Main article: List of NFL on CBS commentators
CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second.
Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison
Further information: List of NFL Championship Game broadcasters
Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison
From 1955 to 1961, Cleveland Browns games were on Sports Network Incorporated.
- Jack Buck or Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
- Ray Scott or Chuck Thompson/Paul Christman
- Lindsey Nelson or Don Criqui/Tom Brookshier
- Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
- Jack Drees or Lindsey Nelson/George Connor
- Chuck Thompson/Lenny Moore/Frank Gifford (Week 13)
- Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
- Don Criqui or Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer
- This was the first year that CBS abandoned dedicated team announcing crews and instituted a semi-merit announcing team system (one that is still used to this day).
The teams of Buck/Summerall and Scott/Christman performed double-duty in Week 12.
- Buck/Summerall: Washington-Dallas (Thursday), Los Angeles Rams-Minnesota (Sunday)
- Scott/Christman: Philadelphia-Detroit (Thursday), Chicago-New Orleans (Sunday)
- Chuck Thompson filled in for Ray Scott in Week 4, who was also filling in for Jack Buck.
- In Week 13, Frank Gifford joined the team of Chuck Thompson and Lenny Moore for Baltimore-Green Bay on Saturday, then the following day called Cleveland-Washington with regular partner Jack Whitaker.
- In Week 14, Don Criqui, Lindsey Nelson, and Jack Drees all switched partners. Criqui teamed with Nelson's regular partner Tom Brookshier, Nelson teamed with Drees' regular partner George Connor, and Drees paired with Criqui's regular partner Johnny Sauer. Drees and Sauer would actually pair up in the booth the following season.
- Ray Scott/Paul Christman
- Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck or Andy Musser/Tom Brookshier
- Frank Glieber or Lindsey Nelson/Eddie LeBaron
- Jack Buck or Frank Gifford/Pat Summerall (Buck and Summerall would be assigned to call Super Bowl IV)
- Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford or Don Perkins
- Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer
- Chuck Thompson or Frank Gifford/Jerry Kramer/Don Perkins (Week 14)
- Don Criqui/Frank Clarke
The teams of Scott/Christman and Buck/Summerall performed double-duty in Week 11.
- Scott/Christman: Minnesota-Detroit (Thursday), Cleveland-Chicago (Sunday)
- Buck/Summerall: San Francisco-Dallas (Thursday), Los Angeles Rams-Washington (Sunday)
With this being the final season before the AFL–NFL merger, this was also the final season where both leagues would have Thanksgiving doubleheaders. Starting in 1970, only two games would be played on Thanksgiving, with the Lions and Cowboys hosting those games, and an AFC team rotating as the visiting team between Detroit and Dallas every year.
- Jack Buck filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 3.
- Andy Musser filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 14, while Nelson filled in for Frank Glieber.
- Don Perkins filled in for Frank Gifford during Weeks 3 and 4, while Frank Gifford was doing play-by-play fill-in for Jack Buck and Chuck Thompson, respectively. Perkins also joined Thompson and Jerry Kramer for their Week 14 game between Minnesota and Atlanta.
- Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (a good number of games Scott called during this time still involved the Packers)
- Frank Glieber or Don Criqui (Week 11)/Frank Gifford
- Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
- Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
- Jack Drees/Andy Musser (Weeks 2, 7, 9, 11, and 12), Eddie LeBaron (Weeks 6, 13, and 14) or Frank Clarke (Week 5)
- Don Criqui or Andy Musser (Week 14)/Johnny Sauer
- Frank Glieber (Weeks 4, 9, and 11), Andy Musser (Week 5), Gil Stratton (Week 7) or Dick Stockton (Week 12)/Eddie LeBaron
- Frank Gifford/Frank Clarke (Weeks 4 and 14)
- This would be Frank Gifford's final season for CBS before departing for ABC's Monday Night Football.
