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Former Bill James Lofton joins CBS's NFL lineup as networks announce broadcast teams

CBS Sports and Fox Sports on Tuesday revealed their announcing teams for the 2017 NFL season.

Hall of Famer and former Bills receiver James Lofton joins the CBS lineup this year as a game analyst, paired with Andrew Catalon.

Tony Romo replaces Phil Simms as a member of CBS' top NFL team, joining Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson in the booth. Simms is joining James Brown and the rest of the cast in the "The NFL Today" studio show.

Steve Tasker's primary assignments are with Tom McCarthy and Steve Beuerlein, though he sometimes joins other teams, as in Week One when the Bills host the New York Jets. CBS' lineup for that game has Tasker alongside Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon.

CBS' teams for the first four Bills games:
Week One (vs. Jets): Harlan/Gannon/Tasker
Week Two (@Carolina): Harlan/Gannon
Week Three (vs. Denver): Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
Week Four (@Atlanta): Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/ Jamie Erdahl

Ian Eagle teams with Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn in CBS' No. 2 pairing.

And Beth Mowins,a Syracuse native, will become the first woman doing network play-by-play for NFL games when she teams with Jay Feely on CBS.

Twelve of the Bills' 16 games are on CBS, two on Fox and one -- the Thursday nighter against the Jets on Nov. 2 -- on NFL Network.

The Fox Sports NFL broadcast teams are:

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Shannon Spake
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
Sam Rosen, David Diehl and Jennifer Hale

TMQ column has a new home

In other NFL news on Tuesday, the writer Gregg Easterbrook announced he will write his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column for the website of the Weekly Standard, a political opinion magazine. Easterbrook, a Kenmore West graduate, previously wrote the column for Slate, ESPN.com and the New York Times. TMQ will debut at WeeklyStandard.com on Aug. 22.

Easterbrook was featured in The News in February 2016 after the publication of his book "The Game's Not Over. In Defense of Football."

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