POSTED: Thursday August 27th 2009


“It will be a big part of our broadcast conversations, but I’ll start you off by saying that I was stunned.” – Collinsworth on Cutler Trade

       “For a preseason game this is probably as good as it gets.” – Michaels

       NEW YORK – Aug. 27, 2009 – “NBC Sunday Night Football”
preseason continues this Sunday as the Denver Broncos host their former
quarterback Jay Cutler and his new team the Chicago Bears. Coverage
begins at 8 p.m. ET.

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the new SNF booth duo, will have the
call from Denver, with Andrea Kremer handling the reporting duties.
 For Michaels and Collinsworth, this will be their fourth game together
in the booth having previously called last year’s Pro Bowl and the
Seahawks-Bucs regular season game and this year’s preseason opener, the
Hall of Fame Game.

MICHAELS ON THIS MATCHUP: “I can’t think of a preseason game, in all of
the years I’ve been doing primetime football, where you’re going to
have, at least at the outset of the game, this kind of intrigue. What’s
kind of reaction is Cutler going to get? How will he react back? For a
preseason game this is probably as good as it gets.”

COLLINSWORTH ON THIS MATCHUP: “The third preseason game is the one you
want to watch, it’s the dress rehearsal.  It is more important for the
Denver Broncos in some ways. Jay Cutler is the man in Chicago. If Jay
Cutler throws 17 interceptions in this game he’s still going to be the
man in Chicago. For the Broncos, Orton had a rough first start with the
three interceptions, but the one thing that’s been very consistent is
that this offense has moved up and down the field. They have put up a
bunch of yards and then made mistakes when they get down around the red
zone, but this offense of Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton is working
exceptionally well on many occasions and in many of these drives. It
would not surprise me at all to see the Denver Broncos at home have a
big day offensively in this game.”

part of our broadcast conversations, but I’ll start you off by saying
that I was stunned. You don’t see a guy that can do the things that Jay
Cutler can do at 25 years of age being traded. You just don’t. I would
like to know more details about it. We’re obviously going to be out
there asking the questions and my guess is we’re not going to hear much
of anything from the principles involved.  I hope they tell me what
really happened and the details of it, but if they don’t give me the
details I’ll give you my opinion of it and we’ll see how we go from

The “NBC Sunday Night Football” regular season begins Thursday, Sept.
10 with the Super Bowl Champion Steelers hosting the AFC South champion
Titans.  In the first “NBC Sunday Night Football” contest of the
season, on Sept. 13, the Green Bay Packers will host their longtime
rival the Bears.


Pre Season

Sun. Aug. 30 – Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos, 8 p.m.

Regular Season - Football Night in America begins every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET

Thurs. Sept. 10 NFL Kickoff     Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Sept. 13           Week 1          Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Sept. 20           Week 2          New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Sept. 27           Week 3          Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals

Sun. Oct. 4             Week 4  San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Oct. 11            Week 5          Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Sun. Oct. 18            Week 6  Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons

Sun. Oct. 25            Week 7  Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants

Sun. Nov. 1             Week 8  NO SNF GAME   (Football Night airs 7-8 p.m.)

Sun. Nov. 8             Week 9  Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sun. Nov. 15            Week 10 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Nov. 22            *Week 11        Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears

Sun. Nov. 29            *Week 12        Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Sun. Dec. 6             *Week 13        New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

Sun. Dec. 13            *Week 14        Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Sun. Dec. 20            *Week 15        Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers

Sun. Dec. 27            *Week 16        Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

Sun. Jan. 3             *Week 17        TBA

*Flex Week


·       All 12 NFL playoff teams from last season are featured.

·       Fourteen of NBC’s 16 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season.

·       Giants at Cowboys opens the $1.2 billion Dallas Cowboys
Stadium, “the 8th Wonder of the World.” It’s a rematch of the most
viewed game ever on “Sunday Night Football.”

·       Three appearances a piece from six marquee teams: this year’s
Super Bowl champion Steelers, last year’s Super Bowl champion Giants
plus Dallas, Indianapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia.

·       Six games involving one of the Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli.

·       Quarterback duels between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Peyton
and Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan
McNabb and Jay Cutler.

·       Four matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Cowboys, Cowboys-Eagles, Eagles-Giants and Cowboys-Redskins.

·       A rematch of last year’s hard-hitting AFC Championship game
between Pittsburgh and Baltimore and last year’s AFC divisional playoff
game between the Steelers and the Chargers.

       Members of the media can get more information about NBC
Universal and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web
site at

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