NFL Coverage Maps for Pittsburgh/Youngstown/Wheeling Areas for Week 11

The action starts on Thursday night at about 8:20pm on the NFL Network with Miami @ Carolina with Bob Pappa and Matt Millen on the call. Sunday afternoon CBS has the doubleheader and all local affiliates are scheduled to show Pittsburgh @ Kansas City with Ian Eagle and Rich Gannon. Note this means that WKBN Youngstown is NOT showing the Browns game at Detroit which is on at the same time also on CBS. Youngstown is a secondary market of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, but when there is a direct conflict WKBN usually goes with the in-state Browns. However it appears they have abandoned the floundering Browns in favor of the Steelers for the duration of 2009 but I will keep you updated if that changes. On Fox the Youngstown and Wheeling areas will get the primary game at 1pm which is Washington @ Dallas with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. So as to avoid being opposite the Steelers game Fox Pittsburgh will wait until 4:05pm to show Arizona @ St. Louis with Ron Pitts and John Lynch. At 4:15 none of the local affiliates are currently scheduled to show the primary doubleheader game of Jets/Patriots. Pittsburgh is slated to show San Diego @ Denver with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts while Youngstown and Wheeling show Cincinnati @ Oakland with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcotts. I am not sold this will happen as Pittsburgh and Huntsville, Alabama are the only two markets east of the Mississippi slated to show the Denver game. Maybe KDKA figures Steeler fans are willing to concede the division and see the game with a primary impact on who the Steelers are contending with for a wildcard spot? I frankly almost assume this will flip to either show the main network doubleheader game or to join the entire rest of the Ohio River watershed in showing the Bengals game (even the Johnstown/Altoona/State College corridor is slated for the Cincy game). Not that I am complaining as I would like to see the Denver game as perhaps being more competitive than the other two late games. Stay tuned. Either way the NFL Red Zone Channel will offer its customary continuous whip around the league all afternoon Sunday. The Sunday Night game on NBC is Philadelphia @ Chicago with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth and the Monday Night game on ESPN is Tennessee @ Houston with Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, and Jon Gruden. As always this info courtesy of and subject to change. Enjoy the games!

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