Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots (8-0) visit the first-place Baltimore Ravens (5-2) on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” this week in the first-ever meeting between Brady and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by kickoff at 8:20 p.m. from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Calling Patriots-Ravens is Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his record 34th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth; and three-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya. Three-time Super Bowl referee and “SNF” rules analyst Terry McAulay joins Michaels and Collinsworth in the booth.
The Patriots sit in first place atop the AFC East with an 8-0 record and are one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL this season (San Francisco, 7-0). With a win on Sunday night, New England would move to 9-0 for the third time in franchise history – and would become the fifth team since 2010 to start a season with nine consecutive wins.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick earned his 300th career victory (regular season and postseason) with New England’s 27-13 win over Cleveland last week, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas (324) and Don Shula (347) for most wins by a head coach in NFL history. The Patriots’ defense, led by defensive back Devin McCourty’s league-high five interceptions, is on a historic pace halfway through the season, leading the NFL in points allowed per game (7.6) and scoring as many defensive touchdowns (four) as it has allowed to opposing offenses.
Baltimore enters Week 9 in first place in the AFC North with a 5-2 record. Second-year QB Jackson is the only player in the NFL with at least 1,500 passing yards (1,650) and 500 rushing yards (576) this season. He leads all quarterbacks and ranks 10th overall in rushing yards this year. Jackson’s 576 rush yards are more than seven NFL teams have in total.
Mike Tirico will host “Football Night in America” at 7 p.m. alongside Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, “NFL Insider” Mike Florio and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms. Liam McHugh will co-host “FNIA” from M&T Bank Stadium.