One method is Elo, a simple measure of strength based on game-by-game results. We calculated Elo ratings for every game in league history — over 30, ratings in total. Elo is set so that an average NFL team has a rating of aboutalthough the league average can be slightly higher or lower, depending on how recently the league has expanded — expansion teams start with a rating of You can read more about our methodology here ; all game results are from Pro-Football-Reference.
As a result, CBS became the first network to broadcast some NFL regular season games to selected television markets across the country.
Sincegame coverage has been preceded by pre-game show The NFL Todaywhich features game previews, extensive analysis and interviews. Chris Schenkel was their play-by-play announcer in that early era when each team was assigned its own network voice on its regional telecasts. As Giants players retired to the broadcast booth in the early and s, first Pat Summerallthen Frank Gifford took the color analyst slot next to Schenkel.
When these three played at home, there was no need for the usage of split audio. While the game broadcasts were blacked out as per NFL policy in those cities, they were available to other NBC-affiliated stations. The Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals only produced home telecasts for their vast network.
Because of this, if the Bears played the Colts in Baltimore or the Cardinals visited Forbes Field to play the Steelers during this period, it was likely that the games were not televised by CBS although from tothey might have been shown by NBC.
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In contrast to the infamous Heidi telecast inthe popularity of The Wizard of Oz as an annual television event at that time was such that the station ran the movie locally at a later date. CBS executive vice president James T.
Kennedythe NFL played its normal schedule of games. Commissioner Pete Rozelle said about playing the games: He thrived on competition.
Normal programming, including the NFL, was replaced by non-stop news coverage, broadcast without commercials. InCBS experimented with a "half-and-half" format for their announcers.
Also inCBS ditched the concept of using pooled video and split audio feeds. Ray Scott was not a fan of the separate audio concept and temporarily left CBS for a job calling a regional slate of college football games for NBC.
Ultimately, CBS dumped the four-man crew and resumed the —63 method for the great majority of games inand NBC did have some problems. On December 22,CBS interrupted coverage of a Western Conference championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Colts in order to show a broadcast from inside the Apollo 8 spacecraft, headed towards the moon the first manned space mission to orbit the moon, and a major step towards the lunar landing the following July.
The interruption began approximately three minutes before halftime of the game, and lasted 17 minutes. CBS showed highlights of the missed action in which neither team scored when the network returned to football coverage; nonetheless, the network received approximately 3, complaints after the game.
Monday night games on CBS[ edit ] Main article: Monday Night Games Pre During the early s, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle envisioned the possibility of playing at least one game weekly during prime time for a greater television audience.
An early bid by ABC in to have the league play a weekly game on Friday nights was abandoned, with critics charging that such telecasts would damage the attendance at high school games. Undaunted, Rozelle decided to experiment with the concept of playing on Monday night, scheduling the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions for a game on September 28, While the game was not televised, it drew a sellout crowd of 59, spectators to Tiger Stadiumthe largest crowd ever to watch a professional football game in Detroit up to that point.
Two years later, Rozelle would build on this success as the NFL began a four-year experiment of playing on Monday night, scheduling a total of five Monday night games on CBS from to including 2 in National Football League (NFL), major U.S.
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The most dominant season by any team in recent NFL history ends in shocking fashion when the undefeated New England Patriots—the first team ever to make it through a game regular season without suffering a single defeat—lose Super Bowl XLII to the unheralded New York Giants by a .
We calculated Elo ratings for every game in league history — over 30, ratings in total. Elo is set so that an average NFL team has a rating of about , although the league average can be slightly higher or lower, depending on how recently the league has expanded — .
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