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Expectations for Week 11 in the NFL

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 11​

KC VS. THE SUNSHINE BAND: The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-1) and the LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-1), the league’s top two teams by winning percentage, are set to face off on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN) from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The matchup between the Chiefs and Rams marks the fifth game since 1970 between opposing teams where each had one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later.

The games in which opposing teams each had one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later since 1970:

DATE MATCHUP
November 12, 2018 Kansas City (9-1) at Los Angeles Rams (9-1)
November 17, 2013 Kansas City (9-0) at Denver (8-1)
November 29, 2007 Green Bay (10-1) at Dallas (10-1)
December 3, 1990 New York Giants (10-1) at San Francisco (10-1)
November 27, 1977 Baltimore Colts (9-1) at Denver (9-1)

Through their team’s first 10 games of the season, Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 3,150 passing yards and has a 117.4 passer rating, while Rams quarterback JARED GOFF ranks second in passing yards (3,134) and has a 113.0 passer rating.

Mahomes and Goff are two of seven different quarterbacks in NFL history to have at least 3,000 passing yards and a passer rating of 110 or higher through their team’s first 10 games of a season. Each of the five previous quarterbacks to accomplish the feat were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons, with TOM BRADY accomplishing the feat twice (2007 & 2017).

The quarterbacks with at least 3,000 passing yards and a passer rating of 110 or higher through their team’s first 10 games of a season in league history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON PASSING YARDS PASSER RATING
Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 2018 3,134 113.0
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 3,150 117.4
Tom Brady# New England 2017 3,147 110.9
Matt Ryan# Atlanta 2016 3,247 115.1
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 3,572 118.3
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 3,168 128.8
Tom Brady# New England 2007 3,059 134.0
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 3,094 113.7
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP

– NFL –​

WINNING IN WASHINGTON: The WASHINGTON REDSKINS lead the NFC East with a 6-3 record this season and have won 599 regular-season games since the franchise’s inception in 1932.

With a win on Sunday against Houston (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Washington would become the fifth franchise in league history to register 600 regular-season wins, joining the CHICAGO BEARS (755 wins), GREEN BAY PACKERS (741), NEW YORK GIANTS (689) and PITTSBURGH STEELERS (620).

The NFL franchises with the most regular-season victories:

TEAM REGULAR-SEASON WINS
Chicago Bears 755
Green Bay Packers 741
New York Giants 689
Pittsburgh Steelers 620
Washington Redskins 599


– NFL –

80 FOR ANDREW: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK ranks second in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes this season and has thrown at least three touchdowns in each of his past six games, the third-longest streak within a single season in NFL history.

Luck, who has 158 touchdown passes in 79 career games, needs two touchdown passes on Sunday against Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (182 touchdowns) and AARON RODGERS (160) as the players with at least 160 touchdown passes in their first 80 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first 80 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Dan Marino^ Miami 182
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 160
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 158*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 79 career games

– NFL –

RYAN ON A ROLL: Atlanta quarterback MATT RYAN ranks third in the league with 3,015 passing yards and has thrown for at least 325 yards in each of his past four games.

With 325 passing yards on Sunday against Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Ryan would become the fourth different quarterback in league annals with at least 325 passing yards in five consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 325 passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES
Rich Gannon# Oakland 2002 6
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 5
Kurt Warner^ Arizona 2008 5
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 2000 5
       
Matt Ryan Atlanta 2018 4*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

– NFL –

ELECTRIC CHARGERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS ties for fourth in the NFL with 21 touchdown passes in 2018 and has thrown for at least two touchdowns in each of the Chargers’ first nine games of the season.

Rivers, who plays against Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS), can become the sixth quarterback in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of his team’s first 10 games to start a season. Four of the five previous quarterbacks to accomplish the feat were named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes to begin a season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 13  
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 13  
Johnny Unitas^ Baltimore Colts 1959 12  
Tom Brady# New England 2007 10  
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 10  
         
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2018 9*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

Chargers running back MELVIN GORDON ranks third in the AFC with 1,033 scrimmage yards and has recorded at least 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in each of his past five games.

