via press release:
WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 8:00 PM ET ON NFL NETWORK
Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Cris Carter Joins ‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show at 6:00 PM ET
The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings host quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins Thursday, November 7 at 8:00 PM ET. In 2012, Peterson was named the NFL MVP while Griffin III earned the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and two-time Emmy-nominated analyst Mike Mayock call the game in their third season together, and Alex Flanagan provides reports from the sidelines.
NFL Network’s Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show is live from the stadium starting at 6:00 PM ET. This week, host Rich Eisen is joined by Hall of Famers Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin, and former head coach Steve Mariucci live from Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome. Reporters Alex Flanagan and Stacey Dales provide pregame news reports from the locker rooms and interviews with players and coaches, while NFL Media insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver are on-location with the latest news from around the NFL.
Featured on the pregame show this week:
· Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cris Carter joins the NFL Total Access Kickoff pregame show on-set
· Will Vikings running back Adrian Peterson make another second-half surge rushing the football as he did last season?
· Last year, quarterback Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins on a run from 3-6 to the playoffs. Currently only 1.5 games out of first place in the NFC East, will he do it again?
· NFL Total Access Kickoff discusses Dr. James Andrews – who performed the surgeries on Peterson and Griffin III – and how he became the go-to surgeon for the biggest names in sports
· Wired sound from Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during Seattle’s overtime win at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9
· Michael Irvin and Marshall Faulk debate which quarterback they would build a franchise around – Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick – and which seven-touchdown performance was more impressive, Peyton Manning’s or Nick Foles’
Through eight games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.86 US HH rating (+11% vs. 2012 average) and 7.78 million viewers (+12% vs. 2012 average) – on pace to be the highest-rated and most-watched Thursday Night Football season ever.
International award-winning actress and recording artist Priyanka Chopra’s track “In My City” is the new theme for Thursday Night Football. This is Chopra’s second year being featured on NFL Network as last season she kicked off the Thursday Night Football pregame show. For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Thursday Night Football open “In My City,” visit http://on.nfl.com/15RxswV.
Eisen, Sanders, Faulk, Irvin, Mariucci, Rapoport and Silver provide additional analysis on the Lexus Halftime Show and the postgame show. Following the game, hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and NFL Network analysts Darren Sharper and Willie McGinest will deliver a postgame edition of NFL Total Access live from NFL Network’s studios in Los Angeles.
As part of the NFL’s recently announced partnership with Twitter, in-game highlights will be accessible for Twitter users on PCs, tablets, and mobile devices from Thursday Night Football. The in-game highlights on Twitter are in addition to other game footage, news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and voting platforms from NFL Network and NFL.com that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (twitter.com/NFL).