Is Sunday’s game between the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals the worst of Fox’s week two slate? Apparently Fox thinks so, they are sending their bottom of the barrel broadcast team to call the game.
Sam Rosen will be on the call, joined in the booth by former NFL fullback Heath Evans as the game’s analyst. The broadcast team is completed by Molly McGrath reporting from the sidelines. This will be their first game of the season because Fox didn’t have enough games to utilize all seven of their broadcast teams in week one.
Heath Evans hasn’t been very popular with Lions fans in the past. He was very vocal on NFL Network before the 2011 season in his doubts about the Lions as a breakout team. Even after the team got off to a fast start to the 2011 season, he doubted in the team’s ability to reach the playoffs.
Of course, the Lions would go on to do two things Evans didn’t think they would be able to do – win ten games and make the playoffs. Maybe Evans was somewhat validated when the Lions went a terrible 4-12 last season and to his credit he was immediately on board with the Lions signing of Reggie Bush. Whatever the case, it will be interesting to hear how Evans sounds towards the Lions on Sunday.
Fans in both the Detroit and Phoenix markets are set to get San Diego at Philadelphia (Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf) on CBS in the early time slot. Fans in Detroit can flip over to CBS for Dever at New York Giants (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms) at commercial breaks of the Lions-Cardinals games while fans in Phoenix will not receive a second late game.