With 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on Sunday, Gordon would become the fifth player in league annals to record six consecutive games with at least 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in a single season.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 120 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES  
Larry Johnson Kansas City 2005 7  
LaDainian Tomlinson^# San Diego 2006 6  
Fred Taylor Jacksonville 2000 6  
Franco Harris^ Pittsburgh 1972 6  
         
Melvin Gordon Los Angeles Chargers 2018 5*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

– NFL –

ELITE ELLIOTT: Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 4,339 scrimmage yards and 31 touchdowns in 34 career games.

Elliott, who will play in his 35th career game on Sunday at Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs 161 scrimmage yards to join Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON and EDGERRIN JAMES as the only players in NFL history with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 career games.

The players with at least 4,500 scrimmage yards and 30 touchdowns in their first 35 games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SCRIMMAGE YARDS TOUCHDOWNS
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 4,842 38
Eric Dickerson^ Los Angeles Rams 4,731 38
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 4,339* 31*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 34 career games

– NFL –

LIGHTS, KAMARA, ACTION: New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA has 1,019 scrimmage yards (546 rushing, 473 receiving) and ranks second in the NFL with 14 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving) this season.

Kamara, who has scored 28 touchdowns (19 rushing, eight receiving and one kickoff return) in 25 career games, needs two touchdowns on Sunday against Philadelphia (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (26 games) for the fourth-fewest games to reach 30 career touchdowns in league annals.

The players to reach 30 career touchdowns in the fewest number of games in NFL history:

 

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 30 TOUCHDOWNS
Gale Sayers^ Chicago 23
Steve Van Buren^ Philadelphia 23
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 25
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 26
     
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 25*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 28 career touchdowns

Kamara, who had 826 receiving yards and 728 rushing yards as a rookie last season, needs 27 receiving yards against the Eagles to become the fourth player in NFL history with both 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons.

The players with both 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in each of their first two seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING YARDS RECEIVING YARDS
Edgerrin James Indianapolis 1999 1,553 586
  Indianapolis 2000 1,709 594
         
Herschel Walker Dallas 1986 737 837
  Dallas 1987 891 715
         
Abner Haynes Dallas Texans 1960 875 576
  Dallas Texans 1961 841 558
         
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 2017 728 826
  New Orleans 2018 546* 473*
*Entering Week 11

– NFL –

800 FOR AB: Pittsburgh wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN has 790 receptions for 10,600 yards and 69 touchdowns in his nine-year NFL career.

With 10 catches on Sunday at Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Brown can become the third player in league annals with at least 800 receptions in their first nine career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (845 catches) and TORRY HOLT (805).

The players with at least 800 receptions in their first nine career seasons in league history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 845
Torry Holt St. Louis 805
     
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 790*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In ninth NFL season

 

NFL moves to Week 11

GAME PREVIEWS WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

PLAYOFF PICTURE HEATS UP IN NFL
The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Seventeen teams are currently in or within one game of playoff position, including nine teams that did not advance to the postseason in 2017. Since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before. But a slow start does not mean a team can be counted out. Since 1990, 27 teams have qualified for the playoffs with a losing record through nine games.

Five teams are currently riding win steaks of at least four games, led by the New Orleans Saints, which have won eight consecutive games. The Houston Texans and Los Angeles Chargers have both won six straight games, while Pittsburgh and Kansas City have won five and four consecutive games, respectively. The Texans, which began the season 0-3, are the second team since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start, joining the 1970 New York Giants.

Last week, 19 of the league’s 28 starting quarterbacks (67.9 percent) recorded a passer rating of 100 or higher (minimum 15 attempts), the most in a single week in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of 17 set in Week 2 of the 2018 season.    Four quarterbacks – Pittsburgh’s BEN ROETHLISBERGER(158.3), Cleveland’s BAKER MAYFIELD (151.2), New Orleans’ DREW BREES (150.4) and Chicago’s MITCHELL TRUBISKY (148.6) – recorded a passer rating of at least 145 (minimum 20 attempts) in Week 10. The four quarterbacks with a 145+ passer rating (minimum 20 attempts) last week were the most in a single week in NFL history, surpassing the previous high of three which occurred four different times, most recently in Week 3 of the 2017 season.

