NFL TV Schedule Week 5: Coverage Maps for CBS and FOX Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls signals against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.  New England won 52-28.(Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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In keeping with what has become a tradition and finding a theme for each week in the NFL, we are going to name Week 5 "Showcase Sunday."

In addition to the big marquee matchup between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, a number of teams are looking to put their unique abilities on display in ways that we have yet to see this season. 

Some of the games are going to leave a lot to be desired, while others are going to surprise without us even realizing it.

This season has already seen one shocking moment after another. Who would have thought that the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals would be leading their respective divisions?

As is always the case, here is our weekly look at all the matchups being carried by CBS and FOX on Sunday afternoon. 

All start times listed are ET

 Miami at Cincinnati  1:00 p.m.  CBS   Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
 Baltimore at Kansas City  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
 Cleveland at New York Giants  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
 Green Bay at Indianapolis  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick
 Atlanta at Washington  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Sam Rosen, John Lynch
 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh  1:00 p.m.  FOX  Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
 Seattle at Carolina  4:05 p.m.  FOX  Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
 Chicago at Jacksonville  4:05 p.m.  FOX  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
 Denver at New England  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
 Tennessee at Minnesota  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
 Buffalo at San Francisco  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots


Matchup of the Week: Denver at New England

They could be 50 years old, unable to throw the ball more than five yards downfield, and we would still always be fascinated by Manning and Brady. 

These are the two quarterbacks who helped usher in the current generation of players at the position. Both are sure-fire Hall of Famers from the moment they retire, but have things to take care of before that date. 

As a team, the Denver Broncos look like they are starting to gel more as a unit with each passing week. Granted, some of that is based on their destruction of the Oakland Raiders last week, but you have to start somewhere. 

Meanwhile, the New England Patriots are still struggling with consistency on defense. However, when you score 45 points in a half against a team, that is flat-out impressive. I don't care who is on the other side of the field. 

This game should be a lot of fun, with the quarterback drama only adding to the intrigue and excitement surrounding it. 


Underrated Matchup of the Week: Atlanta at Washington

There will be another good quarterback battle going on in D.C., as the undefeated Atlanta Falcons take their show on the road to face the upstart Washington Redskins. 

This matchup should get plenty of play on game day, as I think it could be just as exciting as anything that happens up in New England.

The Falcons' defense was exposed quite a bit last week against Cam Newton, a quarterback with the ability to create plays with his arm and legs. They will have to figure out a way to quell Robert Griffin III, who may not be as physically imposing as Newton, but who is every bit as athletic. 

Plus, whenever you have Roddy White and Julio Jones going up against one of the worst secondaries in the league, the fireworks will be on display.