ABC'S NFL "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL"
DENVER BRONCOS VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25
9:00 P.M., ET
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful and longest-running primetime sports series, continues its 35th anniversary season with the first trip to Cincinnati in 15 years, as the Bengals host the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos. Coverage from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio begins MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, at 9:00 p.m., ET, on the ABC Television Network.
Look for another episode of "You've Been Sacked" at halftime of this week's game.
The 2004 MNF regular season continues on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1 with a match-up between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The last time these two teams met on MNF was the "Miracle at the Meadowlands" in the 2000 season, when the Jets came from behind to defeat the Dolphins in OT.
Emmy Award-winning announcer Al Michaels is now in his 19th consecutive season as the play-by-play voice of "Monday Night Football." Michaels, one of television's most respected journalists, has appeared on live, primetime, over-the-air television more than anyone in the history of the medium, with the approximate total number of hours now approaching 2,000.
Joining him for his third season on MNF is the legendary John Madden. Madden recently won his unprecedented 14th Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
New to the MNF team this year is sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who has been the courtside reporter for ABC's coverage of the NBA Finals the last two seasons.
MICHAELS AND MADDEN MOST POPULAR:
Al Michaels and John Madden were voted the No. 1 favorite NFL announcing team by a TV Guide poll. They were selected No. 1 by 47% of the country. Their closest competitors were the Fox team of Joe Buck, Chris Collinsworth and Troy Aikman, with 24%.
Additionally, in a Sports Illustrated year-long poll to find America's favorite sportscaster, the magazine polled readers from each state, asking among other questions, "Who is your favorite announcer?" "Monday Night Football" analyst John Madden was voted No. 1 in 39 states and No. 2 in 10 states. In all, Madden and partner Al Michaels were voted the top two most popular sportscasters in America.
DENVER BRONCOS VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS:
The Broncos lead the overall series 15-7, but the series is tied in Cincinnati 5-5. This is the Broncos' third visit to Paul Brown Stadium. The two teams split the previous two games, with the Bengals winning 31-21 in 2000 for their first win in their new stadium, and the Broncos won 30-10 last year in the regular season debut of head coach Marvin Lewis.
The first ever victory for the Bengals franchise came against the Broncos, a 24-10 victory on September 15, 1968.
Denver Broncos (5-1, 1st place in AFC West)
Denver is 22-28-1 all-time on "Monday Night Football," including 1-1 record last season after losing both MNF contests in 2002. The Broncos have appeared on MNF in all but two years (1983, 1991) dating back to the 1978 season. They have been on MNF at least once in every season since 1992, the second-longest streak among NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (since 1991) have had a longer streak of MNF appearances. This is the Broncos' only appearance on "Monday Night Football" this season.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-4, 4th place in AFC North)
The Bengals have made 23 appearances on "Monday Night Football," but this is the club's first since 1992 and the first home MNF game since 1989. The Bengals' all-time record on MNF is 7-16 (.304), and only the Atlanta Falcons (6-18, .250) have a lower winning percentage on MNF.
DOLPHINS LB MORLON GREENWOOD "SACKED" AT HALFTIME:
At halftime, "Monday Night Football" will present a new episode of the feature "You've Been Sacked" in which, week-to-week, NFL players play practical jokes on their teammates with the MNF cameras there to capture it all. The fun, enertaining feature promises to reveal something about the players' personalities off of the playing field.
This week Dolphins LB Morlon Greenwood gets sacked by teammate and fellow linebacker Junior Seau.
So far on "You've Been Sacked", St. Louis Rams Pro Bowl wide receiver Torry Holt was set up by his teammates, Adam Timmerman and Andy McCollum, Ravens DB Gary Baxter was "sacked" by teammate Ray Lewis, and Patriots WR Troy Brown got his teammate, DT Richard Seymour. This is the fourth of eight scheduled "You've Been Sacked" episodes that will run at various MNF halftimes throughout the season.
JOHN LYNCH MIC'D UP:
Broncos safety John Lynch will wear a wireless microphone during the game to provide sounds of the game for the MNF telecast. Other players to be "mic'd up" this season include Ravens LB ray Lewis, Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber and Vikings WR Randy Moss.
MNF IN HDTV:
The entire schedule of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football" is available in HDTV.
ABC Sports will feature "SkyCam" throughout the season on "Monday Night Football." "SkyCam" is a camera suspended over the field on a series of cables. The camera, which runs both the length and width of the field, will provide viewers with unique angles.
Fred Gaudelli is the producer and Drew Esocoff is the director of ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football."