Three-Hour NFL Gameday Kickoff Opens 2011 NFL Regular Season Thursday, September 8 At 4:00 pm ET

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September 7th, 2011

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THREE-HOUR NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF OPENS 2011 NFL REGULAR SEASON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AT 4:00 PM ET

 

Interview with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick Headlines Season Premiere of NFL GameDay Morning Sunday, September 11 at 9:00 AM ET

 

Vikings QB Donovan McNabb & Ravens S Ed Reed on NFL Total Access TONIGHT at 7:00 PM ET

 

America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers Debuts TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET

 

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Dan Patrick & Adam Carolla on ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ Thursday at 11:00 AM ET

 

 

NFL GameDay Kickoff Previews Opening Game Between New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 PM ET

 

Get ‘Back to Football’ with a three-hour NFL GameDay Kickoff on Thursday, September 8 at 4:00 PM ET. NFL Network is on location in Green Bay as the defending Super Bowl champion Packers open the 2011 NFL regular season against the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints. Sterling SharpeDeion SandersMike Mayock and Stacey Dales are live from Green Bay, while the NFL GameDay Morning crew of host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve MariucciMarshall FaulkKurt WarnerWarren Sapp and Michael Irvin are live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.

 

The three-hour edition of NFL GameDay Kickoff will include the following:

 

  • Preview of the 2011 NFL regular season
  • Mike Mayock outlines the Packers’ biggest challenges to repeating as Super Bowl champions
  • The future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning
  • Promo of Bill Belichick: A Football Life

 

At 7:00 PM ET, NFL Network will simulcast the NFL Kickoff 2011 Presented by EA Sports with NBC, featuring performances by Kid RockLady Antebellum and Maroon 5.

 

 

THIS WEEK ON AROUND The League LIVE and NFL TOTAL ACCESS: Interviews with Vikings QB Donovan McNabb & Ravens S Ed Reed TONIGHT; Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley on Thursday, September 8

 

Wednesday, September 7

Around The League Live:

  • Steve Cyphers reports from Indianapolis
  • Albert Breer reports from Pittsburgh
  • Stacey Dales reports from Green Bay

 

NFL Total Access:

  • Vikings QB Donovan McNabb interview
  • Ravens S Ed Reed interview

 

Thursday, September 8

Around The League Live:

  • Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley interview

 

Friday, September 9

Around The League Live:

  • Albert Breer reports from Baltimore
  • Rebecca Haarlow reports from Chicago

 

 

Video links from Around The League Live & NFL Total Access this week:

 

- NFL Network analysts Michael Lombardi and Heath Evans discuss the NFC North and NFC South divisions:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-around-the-league/09000d5d821fb753/Division-of-power

 

- Packers defensive back Charles Woodson discusses Super Bowl XLV and the rest of the NFC North:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d821fb863/Packers-Cam-Woodson

 

- Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji talks about repeating as Super Bowl champions on Around the League Live:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-around-the-league/09000d5d82200743/Raji-on-the-hunt

 

- Saints head coach Sean Payton on opening the 2011 regular season against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers:

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-player-interviews/09000d5d82201bd3/Payton-Handful-of-challenges

 

 

Quotes from Around the League Live & NFL Total Access this week:

 

Charles Woodson on…

 

Super Bowl XLV:

 

“All I try to think about is just the end of the game and watching all of the confetti come down. That’s the one moment that I always dreamed about as a player. I try my best to forget about going out before halftime with the collarbone injury and just take it to one of the best moments I’ve ever had in my life, and that’s knowing that I was a Super Bowl champion.”

 

Bears safety Chris Harris’ comments that Chicago is the best team in the NFC North since they won the division last season:

 

"His words are correct. They were the best team in the NFL North. They won the division and our hats are off to them. But I'll take my championship ring and enjoy that for the rest of my life."

 

 

B.J. Raji on…

 

If the Packers are ready to defend their Super Bowl title:

 

“I believe we are. Our whole philosophy and approach to it is we’re not looking at it as defending a championship; we’re trying to go out on attack mode and try to hunt teams as well. We’re looking forward to Super Bowl XLVI and try to leave XLV in the past.”

 

The impact of losing Cullen Jenkins in free agency:

 

“Anytime you lose a player like Jenks and everything he brought to the table – his energy, his leadership and his pass rush – anytime you lose that kind of productivity, that’s going to hurt you a little bit. But we understand, especially the young guys, that we’re not looking for another Cullen Jenkins; we just need these guys to come in and play their game and play it as well as they possibly can, and take care of their role in the scheme.”