- Pat Summerall was moved from calling games with Jack Buck to calling games with Ray Scott after Scott's broadcast partner, Paul Christman, died from a heart attack at the age of 51 in March 1970.
- Ray Scott or Frank Glieber (Week 7)/Pat Summerall
- Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
- Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer
- Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
- Jack Buck or Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins
- Don Criqui or Jack Buck/Irv Cross
- Jack Drees/George Connor
- In Weeks 10-14, Jack Buck and Don Criqui traded broadcast partners; Buck started the season teamed with Alex Hawkins, while Criqui started the season with Irv Cross (who was in his first season at CBS, and would stay for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).
- Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
- Jack Buck/Tom Brookshier
- Jack Whitaker/Jim Morse or Tucker Frederickson (Week 5)
- Lindsey Nelson or Jim Thacker (Week 5)/Johnny Sauer
- Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins
- Jack Drees/George Connor/Gale Sayers (Week 4)
- Don Criqui/Irv Cross
- Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Morris (Week 5)
- Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (Weeks 2, 4, 11 Thanksgiving, and 12) or Tom Brookshier (Weeks 1, 3, 5-9, 11 Sunday, 13, and 14)
- Jack Buck/Wayne Walker (Weeks 2, 4, 5, 8, and 11-13), Pat Summerall (Weeks 1, 3, 7, 9, and 10) or Johnny Sauer (Week 6)/Bart Starr (Week 10)
- Don Criqui/Tommy Mason or Irv Cross (Week 6)
- Frank Glieber/Pete Retzlaff, Wayne Walker (Week 6), Timmy Brown (Week 11) or Pat Summerall (Week 13)
- Dan Kelly/Irv Cross, Tom Brookshier (Week 2), Wayne Walker (Weeks 9 and 10) or Timmy Brown (Week 12)
- Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer, Pat Summerall (Weeks 6 and 8) or Irv Cross (Weeks 11 and 13)
- Jack Whitaker/Timmy Brown, Pat Summerall (Weeks 5 and 11), Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 3, and 14 ), or Tom Brookshier (Weeks 10 and 12),
- Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer, Irv Cross (Weeks 12 and 14), Timmy Brown (Week 3), Wayne Walker (Week 7) or Tommy Mason (Week 10)
- This would be Ray Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator. Bart Starr would join Scott and Summerall for Super Bowl VIII.
- In Week 11, Ray Scott and Pat Summerall would work Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-NY Jets.
- Jack Whitaker would also leave the play-by-play booth after this season. Whitaker would later move to the NFL Today; where he provided featured commentaries until his exit for ABC Sports in 1982.
- Pat Summerall would end up calling games with four different broadcasters in 1973; as in addition to regular broadcast partner Ray Scott, Summerall would also work with Jack Whitaker, Frank Glieber and Jack Buck.
- Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier/Johnny Unitas (Weeks 11, 13) or Bart Starr (Week 12)
- Jack Buck/Pat Summerall (Weeks 1-3, 5), Wayne Walker (Weeks 4, 11, 14), Johnny Sauer (Weeks 7, 10), Johnny Unitas (Weeks 6, 12), Pete Retzlaff (Week 13), Irv Cross (Week 8) or Bart Starr (Week 9)
- Don Criqui/Irv Cross (Weeks 5-7, 11, 12), Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 8), Tom Brookshier (Weeks 2, 3), Pat Summerall (Week 4), Tommy Mason (Week 10) or Johnny Sauer (Week 13)
- Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas (Week 7, 13), Bart Starr (Weeks 1, 2, 4), Tommy Mason (Week 5, 8), Pete Retzlaff (Week 10), Wayne Walker (Weeks 3, 12), Tom Brookshier (Week 6) or Johnny Sauer (Weeks 9, 14)
- Lindsey Nelson/Bart Starr (Week 6-8, 10-12), Wayne Walker (Weeks 9, 13), Johnny Sauer (Weeks 4, 14 (Saturday)), Tom Brookshier (Week 5) or Irv Cross (Week 14 (Sunday))
- Dick Stockton/Pete Retzlaff (Weeks 2, 3, 9, 11), Tommy Mason (Weeks 1, 7), Tom Brookshier (Week 4), Bart Starr (Week 13), Johnny Unitas (Week 14) or Wayne Walker (Week 10)
- Brent Musburger/Johnny Sauer (Weeks 1, 8, 11), Wayne Walker (Weeks 2, 5), or Pat Summerall (Week 6)
- Dan Kelly/Irv Cross (Weeks 1 3), Tommy Mason (Week 4), Johnny Sauer (Week 6) or Pete Retzlaff (Week 8)
- Bill Campbell/Tom Brookshier (Week 1)
- Bill Mazer/Pete Retzlaff (Week 4)
- Jack Buck left CBS following this season to anchor the inaugural season of GrandStand on NBC. Dick Stockton would also depart CBS for NBC to call NFL, as well as the 1975 World Series.
