Nate Burleson

CBS delivers a strong Ravens game telecast, but studio shows are a different story

CBS delivers a strong Ravens game telecast, but studio shows are a different story

CBS opened its NFL season in the Baltimore market Sunday with strong game coverage of the Ravens’ 47-3 shredding of the Buffalo Bills.

From Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon in the booth, to Steve Tasker and a rain-sopped camera crew on the field, it felt like everyone on the CBS team showed up focused and ready to go at M&T Bank Stadium even though it was a telecast featuring two small TV-market teams.

But when you factor in the pregame and halftime shows, it was a decidedly different story. The pregame show has backslid into more jock-talk joking and self-congratulatory laughter than I can remember. And I long thought it contained too much of both.

I clocked a total...

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