Marv Albert and Rich Gannon, CBS
NY Jets 27, Buffalo Bills 20
Best Moment: Marv Albert and Rich Gannon are a great tandem when it comes to announcing. Albert is able to recognize the players and doesn’t have an issue at any point really. One of the few games that I have seen where there was not any major mistakes on the announcing of players names or the recognition of who a player is. Gannon brings his insight from being a former quarterback and provides a good analysis of the game as well. Both work well with each other and provide an enthusiastic game. Albert gets excited on big plays and brings it to the viewers at home, which is great.
Worst Moment: This game provided a great scenario for any announcer; two rookie quarterbacks. I was looking forward to the breakdown of the quarterbacks play and insight from an 18 year veteran with 2 Pro Bowl MVPs under his belt. Where they fell short was that they seemed to focusing more on Smith than on Manuel for the entire game. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that Manuel was in his second or third year based on how they approached the analytical announcement of the game. Also, Gannon seemed to focus a lot, towards the end of the game, on the Jets and their penalty problems. Yes, the Jets did set a franchise record for penalties in a game, but every time they got one in the 4th quarter you heard Gannon saying “Oh, Come On”! That got to be a little annoying. Other than that a pretty good announced game.
If I had to give them a grade: B-
Overall, the announcing of the game was pretty good. There were some small things here and there but nothing that really took away from the game until maybe at the end with Gannon and the penalty remarks. So far, this is one of the better called games that I have watched this year.