NFL Announcer Power Rankings: Week 1

Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were entertaining Sunday night in discussing the fumbling of David Wilson.
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Aikman, like most former quarterbacks who now work in the booth, is quarterback-centric in his commentary. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, since quarterback play does tell much of the story of a game. But Troy's stories don't always transport us toward understanding. When Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers took a late hit near the end of the first half and a flag was thrown, Aikman sort of chuckled and said, "I don't know about that one." Was he questioning the call? Or was he acknowledging the flag under today's rules but making a "back in my day" commentary about how the game has softened since he played? He didn't say. Here's what he did say, much later in the game, after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had deftly avoided a pass rusher: "You don't see him taking a lot of hits, especially when he can avoid them." Hmm.

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