Who Is Joe Davis and Why Is He Calling the Buccaneers-Saints Game Instead of Joe Buck?

A staple of any football season is seeing fans complain, whether it’s at a bar or on social media, about Fox Sports play-by-play voice Joe Buck.

Those who watch Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints in Week 8 are in for a surprise. Although Fox is sending Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi to New Orleans, it will be Joe Davis, not Buck, who will be next to Aikman in the broadcast booth.

Joe Davis is calling the Buccaneers-Saints game with Troy Aikman instead of Joe Buck

The good news is that Buck is fine, and he isn’t missing the Buccaneers-Saints game for health reasons. Instead, he’s in Atlanta this weekend and calling his 22nd consecutive World Series.

Buck, who called the Green Bay Packers’ thrilling victory over the previously-undefeated Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 28, should be back calling a Sunday game on Nov. 7. For now, though, he’ll turn things over to Davis, who baseball fans might know as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ play-by-play voice.

The 33-year-old Davis has worked at Fox since 2014. A former quarterback and wide receiver at Beloit College, a Division III school in Wisconsin, he normally partners with ex-NFL quarterback Brock Huard on college games.

Aaron Goldsmith will replace Davis and work with Huard on Fox’s broadcast of No. 7 Oregon’s Oct. 30 showdown with Colorado.

Davis is no stranger to calling NFL games for Fox

If you’re someone who watches full games as opposed to NFL RedZone, the chances are that you’ve heard Davis on the microphone in recent years.

When the baseball postseason begins in October, Davis turns his attention to calling NFL games as an alternate play-by-play voice for Fox. He also called a rare Saturday night broadcast for the NFL Network in December 2020 when Mike Tirico, the intended play-by-play voice, needed to replace Al Michaels on NBC’s Sunday Night Football for COVID-19 reasons.

Davis has primarily worked with longtime Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen this season. Olsen’s normal partner, Kevin Burkhardt, has been busy serving as the studio host for Fox and FS1’s MLB postseason coverage.

Most recently, the duo called the Packers’ 24-10 victory over the Washington Football Team on Oct. 24.

Buck has quietly worked a reduced NFL schedule for Fox Sports this year

It understandably feels like Buck is everywhere this time of year. When he’s not calling the baseball postseason, he’s working a Thursday Night Football game.

However, you may not have noticed that Buck, who turned 52 in April, has quietly worked a reduced schedule this year. Although he’s called every TNF game this season, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fox’s lead broadcast team have had numerous Sunday afternoons off thus far in 2021.

It’s worth noting that sideline reporter Tom Rinaldi, who partners with Andrews on the lead crew, also has those Sundays off despite not working TNF games. Kristina Pink is the second sideline reporter on Thursday nights.

It is not yet known if Buck’s lighter workload will continue when the World Series ends. If so, fans should expect to see and hear more of Davis in the coming weeks.

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