Over the last several seasons games between the Bills and Patriots have received virtually no distribution outside those two teams respective home markets of western New York and New England. There were some rumors that may end if both teams won last week – which they did – to set up a battle for first place in the AFC East between two clubs with winning records. However, that is not the case. The only other area that will be broadcasting the Pats-Bills game is Bronco country, in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.
This game will be shown on FOX even though it is between two AFC teams, as part of a new agreement to switch some games between CBS and FOX in order to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Kenny Albert will call the play-by-play and Daryl Johnson will handle the analysis and commentary.
For the early game on CBS, most of the country will see what could be a laughable blowout of epic proportions: the Jets versus the Broncos. Pittsburgh at Cleveland will air in most of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio (except Cincinnati), and western Pennsylvania. Two other early games will be broadcast strictly in each of the team’s home markets: Baltimore at Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville at Tennessee.
The late game on CBS is San Diego at Oakland, which will be broadcast from Boston and Providence. The reason these stations will show this game rather than the Broncos-Jets is because there is only one game on CBS this weekend, and they do not want to go head-to-head with the Pats game on FOX. The Chargers game will also air in Buffalo, Miami, Charlotte, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Reno and California.
FOX has the doubleheader this week, with four early games and three late games. Most of the country will get Green Bay at Miami early and Dallas at Seattle late. The two other early games on FOX are Detroit at Minnesota (which will be shown in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota), and Carolina at Cincinnati (broadcast in western Pennsylvania, most of Ohio, Maryland, DC, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.
Washington at Arizona is one of the three late games on FOX, and will be available only in Virginia, DC and Arizona. Chicago at Atlanta will air in Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota; Dallas at Seattle will be shown everywhere else.
Thursday’s game on CBS and the NFL Network is an AFC South division game between Indianapolis and Houston. Sunday night it’s an NFC East game on NBC with the Giants at Philadelphia, and then Monday night it is the NFC West’s turn as San Francisco visits St. Louis.
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