 

 

Sean Payton on…

 

Opening the season against the Green Bay Packers:

 

“There is a reason they won the Super Bowl a year ago and when you put the tape on, you’re reminded of that right away. Handling the emotion and handling everything that goes into a game like this to start the season is something you pay attention to.”

 

Last season’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

 

“Those are always difficult losses. When you get into the postseason, there is no best-of-seven or best-of-five in our business; it’s one game. That means you have to play your best in those playoff games and we weren’t able to do that, and Seattle played very well. … When you do end a season like that there is that bad taste that you really can’t get rid of until the next game. When it happens during the regular season, in seven days you play another football game. But when it’s your last game, it sits with you all offseason.”

 

 

THIS WEEK ON NFL GAMEDAY MORNING: Sunday Sitdown with Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick; Special 9/11 Coverage Including Live Reports from Ground Zero & 9/11 Remembrance Vignettes

 

Sunday is GameDay, beginning four hours prior to kickoff on NFL GameDay Morning at 9:00 PM ET. Join host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve MariucciMarshall FaulkKurt WarnerWarren Sapp and Michael Irvin on the first and most comprehensive pregame show on television.

 

In an exclusive sitdown interview with NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick discusses how the Patriots look to rebound this season after falling to the New York Jets in the Divisional Round last year, the upcoming documentary Bill Belichick: A Football Life, and more.

 

Sunday’s edition of NFL GameDay Morning will include the following:

 

  • ‘Sunday Sitdown’: Michael Lombardi 1-on-1 with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick
  • Special 9/11 coverage including live reports from Ground Zero & remembrance vignettes from several individuals, including Paul Tagliabue, Boomer Esiason, Michael Strahan and Rudy Giuliani
  • Albert Breer reports from Baltimore for Steelers-Ravens
  • Stacey Dales reports from Chicago for Falcons-Bears
  • Steve Wyche reports from St. Louis for Eagles-Rams
  • Steve Cyphers reports from Houston for Colts-Texans
  • Discussion about the impact of Peyton Manning’s absence on the Colts
  • Are the Philadelphia Eagles really the “Dream Team?”
  • NFL GameDay Morning crew make their Super Bowl picks

 

 

America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers Debuts TONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET

 

A day before the Green Bay Packers kickoff the 2011 NFL regular season against the New Orleans Saints, re-live their 2010 championship season on America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers tonight at 9:00 PM ET. Featuring interviews with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, defensive back Charles Woodson and head coach Mike McCarthy, along with exclusive video from team meetings, locker rooms and games, America’s Game provides an intimate portrait of the Super Bowl champion Packers.

 

Packers defensive back Charles Woodson on being interviewed for America’s Game:

 

“Being one of the few people to be able to talk about that run last year was an honor and a privilege. It’s something that it’ll be a part of my legacy, [Aaron Rodgers’] legacy, coach [Mike] McCarthy’s legacy. It was just a great, great feeling being a part of it, talking about it, having those thoughts of what we went through as a team to get to the top of our profession. Again, honored and privileged to be one of the guys, one of the few, to be able to talk about it.”

 

NFL Films president Steve Sabol on America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers:

 

“The simple narrative of the 2010 Green Bay Packers’ season begins in Philadelphia and concludes with the lifting of the Lombardi Trophy in North Texas. The compelling and inspiring story is how they got there. It was a group of individuals, who in the face of tremendous and steady adversity, came together to achieve a common goal. A coach once let go by this very team, a quarterback who was overlooked and overshadowed, and a cornerback who was castoff are just three of the men in this tale who all share one vital trait: perseverance.”

 

NFL Films senior producer, Dave Douglas, who produced America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers, will appear on ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ on Friday, September 9. Below is a preview of the interview with Douglas:

 

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-americas-game/09000d5d82204aea/Rich-Eisen-Podcast-Dave-Douglas-talks-Packers-story

 

For more information on the show, video clips from past seasons, exclusive poll questions and more, visit: nfl.com/americasgame.

 

 

Patriots QB Tom Brady, Dan Patrick & Adam Carolla Featured Guests on ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ Airs Thursday at 11:00 AM ET on NFL Network; Available for Download on NFL.com/iTunes

 

The latest edition of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast’ airs on NFL Network Thursday at 11:00 AM ET and is also available for download on NFL.com and iTunes.

 

Kickoff weekend in the NFL is a grand occasion, and it’s no different on ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast.’ In honor of the 2011 regular season beginning, Eisen presents a podcast chock full of stars from the worlds of football, sports and entertainment.

