Get ready for a deluge of Carson Palmer coverage in the run-up to Sunday's nationally televised Bengals game at Arizona.
Palmer, who starred for the Bengals before landing briefly in Oakland and then Arizona, set the bar high for how productive a Cincinnati quarterback can be. Had he stayed in Cincinnati, he would be the record-holder in virtually every team passing category.
It's a natural storyline to follow as Palmer takes on the Bengals and their current quarterback Andy Dalton, who has successfuly stared down some of Palmer's records.
Here's the inside scoop on how the game will be covered Sunday by NBC:
From NBC Sports:
NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football presents an interconference matchup of division leaders this week when QB Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals (7-2, NFC West) host QB Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals (8-1, AFC North) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., this Sunday, Nov. 22, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins with Football Night In America – the most-watched weekly studio show in sports – at 7 p.m. ET.
The Cardinals appear on Sunday Night Football for the second consecutive week, following their 39-32 victory against the Seahawks in Seattle last Sunday. WR Larry Fitzgerald led the Cardinals’ receiving corps last week with 10 catches for 130 yards. Now in his 12th NFL season, he currently ranks fifth in the league in receiving yards (836). Palmer threw three touchdown passes against Seattle to give him 23 on the season, second-best in the NFL behind Patriots QB Tom Brady (24).
The Bengals travel to Arizona on a short week after losing their first game of the season on Monday night, 10-6, to the Houston Texans. This marks just the third time in franchise history that the Bengals will face the Cardinals in Arizona, and the first time since a 17-14 Cardinals win in 2003, when Palmer was in the first of his eight seasons with Cincinnati. The Bengals are off to their best start in franchise history and boast the fifth-highest scoring offense in the NFL (26.1 ppg), while Arizona ranks second in scoring (33.6 ppg)
Sunday night’s matchup also marks the first visit to Arizona for Sunday Night Football since Super Bowl XLIX in February, which averaged 114.4 million viewers on NBC, ranking as the most-watched television program in U.S. history. Sunday night’s game will also be the Cardinals’ 100th game played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006.
Calling Bengals-Cardinals are seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 30th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.
NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew Esocoff.
Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from University of Phoenix Stadium. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.
Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. Paul Burmeister will report from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on the Packers-Vikings game.
Through 10 weeks of the NFL season, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football is averaging 23.1 million viewers, which currently stands as the best NFL primetime viewership after 10 weeks since 1996 (ABC’s Monday Night Football; 23.4 million). Last Sunday night’s matchup between the Cardinals and Seahawks delivered 19.4 million average viewers, up 7% vs. last year’s Bears-Packers Week 10 contest (18.1 million).