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. Comedian Frank Caliendo will also be on set.
Correspondents Bob Holztman (Denver at Cincinnati), Rachel Nichols (Pittsburgh at NY Giants), George Smith (Carolina at Washington), Josina Anderson (Arizona at Green Bay) and Sal Paolantonio (Dallas at Atlanta) will report from game sites.
From ESPN PR, here are some of the anticipated show highlights:
- Quarterback Class of 2004: As quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants on Sunday, Countdown relives the 2004 NFL Draft that changed both franchises. The feature includes a look at the confluence of events — Giants acquiring Eli Manning via a swap with the San Diego Chargers for Philip Rivers — which produced two leading NFL quarterbacks who have won four of the last seven Super Bowls.
- Jumping the Route: Atlanta’s Asante Samuel is one of the NFL’s best at jumping routes and breaking up passes. Analyst Darren Woodson visits the 7-0 Falcons’ cornerback to unmask the art of jumping a route and making a pick, while explaining why life for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on Sunday against Atlanta will be a challenge.
- Brandon Marshall: Countdown will include an exclusive E:60 report by Lisa Salters examining how Chicago Bears star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, diagnosed with “Borderline Personality Disorder” after several off-the-field incidents such as domestic violence and drunk driving, has refocused on turning his life around.
- Hurricane Sandy’s Impact: The worst storm to hit the East coast in a generation ravaged most of the New York and New Jersey coastlines on Monday. Sunday, the New York Giants will play at the Meadowlands in front of thousands who have been directly impacted by the storm. ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap reports how the hurricane has impacted the Giants and their fans this week.