One of the season’s most anticipated matchups takes place on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET), as the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) take on the Los Angeles Rams (9-1) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a battle of two of the league’s top contenders. This is the fifth meeting between teams with one or fewer losses in Week 11 or later since 1970 and the first since November 17, 2013 (Denver (8-1) vs. Kansas City (9-0)).

Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (3,150 passing yards, 117.4 passer rating) and Rams quarterback JARED GOFF (3,134 passing yards, 113.0 passer rating) rank first and second, respectively, in the NFL in passing yards and are two of only eight quarterbacks in league history with at least 3,000 passing yards and a 110+ passer rating in their team’s first 10 games of a season. Each of the previous six quarterbacks to accomplish the feat captured Associated Press Most Valuable Player honors in their respective seasons.

Below are highlights of the Week 11 schedule:

Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to battle the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). Packers running back AARON JONES rushed for 145 yards on 15 carries (9.7 average), including two rushing touchdowns, in Green Bay’s 31-12 victory over Miami in Week 10. Jones is the second running back in franchise history to rush for at least 140 yards and two touchdowns on 15 or fewer carries, joining AHMAN GREEN (October 24, 2004 vs. Dallas). Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON has thrown at least three touchdown passes and recorded a passer rating of 120 or higher in four of his past five games.

The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins square off in a battle of first-place teams at FedExField (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Texans wide receiver DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in Houston’s Week 9 win at Denver. Since 2017, Hopkins has four games with at least 10 catches, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, the most in the NFL over the span. Houston defensive end J.J. WATT ties for third in the league with nine sacks this season and is one of three players with at least eight sacks and 10 tackles for loss (11), joining the Rams’ AARON DONALD (12.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss) and the Vikings’ DANIELLE HUNTER (11.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss). Washington, led by defensive end MATT IOANNIDIS (7.5 sacks) and safety D.J. SWEARINGER (four interceptions), is tied for second in the NFC allowing 19.4 points per game.

The Indianapolis Colts welcome the Tennessee Titans to Lucas Oil Stadium in a key AFC South contest (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Titans quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 228 yards with two touchdowns, rushed for 21 yards and had a 21-yard reception in Tennessee’s Week 10 win over New England. Mariota became the third quarterback in league history with at least 200 passing yards, 20 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards in a single game, joining Carolina’s CAM NEWTON (December 4, 2011) and Chicago’s JIM MC MAHON (October 21, 1984). Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK threw three touchdown passes in the Colts’ 29-26 victory against Jacksonville last week and is one of three quarterbacks in NFL history to record at least six consecutive games with three or more touchdown passes in a single season, joining TOM BRADY (10 consecutive games in 2007) and PEYTON MANNING (eight in 2004). Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press Most Valuable Player in those respective seasons.

On Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints (4:25 PM ET, FOX) in a showdown of 2017 NFC playoff teams. Philadelphia quarterback CARSON WENTZ is one of two players in the NFL (Atlanta’s MATT RYAN) to average at least 300 passing yards per game (306.9) while completing at least 70 percent of his passes (71.0) this season. Saints quarterback DREW BREES leads the league with a 77.3 completion percentage which is on pace to surpass the NFL record of 72.0 percent, which was set by Brees last season, by 5.3 percentage points.

​Sunday’s nightcap is a battle for first place in the NFC North between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN has 78 catches this season, tied with New Orleans’ MICHAEL THOMAS (78) for the most in the NFL. Thielen and Thomas, along with Philadelphia’s ZACH ERTZ (75), join JULIO JONES (80 catches in 2015), and Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON(75 in 2002) as the only players in NFL history with at least 75 catches in their team’s first nine games of a season. Chicago quarterback MITCHELL TRUBISKY recorded a 148.6 passer rating in the Bears’ Week 10 win over Detroit and is one of two NFL quarterbacks (CAM NEWTON) this season with a 100+ passer rating (101.6), at least 300 rushing yards (320) and three rushing touchdowns (three).

