ESPN Releases Full Monday Night Football Schedule

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ESPN has released its complete schedule for the upcoming 2013-2014 NFL season.  The network kicks off a brand new season with a double header on Monday, September 9th.  First up that night, the Eagles head to the nation’s capitol with a new head coach and potentially a new QB at the line.  Michael Vick is still stating that he will be the team’s lead man when the regular season opens September 9th.  But that could very well change between now and then.  And the Redskins’ QB, Robert Griffin III will look to rebound in big fashion after a season ending injury during the 2012-2013 Season.  The NFC East Divisional matchup is expected to start at 7pm EST/6pm CT.

Second up on the season’s opening night, the Texans host the San Diego Chargers, who will also have a new coach on the sidelines.  Mike McCoy took the helm after Norv turner was released at the end of the Chargers’ 2012-2013 Season.  The Chargers and Texans both have a lot to play for and to prove on opening night.  The Texans were knocked out of the playoffs early last season, while the Chargers didn’t even make it in, having finished their season 2nd in the AFC West with a disappointing 7-9-0 record.  So the night’s second game looks to have its own share of fireworks.  The night’s second matchup is scheduled to start at 10:15pm EST/9:15pm CT.

Week Two of ESPN’s Monday Night Football coverage is sure to be quite the showdown as “Big Ben” Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Pirates make the annual trip to Cincinnati to face off against Andy Dalton and the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.  The Bengals pulled off a shocker last season, beating their hated rivals to earn a spot in the Wildcard Round.  But the team’s season would end in that round as this time the Texans would go on to knock them out of the playoffs with a 19-13 win.  The season before, it was the Jets that knocked the Bengals from the playoffs.  So Cincy’s hoping that the third time will be the charm, and that they’ll have fans yelling “Who Dey” even more this coming season.  And it all starts with a chance for the Cats to start it all with a win over their divisional rivals.  The game is scheduled to air at 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CT.

Week Three of Monday Night Football features yet another divisional matchup.  Veteran QB Peyton Manning leads the Broncos as they host Matt Flynn and the Oakland Raiders on September 23rd.  the game marks an NFL Record.  It marks the seventeenth time that the AFC West rivals will go head to head under the Monday night lights.  The Broncos come in to the 2012-2013 season with a lot of momentum despite a tough double overtime loss to the Ravens in the Divisional round of the playoffs last season.  The Raiders on the other side of the line finished a miserable 4-12-0 last season, ending up 3rd in the AFC West.  This game is scheduled to air at 8:30pm EST/7:30pm CT, as with the previous week’s game.

The remaining Monday Night Football games look to be just as impressive as those that fill the season’s first month.  A full rundown of ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule is available below.

ESPN’s 2013 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason    
Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 8 8 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons
Aug. 15 8 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 19 8 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins
Aug. 22 8 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Regular Season    
Sept. 9 7 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
  10:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. San Diego Chargers
Sept. 16 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Sept. 23 8:30 p.m. Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos
Sept. 30 8:30 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New Orleans Saints
Oct. 7 8:30 p.m. New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons
Oct. 14 8:30 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. San Diego Chargers
Oct. 21 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Giants
Oct. 28 8:30 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams
Nov. 4 8:30 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers
Nov. 11 8:30 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nov. 18 8:30 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers
Nov. 25 8:30 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins
Dec. 2 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks
Dec. 9 8:30 p.m. Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 16 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit Lions
Dec. 23 8:30 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. San Francisco 49ers

  

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ESPN Offers Another Full Day Of Superbowl Coverage Thursday

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Today is Thursday January, 31st.  For most people it’s just another day.  For the legions of football fans out there, it means something entirely different.  It means that we are one day closer to the biggest sports day of the year in the form of the Superbowl.  In celebration of the big day, ESPN continues its week long coverage of the preparations live from New Orleans.  This morning’s coverage starts off once again with Mike and Mike in the Morning from 6-10am/5-9am CT.  On this morning’s show, Greenie and Golic have a full slate of guests and analysts joining them.  Among the slated guests are:  Packers Wide Receiver Donald Driver, Giants Wide Receiver Victor Cruz, Texans Defensive End J.J. Watt, former Patriots Offensive Tackle Matt Light, Vikings star Running Back Adrian Peterson, Cowboys Offensive Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, and Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck.  ESPN analyst Cris Carter will also join the guys this morning.  Fans can check it all out on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and on TV on ESPN2.

ESPN’s own Hannah Storm takes over at 9/8 CT on Sports Center.  She’ll be joined by analysts Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Jerry Rice as well as a full slate of guests.  Things don’t end here.  There’s a full day of Superbowl coverage across the ESPN family of networks.  From coverage on SportsNation, NFL Live, and SVP and Rusillo, NFL’s fans have plenty to check out today across the ESPN family of networks.  To check out all the latest on today’s coverage and more, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://www.espn.com

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ESPN Scores A “W” In Monday Night Ratings

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ESPN won Monday Night’s ratings “game.”  The network’s weekly Monday Night Football matchup (this week between the Texans and Patriots) pulled in over fourteen million viewers.  To be exact, the matchup between the NFL leading teams pulled in a total of 14,483,000 viewers according to weekly Nielsen numbers.  The network took the night’s overall win in both broadcast and cable, including key adult and male demographics.  Last night’s ratings win was the biggest for the network as the Pats’ 42-14 thumping of the Texans brought in more viewers than the network had gotten over the course of the current NFL season.  So far this season, MNF has averaged 13,203,000 viewers over the course of each MNF broadcast.  That’s up slightly from this point last season.

Next up on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is a matchup between the Titans and the struggling New York Jets.  The game will air next Monday, December 17th at 8:30pm on ESPN.

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