ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 9


ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 9

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  • Sunday NFL Countdown Features: Brady’s Backups, Carson Wentz and Rams’ Sean McVay
  • Lions vs. Packers at Lambeau on Monday Night Football
  • Monday Night Countdown Features: Former Packer Samkon Gado and Super Fan Brian Gushue

Sunday NFL Countdown (Nov. 5, 10 a.m. ET)

Sam Ponder and analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson will preview the week 9 NFL games. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry will also be featured.

Reporter assignments:


  • Brady’s Backups: The week that Jimmy Garoppolo was traded to the 49ers, Countdown’s Matt Hasselbeck interviews some of the former backup quarterbacks who held the clipboard for Patriots QB Tom Brady.
  • The Meaning of Carson Wentz: A Countdown crew travelled to Carson Wentz’s home state to find out how his success with the Eagles has turned the state green on NFL Sundays as North Dakotans flock to bars and TVs to root for Wentz. Sal Paolantonio reports.
  • Sean McVay: Countdown’s Jac Collinsworth sits with 31-year-old Sean McVay to talk about the challenges of being the youngest head coach in the NFL, his mentors, and why his Los Angeles Rams assistant, 70-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, has a better social media presence than him.
  • Russell Wilson – Phish: During a Seattle area concert in 2013, rock band Phish encouraged fans to turn the “Wilson” chant from a beat in their song into a Seahawks 12th Man tradition. NFL Films shares the story of how Seahawks fans chant Wilson to the beat of a Phish song at home games.

Monday Night Football (Nov. 6, 8:15 p.m. ET)

The Green Bay Packers host Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in a key NFC North divisional matchup on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  Play-by-play voice Sean McDonough will call his first game from historic Lambeau Field with analyst Jon Gruden – a one-time Packers assistant coach – and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

MNF will also be streamed live on the ESPN App and presented in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 with commentators Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and John Sutcliffe.

Time (ET) Program Network
1:30-2:30 p.m. NFL PrimeTime ESPN
2:30-3 p.m. The Fantasy Show ESPN
3-4:30 p.m. NFL Live ESPN
6-8:15 p.m. Monday Night Countdown served by Applebee’s ESPN
8:15 p.m. Monday Night Football – Lions at Packers ESPN, ESPN Deportes


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

Leading into Lions-Packers, host Suzy Kolber and analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young will be on Monday Night Countdown from Green Bay’s Lambeau Field, beginning at 6 p.m. The first 75 minutes of the program will originate live from outside the stadium at the Tundra Trio properties to capture the tailgating experience with fans before moving inside the stadium for the second hour. Bristol, Conn.,-based insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick, Adam Schefter and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry will contribute, as will the MNF announce team. Highlights:

  • Gruden’s Chalk Talk with Brett Hundley: MNF analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden visits with Packers quarterback Brett Hundley, who has been thrust into the starting role due to Aaron Rodgers’ injury. Hundley participated in Gruden’s QB Camp series on ESPN in 2015, coming out of UCLA.
  • Brian Gushue – NFL’s Super Fan: Brian Gushue is a passionate football fan with Cerebral Palsy. In 1977, Gushue set a personal goal to attend 500 NFL games. He was there when Brett Favre threw four touchdowns against the Raiders after his dad died; he was there when Colin Kaepernick set the playoff rushing record for a quarterback against the Packers; and Gushue was there when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to win Super Bowl XLIX.  Last Monday night, he was in Kansas City for game No. 499, and this week, Gushue plans to be at Lambeau Field for game No. 500, reports Chris Connelly.
  • Samkon Gado: Undrafted rookie Samkon Gado became a feel-good story during Green Bay’s 2005 season, rushing for more than 100 yards in three straight weeks. Despite the instant recognition from his work in the NFL, the Nigerian-born Gado had greater aspirations. When he retired in 2010 following a journeyman career – playing for six teams in as many years, Gado began pursuing a second career in medicine. Countdown’s Michelle Beisner-Buck catches up with Gado, now a resident ear, nose and throat doctor at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri.
  • Boomer’s Vault: Chris Berman looks back at MNF’s Vikings-Packers game at Lambeau Field on Nov. 6, 2000, which featured a circus catch by Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman in overtime for a 26-20 home victory for Green Bay.
  • C’Mon Man: Monday Night Countdown’s weekly look at the moments and blunders that had our analysts saying, “C’Mon Man!”

ESPN Radio: Indianapolis Colts Visit Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans

Rookie quarterback sensation Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans host the AFC South divisional rival Indianapolis Colts on ESPN Radio, Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. Adam Amin and analyst Bill Polian will call the 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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