NFL WEEK 11 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 18-19

(All times eastern)

Bye: Buffalo, Cleveland, Miami, New England, New York Jets, San Francisco

Thursday, November 15 Sunday, November 18 (cont’d)
Green Bay at Seattle, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Houston at Washington, 1:00 PM

Oakland at Arizona, 4:05 PM

Sunday, November 18 Denver at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 PM
Dallas at Atlanta, 1:00 PM Philadelphia at New Orleans, 4:25 PM
Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1:00 PM Minnesota at Chicago, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Carolina at Detroit, 1:00 PM  
Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM Monday, November 19
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM Kansas City at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 1:00 PM  
   

 

Browns issue statement on Condoleeza Rice as a head coaching candidate.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF CLEVELAND BROWNS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

 

Condoleezza Rice 2005 photo 66th U.S. Secretary of State By Department of State - http www.state.gov cms_images Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

Game Preview for Week 10 in the NFL

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

RACE TO PLAYOFFS INTENSIFIES IN NFL’S SECOND HALF

The second half of the NFL season is here and the race to the playoffs is in full swing.

Three teams – the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-1), LOS ANGELES RAMS (8-1) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-2) – have a record of 7-2 or better entering Week 10 and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-1), which had its bye in Week 6, will reach either 8-1 or 7-2 following this week’s action. In the Super Bowl era, 216 teams have begun the season either 8-1 or 7-2 through nine games and 194 of those teams advanced to the postseason (89.8 percent). Sixty-one of the 216 teams reached the Super Bowl in their respective seasons.

As the season moves into the second half, there is plenty of football left to play and nothing has been decided. Since 2000, 45 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and advanced to the playoffs, including at least one in each season. Last year, the ATLANTA FALCONS began the season at 4-4 before advancing to the postseason with a 10-6 record.

Four teams are currently riding winning streaks of at least five games – New Orleans (seven consecutive games), Houston (six), New England (six) and the Los Angeles Chargers (five). The Texans, which began the season 0-3, are the second team since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start, joining the 1970 New York Giants.

As the schedule turns to Week 10, history is on the horizon for veteran and young quarterbacks alike. New England quarterback TOM BRADY will play in his 300th career game (including the postseason) on Sunday at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (326) as the only quarterbacks to appear in 300 career games across the regular season and playoffs. Brady, who has thrown 576 touchdown passes through 299 career games (including the postseason), can surpass PEYTON MANNING (579) for the most touchdown passes by a quarterback in NFL history.

Brady (505 regular-season touchdown passes) and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES (506), who plays at Cincinnati on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), enter Week 10 within reach of Favre (508) for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown leaderboard. Only Manning (539) has more career touchdown passes in the regular season.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has 29 touchdown passes and 3,185 passing yards in 10 career games, both the most by a quarterback in his first 10 games in NFL history. Mahomes, who has passed for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of the Chiefs’ past four games, can join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1998) as the only players in NFL history with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

Below are highlights of the Week 10 schedule:

Week 10 kicks off on Thursday night as the CAROLINA PANTHERS visit the PITTSBURGH STEELERS at Heinz Field (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime). Pittsburgh enters Thursday’s contest as the winner of four consecutive games, while Carolina has won three straight games. Steelers running back JAMES CONNER has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his past four games and can join Pro Football Hall of Famers FRANCO HARRIS (six consecutive games in 1972) and JEROME BETTIS (five in 1996) as the only players in franchise history with 100+ rushing yards in five consecutive games. Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON has thrown at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games, tied with STEVE BEUERLEIN for the longest streak in franchise history, and aims for his fourth game in a row with two touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 100+ passer rating.

The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, winners of seven consecutive games, travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the CINCINNATI BENGALS on Sunday afternoon (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA, who has 1,218 rushing yards and 1,253 receiving yards in 24 career games, can join HERSCHEL WALKER (­­­­­1,339 rushing, 1,394 receiving) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,300 rushing and receiving yards in his first 25 career games. Bengals rookie safety JESSIE BATES leads Cincinnati with 60 tackles and is one of two players in the NFL (KIKO ALONSO) with at least 60 tackles and three interceptions (three) in 2018.

RUSSELL WILSON and the Seahawks visit TODD GURLEY and the Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Since Week 5, Wilson ranks second in the NFL with a 126.4 passer rating and third in the league with 11 touchdown passes. Gurley leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns (12 rushing, four receiving) and has scored a touchdown in each of the Rams’ nine games in 2018. With a touchdown on Sunday, Gurley can become the fourth player in league annals to score at least one touchdown in each of his team’s first 10 games of a season.

