The teams playing on “Monday Night Football” in Week 2 are ushering in one of the NFL’s newest stadiums, but the grand opening of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., is not going to be the party it was supposed to be when scheduled back in the spring.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no fans will be in attendance when the Raiders host the Saints for their first home game after relocating from Las Vegas in the offseason. That’s bad news for the Raiders in terms of their lack of a home-field advantage, but at least TV viewers will get a look at the masterpiece of a stadium Monday night.
The Saints are 5 1/2-point road favorites against the Raiders on Monday night, a line that might actually be larger if star New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas were not out with an ankle injury. Both teams are entering Week 2 with a 1-0 record following season-opening victories.
Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Monday Night Football.”
Who plays on “Monday Night Football” tonight?
- Matchup: New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders
- Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
The NFL scheduled a juicy matchup for the Raiders’ first home game in Las Vegas, as the Saints are still considered one of the best teams in the league and a legitimate title contender. This would be an interesting game with or without the new stadium factor.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has 25 touchdowns (23 pass, 2 rush) to only 4 interceptions for a 108.6 rating in 11 career starts against the Raiders. He passed for 423 yards and 4 TDs with no INTs for a 131.3 rating in their last meeting in 2016.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed 22 of 30 passes for 239 yards and 1 touchdown for a 107.5 rating last week against the Panthers. He passed for 319 yards and a TD for a 98.5 rating in the Raiders’ last meeting with the Saints.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Monday, Sept. 21
- Kickoff time: 8:15 p.m. ET
With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader back in Week 1, all Monday night games are scheduled for the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET.
Weather likely would not be a factor for a night game in Las Vegas regardless, but Monday night’s Saints-Raiders game will not be impacted by Mother Nature. Allegiant Stadium is a comfortable, climate-controlled dome.
Monday night’s game in Las Vegas marks the first of four prime-time games on the Saints’ schedule. The Raiders also have three more prime-time games on their schedule beyond Monday night.
What channel is “Monday Night Football” on tonight?
ESPN reportedly is trying to negotiate a better TV rights deal with the NFL to negotiate more games in the future, but in 2020, the network’s only package of NFL games is the complete slate of Monday night games. The network will broadcast all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 on its flagship ESPN channel.
ESPN is available on most cable systems in the United States. The network also is available via satellite providers DirecTV (Channel 206) and Dish Network (Channel 140) as well as IPTV providers AT&T U-verse (Channel 602 for SD; Channel 1602 for HD), Verizon Fios (Channel 70 for SD; Channel 570 for HD) and Google Fiber (Channel 21).
ESPN has a new lineup of commentators for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts in 2020 after moving on from last year’s broadcast booth duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Louis Riddick (analyst) will call all Monday night games for ESPN this season. Lisa Salters is still the network’s sideline reporter.
NFL live stream for “Monday Night Football”
Because all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast on ESPN, they are available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This should be the streaming preference for anybody who has a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.
For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options available to watch “Monday Night Football.” Below is the list.
“Monday Night Football” schedule
A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
|Week 1||Sept. 14||New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|