Why are Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge announcing Bengals vs. Steelers on NBC in Week 16?

We’re officially at the point in the football season where there are NFL games four days a week.

NFL junkies rejoice around the holidays knowing they can spend their Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays kicking back, relaxing and watching teams compete for the playoffs as the season winds down.

But as the NFL’s weekly schedule covers an extra day, it always changes up the regular broadcasting schedule and the announcers who typically call the games.

When you tune into the first Saturday game of the Week 16 slate, you might be confused when NBC’s duo of Cris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico aren’t calling the Bengals vs. Steelers game. Here’s why.

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Why Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge are announcing Bengals vs. Steelers

The Steelers will host the Bengals at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh to kick off the two-game Saturday slate in Week 16. The game will be broadcast on NBC at 4:30 p.m. ET, but Collinsworth and Tirico won’t be heard on the call.

Instead, you will hear Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge in the booth with Kathryn Tappen holding down the sidelines.

The change in broadcast teams is because the Saturday night primetime game between the Bills and Chargers will be aired exclusively on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock.

The broadcast network elected to save its A-team for the exclusive Peacock stream.

Where are Cris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico?

If you were hoping to hear Collinsworth and Tirico on the call, don’t sweat.

You’ll just have to tap into the Bills vs. Chargers game at 8 p.m. on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, to hear the network’s go-to broadcast tandem.

Tirico will handle his usual play-by-play duties while Collinsworth will serve as the lead analyst. Melissa Stark will resume her usual role as the sideline reporter for Buffalo vs. Los Angeles.

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Week 16 national TV schedule

There will be six more nationally televised NFL games in Week 16 with two on Saturday, one on Sunday night and three on Monday for Christmas.

You can find the remaining Week 16 national TV schedule below.

Date Matchup Time (ET) Channel
Saturday, Dec. 23 Steelers vs. Bengals 4:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Dec. 23 Chargers vs. Bills 8 p.m. Peacock
Sunday, Dec. 24 Broncos vs. Patriots 8:15 p.m. NFL Network
Monday, Dec. 25 Chiefs vs. Raiders 1 p.m. CBS
Monday, Dec. 25 Eagles vs. Giants 4:30 p.m. FOX
Monday, Dec. 25 49ers vs. Ravens 8:15 p.m. ABC


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