The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey in Week 1. The game is slated to be broadcast on Fox. Fox Sports has unveiled its 2018 broadcast teams and Week 1 assignments.
Oddly enough, the only game not specifically mentioned in the release is the Jaguars vs. Giants matchup. But by process of elimination, I think we can infer the broadcast team that will be in the booth and on the sidelines at MetLife for Week 1.
Here are the Fox broadcasters assignments for the first week of the regular season:
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake: Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jennifer Hale: Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos
Sam Rosen, Cris Carter and Sarah Kustok: Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins.
So that would leave the Jags-Giants matchup to the broadcast team of Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and “various reporters.” However, the release states that Ronde’s brother, Tiki Barber, will be patrolling the sidelines with that broadcasting team for Weeks 1 and 2.
The Barber brothers made history last season when they became the first set of twin brothers to call an NFL game for broadcast television, joined by Albert.
Barring any unforeseen change, I would expect to see this broadcast team Week 1. With that said, I have no idea if the omission of the game was done on purpose or was accidental. Perhaps Fox has a special broadcast team for the game, but all signs are pointing to Albert and the Barbers calling the game.
Keep in mind, Fox took this game from CBS in a “Flex deal.” Generally, a game with an AFC road team will broadcast on CBS. However, Fox jumped on the opportunity to flex the up-start Jaguars vs. major-market Giants thanks to the NFL’s “cross-flexing” policy.