There are two ways to tell where an NFL game ranks with the networks. One, the broadcast team they send to the game and two, the size of the geographical area that will receive the game on their local affiliate.
The Lions’ game against the Chiefs will air on CBS (as is always the case when an AFC team plays in an NFC venue) so which of their eight broadcast teams will travel to Detroit? Number eight.
Let me get this straight, a match up between the Lions and Chiefs is lower on the totem pole than Raiders-Bills AND Bengals-Broncos? Really?
Alas, Don Criqui and Randy Cross will occupy the television booth at Ford Field. What do television viewers have in store? AwfulAnnouncing.com describes this team as follows:
If you’d like to take a trip in your own Hot Tub Time Machine, grab Sunday Ticket and check out Don Criqui calling NFL games like it was 1983. He’s joined by the insufferable Randy Cross in spot duty, who was once much higher in the CBS pecking order. If CBS is going to continue to trot out Don Criqui for marquee games like Bills/Bengals, at least bring back Bob Trumpy to go with him!
Grab some tickets to the game while you still can.
In a small sign of respect, the game will be available over the air to a decent portion of the country. Fans in the western great lakes area through the great plains to the Rockie Mountains will be able to see the game without needing the NFL Sunday Ticket package. (view the full coverage map here)
The problem is that not everyone will be able to go to the game and no one should have to listen to this broadcast team. The solution is obviously gameday live blog. Use the box below to set up an email reminder for yourself.