AFC NORTH LEADING STEELERS TRAVEL TO DENVER TO MEET THE BRONCOS ON "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
NBC's Bettis: "The Steelers will be looking for revenge."
Bettis: "There's going to be some burning in your chest�"
NEW YORK � Oct. 17, 2007 � Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Parker lead the resurgent Steelers (4-1, 1st place in AFC North) into the Mile High City to take on Jay Cutler and the Broncos (2-3) on "NBC Sunday Night Football." The Steelers, winners of the Super Bowl two seasons ago, are back in top form coming off a bye week after a convincing 21-0 victory over the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago. The Broncos started strong winning their first two games but have lost three straight and need a win to keep pace in the extremely tight AFC West. Coverage begins Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET with the "Football Night in America" studio show.
Al Michaels (play-by-play), John Madden (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) will call all the action from Invesco Field at Mile High. Bob Costas (host) and Cris Collinsworth (co-host), Keith Olbermann (co-host), analysts Tiki Barber and Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, and reporter Peter King of Sports Illustrated, comprise the "Football Night in America" studio team.
JEROME BETTIS ON THE MATCHUP:
"Denver came into Pittsburgh's house last year and beat up on the Steelers (31-20). So the Steelers will be looking for revenge."
BETTIS ON THE STEELERS:
"Pittsburgh has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL. It's mainly a testament to how well Willie Parker has run the ball and how smart Ben (Roethlisberger) has been with the football � keeping the turnovers down."
BETTIS ON PLAYING IN DENVER:
"When you go and play in Denver you can't breathe. So you have to understand that there is going to be some breathing issues. There's going to be some burning in your chest that you're going to have to deal with."
STEELERS AND BRONCOS IN PRIMETIME:
This is the first "Sunday Night Football" game for either team this season. Last year Pittsburgh appeared twice on NBC, defeating the Dolphins 28-17 in the opening game of the NFL season and losing to the Chargers 23-13 in Week 5. The Broncos had three games on SNF last season defeating the Patriots 17-7 in Week 3 and losing to the Chargers 35-27 in Week 11 and to the Seahawks 23-20 in Week 13.
The Steelers are 34-22 all-time on the NFL's premier primetime network franchise (MNF 1970-2005, SNF 2006-present), while the Broncos are 24-31-1.
STEELERS VS. BRONCOS:
This is the 20th regular season matchup of these two teams with the Broncos holding a 12-6-1 edge. They have also met six times in the postseason with each team winning three times. The last time they played in Denver was in the 2005 AFC Championship game with the Steelers winning 34-17 to send them to the Super Bowl.
WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT:
Five-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Faith Hill, performs the opening theme each week for "NBC Sunday Night Football," "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night." The song is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" was recorded with her longtime producer Byron Gallimore at Legacy Recording Studios in New York City. The video was shot at The Wiltern theatre in Los Angeles.
"NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL":
"NBC Sunday Night Football" the premier primetime game of the week, is preceded by the "Football Night in America" studio show, which kicks off NBC's regular season coverage each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. NBC has assembled the most honored broadcast team ever: Joining Al Michaels, the commentator called "TV's best play-by-play announcer" by the Associated Press, and John Madden, the most honored NFL broadcaster of all time with 15 Emmy Awards, are Bob Costas, the most honored studio host of all time with 19 Emmy Awards, who hosts NBC's "Football Night in America" studio show alongside co-host Cris Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in history with eight Emmy Awards; co-host Keith Olbermann, named one of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in TV News for 2007 by Television Week; and analysts Tiki Barber, a three-time NFL Pro Bowler for the New York Giants, and Jerome Bettis, one of the most popular players in recent NFL history. "NBC Sunday Night Football" coverage also includes sideline and feature reporter Andrea Kremer, whom the Los Angeles Times has called "the best TV interviewer in the business of covering the NFL." Peter King, who covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated and is considered one of the country's foremost NFL reporters, serves as a reporter for the "Football Night in America" studio show.
"NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" REMAINING 2007 NFL SCHEDULE:
Sunday, Oct. 21 � Pittsburgh at Denver
Sunday, Oct. 28 � No game scheduled due to World Series Game 5 (FNIA airs 7-8 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 4 � Dallas at Philadelphia
Sunday, Nov. 11 � Indianapolis at San Diego
Sunday, Nov. 18 � Chicago at Seattle (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Nov. 25 � Philadelphia at New England (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 2 � Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 9 � Indianapolis at Baltimore (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 16 � Washington at NY Giants (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 23 � Tampa Bay at San Francisco (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 30 � Kansas City at New York Jets (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
CREDITS: Fred Gaudelli is the producer of "NBC Sunday Night Football" and Drew Esocoff is the director. This is Gaudelli and Esocoff's second season at the helm of "Sunday Night Football." The Emmy Award-winning duo came from ABC where they worked together for five seasons on "Monday Night Football."