Monday Night Football's strong 2020 schedule features Raider's Las Vegas opener on ABC and ESPN


Telecast Marks the First Regular Season NFL Broadcast on ABC since the 2005 Season

ESPN’s Schedule Also Featuresan MVP Matchup in Chiefs-Ravens, and High-Profile Seahawks-Eagles and Bills-49ers Clashes


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Six-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Play Twice on ‘Monday Night Football’

The 51st season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, Sept. 14 – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants (7:15 p.m. EDT) and Tennessee Titans vs. Denver Broncos (10:10 p.m. EDT / 8:10 p.m. MT). ESPN’s 17-game prime-time schedule in 2020 will feature 11 of 12 playoff teams from 2019, including both the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.

On MONDAY, SEPT. 21 (8:00 p.m. EDT), the 50th anniversary of ABC’s first Monday Night Football game (Sept. 21, 1970, New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns), ESPN and ABC will combine to televise the Raiders’ first game in Las Vegas against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at brand-new Allegiant Stadium. It will be ABC’s first regular season NFL telecast in 15 years after televising ABC’s “Monday Night Football” from 1970-2005.

In the “Monday Night Football” opener, two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of last season with an injury, is expected to make his return to the field for the Steelers against Saquon Barkley and the Giants at MetLife Stadium in a matchup of legendary NFL franchises.

In the late game, Drew Lock and the Broncos host Ryan Tannehill and the Titans, which advanced to last season’s AFC Championship. The Broncos – who last hosted a “Monday Night Football” opener in 2017 – will extend the NFL’s longest current streak, appearing on “Monday Night Football” for the 29th consecutive season (1992-present).

Beginning in week two, “Monday Night Football” games will start at 8 p.m. EDT (kickoff at 8:15 p.m. EDT). Suzy Kolber will host the “Monday Night Countdown” pregame show throughout the season (6:00 p.m. EDT), as well as halftime and post-game “SportsCenter” coverage, from the “Monday Night Football” stadium.

All “Monday Night Football” games will be streamed live on all devices via the ESPN App. Note: Fans must receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliated provider to watch “Monday Night Football” on the ESPN App.

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will again offer a Spanish language production of “Monday Night Football”games in 2020.

Other 2020 “Monday Night Football” highlights include the following:

Battle of the MVPs: Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, faces Lamar Jackson, the 2019 MVP, as the Super Bowl champion Chiefs travel to Baltimore in a key matchup of 2019 AFC playoff teams (Sept. 28).

‘Tampa 2’ for Tom Brady – Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will make two MNF appearances with his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Giants, Nov. 2, and vs. Rams, Nov. 23).

NFC Wild Card Rematch – After a 17-9 road win in their NFC Wild Card meeting in January, the Seahawks will return to Philadelphia (Nov. 30) this fall to play the revenge-minded Eagles.

Super Bowl Contenders Collide – Looking to repeat as NFC champions, the 49ers host the Bills in the Bay Area on Dec. 7 in a matchup of 2019 playoff teams with Super Bowl aspirations.

Appearances by 11 of 12 playoff teams from 2019 – Baltimore Ravens (twice), Buffalo Bills (twice), Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots (twice), New Orleans Saints (twice), Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

Appearances by both Super Bowl teams – Chiefs (at Ravens, Sept. 28) and 49ers (vs. Bills, Dec. 7).

ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will again offer a Spanish language production of “Monday Night Football”games in 2020.

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May 8, 2020 5:25pm ET by ABC Publicity  


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