Not even the mighty Tom Brady on Sunday could reverse the NFL’s ratings slide.
The never-bet-against New England Patriots quarterback, who engineered yet another come-from-behind win in the AFC Championship game, helped the NFL pull a 27.3 Nielsen overnight rating on CBS 锟斤拷 down slightly from last year.
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On the upside, the massive audience 锟斤拷 a 50 percent share of TVs in use, according to the network 锟斤拷 was the highest-rated TV program since last year’s Super Bowl.
NBC and CBS paid $450 million each in the last Thursday Night Football deal that covered two years and ends after this season. Commissioner Roger Goodell turning the NFL’s popularity into massive television deals is the reason why most owners insisted on him getting a new contract, which was signed this week and pays him $40 million per season.
It remains to be seen how seriously he takes the players’ growing concern over the mid-week games.
Though some of the NFL’s biggest stars left long ago, 2002 draft classmate Josh McCown is having one of the best seasons of his career 锟斤拷 and he isn’t alone.
In the Jets’ game Sunday against the Panthers, the 38-year-old quarterback, who was drafted 81st overall by Arizona, will go up against 37-year-old Julius Peppers, who was picked second overall by Carolina in 2002. Before Dwight Freeney was claimed by the Lions on Wednesday, McCown and DeMarco Murray Womens Jersey Peppers were the only players from that 2002 draft class still playing in the NFL.
The veteran running back, whose knee injury forced him to miss the Nov. 12 game against the Buccaneers, didn’t practice Wednesday. Forte, 31, hasn’t practiced in nearly three weeks.
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You’re concerned about it, but we’ve got to play the guys we got, coach Todd Bowles said. When he comes out ready, he’ll be ready to go. Until then, Bilal [Powell] and Eli [McGuire] will get most of the plays.