BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 08: Tight end Ed Dickson #84 of the Baltimore Ravens beats cornerback Chris Cook #20 of the Minnesota Vikings for the game's first touchdown at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
Bill Macatee is a play-by-play announcer for The NFL On CBS.
Bill joined Ed & Steve to talk about all the happenings in the NFL this weekend, and break down some games.
Steve: What did you think about the Ravens game last week? Have you ever seen anything like that?
Bill: No I haven’t been a part of anything like that. I will say that the ravens have had a lot of close, down to the last whistle games. I was supposed to be actually doing the Browns and Patriots game but due to inclement weather I was forced to watch the game from my house. It turned out to be such a tremendous game I’m a little disappointing that I wasn’t able to make it out of Dallas.
Ed: What can you tell us about the Lions. They look like an incredibly talented team on paper but they have had issues of consistency and sloppiness causing turnovers.
Bill: Getting Reggie Bush back makes them a completely different team. They are a talented team no doubt but I also think that the Ravens are a really talented team. I think that the Ravens are finally rounding into form and I would be surprised if the Ravens don’t come away with a win on Monday night.
Steve: Before the game starts as broadcasters you meet with the coaches and players from each team to gain a little insight that you can use during the broadcast. How is Joe in the pre-game meetings compared to other great QB’s like Brady and Manning?
Bill: Well Joe is such a regular guy and is really down to earth. They’re is a certain glamor aspect when dealing with guys like Manning and Brady but Joe is just Joe and he is perfect for the Baltimore community. I’ve always felt Joe was a great quarterback and would be around for a long time so I’m happy to see his success. Joe is also just a great leader, he commands a lot of respect in the locker room and though Joe may seem unassuming and very grounded but he is unquestionably a great leader and player for the Ravens
Steve: What do you point the finger at as the reason for some of the Ravens struggles?
Bill: I think it has to do with managing turnover. Its what makes the Patriots so successful and what franchises strive for. You need to find guys like Marlon Brown and smaller names to plug in a lot of holes on the roster.