NFL Media Notes: Chris Russo Wants Less From Tony Romo
In N.Y., Justin Tasch notes SiriusXM Radio's Chris Russo has "had enough" of lead CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo. Russo said of Romo on his Monday show, "I know he's a PhD in football, I get that. He knows the plays, he's on top of the sequence. ... He just never shuts up. Poor [Jim] Nantz, he never gets to do anything. It's just not a conventional broadcast with him. I don't want an education, I'm not looking for an education" (N.Y. POST, 11/20).
DON'T TAKE IT PERSONALLY: The NFL flexed the Dec. 1 Browns-Steelers game on CBS from 4:25pm to 1:00pm ET in favor of Raiders-Chiefs, and in Pennsylvania, Jacob Klinger noted the 5-5 Steelers are "not confused about it." LB Tyler Matakevich alluded to both the team's records and the recent fight with Browns DE Myles Garrett. He said, "Everyone knows why they did it. Everything, the season's the way it is. ... After everything just happened, we were just in prime time ... I'm not surprised at all." CB Mike Hilton: "People are saying we're kind of struggling this year, they feel like we don't deserve to be in prime time games" (PENNLIVE.com, 11/18).
TALE OF TWO CITIES: In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal noted the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Rams on NBC's "SNF" averaged a 28.2 rating locally, or "roughly 918,000 households." That is "markedly below the Bears' two previous prime-time appearances this season" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/19)....The Patriots' 17-10 win over the Eagles on CBS garnered the highest ratings of the week in the Boston market (38.2 rating) and second-highest ratings of the season (42.3 for the Oct. 27 game against the Browns). The game averaged nearly 1.65 million viewers. With the exception of their bye week, the Patriots have been the No. 1 event on TV in Boston dating back to the first week of August (Patriots).