We weren’t supposed to have a doubleheader on Monday night this season. However, the ongoing COVID pandemic has changed the NFL’s plans.
As a result, there will be two games played on Monday of NFL week 15. Technically it won’t be a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader, but it will be as good as one for NFL fans.
The first game, which will take place at 5 pm ET, was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The Browns and Raiders were originally scheduled to meet, but the Browns had more than 20 players on the COVID roster as a result of an outbreak within the team. So the game moved forward two days in hopes of stopping the spread.
Meanwhile, the Bears are hosting the Vikings in the original “Monday Night Football” showdown on Week 15. That game will have an impact on the NFC Wild Card race. The Bears are not involved in the chase. Vikings are.
Here’s everything you need to know about the two Monday night games, including ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game, in week 15, including kick-off time and more.
Who is playing Monday night football tonight?
Below is the full schedule for Monday’s rare two-game roster from the NFL in Week 15.
|Raiders at Browns||5 pm ET||NFL Network, fuboTV|
|Vikings in Bears||8:15 pm ET||ESPN, fuboTV|
What time are Monday NFL games?
Here’s how to watch each of the Monday NFL games in week 15.
Raiders at Browns
- Kick off: 5 pm ET, 2 pm PT
- Television channel (national): NFL Network
- Live broadcast: fuboTV
The Raiders (6-7) and Browns (7-6) were originally scheduled to play Saturday, but a COVID outbreak inside the Browns’ camp forced the game to be postponed for two days. As a result, they will play a Monday afternoon game as a starter for “Monday Night Football.”
It’s hard to know exactly who will be available to play for Cleveland this year. They’ve had more than 20 players on the COVID roster for most of the week, including quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, so they could be forced to start Mullens if Mayfield can’t test outside of protocol this week. That would do a big dose of Nick Chubb, who he imagines will have a lot of touches with Kareem Hunt hit and on the COVID list.
As for the Raiders, they are coming off a 39-point loss to the Chiefs and are hoping to bounce back. They have a strong passing run that could put Cleveland’s offensive line to the test, which has multiple tackles on the COVID roster, while Jack Conklin is out for the season. And if Derek Carr can avoid getting too pressured by Myles Garrett, the Raiders should have a chance to move on to the Browns’ defense.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest, which airs on the NFL Network, using fuboTV, offering a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, Canadian viewers can watch the game on DAZN.
Vikings in Bears
- Kick off8:15 pm ET, 5:15 pm PT
- Television channel (national): ESPN
- Live broadcast: Watch ESPN | ESPN application | fuboTV
The Bears (4-9) will host the Vikings (6-7) on “Monday Night Football” in Week 15. The Vikings are competing with several other teams for the potential number 7 in the NFC playoffs picture, while the Bears are in. He will most likely miss the postseason in 2021.
Chicago has struggled this season to establish a rhythm on offense. They started with Andy Dalton to start the year before inserting rookie Justin Fields into the lineup. Fields blinked but it was incoherent. The play call hasn’t helped him either, and it seems likely that the Bears will pass on coach Matt Nagy after the 2021 NFL season.
The Bears’ defense isn’t as strong as it used to be, either. They have a decent passing run even with Khalil Mack out of season, but they do have a few holes in the secondary as Artie Burns has proven to be a poor replacement for Kyle Fuller.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are in a weird limbo looking to make the playoffs, but they probably still have too many holes in defense to make a deep postseason run. Mike Zimmer will join Nagy in the hot seat and could leave if the Vikings can’t make the playoffs or win a playoff game.
Minnesota is still better than Chicago and is rightly the favorite in this game. However, they are only 5-7 in one-possession games this season, so the Bears could prove to be an annoying challenge for them.
If any game on the “Monday Night Football” schedule seemed predestined to be hard work, this would be the one. So, get ready for a good old-fashioned defensive battle.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest using fuboTV, offering a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, Canadian viewers can watch the game on DAZN.
Live NFL broadcast for ‘Monday Night Football’
The Browns-Raiders game will be available to watch for free with a cable subscription using the NFL app or Yahoo! Sports app. You must enter your cable / satellite subscription credentials to access.
As for the Bears-Vikings game, it will be available to broadcast live on all ESPN digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.) as they own the broadcast rights to “Monday Night Football.” This will be the easiest way for cable or satellite viewers to watch the game.
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|
|DirecTV broadcast||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|
NFL Week 15 Schedule
Thursday December 16
|Chiefs 34, Chargers 28 (overtime)||8:20 pm||FOX|
Saturday, December 18
|Colts 27, Patriots 17||8:15 pm||NFL Network|
Sunday December 19
|Panthers against bills||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Cardinals vs. Lions||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Texans vs. Jaguars||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Jets vs. dolphins||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Cowboys vs. Giants||1 p. M.||FOX|
|Titans vs. Steelers||1 p. M.||CBS|
|Bengals vs. Broncos||4:05 pm||CBS|
|Falcons vs. 49ers||4:05 pm||CBS|
|Packers vs. Crows||4:25 pm||FOX|
|Saints vs. Buccaneers||8:20 pm||NBC|
Monday December 20
|Raiders vs. Browns||5 p. M.||NFL Network|
|Vikings vs. Bears||8:15 pm||ESPN|
Tuesday December 21
|Seahawks vs. Rams||7 pm||FOX|
|Washington Soccer Team vs. Eagles||7 pm||FOX|
Monday Night Football 2021 schedule
There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021, although there is no 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.