Sunday NFL Countdown: Annie Apple’s Debut; “Countdown Cam” with Redskins’ Pierre Garcon
Chris Berman, in his 32nd season quarterbacking ESPN’s signature NFL pregame show, will host Sunday NFL Countdown with analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson as they preview week 2 in the NFL on September 18 at 11 a.m. Additionally, Wendi Nix will host segments, NFL Insider Adam Schefter will have the latest league news and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry will share his insights on the day’s matchups and on the active/inactive players as they are announced.
Sunday’s “Countdown Cam” – a new, recurring segment featuring a behind-the-scene look at one NFL player preparing for an early afternoon game – will feature Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon ahead of the game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Reporter game assignments for week 2:
- Dolphins vs Patriots (Sal Paolantonio)
- Bengals vs Steelers (Josina Anderson)
- Cowboys vs Redskins (Ed Werder)
- 49ers vs Panthers (Britt McHenry)
- Seahawks vs Rams (Shelley Smith)
- Packers vs Vikings (Jeff Darlington)
- Melvin Gordon with Annie Apple: Contributor Annie Apple makes her Countdown debut with a feature on Chargers running back Melvin Gordon after his two touchdowns in week 1. Gordon’s mother, Carmen, swore last season that she wouldn’t buy her son’s jersey until he proved he belonged in the NFL. Apple visits with the Gordons as Carmen shops for Melvin’s jersey in San Diego.
- Kirk Cousins All-Access: Countdown’s Jim Trotter spent a day in Washington, D.C., with Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and found out what a day in the life of the second busiest man in the nation’s capital is like.
- Soundtracks – Doug Baldwin: Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, wired for in-game audio during the Seahawks week 1 comeback victory at home over the Dolphins, is the subject of this week’s Soundtracks.
Jay Cutler and the Bears Host Carson Wentz and the Eagles on ESPN’s Monday Night Football
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears host rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on September 19 at 8:15 p.m. ET. Sean McDonough will call the game from Solider Field in Chicago with analyst and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, who met with Wentz during the seventh season of Gruden’s QB Camp. Lisa Salters and ESPN Deportes’ John Sutcliffe will report from the sidelines. Eagles-Bears will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and streamed live on WatchESPN for fans with video subscriptions from affiliated providers.
Preceding the game, Suzy Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown (6-8:15 p.m., ESPN) from Chicago with analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young. Chris Berman and Adam Schefter will also add to the show from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Conn. Michelle Beisner-Buck will report her Monday Night Countdown’s feature from site.
In Bristol, Chris Berman will be joined by a NFL legend each Monday to preview that night’s Monday Night Football game on Monday Night Countdown. Berman and the legend will be featured throughout the two-hour program. Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, who led the Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX, will be the first guest in the series this Monday. Other Countdown highlights:
- Gruden’s Grill Session with Carson Wentz: After being named the starting quarterback just days before the season began, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a week 1 victory. The Gruden’s QB Camp alum visits again with ESPN’s Super Bowl-winning coach and MNF
- Michelle Beisner-Buck Feature – Mitch Unrein: Bears defensive end Mitch Unrein readily admits he’s the second best athlete in his house. It’s tough to argue since he’s married to Corey Cogdell-Unrein, who claimed her second career Olympic trapshooting medal this summer at the Rio Games. Michelle Beisner-Buck talks to the new Chicago sports power couple about their relationship and gets a lesson from the three-time Olympian.
- C’Mon Man: Monday Night Countdown’s weekly look at the moments and blunders that had our analysts saying, “C’Mon Man!”
ESPN Radio Continues 2016 NFL Sunday Schedule with Doubleheader
ESPN Radio continues its weekly 2016 Sunday NFL schedule Sunday, Sept. 18, with a doubleheader — Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots at noon, followed by Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos at 4 p.m. Marc Kestecher and analyst Bill Polian will call the early game, with Adam Amin, analyst Mark Schlereth and reporter Ian Fitzsimmons describing the action in the second game.
Other key NFL on ESPN studio shows:
- NFL Matchup: Host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge preview the weekend’s NFL matchups via film-room X’s and O’s analysis Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN, and Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 a.m. on ESPN (re-air on ESPN2 at 4:30 a.m.).
- Fantasy Football Now: Michael Smith, SportsCenter’s Sara Walsh, Berry, injury analyst Stephania Bell, NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck and reporter Field Yates, present the two-hour, live program on ESPN2, Sunday at 11 a.m., featuring up-to-the-minute news, injury reports and analysis tailored to better inform fantasy football players leading into kickoff.