AFC Opponents Featured On This Week’s Edition Of ESPN’s ‘MNF’

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And then there were two…

That will be one of the headlines Tuesday after tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN.  The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are both 2-0 and are two of only three undefeated teams left in the Conference.  After tonight’s game, that number will drop to two.

Coverage for tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on NFL Live.  Live game coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  The broadcast team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters, and John Parry will cover the game live from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

CHIEFS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Kansas City comes into tonight’s game on the heels of a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 2.  Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 27/47 in the game, and 302 yards and two touchdowns.  The Chargers did not go down without a fight, though, matching, almost matching, or even outdoing the Chiefs in almost every statistic.

San Diego had 479 total yards to Kansas City’s 414.  The Chargers also topped the Chiefs in passing yards, 296-289.  The teams were evenly matched in average yards per play at 6.1 (San Diego) – 5.9 (Kansas City) while San Diego well outperformed Kansas City on the ground, totaling 183 rushing yards to Kansas City’s 125.

San Diego even had noticeably more total possession time during the game (39:27) versus Kansas City (28:38).  Each team was at 46% in its 3rd down efficiency.  Kansas City racked up 11 penalties in the game while San Diego only incurred six.

The short and simple here is that while Kansas City won its week two matchup, the game was the team’s to lose.  Despite a strong performance, the Chargers came up just short.  The team’s woes continued Sunday as it fell 21-16 to the Carolina Panthers, who ended a 10-game losing streak with its victory.  Carolina improved to 1-2 with the win.

RAVENS WEEK 2 HIGHLIGHTS

Baltimore comes into tonight’s game on the momentum of its Week Two victory over the Houston Texans, defeating Houston 33-16.  Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson went 18/24 for a total of 204 yards and one touchdown.

While Houston came up short in the game, it held its own against Baltimore in some of the game’s stats.  Case in point is a comparison of the teams’ average yards per play figure.  Houston gained an average of 5.3 yards per play while Baltimore gained an average of 6.3 yards per play.

Baltimore out did Houston in the ground game, going for a total of 230 yards against Houston’s 51.  By comparison, Houston racked up at total of 253 passing yards to Baltimore’s 177.

Baltimore still outdid Houston in total yards 407-304.

Each team was balanced in its 3rd down efficiency.  Baltimore was at 35% and Houston at 33%.  Houston incurred four penalties versus three against Baltimore.

Looking at the numbers, again, Week 2’s matchup between the Ravens and Texas was hard fought on both sides of the ball, too.

WEEK 3

Tonight’s AFC inter-divisional matchup is certain to be a close game.  While Baltimore is playing host, both teams are 1-0 at home and on the road.  Each is also 2-0 in conference play.

The one category in which one team outshines the other is points.  Baltimore’s net points total is 49 while Kansas City has netted 17 points over two weeks.  Baltimore has scored 71 points and allowed 22 over just two games.  By comparison, Kansas City has scored 57 and allowed 40, a closer figure.

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ESPN’s ‘MNF’ Preseason Coverage Begins Tonight

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Monday Night Football launches its 2017 National Football League broadcast season tonight with a pre-season cross conference matchup.

ESPN’s flagship NFL program begins its 2017 broadcast season with a showdown between the Jacksonville Jaguars (AFC South) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC South).  The matchup is just one of the games on the schedule for the second week of the NFL’s 2017 preseason.

Jacksonville will look to add a second notch to its win column in the preseason after defeating the New England Patriots 31 – 24 in week 1.  The Bucs will look to bounce back and get its first win of the preseason after falling to the Cincinnati Bengals in week 1 23 – 12.

Sean McDonough will have the call for tonight’s game, which is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will set the stage for tonight’s game beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Suzy Kolber at the helm.  She will be joined by analysts Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary alongside NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

ESPN will also have full coverage of the preseason week 2 match between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns Aug. 21. the Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20 – 14 in preseason week 1 while the Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – 12 that week.

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ESPN Networks Launch NFL Postseason Coverage Saturday

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The NFL begins its post season this weekend, and ESPN will be along for the ride with coverage of the AFC Wild Card matchup between the Raiders and Texans.

Coverage of Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. EST with a special Postseason NFL Countdown broadcast hosted by Suzy Kolber.  The program will air live from NRG Stadium.  Kolber will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss and Charles Woodson for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will co-host the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT. Lisa Salters and Adam Schefter will have team updates from both camps.  Reporter Britt McHenry (Raiders-Texans) and NFL Insider Ed Werder (Lions-Seahawks) will offer additional updates on Saturday’s games, too.

Live coverage of the Raiders-Texans games begins at 4:20 p.m. EST.  The game will be simulcast on television on ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN.  Kickoff for the game is currently scheduled for 4:35 pm ET.

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Carolina, Washington Close NFL’s Week 15 Schedule Live On ESPN

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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers go under the lights live Monday night on ESPN when they take on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Last season’s runners-up in the Super Bowl, the Panthers have struggled to repeat last season’s success this season. Carolina sits last in the NFC South at 5 – 8 so far on the season. The “Cardiac Cats” are 4 – 5 in their conference, 1 – 3 in non-conference play, and 2 – 3 in their last five games.  Their last win came last week as they defeated the San Diego Chargers 28 – 16.

A win by the Panthers Monday night coupled with a loss by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday would potentially pull the Panthers out of the NFC South basement.  That’s because both teams sit at 5 – 8 on the season.

The Panthers’ playoff hopes are slim to nil win or lose Monday night.  On the other hand, Monday night’s game has even more importance for Washington, which sits 3rd in the NFC East at 7 – 5 – 1 so far on the season with its only tie coming earlier in the season against Cincinnati.

