ESPN gets prepped for this weekend’s NFL action with Sunday NFL Countdown this Sunday beginning at 10:00a.m. ET.
Chris Berman hosts with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. They will be joined by Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will report the day’s news and updates.
Correspondents Ed Werder (Dallas at Baltimore), Josina Anderson (Green Bay at Houston), Rachel Nichols (Indianapolis at NY Jets), Colleen Domiguez (NY Giants at San Francisco) and Sal Paolantonio (Detroit at Philadelphia) will report from game sites.
From ESPN PR, here are some of what the program will cover this week:
- Playing for Pagano: Perhaps no Indianapolis Colts player had a better appreciation of the team’s dramatic, comeback win at home over the Packers last Sunday than wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The Colts dedicated the win to their head coach Chuck Pagano, who is fighting leukemia. Wayne’s relationship with Pagano dates back to the mid-1990s when Pagano, then on the University of Miami’s coaching staff, recruited the young receiver. Wayne and Pagano have remained close since then. Rachel Nichols explains how after one of the best performances of his career, Wayne is helping his coach and friend tackle the fight of his life.
- Stopping on a Dime: Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is easily the best cut-back runner in the League today. McCoy’s inspiration and role model is the best cut-back rusher of all time, former Detroit running back Barry Sanders. McCoy shares the secret to stopping on a dime and explains how the Lions’ Hall of Fame running back impacts his game. The admiration is mutual, reports MNF sideline reporter Lisa Salters.
- Pete Carroll’s Celebrations: If you want to know how the Seattle Seahawks are doing, just watch head coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines. Now in his third season with the Seahawks, the 61-year-old coach has not lost any of his enthusiasm or changed his sideline demeanor from his days as a college coach at USC. Countdowntalks to Seahawks players about their exuberant head coach and the impact he has on the young team.
- Eli Manning, Crash-Test Dummy: On Sunday, the N.Y. Giants head back to San Francisco for the first time since the 2011 NFC Championship game where New York won but quarterback Eli Manning took a beating from the 49ers vaunted defense. Analyst Trent Dilfer examines how Manning’s body might hold up by going to a real crash-test dummy simulation.