For the first time this season, COVID-19 has forced a change to the NFL’s weekly schedule.
The Browns were originally scheduled to host the Raiders on Saturday as the first game of an NFL Network doubleheader. But over the past week, more than 20 Browns, including head coach Kevin Stefanski, quarterback Baker Mayfield and backup Case Keenum, have tested positive for the coronavirus and were forced to be listed for COVID. The league made the decision, along with two other games, to postpone it.
So, NFL fans will have not one, but two games on Monday, with the Raiders-Browns scheduled to start at 5 pm ET, followed by the regularly scheduled “Monday Night Football” showdown with the Vikings and Bears.
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The AFC clash is fundamental for both teams. The Browns are on top after a win against the Ravens to move within a game of the AFC North division leader, and they entered Week 15 tied with the Colts, Bills, Bengals and Broncos at 7-6, though They are out of the playoff picture. in eighth place behind Indianapolis and Buffalo. The Raiders are fourth in the AFC West after losing five of their last six games, but they are still 6-7 and have an outside chance to grab a wild card.
In the NFC North showdown, the Bears are on the brink of elimination from the playoffs at 4-9, but could play a spoiler for the Vikings, who, like the Browns, entered the week in eighth place in the picture. of the NFC playoffs and could still make a run in the playoffs. Minnesota is coming off a 36-28 win against the Steelers to go to 6-7 on the year.
Sporting News has everything you need to know to watch both games on Monday.
What time are the NFL games tonight?
- Date: Monday December 20
- Match: Raiders at Browns
- Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
- Start time: 5 pm ET
- Date: Monday December 20
- Match: Vikings in Bears
- Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
- Start time: 8:15 pm ET
The Raiders and Browns were originally scheduled to play Saturday as the first of a Week 15 doubleheader, ending with the Patriots-Colts game. However, due to an increase in COVID cases with the Browns, the NFL chose to delay the matchup until Monday. The Rams-Seahawks and Washington-Eagles games were also delayed to Tuesday for a similar reason. The showdown will be on the NFL Network, with a start scheduled for 5 pm ET.
The Vikings-Bears game will continue to be the “Monday Night Football” showdown, as originally scheduled, and the game will air on ESPN. It will also be broadcast on ABC and may be broadcast on ESPN +. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
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What channel is “Monday Night Football” broadcast on tonight?
Raiders vs. Browns
- Television channel: NFL Network
- Live broadcast: fuboTV
Although it is not an official “Monday Night Football” game, this match will be one of two matches that will take place on Monday. The game was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday with the NFL Network in charge of broadcasting duties.
Joe Davis and Kurt Warner will be at the booth, with Melissa Stark and Steve Wyche reporting from the bench.
Vikings vs. Bears
This will continue to be the official “Monday Night Football” showdown on ESPN. After this showdown, there will only be two more “Monday Night Football” games on ESPN as all games are scheduled to begin between 1 pm and 4:25 pm ET in Week 18 on the last Sunday of the season.
Steve Levy will handle play-by-play in the booth, along with analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, and Lisa Salters will serve as the game’s side reporter.
Live NFL broadcast for ‘Monday Night Football’
Because the Vikings-Bears game “Monday Night Football” will air on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all team digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for cable or satellite viewers to watch the game.
Meanwhile, Canadian viewers can watch both games live on DAZN.
Cable cutters also have many options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription required?||Free?||cost||Free Trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports app||No||Yes||–||–|
|fuboTV||No||No||$ 60 / month||Yes|
|AT&T TV now||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$ 55 / month||Yes|
|Sling tv||No||No||$ 35 / month||No|
|YouTube TV||No||No||$ 65 / month||Yes|
‘Monday Night Football’ program
There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021, although there is no official doubleheader. That’s because the season has been extended to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday night football” during week 18; All games will be played on Sunday.
|Week 1||September 13th||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||September 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||September 27th||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||4th of October||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||October 11th||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||October 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||October 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||November 1st||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||November 8th||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||November 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||November 22th||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||November 29th||Washington soccer team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||6th of December||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||December 13th||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||December 20th||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||December 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||January 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.