When Thursday Night Football kicks off on CBS this fall, you'll see some familiar faces during the coverage. CBS NFL regulars James Brown and Bill Cowher will be joined by NFL Network's Deion Sanders as the three men anchor Thursday night coverage throughout the 2014 season.
Brown will host the weekly pregame show which will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS, a show that will be simulcast on the NFL Network. Sanders and Cowher will serve as analysts during the pregame show. The three men will also fill the same roles during halftime coverage of each Thursday night game.
Of the 16 games on the Thursday night schedule in 2014, eight of them will air on CBS and be simulcast on the NFL Network. The games being shown on both networks will air from Weeks 2-8 of the NFL season. During those seven weeks, the pregame show will begin at 7:30 p.m. CBS' eighth game is a Saturday game on Dec. 20.
Brown, Sanders and Cowher will also anchor the coverage for the games not shown on CBS. In Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, only the NFL Network will be airing Thursday games. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will serve as the announcer for all 16 games.
Pregame coverage each week will actually begin at 6 p.m. ET, when the NFL Network pregame show kicks off. The NFLN hasn't yet announced its talent line-up for that pregame show. During weeks where CBS airs a Thursday game, the NFL Network will begin simulcasting the Brown, Cowher, Sanders pregame show at 7:30 p.m.
During weeks where CBS airs a Thursday game, the network will also air a postgame show that will be simulcast on NFL Network. The talent line-up for that show hasn't been announced yet. NFLN will also have a pregame show in weeks where CBS isn't airing a game.
More coverage means more sets. There will be a total of two sets at each game, one inside of the stadium and one outside of the stadium.
Besides the Thursday games, CBS and the NFL Network will each air one game during a Week 16 doubleheader that will be held on Dec. 20.
CBS' coverage of Thursday Night Football kicks off on Sept. 11 with Baltimore hosting Pittsburgh.