Bengals Host Broncos Monday Night On ESPN In Pivotal Playoff Game

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Next Monday night, Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals will play what is one of the most important games of the season for the team when it plays host to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Cincinnati and Denver will face off at Paul brown Stadium Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. The Broncos (11 – 3) have already clinched the AFC West title. So for Denver, Monday night’s game will be a tune-up for the playoffs. For Cincinnati though, Monday night’s game means much more. Cincinnati currently sits at 9 – 4 – 1 on the season coming into Monday night’s game. And even if the Bengals win, it doesn’t guarantee a playoff spot for the team or even the division title. A handful of scenarios have to play out for Cincinnati to get the AFC North division title. And almost all of them require Cincinnati to win out at least Monday night.

The first way that Cincinnati can snag the AFC North title is to win out both Monday night and against the Steelers in Week 17. The second way that the Bengals can clinch the division title is to win at least one game between this week and next week and losses by both the Steelers and Ravens. In order to clinch a playoff spot, one of two scenarios has to happen. The first scenario is a win at least this week or next week against Pittsburgh. The other scenario would allow Cincinnati to lose both this week and next ONLY IF Kansas City, San Diego and Buffalo all lose at least once between this week and next. Making Monday night’s game all the more important for Cincinnati is the teams prime time record. Cincy is 18 – 41 all time in prime-time and 10 – 20 on Monday Night.  Taking an even deeper look at the teams’ numbers, Denver is only 4 – 3 on the road versus going undefeated at home. The team has gone 4 – 1 – 0 in its last five game. Cincy has only one more win on the road than at home, going 5 – 2 – 0 on the road and 4 – 2 – 1 at home. It is also 4 – 1 – 0 in its last five games. So it goes without saying that Monday night’s game will be one of the most important of the season for Cincinnati.

Adding to the interest of Monday’s games is talk of long term impacts of hits on Peyton this season and what it might mean in regards to his off season surgery. Manning will sit down with ESPN Monday Night Football play-by-play man Mike Tirico to discuss that and more as part of the night’s pre-game broadcast.  Sideline reporter Lisa Salters will have a discussion with Bengals QB Andy Dalton on the other side of the ball. She and Dalton will discuss what a win tonight would mean both for him and his teammates and getting over the playoff hurdles of the past three seasons among other topics. Both interviews are part of Monday’s pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Suzy Kolber will anchor Monday night’s broadcast. She will be joined by NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young live on-site. Chris Berman will anchor live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut. He will be joined by NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson and ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Monday Night Countdown kicks off at 6pm ET.

Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET. Mike Tirico will have the call from the booth. He will be joined by Jon Gruden, who just last week agreed to a contract extension with ESPN. The extension will keep Gruden in the booth alongside Mike Tirico through 2021, when ESPN’s next contract with the NFL comes up. Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for Monday night’s game with all of the latest in-game news and reports. Monday Night Football is available for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking fans on ESPN Deportes and online via WatchESPN for those with video subscriptions from affiliated providers. More information on Mondays’ game and on all things NFL is available online at:

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ESPN Releases Full Season Monday Night Football Schedule

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ESPN has released its broadcast schedule for the 2014 NFL season.

ESPN opened the 2013 season with a double header and will do so again for the 2014 season. ESPN will open its Monday Night Football regular season broadcast schedule with a double header on September 8th. The first game on the night will see the New York Giants on the road against the Detroit Lions. The game will be the first MNF game to be broadcast from Detroit since September 1971. Mike Tirico will anchor the broadcast and will have play-by-play duties. He will be joined by analyst Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. The trio will also handle all MNF games, which will begin at 8:15pm ET. Kickoff for all of ESPN’s MNF games is scheduled for 8:30pm ET.

The second game on ESPN’s double header slate for Monday, September 8th will see the Arizona Cardinals hosting the San Diego Chargers at 10:15pm ET. It will come live from the University of Phoenix Stadium, which will also play host to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. The 2015 Pro Bowl will be broadcast on ESPN.

Now in its 45th season, Monday Night Football’s 2014 season will feature all twelve teams from the 2013 NFL Playoffs. This includes the 2013 NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC Champion Denver Broncos. The Seahawks will take on the Washington Redskins on ESPN’s MNF broadcast October 6th while the Broncos will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati on December 22nd.

Eight NFL organizations will each have two games broadcast nationally on ESPN’s MNF. Those teams are the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Washington Redskins. Speaking of the Redskins, Washington will renew its long held rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys once again in the 2014 NFL regular season. Washington and Dallas will meet on October 27th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The meeting will be the 16th between the two teams; second only to the rivalry between the Raiders and Broncos, who have met seventeen times.

