BOSTON PATRIOTS (3-2) vs. OILERS (0-5)
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 ¹ Gillette Stadium (68,756) 4:15 p.m. EDT
The Boston Patriots return to Foxborough to face the Oilers in the third of four AFL Legacy games. Both teams will wear their throwback uniforms. The Patriots and Oilers will play for the 39th time since the two charter members of the American Football League began play in 1960. The Patriots and Oilers played twice each year from 1960-1969 in the AFL, and have played 18 times since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. In those 18 post-merger games, the Patriots have an 11-7 record, including a 1-1 mark in playoff games.
The Patriots will attempt to rebound with a win on Sunday after losing 20-17 last Sunday in overtime at Denver. The Oilers, who won their division with a 13-3 record last season, are looking to get in the win column after falling to an 0-5 record following a 31-9 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday Night Football last week.
TELEVISION: This week’s game will be broadcast to a regional audience by CBS and can be seen in Boston on WBZ-TV Channel 4. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms providing color.
NATIONAL RADIO: This week’s game will be broadcast to a national audience by the Sports USA Radio Network. Larry Kahn and Ross Tucker will call the game with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.
RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 33rd season as the voice of the Patriots and will call the action along with Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti. Santos and Cappelletti are celebrating their 26th season as a tandem.
CBS’ Phil Simms on Patriots/Titans
(On Tennessee with 0-5 record): I don’t have time to list all the reasons why they’re 0-5. But just one little aspect of any team can affect the whole team. It’s from the coordinator, to Albert Haynesworth, to guys who are a year older, which affects their defense, and affects their offense. And they lost a couple games that they probably shouldn’t have. There’s a fine line between 2-3, 3-2 and 0-5. Tennessee has found ways to be 0-5.
(On Tennessee’s chances against New England): Tennessee always has a shot, but it’s not great because of confidence. And now there is five weeks on tape so everybody sees what has caused them to be 0-5. Teams are going to keep attacking until they can fix it and make them do something else. The game interests me because New England, like most teams in the NFL, just keep fighting until they find what they are on both sides of the football. With the Patriots, the running back situation would be a concern of mine just looking at them. And the passing game is still not what everybody expects – razor sharp. It’s definitely way too early to panic.
On NFL MATCHUP, Sunday 3 A.M. and 7:30 A.M. ON ESPN
Titans @ Patriots – Hoge explains how quarterback Tom Brady has been staring down his receivers and leaving big plays on the field.
On NFL Network’s AFC Playbook (Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 7:00am) – Brian Baldinger, Sterling Sharpe and Joe Theismann discuss:
What the Patriots’ defense needs to fix in order to beat the Titans
Here are the TV Distribution Maps for this weekend.