NFL TV Schedule Week 4: Coverage Maps for CBS and Fox Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Since everyone loves a good theme, we have decided to call Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season "Redemption Week."

Last week was one of the wildest, most unpredictable we have seen in the NFL in a long, long time. You had upsets all over the place, not to mention the controversy that ended it all on Monday night between Green Bay and Seattle. 

To properly prepare you for Week 4, here is a look at all the action scheduled for Sunday afternoon and a few notes about the games that will have us glued to our seats. 

(All times listed are ET.)

 Carolina at Atlanta  1 p.m.  Fox  Dick Stockton, John Lynch
 Minnesota at Detroit  1 p.m.  Fox  Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
 San Francisco at New York Jets  1 p.m.  Fox  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
 Seattle at St. Louis  1 p.m.  Fox  Ron Pitts, Mike Martz
 New England at Buffalo  1 p.m.  CBS  Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
 San Diego at Kansas City  1 p.m.  CBS  Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
 Tennessee at Houston  1 p.m.  CBS  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
 Cincinnati at Jacksonville  4:05 p.m.  CBS  Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
 Oakland at Denver  4:05 p.m.  CBS  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
 Miami at Arizona  4:05 p.m.  CBS  Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
 New Orleans at Green Bay  4:25 p.m.  Fox  Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
 Washington at Tampa Bay  4:25 p.m.  Fox  Chris Myers, Tim Ryan


Biggest Matchup: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

Very rarely will a game between two teams with a combined record of 1-5 be a marquee matchup, but the Saints and Packers are not your run-of-the-mill 0-3 and 1-2 teams, respectively. 

The Saints already have their backs against the ropes. If they start the season 0-4, any hope they had of making the postseason virtually goes out the window. They have been a mess this season, as they can't stop anyone from scoring and Drew Brees actually looks human. 

The Packers could, and should, be coming into this game 2-1. Everyone knows what happened against Seattle, but now the team has to get over that loss to focus on this game. 

As we saw on Monday, the Packers offensive line has problems. Some of that can be attributed to a really good Seattle defense, but there is no excuse for letting your quarterback get sacked eight times. 

No one would have predicted this before the season, but we will either see the Saints go winless in September or both teams start 1-3.


Under-the-Radar Matchup: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Not to keep harping on the NFC North, but it is the most intriguing division in football right now. 

The Lions can't seem to get out of their own way. They kept shooting themselves in the foot against St. Louis in Week 1 before getting a last-second touchdown to prevail. The 49ers ran all over them in Week 2. 

Last week was the topper, as they gave up 44 points to a Tennessee team that had scored a total of 23 points in its first two games. Jake Locker picked the Lions secondary apart and a "miscommunication" in overtime led to a play that should not have been run and a loss for Detroit. 

The Vikings, meanwhile, have been a pleasant surprise. Granted, two of their three games have been against Jacksonville and Indianapolis, but they showed a lot of toughness in defeating San Francisco last week. 

Christian Ponder is playing smart football. He is not taking many risks down the field, is completing over 70 percent of his passes and has not thrown an interception. If they can get Adrian Peterson going, this offense could be fun to watch. 

Plus, the NFC North looks to be a lot weaker than we originally thought. Who is to say that the Vikings can't at least hang around until the end of the season? A win here will make things very interesting.