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If you stuck with Sunday night's game -- and, of course, no one will blame you if you didn't -- you heard a blatant example of network bias against Baltimore. There it was, as clear as the misery on Brian Billick's face. John Madden said he didn't like crabcakes. What more proof do we need?

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It's still not as good a highlight show as ESPN's PrimeTime was, but NBC's Football Night in America, despite its name, seems to be hitting its stride. The format of highlights followed by the "Players' Room" discussion works smoothly. We get just enough commentary in each dose of Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis and Cris Collinsworth. And it's a joy to hear Keith Olbermann narrating highlights. It takes me back -- however briefly -- to the glory days of SportsCenter.

My main complaint: Let's have more highlights of each game. PrimeTime was best at putting a game in context with a series of clips that showed how a drive came together or came apart, not just the big plays.

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