AFC Opponents Featured On This Week’s Edition Of ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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And then there were two…

That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference.  After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.

Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live.  Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.


Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns.  The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.

San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414.  The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289.  The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.

San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38).  Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency.  Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.

The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose.  Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short.  The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory.  Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.


Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.

While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats.  Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure.  Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.

Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51.  By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.

Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.

Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency.  Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%.  Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.

Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.


Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game.  While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road.  Each is also 2-0 in conference play.

The one category in which one team outshines the other is points.  Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks.  Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games.  By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.

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New On-Air Teams Announced For ESPN’s Thursday, Friday Night College Football Coverage

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ESPN has announced the on-air roster for this season’s coverage of college football on Thursday and Friday nights..

Thursday night broadcasts will be led by Dave Flemming and college football analyst Jesse Palmer.  Laura Rutledge will join the duo as a sideline reporter for the network’s Thursday night games.  This is in addition to her previously announced duties with The SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcasts.  Friday night coverage will be led by Adam Amin.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mack Brown.  Molly McGrath will be on the sidelines for each game with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional note, David Pollack has signed a new extension with ESPN that will see him appear on ESPN’s College GameDay each week for the foreseeable future.  The terms of his new deal also include a more prominent role on College Football Live and will also see him contributing more to the network’s studio shows this season.  Pollack originally joined ESPN in 2009 as a studio analyst before joining the College GameDay on-air crew in 2011.

Before moving to Thursday nights, Flemming handled play-by-play duties on ESPN’s Friday night college football games.  Amin previously worked the Saturday college football games for ESPN/ABC.  Rutledge most recently served as a sideline reporter for the SEC Network’s college football broadcasts.  Pollack most recently served as a game analyst on ESPN’s Thursday night college football broadcasts last season alongside play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Jesse Palmer.

Lee Fitting, Senior Coordinating Producer, was entirely supportive of the new appointments in discussing them and the related importance of ESPN’s college football coverage.  “The new opportunities for Dave, Adam and Laura prove, once again, the quality of our on-air lineup and the growth opportunities that exist at ESPN, while Molly’s addition adds another high-caliber reporter and host to our roster as we enter a new season,” Fitting said.  “Thursday and Friday night telecasts are an integral part of our college football coverage and we look forward to these two new commentating teams working these primetime games each week.”  Fitting also shared his thoughts on Pollack’s experience in relation to his new deal noting, “David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst.  Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”

This week’s new appointments are just the latest on-air moves made by ESPN for its upcoming college football broadcasts.  The network also recently announced moves involving Brian Griese, Steve Levy, Greg McElroy, Samantha Ponder, and Allison Williams for its college football broadcasts.  New contracts were also announced for Dave Pasch and Bob Wischusen.

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ESPN’s College Football Live Returns July 14th

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The countdown is on!

College football season is mere weeks away. And in celebration, ESPN’s College Football Live returns next Monday, July 14th with all of the latest college football news and headlines. Chris Cotter will host. He will be joined by a rotating group of analysts that includes: Joey Galloway, Brian Griese, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell, Trevor Matich, and Robert Smith in a half-hour round table setting.

Once football season is officially under way, College Football Live will broadcast live each Friday from the site of ESPN’s College GameDay Built by the Home Depot. And beginning next Monday, July 14th, football fans will get two and a half hours of football programming each day on ESPN Monday – Friday. That programming will come courtesy of College Football Live, NFL Insiders and NFL Live. The full schedule is listed below.


Time (ET) Host/Analysts
College Football Live 2:30-3 p.m. Chris Cotter / Joey Galloway, Brian Griese, Desmond Howard, Danny Kanell, Trevor Matich, David Pollack & Robert Smith
NFL Insiders 3-4 p.m. Robert Flores / Chris Mortensen, Louis Riddick & Adam Schefter 
NFL Live 4-5 p.m. Suzy Kolber & Wendi Nix / Chris Mortensen, Bill Polian & Adam Schefter


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