NFL TV Schedule Week 7: Coverage Maps for CBS and FOX Action

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls signals against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 26-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Now that we are close to the midway point of the NFL season, we can stop talking about what teams need to change and start talking about what is going to be. 

Of course, that is much easier said than done. Look at everything that has happened so far this season, then try to comprehend it all. The Texans were the best team in the NFL through five weeks then they go and give up 42 points to a Green Bay team that was struggling. 

The Patriots keep shooting themselves in the foot because Bill Belichick's ego can't let him run the ball when the team has a big lead. 

So much drama and intrigue, and we are just getting started. Here is a look ahead to all the action on CBS and Fox this Sunday. 


All start times listed in ET

 Washington at New York Giants  1:00 p.m.  Fox  Tom Brennaman, Troy Aikman
 New Orleans at Tampa Bay  1:00 p.m.  Fox  Dick Stockton, John Lynch
 Dallas at Carolina  1:00 p.m.  Fox  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston
 Green Bay at St. Louis  1:00 p.m.  Fox  Sam Rosen, Brian Billick
 Arizona at Minnesota  1:00 p.m.  Fox  Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
 Baltimore at Houston  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
 Cleveland at Indianapolis  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots
 Tennessee at Buffalo  1:00 p.m.  CBS  Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
 New York Jets at New England  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
 Jacksonville at Cleveland  4:25 p.m.  CBS  Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts


Matchup of the Week: Baltimore at Houston

Two of the best teams in the AFC, the Ravens and Texans, have a lot of questions to answer in this showdown. 

For the Ravens, the loss of Ray Lewis and Ladarius Webb for the season leaves a lot of questions about where this defense is at. Haloti Nagata, probably the best defensive player on the team, is also dealing with an MCL injury

They were already struggling to stop teams from moving the ball on them—they are giving up nearly 391 yards of total offense per game—and when you take away two great defensive player and add an injured star to the mix, things are going to get very interesting. 

We keep talking about Joe Flacco needing to evolve into at least a consistent quarterback, if not one of the best in the league. Now is the time for him to take that next step for the Ravens to keep their Super Bowl hopes alive. 

On the other side, the Texans are slowly losing key players to injuries. Two weeks ago it was Brian Cushing. Last week it was Tim Jamison, who is not a star but is an important part of the defensive line rotation. 

This franchise always seems to get decimated by injuries, so there has to be some worry in Houston right now, especially based on what happened against the Packers last week. 

There is more drama in this game than 99 percent of all Hollywood movies that will be released in the next two years. 


Underrated Matchup of the Week: Washington Redskins at New York Giants

Perhaps underrated is the wrong term to use to describe this matchup, but I am intrigued by so many things about the Redskins and Giants. 

Robert Griffin III had the best game of his NFL career last week against a Minnesota defense that looked like one of the best in the league the first five weeks. He was a one-man wrecking crew, with 320 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. 

The Redskins are among a group of four teams in the NFC with a 3-3 record, yet they are just one game behind the Giants for first place in the NFC East. 

On the flip side, the Giants had probably their best and most complete game since defeating the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl five years ago. They were all over a San Francisco team that some were calling the best in the NFL. 

The defensive line was up to its old tricks. Alex Smith played like he did before Jim Harbaugh arrived, throwing three interceptions because he had no time to do anything. The offense continues to show great balance, with Ahmad Bradshaw coming to life the last two weeks. 

However, in the past when the Giants win a big game, they tend to come out flat the next week. They look great right now, though, so perhaps that was a turning-point game.