It’s Patriots vs. Bills division matchup in the 2020 “Monday Night Football” finale.
While some pegged this game to be a potential battle for division supremacy when the NFL schedule was released, that, unfortunately, won’t be the case: The Patriots were officially eliminated from postseason contention following Sunday’s Week 15 games, leaving the Bills alone at the top of the AFC East, their first division title since 1993.
Still, a statement win in primetime for Josh Allen and the Bills will go a long, long way when it comes to national respect. After a short Allen slump in the middle of the season, the young buffalo-sized Buffalo passer has returned to form in recent weeks, throwing eight touchdowns to one interception over the last three games. Over the Bills’ current four-game winning streak, Allen has thrown nine touchdowns to two interceptions, over 1,100 passing yards and three more touchdowns on the ground.
If there’s any thing for certain — aside from the Patriots missing out on the playoffs — it’s that the 2020 Patriots season hasn’t gone the way anyone in New England had hoped. With Cam Newton throwing just five touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season, Bill Belichick and the Patriots may look to the future at signal-caller heading into, what should be, a very interesting offseason for the Pats.
It’s Bill and the Pats vs. Josh and the Bills on “Monday Night Football.” Here’s what you need to know about the matchup:
What time is the NFL game tonight?
With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader back in Week 1 and the COVID-19 schedule alterations, all Monday night games are scheduled for the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET.
It’s the third primetime showing for the Steelers in 2020, while the Bengals are tasked with their second primetime matchup.
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. Due to COVID-19, there have also been un-branded Monday night games in three weeks.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
SN’s Billy Heyen contributed to this report.
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