It was expected that CBS would assign Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdof, as CBS’ No. 2 NFL team, to the Houston Texans-Baltimore Ravens divisional-round playoff game in Baltimore this Sunday.
In the Texans’ 10-year existence, they are 4-7 when Gumbel and Dierdorf are behind the mikes, including a 2-2 split this season (wins over the Colts and Steelers, losses to the Ravens and Saints).
Earlier this week, Dierdorf conceded that he doesn’t give the Texans much of a chance of beating the Ravens in Baltimore.
“Congratulations to the Texans for making the playoffs for the first time ever and winning a playoff game, but they are in for a rude awakening,” Dierdorf said in remarks released by CBS, via The Houston Chronicle. “It is one thing to beat Cincinnati at home and quite another to go to Baltimore and play a rested, extremely balanced football team.
“M&T Stadium in Baltimore is becoming like Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City – an unbelievably loud outdoor stadium. Arrowhead was the only outdoor stadium that I thought could really rival a dome in terms of the sheer ferocity of the crowd, with the noise almost becoming a physical thing.
“But M&T is really joining Arrowhead in that regard.”
Dierdorf added the Texans have a ‘puncher’s chance’ of winning because of their ability to run the football and play defense.