'NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL' HAS FIERCE NFC EAST RIVALRY AS EAGLES HOST GIANTS
"When the Giants go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles something big is going to happen." � SNF's Madden
"They can run the ball with anybody in the history of the league." "Football Night's" Collinsworth
NEW YORK � Nov. 5, 2008 � "NBC Sunday Night Football," in its third season as the NFL's premier primetime package, heads to Philadelphia for a classic NFC East battle as the Eagles (5-3) host their rival the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (7-1). Al Michaels (play-by-play), John Madden (analyst) and Andrea Kremer (sideline reporter) call the action. Coverage on NBC begins at 7 p.m. ET with "Football Night in America," with Bob Costas (host), Cris Collinsworth (co-host) Keith Olbermann (co-host), Dan Patrick (co-host), Jerome Bettis (analyst), Tiki Barber (analyst) and Peter King (reporter).
MADDEN ON MATCH-UP: "When the Giants have to go to Philadelphia to play the Eagles something big is going to happen. Something tough is going to happen. I believe in the Eagles. I've done so many of their games over the years. The Giants and the Eagles�to me that's just NFL football"
MICHAELS ON GIANTS-EAGLES: "Everyone believes in the Giants, they're not under anyone's radar anymore and anytime you get an NFC East matchup it's going to be a good one these days."
COLLINSWORTH GIANTS RUNNING GAME: "They can run the ball with anybody in the history of the league."
GIANTS-EAGLES IN PRIMETIME: Both the Giants and Eagles are making their second 2008 appearance on NBC. In the opening game of the season, the Giants defeated the Redskins 16-7 and are now 2-4 overall since the NFL's premier primetime package moved to NBC in 2006. The Eagles are 1-5 overall on "Sunday Night Football," including a 24-20 loss to the Bears in Week 4. These two teams met on SNF last season in Week 4 with the Giants defeating the Eagles 16-3 at the Meadowlands. The Giants have one more SNF game scheduled this season in Week 15 when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys (flex game).
GIANTS VS. EAGLES: This is the 153rd game in this rivalry that dates back to 1933. The Giants hold an 81-68-2 edge including wins in both games last season. The rivalry has been even since the 2000 season with both teams winning nine games including a playoff win for each team.
"SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL EXTRA": Each "Sunday Night Football" game is available on NBC as well as streamed live on NFL.com and NBCSports.com, marking the first time complete NFL games will be widely available in the U.S. via live online streaming.
The live NFL.com and NBCSports.com coverage comes from NBC's TV coverage of Sunday Night Football. Complementing that stream are a number of extra features to enrich the viewing experience including additional camera angles, in-game highlights, picture-in-picture technology, live statistics and other interactive elements. "Sunday Night Football Extra" also includes in-game studio updates from NBC's "Football Night in America" team and NFL Network.
ROTOWORLD.COM'S WEEK 10 SLEEPER PICKS: Rotoworld.com managing editor Gregg Rosenthal, who was named 2007 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association, picks his fantasy sleepers for Week 10.
1. Brady Quinn vs. Denver: "The Browns picked a soft landing for Quinn's debut. The Broncos have taken the mantle from Detroit as the worst defense in the NFL."
2. Chad Pennington vs. Seattle: "The focus has been on the failing offense in Seattle, but their secondary has been just as disappointing."
3. Ryan Torain vs. Cleveland: "The Broncos have run out of backfield options; Torain could be a huge second-half sleeper."
4. Jamaal Charles vs. San Diego: "With Larry Johnson suspended, Charles will do his best Chris Johnson imitation."
5. Shaun McDonald vs. Jaguars: "McDonald has quietly emerged since Roy Williams was traded. Jacksonville can't stop anyone through the air."
TASTE OF THE NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL COOKBOOK BRUNCH IN PHILADELPHIA: This Sunday, executive chef Jack McDavid of Jack's Firehouse in Philadelphia will host The Taste of the NFL Sunday Night Football Cookbook Brunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jack's Firehouse to raise money for the Philabundance Food Bank of Philadelphia. Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased by calling (215) 232-9000.
Taste of the NFL is the premier food and wine event at Super Bowl, a "party with a purpose," that raises awareness and funds for hunger-relief organizations including Feeding America and its affiliates nationwide. Since 1992, Taste of the NFL has donated more than $10 million to local and national hunger-relief organizations.
NEW YORK & PHILADELPHIA COOK UP SUNDAY NIGHT MEALS: The "Sunday Night Football" Cookbook features recipes from NFL stars including Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes who contributes his recipe for Scottish Lentil Soup, and the Eagles' DL Trevor Laws offers his Cornbread Casserole recipe. The Sunday Night Football Cookbook also features recipes from prominent chefs from each NFL city including Philadelphia's Jack McDavid of Jack's Firehouse and New York's Stephen Lewandowski of Tribeca Grill and Bobby Flay of Mesa Grill.
Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse represent their favorite NFL teams and NBC's "Sunday Night Football" crew have added their favorite Sunday Night recipes to the Cookbook. Faith Hill and John Madden not only provide some of their favorite recipes, but also write special introductions. The book contains full meals and a section on Super Bowl parties, just in time for the next Super Bowl on NBC. Proceeds from the cookbook, which is available wherever books are sold or at SundayNightFootballCookbook.com, go to support local food banks across the U.S. through Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest).
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Al Michaels, the commentator called "TV's best play-by-play announcer" by the Associated Press, is joined in the "Sunday Night Football" booth by John Madden, the most honored NFL broadcaster of all time with 16 Emmy Awards, and on the sidelines by Andrea Kremer, whom the Los Angeles Times has called "the best TV interviewer in the business of covering the NFL."
"FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA": The Washington Post calls NBC's "Football Night in America" studio show the "Gold Standard" of NFL studio shows and "must-see television for NFL fans." Bob Costas, the most honored studio host of all time with 19 Emmy Awards, hosts "Football Night in America" alongside co-host Cris Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in history; co-host Keith Olbermann, named one of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in TV News for 2007 by Television Week; newcomer and co-host Dan Patrick, reuniting him with Olbermann who together redefined sports highlights during their time together on ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992-97; 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. 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's REMAINING 2008 NFL SCHEDULE:
("NBC Sunday Night Football" kickoff, 8:15 p.m. ET preceded by "Football Night in America," 7 p.m. ET)
Sunday, Nov. 9 � New York Giants at Philadelphia
Sunday, Nov. 16 � Dallas at Washington (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Nov. 23 � Indianapolis at San Diego (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Nov. 30 � Chicago at Minnesota (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 7 � New England at Seattle (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 14 � New York Giants at Dallas (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 21 � San Diego at Tampa Bay (Flex Week, Teams Subject to Change)
Sunday, Dec. 28 � Flex Week � teams TBA