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‘Craftsman Presents NFL Total Access Kickoff’ Pregame Show Live from Jacksonville & Los Angeles at 6:00 PM ET


The eighth season of NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football continues this week when running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars host wide receiver Andre Johnson and the Houston Texans Thursday, December 5 at 8:00 PM ET in an AFC South divisional matchup.


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 and Michael Irvin live from EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Analysts Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci and Willie McGinest, and host Dan Hellie provide additional analysis from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios.


Featured on the pregame show this week:


·         Preview of the final quarter of the season – who will make the playoffs and who will be on the outside looking in?

·         Sink or Swim – which teams will fall out of the playoff race, and which teams have staying power?

·         Will the Carolina Panthers catch the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South?

·         Which team is built to win on the road in Seattle?

·         The NFL Total Access Kickoff crew analyzes head coach John Fox’s return to the Denver Broncos, and discusses what they learned about the team in the past three weeks

·         How did the Kansas City Chiefs go from 9-0 to three consecutive losses?

·         Who will win the NFC East?


Through 11 games of its 13-game schedule, Thursday Night Football is averaging a 4.78 US HH rating (+9% vs. 2012 average) and 7.70 million viewers (+11% 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


Eisen, Sanders and Irvin 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 Heath Evans 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 that are part of a seven-day-a-week customized NFL video content programming schedule created specifically for the Twitter platform (

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