The Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings at the usual “Monday Night Football” start time of 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN in Week 10.
Monday night’s game will provide an opportunity for Dalvin Cook to show out in front of a national television audience after two weeks of absurd production. Cook will be counterbalanced by Kirk Cousins, who’s 0-9 on Mondays in his NFL career. The Bears (5-4) will rely first and foremost on their defense to get the job done against Cook, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen at the Minnesota (3-5) skill positions.
Chicago will need Nick Foles to step up, too, to show that a hot start to the season wasn’t a total fluke. Chicago is in danger of tumbling out of the playoff picture with a few more rough weeks, and David Montgomery began Week 10 in concussion protocol. Foles’ connection with Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller and Jimmy Graham against a poor Minnesota defense could decide Monday’s game.
Below is more about the start times for the “Monday Night Football” game in Week 10, plus everything you need to know to watch Bears vs. Vikings on ESPN.
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.
The narrative that will come up again and again is Cousins’ prime-time struggles, but that won’t hit the nail on the head until it’s narrowed to his issues on Monday nights. He’s 0-9 in such games, throwing 12 touchdowns compared to six interceptions. Minnesota’s small playoff hopes could be riding on Cousins snapping that skid.
We saw the Bears come up big on a Thursday night against the Buccaneers earlier this season, but since then it’s been mostly negative for Chicago. Monday’s game will be a prime-time shot to get back on the right track.
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 two weeks.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
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