NFL, week 14: Audibles on Oakland Raiders-Green Bay Packers


Looking at the Raiders at Packers, Phil Simms examines the line of play as the Packers go for the perfect season.

NFL ON CBS lead announce team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms call the action from the Oakland Raiders-Green Bay Packers game, live from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc.

(On Green Bay Going for Perfect Season Rather than Resting Players): It is an interesting topic.  Yes, I would like to see them go for it because I’m a fan. But if Mike McCarthy thinks it gives him less chances of winning the Super Bowl then he will rest players and do something different. If their perfect record gets in the way of anything, anything about hurting their chances to win the Super Bowl, then he’s going to do what he has to do. 

(On Oakland-Green Bay): It is Oakland going to Green Bay to play.  It’s going to be in the low-30s, which by Green Bay’s standards this time of year, that is about as good as you could hope for. The way the Raiders lost to the Miami Dolphins last week should give them an edge. They should be motivated to erase what they did the previous week. The Green Bay Packers play after a physically and emotionally draining game in New York. The Raiders have to come into the game with no choice. Their offense has to be a little more daring, and they have to take chances because they have to score points. You’re not going to go in there and keep the Green Bay Packers under 20 and slow the game down. It really does you no good. You can only do that if you can control Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. And so far, nobody has. If you’re playing percentages, your mindset has to be, let’s go. You have to take chances on both sides of the ball.

(On Carson Palmer and Oakland): I have seen just about everything Carson Palmer has done this year. One thing I noticed even watching the Miami game, he made a lot of nice throws. It looks like he’s really getting into shape. He looks fast dropping back and that is important. Maybe the biggest thing of all for the Oakland Raiders is they need some of their receivers and Darren McFadden to get healthy. I haven’t seen a real Raiders football team in so long. The team I saw in Week 2, with Darren McFadden at running back, was a dangerous team. They were a team that caught my attention. Not having Darren McFadden affects everybody. It affects the offensive line, the quarterback, but it also affects the Raiders defense as much as anything. He helps your offense, but it probably shortens the game by two possessions for the opponent.  What defense wouldn’t want that?

(On Patriots): The Patriots have been camouflaging their defense with how well they’ve been playing offensively.  Their defense has caused them some issues, but they are winning because their offense is a beautiful thing to watch.  They overwhelm opponents with tempo on offense.  If Tom Brady was a race car driver and his accelerator got stuck, he wouldn’t care.  He hustles his team to the line of scrimmage.  And if he gets his foot on your throat, he is not taking it off.  As the game goes on you can see defenses start to wear down physically and mentally.  They don’t have time to make adjustments.  They don’t have time to make their calls.  They certainly don’t have much time to substitute.  And when Brady does that, defenses don’t have time to put in blitzes they’d like or disguise coverages.  When you play against an offense like that, your defense tends to get very basic.

(On Washington): Defensively, the Redskins are pretty good.  They are capable of making big plays.  At FedEx Field, this is going to be a pretty good test for the Patriots.

Following are THE NFL ON CBS assignments for Week 14, Week 15 and Week 16 (subject to change).


1:00 PM, ET starts:  
·N. England @ Washington Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf  Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman
·Oakland @ Green Bay Jim Nantz/Phil Simms  Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold
·Kansas City @ N.Y. Jets  Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts   Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith
·Houston @ Cincinnati Marv Albert/Rich Gannon  Ross Schneiderman/Mark Grant
·Indianapolis @ Baltimore Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker  Victor Frank/Andy Goldberg

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·Buffalo @ San Diego  Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley

WEEK 15 – December 18 – CBS DOUBLEHEADER

1:00 PM, ET starts:  
·Cincinnati @ St. Louis Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf  Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman
·Miami @ Buffalo  Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley
·Tennessee @ Indianapolis  Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts   Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·N.Y. Jets @ Philadelphia Marv Albert/Rich Gannon  Ross Schneiderman/Mark Grant
·Cleveland @ Arizona  Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker  Victor Frank/Andy Goldberg
·N. England @ Denver Jim Nantz/Phil Simms  Lance Barrow/Mike Arnold

WEEK 16 – December 24

 GAME                                                PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
1:00 PM, ET starts:  
·Denver @ Buffalo  TBD
·Miami @ N. England  Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts   Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith
·Cleveland @ Baltimore  Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon  Ross Schneiderman/Mark Grant
·Jacksonville @ Tennessee Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker  Victor Frank/Andy Goldberg
·Oakland @ Kansas City Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots Jim Rikhoff/Bryan Lilley

4:15 PM, ET starts:
·San Diego @ Detroit  TBD

(source: CBS)