3, point total of 41
Arizona and most of Texas

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Early line: Broncos favored by 7, point total of 57
Everywhere except for Arizona, Texas and the Bay area


Week 10 Night Games

Thursday on NFLN
Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings
Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
Early line: Redskins favored by 2½, point total of 49

Sunday on NBC
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Early line: Saints favored by 7, point total of 53

Monday on ESPN
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Early line: Dolphins favored by 3, point total of 41


Bye Week:
Cleveland Browns
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
New York Jets


Other Football Related Broadcasts Of Interest

Tuesday Nov 5, 2:00-3:30 pm ET on NFLN
NFL Replay – New Orleans Saints vs New York Jets

Tuesday Nov 5, 3:30-5:00 pm ET on NFLN
NFL Replay – San Diego Chargers vs Washington Redskins

Tuesday Nov 5, 9:00-10:00 pm ET on NFLN
A Football Life – Randall Cunningham

Wednesday Nov 6, 7:00-8:00 pm ET on ESPN2
E:60 – Friday Night Lies

Wednesday Nov 6, 9:00-10:00 pm ET on NFLN
NFL Replay – game TBD

Thursday Nov 7, 7:30-11:00 pm ET on FS1
#10 Oklahoma Sooners at #6 Baylor Bears

Thursday Nov 7, 9:00-12:30 ET on ESPN
#3 Oregon Ducks at #5 Stanford Cardinal

Friday Nov 8, 8:30-11:30 pm ET on ESPN2
#20 Louisville Cardinals at UConn Huskies

Friday Nov 8, 9:00-10:00 pm ET on NFLN
Playbook NFC

Friday Nov 8, 10:00-11:00 pm ET on NFLN
Playbook AFC

Saturday Nov 9, 8:30-9:00 am ET on ESPN2
NFL Matchup

Saturday Nov 9, 8:00-11:30 pm ET on CBS
#13 LSU Tigers at #1 Alabama Crimson Tide

Saturday Nov 9, 10:00-11:00 pm ET on NFLN
A Football Life – Barry Sanders

Sunday Nov 10, 6:30-7:00 am ET on ESPN
NFL Matchup

Sunday Nov 10, 7:00-9:00 am ET on NFLN
NFL Game Day First

Sunday Nov 10, 9:00-1:00 on CBSSN
That Other Pregame Show


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