Jaguars Week 4 game vs. Falcons will feature alternative Toy Story broadcast

• If you're into Toy Story, you might want to watch the Jaguars alternative broadcast against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4
Woody welcomes guests to Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Woody welcomes guests to Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. / Eve Chen / USA TODAY NETWORK

There are many reasons to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 of the 2023 season. ESPN added one more when they announced there will be an alternative broadcast of the game featuring Toy Story characters.

ESPN will offer a Toy Story-theme broadcast on Disney+ and ESPN+ when the Jags play Atlanta in Week 4. Here's a video of how things could potentially look.

This is a no-brainer from a business perspective. Disney owns ESPN and in an attempt to cater to a younger demographic, they're taking advantage of their intellectual properties. CBS Sports already tried this approach with much fanfare when they showed playoff games on Nickelodeon. Not long ago, they announced they'll have an alternate broadcast of Super Bowl 59 with special on-screen graphics and guest reporters.

There will be non-Toy Story broadcasts for the Jaguars bout vs. the Falcons

You could make the case that this is a gimmick and you would rather watch a traditional broadcast of the game, and that's fine. That said, who doesn't like Toy Story?

Tom Hanks (Woody's voice) and Tim Allen (Buzz's voice) won't probably make cameos but it will still be fun to watch. In fact, it could be a great opportunity to bond with kids if you have any. The Toy Story franchise is one that stands the test of time. Maybe you grew up with them or watched them through re-runs on TV. Either way, this sounds like a fun thing to do.

As a matter of fact, the only potential turnoff is that the game will start at 9:00 a.m. EST but other than that, this has the potential to be an exciting game. The Jags are currently 1-0 and in control of the AFC. With Trevor Lawrence and head coach Doug Pederson leading the way, Jacksonville has the potential to have one of the best five offenses in the league by the end of the year. Their 31 points following their win over the Indianapolis Colts rank fifth heading into Week 2.

On the other hand, the Falcons may not be that great this season but have lots of intriguing talent. Tight end Kyle Pitts looks like the rookie that took the league by storm in 2021. Similarly, Atlanta has a potential Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate in running back Bijan Robinson, who scored his first NFL touchdown in the opener. On defense, players like linebacker Troy Andersen or safety Jessie Bates III, who had two interceptions in Week 1, will keep them in games.

In the end, you don't have to watch the Toy Story broadcast to enjoy the Jaguars' Week 4 bout against the Falcons but maybe you should consider giving it a shot. Who knows? Maybe you enjoy it and decide ESPN should do it more often. And if you don't like it, at least you know with certainty that you'll be sticking to the traditional coverage.

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