NFL Network Analyst & Former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson Joins Coverage from Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when quarterback Andrew Luck and the first-place Indianapolis Colts travel to take on running back
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock call the game in their third season together, and Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.
NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. This week, host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin, former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, and former head coach Steve Mariucci live from LP Field. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms and interviews with players and coaches, while NFL Media insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver are on-location with the latest news from around the NFL.
Featured on the pregame show this week:
• Rich Eisen sits down with Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano for an interview
• Does Colts quarterback Andrew Luck have enough around him to compete with the top teams in the AFC?
• NFL Total Access Kickoff discusses how Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson can get back to being CJ2K, and how the Colts rebound from last week’s loss to the St. Louis Rams
• In advance of Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game, NFL Total Access Kickoff previews the AFC West matchup
• How Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has emerged and if he is the franchise quarterback for the team
• Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci debate this week’s Chiefs-Broncos game and Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin’s impact
• Which NFC team has the best chance to enter the ever-changing playoff picture?
Through nine games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.83 US HH rating (+10% vs. 2012 average) and 7.74 million viewers (+11% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.
International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.
Eisen, Sanders, Irvin, Tomlinson, Mariucci, Rapoport and Silver provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
As part of the NFL’s recently announced partnership with Twitter, in-game highlights will be accessible for Twitter users on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices from Thursday Night Football. The in-game highlights on Twitter are in addition to other game footage, news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and voting platforms from NFL Network and NFL.com that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (twitter.com/NFL).
Thursday Night Football on NFL.com/NFL Mobile
Each week starting at 8:00 PM ET, NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football returns as the true companion for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football. New this season, the live look-ins on NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football feature exclusive coaches’ angles, which include the “All-22,” “High End Zone” and Cable Cam angles. Additionally, the NFL Digital Media production will provide its own play-by-play and analysis for the first time, with Matt “Money” Smith on the call and Solomon Wilcots as analyst. Rebecca Haarlow will be live on-location providing sideline commentary to the broadcast.
From the NFL Network studios, Elliot Harrison is joined alongside analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks to provide instant studio analysis to live game action. Dave Dameshek and Crystina Poncher will be NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football’s social media correspondents, and various NFL Network analysts will join the broadcast throughout the season. To watch each NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football broadcast, visit NFL.com.
As part of the recently redesigned NFL Mobile from Verizon app, fans can follow Thursday Night Football on the go with TNF Xtra. TNF Xtra is a free, downloadable feature on the NFL Mobile app, which offers a comprehensive second-screen companion to NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. TNF Xtra is live at 7:30 PM ET each Thursday during NFL Network’s 13-game broadcast schedule, and features live video updates from sideline reporter Rebecca Haarlow, social media integration, trivia and polls throughout the game, relevant historical facts, statistics and profiles, and instant photos live from the game. Visit NFL.com/xtra on your mobile device to download NFL Mobile.
Additionally, for Verizon subscribers the newly redesigned NFL Mobile app enables users with a premium subscription to watch a live feed of Thursday Night Football directly from their mobile device, in addition to NFL Network, NFL RedZone and live NFL game action Sunday and Monday night. All NFL Mobile from Verizon users, regardless of their wireless provider, can watch exclusive NFL highlights and video clips on their mobile device.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS
ANNOUNCERS: Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Mike Mayock (game analyst); Alex Flanagan (sideline)
PREGAME (6 P.M., ET): Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff. In Nashville: Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan, Ian Rapoport, Mike Silver
PRE-KICK (8 P.M. ET): KFC Prekick Show. Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan, Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales
HALFTIME: Lexus Halftime Show. Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan, Ian Rapoport, Mike Silver
POSTGAME: Postgame Show.
• Rich Eisen, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Stacey Dales, Alex Flanagan
• NFL Total Access Postgame Show. In-studio: Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Darren Sharper, Willie McGinest
WHERE TO WATCH: NFL Network, Check your local cable listings. NFL.com Live: Thursday Night Football. NFL Mobile Presented by Verizon
LOCAL OTA SIMULCAST: FOX Ch. 17 (WZTV) – Nashville, NBC Ch. 13 (WTHR) – Indianapolis