 

Last season’s MVP and three-time Super Bowl champion, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, makes his second appearance on the podcast. Brady discusses playing for head coach Bill Belichick, what makes him a fierce competitor, and playing backgammon.

 

Below are quotes from Brady:

 

On playing for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick:

 

“I’ve been very conditioned to think very short term and focused over the years. When you play for coach Belichick, everything is short-term. Basically, it’s this day of practice. And then tomorrow’s practice will take care of itself and Friday’s practice will take care of itself and ultimately, the game will take care of itself. … So, if you’re thinking about Week 10 and it’s Week 2, I bet you you’re not going to be very successful.”

 

On being demonstrative on the sidelines during games:

 

“Football is a game of emotion. If you don’t bring it emotionally every week, then your opponent’s going to get the best of you. So, when things aren’t going well, you’re going to hear about it. Even when things are going well, you’re going to hear about it”

 

Also on the podcast, Eisen goes “Mancave to Mancave” with his longtime friend, Dan Patrick. The host of ‘The Dan Patrick Show’ joins the podcast from his studio via satellite to discuss Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the impact of running back Darren Sproles’ departure in San Diego, the top teams in the NFC, and more.

 

Radio personality, comedian and actor Adam Carolla appears in-studio to talk about the St. Louis Rams, and Eisen has a surprise that Carolla is certain to enjoy.

 

To download this edition of ‘The Rich Eisen Podcast,’ visit:

 

http://richeisen.nfl.com/2011/09/07/rich-eisen-podcast-kickoff-2011-tom-brady-dan-patrick-and-adam-carolla/

 

 

New NFL.com Power Poll has Green Bay Packers No. 1

 

The defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers debut atop the inaugural NFL.com Power Poll this week, as voted on by nine NFL Network/NFL.com analysts. Rounding out the top five teams are the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons.

 

Total points are based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote.

 

Below are the top 10 teams in the NFL.com Power Poll:

 

1. Green Bay Packers

2. New England Patriots

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

4. New Orleans Saints

5. Atlanta Falcons

6. Philadelphia Eagles

7. New York Jets

8. San Diego Chargers

9. Baltimore Ravens

10. Indianapolis Colts

 

To view the entire poll, visit: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82205f02/article/nfl-media-power-poll-packers-no-doubt-no-1

 

Every Tuesday during the regular season, nine NFL Network and NFL.com analysts will compile a Power Poll of the 32 NFL teams, available only on NFL.com.

 

 

THIS WEEK ON PLAYBOOK: AFC – Friday, September 9 at 8:00 PM ET; NFC – Saturday, September 10 at 8:30 PM ET

 

Friday 8:00 PM ET – AFC Playbook with Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Joe Theismann:

  • How the Steelers offense can strike early and often against the Ravens
  • Why the Texans offense can dominate the Colts
  • How the Bills can shut down Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles
  • Why the Vikings will be no match for the Chargers offense
  • Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin on the Steelers/Ravens rivalry

 

Saturday 8:30 PM ET – NFC Playbook with Sterling Sharpe, Brian Baldinger and Joe Theismann:

  • How the Falcons offense can fly high against the Bears
  • Why quarterback Michael Vick and the Eagles offense could be grounded against the Rams
  • How the Lions defense will pressure Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman into bad decisions
  • Why it doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback for the Panthers
  • How the Redskins may have solved their problems on the offensive line
  • Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo on how to slow down the Giants running game

 

Playbook will normally air Thursday (AFC) and Friday (NFC) at 8:00 PM ET. With exclusive access to game film used by players and coaches, NFL Network analysts breakdown each matchup and detail how each team will have success in the upcoming week.

 

 

Season Debuts of No Huddle (TONIGHT at 10 PM ET) & The Coaches Show (Monday, September 12 at 5:00 PM ET) This Week

 

Secure your V.I.P. pass to NFL Network’s exclusive club with the season debut of No Huddle tonight at 10 PM ET. Hall of Famers Michael Irvinand Marshall Faulk, and former Super Bowl winners Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp preview the opening game between the past two Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, as well as discuss other notable Week 1 matchups such as Steelers-Ravens, Giants-Redskins and Cowboys-Jets.

 

No Huddle is a weekly roundtable show in which analysts with top NFL resumes discuss and debate the hot topics making headlines around the league. Fans can interact with the analysts by posting questions on Twitter and Facebook, some of which will be answered during the show.

