ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 14


ESPN NFL Content Update – Week 14

  • Sunday NFL Countdown: Jalen Ramsey’s Trash Talk, Goff and Wentz, and Origins of West Coast Offense
  • Monday Night Football: Tom Brady Leads Patriots against AFC East Rival Miami
  • Monday Night Countdown: Michelle Beisner-Buck Profiles Graduate of The Marino Center

Sunday NFL Countdown (Dec. 10, 10 a.m. ET)
Host Sam Ponder and analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan and Charles Woodson will preview the NFL’s week 14 games on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The three-hour program will also feature NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, and senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry.

Reporter assignments:


  • Art of the Trash Talk – Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has emerged as a premiere cornerback, but he’s also earning the reputation as a trash-talker who can shutdown opponents verbally. Darren Woodson
  • Goff and Wentz – In Their Own Words: The top two overall picks of the 2016 NFL Draft discuss their NFL journeys, from promising prospects to franchise stars.
  • Fantasy Fail/Music Video: As fantasy seasons come to a close, some team owners are facing harsh punishments for finishing last, like the Backyard League which forces its loser to re-create a famous music video. Previous losers performed Call Me Maybe and Wrecking Ball.
  • NFL Films – Origins of the West Coast: As Doug Pederson’s Eagles and Sean McVay’s Rams square off Sunday with their high-scoring, short-passing West Coast offenses, Countdown traces the origins of the West Coast with Bill Walsh and a short-armed QB named Virgil Carter. Louis Riddick


Monday Night Football – New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Dec. 11, 8:15 p.m. ET)
Five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the New England Patriots travel to South Florida to face the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins and Jay Cutler on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Patriots enter the game atop the AFC standings (10-2) while the Dolphins are making their NFL-leading 84th Monday Night appearance. MNF play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough will call the game from Hard Rock Stadium with analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

MNF will also be streamed live on the ESPN App. Additionally, ESPN Deportes will televise Patriots-Dolphins in Spanish with commentators Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and John Sutcliffe. 


ESPN NFL shows leading into the week 13 NFL games:

Date Time (ET) Show Network
Sun, Dec 10 4 and 6:30 a.m. NFL Matchup ESPN
  10 a.m. Sunday NFL Countdown ESPN
  10 a.m. Fantasy Football Now ESPN2
Mon, Dec 11 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 (Dec. 11, 6 p.m. ET)
Leading into the Patriots-Dolphins MNF game, Suzy Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown (6 p.m.) with NFL analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Insiders Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick and Adam Schefter, senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry and the MNF commentator team will contribute. Highlights:

  • Gruden’s Chalk Talk – Cameron Wake: MNF analyst Jon Gruden sits for a conversation with Miami Dolphins standout defensive end Cameron Wake.
  • Ben Gorra and The Marino Center: Hall of Fame Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino has been an outspoken advocate for autism awareness, including his creation of The Marino Center for post-high school vocational and educational learning. Ben Gorra is a graduate of that program and now works in guest services at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Michelle Beisner-Buck shares his story. Preview.
  • Boomer’s Vault: Chris Berman looks back at the most-watched and arguably most famous game in MNF history when Dan Marino and the Dolphins defeated the previously-undefeated and eventual Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears on Dec. 2, 1985 at the Orange Bowl.


ESPN Radio: Doubleheader Sunday – Vikings at Panthers and Titans at Cardinals
ESPN Radio’s weekly NFL broadcasts continue Sunday, Dec. 10, with a doubleheader – Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (noon), followed by Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals (4 p.m.). Adam Amin, Bill Polian and reporter Ian Fitzsimmons will call the early game, while Marc Kestecher and Brock Huard will be in the booth for the second game.



Bill Hofheimer

I oversee ESPN’s pro football PR, including Monday Night Football and NFL studio shows. Other programs I work on include ESPN soccer, Around the Horn and PTI.
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