Collinsworth talks NFL on NBC

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- This can't be good news for the Buffalo Bills, or any other NFL team that is used to being near the bottom of the standings.

During a session at the Television Critics Association tour to promote NBC's NFL package for the coming season, lead analyst Cris Collinsworth said the rushed manner in which teams are finalizing their rosters post-lockout will impact the competition.

"I think that it's entirely possible we'll see the gap between the haves and have-nots in the league this year get a little wider because of the short run-up," Collinsworth said.

"It takes six months of the off-season to really incorporate new people. And when you have a new coach or a new quarterback or a new offensive or defensive coordinator and you only have four weeks to prepare, it's going to be hard to play some of those top-end teams.

"So fortunately for us, we have pretty good teams on our schedule."

The NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8, with the New Orleans Saints visiting the Green Bay Packers on NBC and also on TSN in Canada.

NBC also announced during the TCA session that its U.S. cable sports channel known as Versus will be renamed NBC Sports Network, as of Jan. 2, 2012. That's the channel that has the NHL contract in the U.S., so at least it sounds like a promotion of sorts.

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