All of ESPN’s MNF games can be seen both on television on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available daily across ESPN’s various platforms including Monday Night Countdown and SportsCenter before and after each game. ESPN’s complete Monday Night Football broadcast schedule is listed below.

ESPN’s 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

Preseason
Date Time (ET) Teams
Aug. 14 8 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 18 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins
Regular Season
Sept. 8 7 p.m. New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 15 8:15 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 22 8:15 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 29 8:15 p.m. New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 6 8:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins
Oct. 13 8:15 p.m. San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 20 8:15 p.m. Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 27 8:15 p.m. Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 3 8:15 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 10 8:15 p.m. Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 17 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 24 8:15 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 1 8:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 8 8:15 p.m. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 15 8:15 p.m. New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 22 8:15 p.m. Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBD TBD NFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 2015 8 p.m. NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

 

 

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ESPN Offers Sneak Peek at New Documentary, More In NFL Sunday Countdown Week 2

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ESPN has a change to its NFL Week 2 schedule to pass on to audiences.  Broadcast of the network’s weekly Sunday NFL Countdown will air this week Sunday, September 15th beginning at 10am on ESPN.  Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and Ray Lewis.  Also on board for this week’s three-hour pre-game show will be senior fantasy sports analyst Matthew Berry, NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, and NFL insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.  Berry brings to the table this week the discussion of a rather unique punishment instated by one fantasy league.  The story is just one of many stores shared in Berry’s new book.

Berman and company will focus on five more matchups in week two with insight from reporters at each game.  The first of those games is a matchup of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.  Reporter Suzy Kolber and NFL analyst Merril Hoge will have all the latest information on that matchup.  In coordination with coverage of the game, ESPN will also have a special feature on the Redskins’ team name and the controversy surrounding it Sunday morning on Outside The Lines.  Bob Holtzman will have the story.  Audiences can catch the special edition of Outside The Lines  at 8am on ESPN2.

Something else to watch for in week 2 is the annual “Manning Bowl.”  Eli and brother Peyton face off as the Broncos take on the G-Men this week.  ESPN reporter  Josina Anderson will have all the latest from that game. Leading up to the game, Sunday NFL Countdown will feature a sneak peek at ESPN’s new documentary on the brothers, The Book of Manning.  The documentary kicks off the third season of ESPN Films’ SEC Storied series.  It focuses on the legendary Manning family, from father Archie to his equally famed sons.  Veteran actor John Goodman (Monsters UniversityMonsters, Inc., Roseanne) narrates the special, which will feature home movies of the Manning brothers in their youth, interviews with those closest to the Manning family and more.  It airs Tuesday, September 24th at 8PM ET on ESPN.

The third of the matchups on which NFL Sunday Countdown will focus is the week two matchup of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.  Dominguez and company will look at the pump fake of Seattle QB Russell Wilson.  Audiences will get to hear from Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell as he discusses how he helped the former NC State University QB on the use of the technique.

Also planned for coverage in week 2 are matchups between the Cowboys and Chiefs, and the Eagles and Chargers.  More information on all of this week’s coverage from NFL Sunday Countdown is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/nfl/notebook/_/page/sundaycountdown11/your-weekly-nfl-guide.

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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 Announces NFL Preseason Schedule

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The National Football League and ESPN have announced their preseason schedules for the 2013-2014 season.  Four of the NFL’s preseason games will be run on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.  It all kicks off Thursday, August 8th at 8pm.  Matt Ryan and the NFC South Champion Atlanta Falcons will host Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.  The first of the network’s actual Monday night games will air Monday, August 19th at 8pm.  That night will see the Steelers on the road against the NFC East Champion Washington Redskins.  The Chargers and Bears will go toe-to-toe Thursday, August 15th at 8pm.  This will be an interesting game as both teams will be headed by new coaches.  The network’s preseason schedule wraps with the defending NFL Champion Ravens taking on the Carolina Panthers who look to rebound this season after a very rough 2012-2013 season.

All four games will be called by Mike Trico and Jon Gruden.  They will be joined by sideline reporter Lisa Salters.  The games all lead up to ESPN’s MNF regular season opener Monday, September 9th.  All four of the network’s preseason games will be preceded by a one hour Monday Night Countdown pre-game show. 

ESPN Deportes will offer its own production of MNF preseason and regular season games.  All games will also be available online and on mobile internet via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.

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