- This was Brent Musburger and Irv Cross' last year in the booth before moving over to host the NFL Today pregame show for CBS.
- Bart Starr left CBS after 1974 to become head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He called the Thanksgiving game between Washington and Dallas with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier.
- In Week 7, CBS shook up the lineup with Pat Summerall being shuffled from color commentator opposite Jack Buck to play-by-play opposite Tom Brookshier.
- Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
- Vin Scully (Weeks 3-14) or Paul Hornung (Weeks 1)/Hank Stram (Weeks 1, 3-9) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 10-14)
- Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14), Hank Stram (Weeks 11, 13), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 5), or Tim Van Galder
- Lindsey Nelson/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 1, 4, 8), Paul Hornung (Weeks 3, 6, 7, 12), Tim Van Galder (Weeks 5) or Alex Hawkins (Weeks 2, 9, 10, 13, 14)
- Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 5) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2, 9)
- Al Michaels/Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 2, 4-6, 9, 11, 13, 14) or Hank Stram (Weeks 10, 12) (primarily 49er West Coast games)
- Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris
- Gary Bender/Johnny Unitas (Weeks 1, 2, 5, 8-11, 13, 14, ) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 3, 6, 7)
- Pat Summerall (Week 2-14), Lindsey Nelson (Week 1) or Gary Bender (Week 12, Sunday Game)/Tom Brookshier
- Vin Scully/Paul Hornung (Weeks 5, 8-11, 13(Both Games), 14) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 6, 7)
- Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 2-4, 13, 14), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 7, 9), Johnny Morris (Weeks 5, 11), Emerson Boozer (Week 6) or Dick Butkus (Week 8)
- Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14) or Sonny Jurgensen (Week 12)
- Don Criqui/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2, 3, 5, 11, 13), Alex Hawkins (Weeks 6, 8, 10) or Paul Hornung (Week 12)
- Gary Bender (Weeks 2-11, 13, 14) or Lindsey Nelson (Week 12)/Johnny Unitas
- Jim Thacker/Tom Matte (Week 2, 6, 10), Emerson Boozer (Week 3, 9, 12), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 4, 14), Alex Hawkins (Week 1) or Bob Lilly (Week 11)
- Bob Costas/Emerson Boozer (Week 8, 11), Tom Matte (Weeks 9, 13), Tommy McDonald (Week 1), Tim Van Galder (Week 3) or Sonny Jurgensen (Week 10)
- Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris (Weeks 1-4, 6)
- Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San Francisco–Green Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.
- In Week 12, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier called the Thanksgiving Day game between St. Louis and Dallas, while on Sunday Gary Bender joined Brookshier to call Seattle-NY Giants. Lindsey Nelson would join Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.
- Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
- Vin Scully/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 4-8, 10, 12-14), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 1-3) or Jim Brown (Week 11)/Johnny Morris (Week 14)
- Lindsey Nelson/Paul Hornung (Weeks 1-8, 10-12) and/or Jim Brown (Weeks 9, 13)
- Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 6, 13), Roy Jefferson (Week 4) or Alex Hawkins (Week 3)
- Don Criqui (Weeks 1-3, 10, 13, 14), Bob Costas (Week 11) or Gary Bender (Week 14)/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 1-3, 10, 11, 14) or Paul Hornung (Weeks 13, 14)
- Gary Bender (Weeks 1, 5, 6, 8), Don Criqui (Week 4), Bob Costas (Week 9) or Tim Ryan (Weeks 11, 12, 14)/Tom Matte
- Don Criqui (Weeks 5, 11, 12), Bob Costas (Week 2), Tim Ryan (Week 1) or Frank Glieber (Week 9)/Nick Buoniconti
- Frank Glieber (Weeks 2, 5, 8) or Gary Bender (Weeks 7, 13)/Johnny Morris/Tom Matte (Week 13)
- Gary Bender (Weeks 10, 11), Frank Glieber (Week 1), Jim Thacker (Week 5), Tim Ryan (Weeks 3, 13) or Don Criqui (Weeks 6, 8)/Johnny Unitas
- Tim Ryan (Week 5), Don Criqui (Weeks 7, 9), Bob Costas (Week 8) or Frank Glieber (Week 10)/Sonny Jurgensen
- Bob Costas (Week 12) or Tim Ryan (Week 7)/Roy Jefferson
- Vin Scully and Alex Hawkins were assigned to call the 1977 NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Late in that game, Hawkins quipped as Roger Staubach was shown running off the field "You know, Vin, that Roger Staubach runs like a sissy." Scully responded by remarking "You know, Hawk, they tell me you didn't always wear your helmet when you played!" CBS Sports fired Hawkins the day after the game.
- Pat Summerall, Vin Scully or Don Criqui/
The marquee match-up of Week 2 of the 2017 National Football League regular season is a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game when the Green Bay Packers visit the Atlanta Falcons on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football”. Atlanta had soundly defeated Green Bay 44-21 on Jan. 22 at the old Georgia Dome. On Sept. 17, the two teams will play in Atlanta’s new home, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that has a retractable roof.
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The following is the complete Week 2 NFL regular season schedule, including dates, start times, TV networks and scheduled announcers.
Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 8:25 p.m.
Houston Texans @ Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network)
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Heather Cox (reporter)
Sunday, Sep. 17, 2017 1:00 p.m.
New England Patriots @ New Orleans Saints (CBS)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (reporter)
Buffalo Bills @ Carolina Panthers (CBS)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst)
Tennessee Titans @
Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)
Announcers: Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst)
Cleveland Browns @
Baltimore Ravens (CBS)
Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst), Steve Tasker (reporter)
Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs (Fox)
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Pam Oliver (reporter)
Minnesota Vikings @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox)
Announcers: Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Ronde Barber (analyst), Kristina Pink (reporter)
Arizona Cardinals @ Indianapolis Colts (Fox)
Announcers: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Laura Okmin (reporter)
Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Fox)
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Shannon Spake (reporter)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2017 4:05 p.m.
New York Jets @ Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst), Evan Washburn (reporter)
Miami Dolphins @ Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (reporter)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2017 4:25 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos (Fox)
Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (reporter)
Washington Redskins @ Los Angeles Rams (Fox)
Announcers: Thom Brennaman (play-by-play), Chris Spielman (analyst), Peter Schrager (reporter)
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks (Fox)
Announcers: Sam Rosen (play-by-play), David Diehl (analyst), Jennifer Hale (reporter)
Sunday, Jan. 17, 2017 8:30 p.m.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons (NBC)
NBC announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), Michele Tafoya (reporter)
Monday, Sep. 18, 2017 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants (ESPN)
ESPN announcers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst), Lisa Salters (reporter)
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