Both Dierdorf and Gumbel speak a puffed-up language of false import.

For example, at the top of the game, Gumbel welcomed viewers to the telecast by saying, "To say that it is an excited crowd here at Reliant Stadium is to put it mildly."

How about, "There's a very excited crowd here at Reliant Stadium today"?

They speak in that kind of portentous and pretentious manner a lot. To be fair, they aren't the only ones in sports broadcast booths who do it. But I'm only reviewing them this week.

And I am not even going to explore how many times this duo missed a defensive player tipping a pass Sunday. Once Dierdorf said Flacco's pass hit a defensive lineman in the chest when, in fact, he blocked it with his arm. He corrected himself only when he saw the replay.

In the interest of fairness to CBS Sports, the pre-game show did an excellent job of covering the Ravens' injury situation coming into the game. In fact, the crew's overall reporting and discussion of injuries throughout the league was outstanding, including the discussion featuring the show's medical consultant, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Shannon Sharpe was especially strong, with his Ravens interviews ranging from John Harbaugh to Ed Reed and Ray Lewis.

Sharpe's insights were terrific, too.

In delivering his pre-game prediction, he said, "This game is tailor-made for Joe Flacco to step up to the next level."

He then picked the Texans.

Good call, Shannon.