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Wide receiver John Ross is doing 11-on-11 work for the Bengals during
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but another player the Bengals are hoping to see play a big role in their
offense isn’t quite that far along yet.
Tight end Tyler Eifert played just two games last season before having back
surgery and has played in only 24 games over the last four seasons because of
injuries, which has the team taking things slowly despite Eifert’s insistence
that he could handle a full workload. Eifert is watching 11-on-11 work right now
and says he’s on track for a full workload come training camp.
“I feel good. I’m on schedule,” Eifert said, via the Cincinnati
Enquirer. “This has been part of the plan to stay monitored as we progress
through here. I don’t want to go out there and have any setbacks or anything, so
just methodically moving forward. The plan is to go into camp full speed but
there’s nothing keeping me back from doing that right now. It’s part of the
plan, or progression.”
Memories of Eifert’s 13 touchdowns in 13 2013 games helped him land another
one-year deal in Cincinnati and a healthy campaign would be a boon to the team’s
offense. History says the team can’t count too heavily on seeing that happen,
For the seventh consecutive year, NBC’s ”Sunday Night Football” has topped
the season’s television ratings, as measured by Nielsen. That edges the six
straight years for Fox’s ”American Idol” (2005-06 through 2010-11).
The football games averaged 18.2 million TV viewers in 2017, a 29 percent
margin over the runner-up, ”Thursday Night Football” on CBS.
Fred Gaudelli, who produces the broadcasts, credits the scheduling of
headline games each Sunday night – NBC did not flex any contests from daytime to
night time last season – as well as the NFL’s hold on sporting America.
”One of the things that has allowed `Sunday Night Football’ to achieve this
record is that when the NFL decided to take its marquee prime-time game off
Monday and put it on Sunday, they would do all in their power to make sure
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matchups, week in and week out.
”This is now the 13th season for `Sunday Night Football,’ and the NFL has
maintained that commitment, and that is a major reason why people are not tired
of tuning into the prime-time game after a full day of football on Sunday.
”It’s usually an outstanding attraction and there are big stars in the game …
combined with all the people who work on the show, people want to make sure they
are not skipping watching the game.”
They aren’t. While all sports ratings are declining, NBC’s remain at the top
for its Sunday prime-time programming.
The network also tracks what it calls Total Audience Delivery, including
digital viewers. That number, which measures average minute viewing across
broadcast and digital, was 18.4 million.
Of course, as Gaudelli notes, Americans are in a transition period in their
viewing habits, watching how and when they want to watch.
”A lot of viewing has gone to the computer to the tablet and to the phone,
and there’s still not any exact measurement of how many people truly are
watching Saints Elite
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at the rate of the rest of prime-time TV has declined.”
That being said, sports in general and the NFL in particular have a huge edge
over other programming. In this day of instantaneous social media information
and feedback, if you aren’t watching the action live, you’re behind the
”In the era we are now living in, live is so much of a bigger deal than it
has ever been before,” Gaudelli says.
”Everyone is tuned into it at the same time, and the national conversation
probably is a little greater because live is kind of its own animal right
”And there’s the tremendous drama that comes with the NFL.”
When NBC got back into the NFL business, it wisely went with a news-oriented
studio show. The advantage of televising a Sunday night game is obvious. The
network could respond to the stories of the day, something the jockfest daytime
shows don’t attempt.
That approach not only has brought critical praise, but eyeballs and ears for
”Football Night in America” and ”Sunday Night Football.” The pregame show is the
highest rated of any network’s.
”We try to tell compelling stories and use an innovative approach,” Gaudelli
says. ”But we’re also trying to satisfy the hunger of the football fan. I know
they appreciate that.”