Prior to the last two games, CBS’ Thursday night package had come under fire for delivering a series of boring routs. Well, don’t look now, but Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth have had plenty of time to use their blowout material on Sunday nights this year.
Sunday, after Peyton Manning set his records, Michaels got to tell the national TV audience all about his back-up, Brock Osweiler, in the fourth quarter.
Denver won 42-17, and it wasn’t that close.
It was the fifth straight blowout for the NBC crew:
Sept. 21: Pittsburgh 38, Carolina 17.
Sept. 28: Dallas 38, New Orleans 17.
Oct. 5: New England 43, Cincinnati 17
Oct. 12: Philadelphia 27, Giants 0.
The NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano did the math in a tweet:
“2014 Average margin of victory Sunday night: 18.8. Thursday night: 21.6.”
So don’t completely blame the short week for contributing to the routs on Thursday nights. Sometimes, you just get a run of bad games, regardless of the night.
Next Sunday night features Green Bay at New Orleans. Considering the Saints are struggling, and the Packers are coming off a 38-17 drubbing of Carolina, Al and Cris should be compiling their blowout material now.