 

On Monday, September 12 at 5:00 PM ETThe Coaches Show with former NFL head coaches Brian Billick and Jim Mora debuts. With more than 40 years of combined NFL coaching experience, Billick and Mora provide The View of the game from the perspective of the sideline. The two offer opinions on various coaching decisions made during the week’s games, put themselves into real-life situations, answer quick-fire questions and respond to fan comments via Twitter and Facebook in this 30-minute show.

 

The Coaches Show normally will air Monday at 6:30 PM ET.

 

 

Live CFL Coverage Continues with Calgary-Edmonton Friday, September 9 at 9:00 PM ET & Toronto-B.C. Saturday, September 10 at 4:00 PM ET

 

NFL Network provides live Canadian Football League action with the Calgary Stampeders (6-3) facing the Edmonton Eskimos (6-3) on Friday, September 9 at 9:00 PM ET, and the B.C. Lions (3-6) hosting the Toronto Argonauts (2-7) on Saturday, September 10 at 4:00 PM ET.

 

Calgary and Edmonton battle to claim the top spot in the West Division, while B.C. looks to extend its two-game winning streak.

 

 

DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (all times listed are ET)

 

Wednesday, September 7

5:00 PM – Around the League Live

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access – 2011 Season Preview

9:00 PM – America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers – DEBUT

10:00 PM – No Huddle

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access – 2011 Season Preview

 

Thursday, September 8

10:00 AM – No Huddle

11:00 AM – The Rich Eisen Podcast

11:30 AM – America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers

12:30 PM – No Huddle

1:30 PM – NFL Fantasy Live

2:00 PM – Around the League Live

4:00 PM – NFL GameDay Kickoff

7:00 PM – NFL Kickoff 2011 Presented by EA Sports Simulcast (NBC)

8:30 PM – The Top 100: Players of 2011: #20-11

9:30 PM – The Top 100: Players of 2011: #10-6

10:30 PM – The Top 100: Players of 2011: #5-1  

11:30 PM – NFL Total Access

 

Friday, September 9

11:00 AM – NFL’s Top 10: Things We Loved About the 2000s

12 NOON – America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers

1:00 PM – 2011 Kickoff: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers

4:00 PM – NFL Fantasy Live

4:30 PM – NFL Films Presents: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

5:00 PM – Around the League Live

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access

8:00 PM – Playbook: AFC

9:00 PM – Canadian Football League: Calgary Stampeders at Edmonton Eskimos – LIVE 

12 MIDNIGHT – NFL Total Access

 

Saturday, September 10

8:00 AM – NFL.com Fantasy Live

8:30 AM – The Rich Eisen Podcast

9:00 PM – America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers

10:00 AM – No Huddle

11:00 AM – Playbook: AFC

12 NOON – Playbook: NFC

1:00 PM – NFL Films Presents: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

1:30 PM – The Rich Eisen Podcast

2:00 PM – 2010 Green Bay Packers

2:30 PM – Sound FX: Super Bowl XLV – Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

3:00 PM – America’s Game: 2010 Green Bay Packers

4:00 PM – Canadian Football League: Toronto Argonauts at B.C. Lions – LIVE

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access

8:30 PM – Playbook: NFC

9:30 PM – NFL Films Presents: Looking Back & Looking Ahead

10:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Endzone Celebrations

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access

12:30 AM – The Rich Eisen Podcast

 

Sunday, September 11

9:00 AM – NFL GameDay Morning

1:00 PM – NFL GameDay Statzone

4:00 PM – NFL GameDay Scoreboard

7:30 PM – NFL GameDay Highlights

11:30 PM – NFL GameDay Overtime

12 MIDNIGHT – NFL GameDay Final

 

Monday, September 12

11:30 AM – Around the League Live

4:30 PM – Up to the Minute

5:00 PM – The Coaches Show

5:30 PM – NFL Total Access

7:00 PM – The Coaches Show

7:30 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Mobile Quarterbacks

8:30 PM – The Coaches Show

9:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Things That Changed the Game

10:00 PM – NFL Total Access Monday Night Football Presser

2:00 AM – NFL Total Access Monday Night Football Review

 

Tuesday, September 13

12 NOON – The Top 100 Greatest Players: #100-91

1:00 PM – America’s Game: 2003 New England Patriots

2:00 PM – NFL.com Fantasy Live

2:30 PM – Sound FX: Bill Belichick

3:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Traditions

4:00 PM – NFL’s Top 10: Endzone Celebrations

5:00 PM – Around the League Live

7:00 PM – NFL Total Access

8:00 PM – NFL Replay

9:30 PM – NFL Replay

11:00 PM – NFL Total Access

 

 
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