This weekend
Friday, October 13th, 2006
by Judd Zulgad

One good thing about the Vikings being on the bye Sunday is that the Twin Cities market will get the maximum number of NFL games on television. There will be five aired locally, including two at noon. This doesn’t mean anything for those who subscribe to the NFL Ticket and are used to flipping between games each week, but it will be good news for many. A look at Sunday’s matchups and the announcing teams.

– Philadelphia at New Orleans, noon, Ch. 9: With Joe Buck concentrating on baseball’s postseason, Dick Stockton will be paired with analyst Troy Aikman on Fox’s No. 1 NFL team. Considering many Vikings fans still aren’t over the fact Buck ripped into Randy Moss for mooning the crowd at Lambeau Field, perhaps this is a good thing. As for the game, tune in just to see Reggie Bush.

– Houston at Dallas, noon, Ch. 4: Dick Enberg and Randy Cross will have the call. Houston is terrible but Dallas is always a T.O. meltdown away from being interesting. The only problem is that the Cowboys are like the Yankees. If you watch enough SportsCenter during the week you are sick of them come game day.

– Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 3 p.m., Ch. 4: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf now form CBS’ No. 2 team. Gumbel has gone from being the network’s top NFL play-by-play announcer, to being the studio host and now is back in the booth. Enberg had been paired with Dierdorf but was bumped down when Gumbel returned to calling games. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is struggling but some say it’s because of the quality of his receivers. Judge for yourself.

– Oakland at Denver, 7:15 p.m., Ch. 11: Al Michaels and John Madden. Great rivalry but Oakland is awful. Might be the worst team in the NFL. Denver is worth watching simply because of how well its defense has been playing. Could this be Randy Moss’ last game in a Raiders uniform? The trading deadline is Tuesday and there is no question he wants out.