Sunday NFL Countdown: Reliving the Cowboys Drafting Dak Prescott; Patriots Fans’ Regrets, and More
Sam Ponder will host Sunday NFL Countdown with analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson as they preview week 2 in the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. ET. The new three-hour show will also feature NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.
Reporter game assignments for week 2:
- Vikings vs Steelers (Josina Anderson)
- Patriots at Saints (Dianna Russini)
- Eagles at Chiefs (Sal Paolantonio)
- Dolphins at Chargers (Jeff Darlington)
- Cowboys at Broncos (Dan Graziano)
- Packers at Falcons (Jim Trotter)
- The Drafting of Dak Prescott: Jim Trotter reports how owner Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys – who wanted Paxton Lynch – fell into selecting quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Broncos traded up to select Lynch with the 26th overall pick. Prescott was picked at No. 135 in the fourth round. Trotter interviews Jones, Prescott and Broncos President of Football Operations John Elway as a preview to Sunday’s Cowboys-Broncos game.
- Patriots Fans’ Regrets: Jeff Darlington reports the story of Patriots fans who left the stadium early during Super Bowl LI and missed seeing the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
- Patrick Peterson’s Car Collection: Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson gives Countdown’s Jac Collinsworth a tour of his exotic car collection.
- NFL Films on Aaron Rodgers’ Look-Alike: English comedian Tom Wrigglesworth, a dead-ringer for Aaron Rodgers, travels to Green Bay to meet Packers fans, players and to have a chance meeting with Rodgers.
Monday Night Football: Matthew Stafford and the Lions Visit Eli Manning and the Giants
Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions visit Eli Manning and the New York Giants on ESPN’s Monday Night Football on Sept. 18 at 8:15 p.m. Sean McDonough and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden will call the game from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., with reporter Lisa Salters. Lions-Giants will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes (simulcast on ESPN2) – featuring commentators Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe – and streamed live the ESPN App.
Preceding the game, Suzy Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown (6-8:15 p.m., ESPN) from MetLife Stadium with analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young. Countdown highlights:
- Gruden’s Chalk Talk with Matthew Stafford: MNF analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden sits with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who signed a new deal in the offseason to become the highest-paid player in the league.
- Michelle Beisner-Buck Feature – Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah’s Return Home: During the offseason, Lions defensive Ezekiel Nana “Ziggy” Ansah returned home to Accra, Ghana, to host the first football camp in the West African country of 28 million people. Countdown cameras accompanied Ansah on his 6,000-mile journey home to his high school, Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, where he conducted a camp and gave out football shoes and sneakers to participants. Michelle Beisner-Buck
- Boomer’ Vault: Chris Berman looks back at the memorable 34-27 Baltimore Colts’ victory at the New England Patriots, highlighted by the play of Colts running back Joe Washington, who threw a touchdown, caught a touchdown and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Colts’ come-from-behind victory.
- 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 2017 NFL Sunday Schedule with Doubleheader
ESPN Radio continues its weekly 2017 Sunday NFL schedule on Sept. 17 with a doubleheader – Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers (noon), followed by San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (4 p.m.). Adam Amin and analyst Bill Polian call the early game, while Marc Kestecher and Brock Huard have the second game.
Other Key NFL on ESPN studio shows:
- NFL Matchup: Host Sal Paolantonio and analysts Louis Riddick and Greg Cosell of NFL Films preview the weekend’s key NFL matchups via film-room X’s and O’s analysis Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. (ESPN2) and Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 and 6:30 a.m. (ESPN).
- Fantasy Football Now: SportsCenter anchor Lisa Kerney joins analysts Matthew Berry, Tim Hasselbeck, Field Yates and injury analyst Stephania Bell at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
- Bill Barnwell unveils a list of 15 players for whom a great performance on the field in 2017 “would be worth a minimum of $30 million” in his NFL’s ‘everything on the line’ rankings for 2017.
- Senior writer Dan Graziano looks back on What we learned (and didn’t learn) in Week 1 of NFL.
- Mike Rodak ranks The oldest and youngest starting lineups in the NFL.