NFL TV Schedule Week 6: Coverage Maps for CBS and FOX Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants signals to the offense against the Cleveland Browns during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest weekends of the NFL season is upon us. In addition to several marquee matchups, teams floating around the .500 mark will be trying to get back to the level that their talent suggests they should be. 

Of course, those middling teams could just be playing right where they belong. Sometimes expectations are too great, or analysts have just overrated what a team is going to do. It sounds strange, but sometimes analysts do get things wrong. 

As we get close to the weekend of action, it is time to start planning your viewing schedule so you know what to make time for, where to find games, as well as the announcers who will be there to guide you through all the action. 

All times listed are ET

 Indianapolis at New York Jets  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
 Oakland at Atlanta  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
 Cincinnati at Cleveland  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
 Kansas City at Tampa Bay  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
 St. Louis at Miami  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
 Detroit at Philadelphia  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
 Dallas at Baltimore  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Sam Rosen, Brian Billick
 New England at Seattle  4:05 p.m.  CBS  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
 Buffalo at Arizona  4:05 p.m.  CBS  Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
 New York Giants at San Francisco  4:25 p.m.  FOX  Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
 Minnesota at Washington  4:25 p.m.  FOX  Dick Stockton, John Lynch


Matchup to Watch: New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers

The first person who talks about this being a revenge game for the 49ers after last year's NFC Championship Game clearly doesn't understand that the stakes are considerably lower this time around. 

That said, these two NFC teams are as fascinating to watch as anyone in the league this season. 

The Giants continue to baffle in the regular season. They have an outstanding offense, led by Eli Manning. The running game is starting to come around with Ahmad Bradshaw stepping up his performance. 

However, defensively the Giants look like a mess right now. They struggle to defend the pass and the defensive line, which is supposed to be the strength of the defense, has 4.5 sacks through five games. 

The 49ers look like the best team in the NFC, or at least in the conversation with Atlanta. We all knew the defense was going to be great, but the offense has exceeded all expectations. They average over 400 yards per game and Alex Smith, who is battling a sprained finger, looks much more comfortable passing with receivers that he trusts. 


Underrated Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets

This game is not being singled out because of the whole Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow drama, which seems to be just a media creation, since Rex Ryan continues to have no doubt that Sanchez is the right quarterback for the job. 

No, we are looking at this game because of the Indianapolis Colts. They had that huge emotional win last week against Green Bay and can actually push their record over .500 with a win in this game. 

It would be a stretch to say that the Colts are a playoff team right now, but they could be closer than any of us expected. They have a good offense, particularly with Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne. 

If the Colts had any presence on the defensive line other than Robert Mathis, they would probably be 3-1 entering this game. 

Come for the drama involving the Jets, stay for the young, upstart Colts.