ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 12


ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 12

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  • Sunday NFL Countdown: Remembering Sean Taylor, Matt Ryan Goes Undercover, Mark Ingram and The Backpack Kid
  • Monday Night Football: Joe Flacco and the Ravens host the Houston Texans
  • Monday Night Countdown: Gruden Conversation with Bill O’Brien, Amobi Okoye – A Walking Miracle

Sunday NFL Countdown (Nov. 26, 10 a.m. ET)

Host Sam Ponder and analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson will preview the NFL’s week 12 games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The program will also feature NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.

Reporter assignments:


  • Remembering Sean Taylor: Ten years after Sean Taylor was killed by burglars who invaded his South Florida home. ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark, a former Washington Redskins teammate of Taylor, remembers the hard-hitting safety. The Countdown tribute features interviews with current players DJ Swearinger (Redskins), Landon Collins (Giants) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Packers) who wear Taylor’s former numbers (36 and 21) in his honor.
  • Matt Ryan Undercover: Matt Ryan goes undercover at the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium team store as a supervisor named Marcus. As he interacts with customers, Ryan repeats lines fed to him through an earpiece by Countdown’s Jac Collinsworth. In the end, the 2016 NFL MVP reveals his identity to fans. (Trailer)
  • Russell Horning – The Backpack Kid: 15-year-old YouTube dancer Russell Horning from Lawrenceville, Ga. has become a viral sensation since appearing in a Saturday Night Live music segment with Katie Perry. Countdown features “The Backpack Kid” – in his own words – as Saints running back Mark Ingram has adopted Horning’s moves for his touchdown celebration.
  • NFL Films – Larry Fitzgerald: With 15,157 career receiving yards, Larry Fitzgerald is on the cusp of surpassing Isaac Bruce (15,208) for No. 4 in NFL history. Countdown profiles the Cardinals wide receiver through interviews with quarterbacks who have thrown him the ball, including Hall of Famer Kurt Warner. Louis Riddick
  • Turkey Bowl Plays: Countdown recaps Thanksgiving weekend by counting down top Turkey Bowl plays submitted by fans via social media.

Monday Night Football – Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 27, 8:15 p.m. ET)

Week 12 of ESPN’s Monday Night Football has the Houston Texans visiting the Baltimore Ravens. MNF play-by-play voice Sean McDonough will call the game from M&T Bank Stadium with analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

MNF will also be streamed live on the ESPN App and televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes with commentators Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and John Sutcliffe. Sunday and Monday NFL schedule on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Sun, Nov 26 4 and 6:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN
  10 a.m. Sunday NFL Countdown ESPN
  10 a.m. Fantasy Football Now ESPN2
Mon, Nov 27 1:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN
  2:30 p.m. The Fantasy Show ESPN
  3 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
  6 p.m. Monday Night Countdown ESPN

Monday Night Countdown (Nov. 27, 6 p.m. ET)

Prior to Texans-Ravens, Suzy Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown with NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young. Kolber will also be joined by the MNF commentator team, insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry. Highlights:

  • Gruden’s Chalk Talk – Bill O’Brien: Super Bowl-winning coach and MNF analyst Jon Gruden sits for a conversation with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
  • A Walking Miracle – Amobi Okoye: After suffering from receptor encephalitis – an autoimmune neurological disease – that placed him in a medically-induced coma for three months in 2013, former Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye is working to make an unexpected return to the NFL. Okoye’s recovery is nothing short of a walking miracle, reports Michelle Beisner-Buck.
  • Boomer’s Vault: This week, Chris Berman takes a look back at a Houston NFL team on Monday Night Football – when the Houston Oilers beat the Dolphins 35-30 on November 20, 1978 thanks to running back Earl Campbell and his four-touchdown performance.

ESPN Radio: Bills at Chiefs and Jaguars at Cardinals in a Doubleheader Sunday

ESPN Radio’s weekly NFL broadcasts continue Sunday, Nov. 26, with a doubleheader – Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs (noon), followed by Jacksonville Jaguars at Arizona Cardinals (4 p.m.). Adam Amin and Bill Polian will call the early game.

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Mac Nwulu

I joined ESPN in 1998 and since then, it's been a great experience managing PR and communications for a range of ESPN initiatives and properties over the years. I am currently focused on soccer and The Undefeated, ESPN’s site focusing on sports, race and urban culture and how they intersect.
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