The 3-1 San Francisco 49ers host the 2-2 Buffalo Bills this Sunday, and the matchup is looking like it will be a bit further down the chain for the CBS broadcast. In inter-conference matchups, the road team dictates the television coverage. This week, CBS will send out Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots to call the game.
Harlan and Wilcots would appear to be the No. 5 team behind:
1. Jim Nantz, Phil Sims, Bonnie Bernstein
2. Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf, Armen Keteyian
3. Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, David Aldridge
4. Marv Albert, Rich Gannon, Craig Sager
I generally don't mind Kevin Harlan as he has one of those voices that seems fairly frequent in broadcasting. Of course, there is a chance I won't even hear the announcers on Sunday. The folks at the506.com will have the national broadcast maps later this afternoon, but I am fairly certain the 49ers-Bills broadcast will be fairly limited in scope. I checked in DC and we will be getting Broncos-Patriots. It looks like I will be heading to a bar again. The 49ers lost when I went to Crystal City Sports Pub. Do I dare try them again?
There are five 1:05 or 1:25pm PT starts this weekend, so there is quite a bit of football to spread around. I imagine the 49ers will be broadcast through much of California thanks to the Chargers getting Sunday Night Football. I don't know what it means for the LA market since Broncos-Patriots will likely have a heavy national presence. A Seahawks-Panthers afternoon game means no 49ers in the Pacific Northwest or the Carolinas. Bears-Jaguars likely covers Florida and a heavy chunk of the midwest.