NFL Redzone is a great show to catch up with all the NFL action. It airs on Monday mornings in Australia and shows live action from the Sunday afternoon matches in the US.
It works like this: All matches are shown live. Last Monday, for instance, nine matches all kicked off at the same time. The coverage changes from one game to the other depending on the flow of the play. If a team gets into the attacking red zone, the focus will be on that match until points are scored or the ball is turned over.
If more than one game features play in the red zone, focus will flick between the games. As soon as one down is completed, the coverage will switch to another game. Sometimes they will even show split screens so that you can watch two (or more) matches at once in real time.When there is a spectacular play from another game, it will be replayed so that you don’t miss anything. With nine matches running concurrently there is always action and there are no ad breaks at all.
The beauty is that in the time it takes to watch one regular match, you would have watched the equivalent of nine games! When matches start in later time zones, these games are added to the coverage so that there is continuous NFL action for around seven hours. The drawback is that it lacks the intensity of watching one particular game. It can be a bit of NFL overload.
When I watched it, I thought there had been a technical problem between the middle of the 2nd and 3rd quarters. The truth is that I had a bit of a nap. Watching from a comfy couch with a few red wines will do that to you.
So there is an art to watching NFL Redzone, the trick being to record it then watch it at your leisure. You can watch it for half an hour while you eat breakfast. Half an hour when you come home from work. Last week I sat down to watch for about 15 minutes while my wife got ready to go out, although it turned out to be closer to an hour. There are other tricks you can do. Fast forward to the hour mark and start watching from there, perhaps part way into 2nd quarter. The thing is, it doesn’t matter if you don’t make it all the way through the seven hours of the show, especially if like me, you watch one feature match during the week as well. In fact I give you permission to not feel guilty about it.
Watching NFL Redzone is more about educating yourself about the various teams and players. It’s NFL education and entertainment without the total immersion you get from watching one match.
And when you get to the next Monday morning all you need to do is delete last week’s show to clear up room for the latest edition of NFL Redzone. So catch up with NFL Redzone, airing on ESPN channel on Foxtel, from around 3:00am to 10:00am AEST each Monday.