"When he gets in a rhythm he can light you up."- NBC's Madden on McNabb
COWBOYS-EAGLES: RIVALS CLASH ON "NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
"He is just starting to earn his way into a ranking," -Madden on Romo
"When he gets in a rhythm he can light you up."- Madden on McNabb
NEW YORK � Nov. 1, 2007 � Tony Romo and the NFC East leading Cowboys (6-1) head to Philadelphia to battle their archrivals, the Eagles (3-4) on "NBC Sunday Night Football." The Cowboys, who are tied with the Packers for the best record in the NFC, are coming off a bye week during which they signed QB Romo to a six-year, $67 million deal. The Eagles have won three of their last four games and with a win will be right in the thick of the NFC playoff race. 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 Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. 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.
JOHN MADDEN ON WHERE TONY ROMO RANKS AMONG NFL QBs: "He is just starting to earn his way into a ranking. When a guy has not played one full year you can't put him in with guys like Tom Brady, who has won three Super Bowls, and Peyton Manning and Brett Favre and the things that they've accomplished. Now he may go up there and work his way into that category, and I think he will work his way into the top category, but I think putting him there right now would be premature."
MADDEN ON DONOVAN MCNABB: "Donovan McNabb still scares defenses especially when he has Brian Westbrook. He has to be able to move around in the pocket, which it looks like he is getting better at coming back from the injury. He's a rhythm guy and when he gets in a rhythm he can light you up."
MADDEN ON IF THE COWBOYS ARE THE TEAM TO BEAT IN THE NFC: "These things usually come down towards the last 3 or 4 weeks of the season. You could say they are the team to beat but how about the Giants? They don't give out any prizes or awards for the halfway point or the three-quarters point in the season. Even if you win here you still have to keep winning, and it's hard. Last year this division produced three playoff teams and it's possible that Dallas could win the division, but there could be one or two other playoff teams that come from this division."
COWBOYS AND EAGLES IN PRIMETIME:
The Cowboys are 2-0 this season on "NBC Sunday Night Football" having defeated the Giants 45-35 in Week 1 in Dallas and the Bears 27-10 on Week 3 in Chicago. The Cowboys hold a 43-29 all-time record on the NFL's premiere primetime network package (ABC's MNF 1970-2005, NBC's SNF 2006-Present).
This is the Eagles second appearance on SNF this season having lost to the Giants 16-3 in Week 4. Overall, the Eagles are 23-22 on the NFL's premier primetime network franchise.
COWBOYS VS. EAGLES:
This is the 94th meeting of these division rivals with the Cowboys holding a 53-40 edge in the series. The Eagles have won 12 of the last 15 matchups including a sweep of the season series last year. The Cowboys swept the series in 2005 but from 2000-2004 the Eagles dominated, winning nine of 10 games.
"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, 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."