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How bad is the opening week slate of games on CBS? So bad that the network is sending its lead announcing team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to Houston to call a Texans game.

This decision definitely likely has less to do with the Texans than it does with the young, dimpled quarterback of their opponent, the New York Jets. But, still ... there are at least three more compelling games on the network on Sept. 13 (Miami Dolphins at Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens). Even people in Houston don't want to watch the Jets/Texans clash -- the game has yet to sell out.

FOX, on the other hand, is stretched so thin in Week 1 that Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick will be announcing Brett Favre's(notes) first game in a Minnesota Vikings uniform. It's never a good sign when one network's "A" game is infinitely less interesting than the other network's "D" game. 

All this comes via Awful Announcing, which posted the full regular season Week 1 announcing schedule today. Now that NFL schedule day has become more overrated than Wale (yeah, I said it D.C.), unexpectedly finding out in late August which fanbases are stuck listening to Tony Siragusa on kickoff weekend (sorry, Dallas and Tampa) is one of the offseason's great delights.

FOX will be sending Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to New York for an NFC East battle between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants while on the other end of the spectrum, Chris Myers(notes) and Trent Green(notes) get Lions duty with Detroit at New Orleans.

Viewers getting the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers will be the lucky ones though. They'll get to listen to the NFL debut of Charles Davis(notes), whom you may remember as the guy on FOX's BCS telecasts who was so inept that he managed to make Thom Brennaman sound like Pat Summerall.

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