Archive for October, 2011

Week 8 What to Look For — A Look Back

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NFL Announces 34 Play 60 Super Schools

Super Schools Selected For Showing NFL Spirit on Back To Football Friday and Dedication To Youth Health and Wellness

NFL To Give Each School a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 Grant & Visit From an NFL Player

Thirty-four schools from across the country were chosen as NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools, it was announced today.  Winning schools entered the Back to Football Friday contest during Kickoff, and will receive a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness programming or equipment and a visit from an NFL player.

To celebrate the start of the 2011 NFL season, fans were encouraged to demonstrate their passion for their favorite NFL teams and their excitement for the upcoming season by planning a unique Back to Football Friday event for their school, all to support youth health and wellness. Schools that entered the Back to Football Friday contest at submitted photos of their event and answered brief essay questions.  Thirty-four winning schools were selected as “NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools,” one in each of the 32 NFL markets, and two at-large winners.  The full list of winning schools is below.

The “NFL PLAY 60 Super School” program focuses on inspiring students to make healthy choices. The winning schools will have the opportunity to host a visit from their favorite NFL team and an NFL player and participate in the Ultimate NFL Physical Education Class. Players will help the students get 60 minutes of exercise, as part of the NFL PLAY 60 youth health and wellness campaign.

In addition to the $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant, the NFL will donate all fitness equipment used during the Ultimate Physical Education Class for students to use in the future.

Players making “NFL PLAY 60 Super School” visits this year include A.J. HAWK, CALVIN JOHNSON and RAY RICE.

In addition, as part of this year’s Super School visits, Procter & Gamble will honor local P&G Super Parents, a parent from each of the winning schools who has gone above and beyond in helping the children in their community get active. Parental figures and spouses of the visiting NFL player at each event will be on hand to announce the local Super Parent and present a check for $1,000 in that local Super Parent’s name to support the school’s athletic department. For more information on the P&G Super Parent initiative, visit

Designed to tackle childhood obesity, NFL PLAY 60 brings together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations like Procter & Gamble.  PLAY 60 also is implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs.  Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $250 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements.  The NFL and its teams have built more than 100 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and organized more than 1,500 PLAY 60 youth events since the campaign launched.

Kids and parents can learn more about Back To Football and NFL PLAY 60 at

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Week 10 Flex Scheduling

Lions-Bears moves to 4:15 PM ET on FOX

Patriots-Jets remains NBC Sunday night game

The final Week 10 NFL schedule was announced today with the originally scheduled New England Patriots at New York Jets Sunday night game on NBC remaining in place. The Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears game will move from 1:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET on FOX.

Following is the final Week 10 NFL schedule:

The NFL will utilize “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 10-15, 17.  Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 4:15 PM ET time slot on CBS and FOX. 

For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend.  To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.


Seven from Sunday — Week 8

A look at seven statistical highlights from games played at 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 30, the eighth week of the 2011 season.

  • The Baltimore Ravens erased a 24-3 deficit to defeat Arizona 30-27. It marked the fifth time this season that a team trailed by at least 20 points and came back to win. That is the most in a single season in NFL history. Four times – 1983, 1987, 1995 and 1999 – a season had four teams overcome a 20+ point deficit to win.
  • Baltimore wide receiver ANQUAN BOLDIN had seven catches for 145 yards in the Ravens’ win over Arizona.  Boldin played seven seasons for the Cardinals and recorded 7,520 receiving yards. Boldin’s 145 receiving yards are the most in NFL history by a player in his first game facing a team for which he had at least 7,500 receiving yards.

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Week 8 @NFLFootballInfo And @NFLHistory Tweets of the Week

The following release includes the “Tweets of the Week” from the @NFLFootballInfo and @NFLHistory Twitter feeds.

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What to Look For – Week 8

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Packers-Vikings on FOX most-watched show of the week

 NFL Games Top Local Ratings in 23 Markets

NFL games rank as 13 of the 14 most-watched shows of the fall television season.

The FOX national telecast (mostly Packers-Vikings) was the most-watched program on television last week (Oct. 17-23) drawing an average of 24.3 million viewers.  Through seven weeks of the season, NFL games have been the most-watched program of the week six times.

Following are the most-watched programs this fall: 

Program Viewers
1. CBS’ Two and a Half Men (Season Premiere), 9/19      28.7 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Cowboys-Patriots), 10/16 28.4 million
3. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Saints-Packers), 9/8 27.1 million
4. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Redskins), 9/11 25.8 million
5. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Jets), 9/11 25.8 million
6. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Vikings), 10/23 24.3 million
7. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Bears), 9/25 24.0 million
8. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Falcons),9/18 23.4 million
9. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Lions-Cowboys), 10/2 23.3 million
10. CBS Sunday National (mostly Packers-Broncos), 10/2 23.0 million
11. CBS Sunday National (mostly Chargers-Patriots), 9/18 22.7 million
12. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/9 22.6 million
13. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Chi-N.O. & Dall.-S.F.), 9/18 22.5 million
14. NBC Sunday Night Football (Packers-Falcons), 10/9 22.0 million
15. CBS’ Two and a Half Men, 9/26 20.5 million

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AFC & NFC Players of the Week — Week 7

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Week 8 NFL Capsules

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AFC & NFC Notes — Week 8

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