NFL WEEK 10 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 11-12

(All times eastern)

Bye: Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Minnesota

Thursday, November 8 Sunday, November 11 (cont’d)
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM (FOX/NFLN/Amazon) Washington at Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM 

New England at Tennessee, 1:00 PM

Sunday, November 11 Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland, 4:05 PM
Detroit at Chicago, 1:00 PM Miami at Green Bay, 4:25 PM
New Orleans at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM Seattle at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 PM
Atlanta at Cleveland, 1:00 PM Dallas at Philadelphia, 8:20 PM (NBC)
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Arizona at Kansas City, 1:00 PM Monday, November 12
Buffalo at New York Jets, 1:00 PM New York Giants at San Francisco, 8:15 PM (ESPN)

 

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher featured on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’; reruns often

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS & NFL NETWORK; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Bill Cowher (courtesy CBS)

“I love football, but my football life has been as much about family as it’s been about football.” – Bill Cowher

The eighth season of NFL Network’s Emmy-nominated series A Football Life continues Friday, November 9 at 8:00 PM ET with a profile of former Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and current CBS Sports analyst Bill Cowher. The one-hour show produced by NFL Films features sitdown interviews with Cowher, former Steelers players such as Jerome BettisRod Woodson and Joey Porter, current Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and others, as well as three sitdown interviews with his daughters MeaganLauren and Lindsay filmed over the course of 20 years.

Each episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and Roku). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/watch.

Among the topics discussed in Bill Cowher: A Football Life are:

  • The importance he placed on family and the close bond the Cowher family had
  • Making an impression upon Marty Schottenheimer while playing for the Cleveland Browns and how that influenced his coaching career
  • The relationship he formed with Bill Belichick
  • Being named the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992
  • Winning Super Bowl XL and stepping away from coaching after the 2006 NFL season
  • The passing of his wife Kaye Cowher
  • His current broadcasting career as an analyst for CBS Sports

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Bill Cowher: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Bill Cowher

Meagan Cowher Westgarth – Daughter

Lauren Cowher – Daughter

Lindsay Cowher Kelly – Daughter

Rod Woodson – Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback

Jerome Bettis – Pro Football Hall of Fame running back

Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Joey Porter – Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Tony Dungy – Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach

Provided below are some select quotes from Bill Cowher: A Football Life:

“I love football, but my football life has been as much about family as it’s been about football.” – Bill Cowher

“Some coaches do certain things for the camera – none of that he did for the camera. Everything he did was authentic as it gets.” – Joey Porter

“That chin, that scowl, that spit coming out of his mouth, his accent – all of those things are Pittsburgh through and through.” – Ben Roethlisberger

“Would I ever go back? I doubt it. But I always said, and I will still continue to say, why shut a door that you never have to shut? I don’t know how I’ll feel two or three years from now. I’ve seen other people get too much of an itch, they want to come back.” – Bill Cowher on his coaching future

“He was like a psychologist in terms of understanding who he needed to push, who he needed to put his arm around, who he needed to get in their face. He was honest. He told you where you stood. That’s all you ever wanted from a coach.” – Jerome Bettis

“There was validation…To bring that back to the city of Pittsburgh that many years later, a place where I grew up, it was pretty surreal.” – Bill Cowher on winning Super Bowl XL

“I think Bill got the best of both worlds. He got his fire and energy, and Marty [Schottenheimer's] preparation. When the two came together, you saw the results. You just could sense that here’s a guy that people will follow, and you knew it was just a matter of time before some organization was going to take advantage of that.” – Tony Dungy

“For a nine-year old to say, ‘Win or lose, Dad you’ll still be my hero,’ I’m like wow. It really to me encapsulates what our family is about. The very deepest, worst loss you can experience but all of a sudden there is your family. That was my strength. It was family that gets you through those tough times.” – Bill Cowher

This year, the 11-episode season of the highly-acclaimed series A Football Life airs Friday at 8:00 PM ET. Below is a broadcast schedule for upcoming episodes of A Football Life:

  • November 16 – Mike Holmgren
  • November 23 – Cris Collinsworth

 

 

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