Washington’s NFC East opponents, the Dallas Cowboys, have already punched their ticket to the postseason.  Washington comes into Monday night’s game on the heels of a 27 – 22 win over Philadelphia in Week 14.  Washington has also proven better at home on the road this season than on the road, going 4 – 2 at home and 3 – 3 – 1 on the road.

Monday’s NFC Inter-Divisional matchup can go either way.  The Panthers have nothing to lose while Washington has much more to lose.  So each team will be giving its all once the lights go on and the cameras go live.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s matchup beginning at 8:15 p.m.  He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast live.  She will be joined at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.

NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and the MNF broadcast team will also join the broadcast for additional commentary.  Chris Berman and special guest (and with former ESPN NFL analyst) Tom Jackson will offer additional insight and commentary during the broadcast, too.  Jackson’s appearance is part of Berman’s NFL Legends initiative.

Monday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  It will also stream live online on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

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Jets Host Colts In AFC Inter-Divisional Matchup Monday Night On ESPN

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The Colts and Jets go under the lights Monday in an AFC inter-divisional matchup live on ESPN.

ESPN’s Week 13 Monday Night Football broadcast will air live from New York.  It will be a pivotal game for both teams.  The Jets (3 – 8) currently sit last in the AFC East while the Colts (5 – 6) are third in the AFC South, just ahead of Jacksonville (2 – 9).

The game is equally important for both teams.  That’s not just because of the teams’ standings. Each team comes into the game looking to bounce back from its own loss in Week 12.  Indianapolis was thumped by Pittsburgh last week 28 – 7 while New York fell 22 – 17 to New England.

The outcome for Monday night’s showdown is completely up in the air. The host Jets are 1 – 4 at home so far this season versus a 2 – 4 road record.  On the other side, the Colts are 2 – 3 on the road and 3 – 3 at home.

Looking even deeper at the numbers, Indianapolis has scored more points for this season (270) than New York (196).  At the same time, the Jets’ defense has held its opponents to 266 points so far this season.  The Colts’ defense meanwhile has allowed 301 points against so far this season.  It’s more proof the game is either team’s to lose and to win.

Broadcast of Monday’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call.  He will be joined by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday Night Football beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast live from MetLife Stadium.  She will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.  Chris Berman will co-anchor live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT.  He will be joined by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.  NFL Features Editor Michelle Beisner-Buck and the MNF broadcast team will also add their own insight to the broadcast.

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Bengals, Giants Wrap Week 10 In The NFL Monday Night On ESPN

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ESPN will feature a cross-conference matchup Monday night when the Bengals and Giants go under the lights live on Monday Night Football.

Monday’s matchup between Cincinnati and New York will be equally important for both teams.  The Giants (5 – 3 – 0) currently sit second in the NFC East, second only to Dallas.  The team is riding the success of a 3-game win streak coming into Monday night.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati (3 – 4 – 1) has struggled this season in the AFC North.  The team current sits third in the division behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh, who both sit at 4 – 4 on the season so far.

Two weeks ago, Cincinnati’s game against the Washington Redskins in London ended in a 27 all tie after kicker Mike Nugent missed a kick that could have given the Bengals the win.  Nugent since took full responsibility for the missed kick.

Cincinnati had a bye week last week, so it has had time to lick its wounds and figure out how to rebound from that disappointing finish.

Kickoff for Monday’s broadcast, live from New York, is scheduled for 8:15 pm EST.  Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Monday Night Countdown will precede Monday’s live broadcast between the Bengals and Giants beginning at 6 p.m. EST.  Suzy Kolber will anchor the broadcast.  She will be joined live at the desk by analysts Trent Dilfer, Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson and Steve Young for additional commentary.

Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT along with NFL features reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and guest analyst (and Pro Football Hall of Famer) Warren Moon for the broadcast, too.

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ESPN To Feature AFC Showdown Monday Night

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Brock Osweiller will face his former teammates Monday night on ESPN when the Broncos play host to the Texans on the network’s weekly NFL showcase Monday Night Football.

Monday night’s matchup between the AFC rivals will have equal importance for both teams. The Broncos come in to Monday night’s game in the heels of a tough 21 – 13 loss to San Diego while Houston will be looking to add another notch to its “W” column after last week’s 26 – 23 win over Indianapolis.

A win will be especially important for either team because of the teams’ current standings.  Houston currently leads the AFC South division, and another win for the Texans would pad the team’s lead over the Titans, who currently sit second in the division at 3 – 3.

The Broncos are currently tied with the Oakland Raiders atop the AFC West standings at 4 – 2. So a win for Denver would either give Denver the division lead or keep the teams tied depending on the outcome of Oakland’s matchup against Jacksonville on Sunday.  A loss by one or either team would be just as impacting.

Sean McDonough will have the call for Monday Night’s game live from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. He will be joined in the booth by his broadcast partner Jon Gruden for additional commentary.  Reporter Lisa Salters will be on the sidelines with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

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ESPN Rounds Out Week 12 In The NFL With AFC North Showdown

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Cleveland and Balmtimre are going under the lights next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Next Monday night, ESPN will finish off Week 12 in the NFL with an AFC North match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns. Both teams have struggled all season with the Ravens currently sitting at 3 – 7 so far on the season and Cleveland at 2 – 8. Cleveland is currently in the midst of a five-game losing streak while the Ravens, (2 – 3 in their last five games) will be looking to actually start a streak having defeated the Rams 16 – 13 in Week 11. Monday’s game will be especially interesting for both teams considering the teams’ home and road records. The Ravens are 1 – 4 on the road while Cleveland, who plays host Monday night, is 1 – 3 at home.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday night’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s broadcast, Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will co-host Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also be on hand to review Sunday’s full slate of games and Monday night’s AFC North match-up. Suzy Kolber will host live from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. She will be joined on-site by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young.

Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8pm ET. The game will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV Monday night. More information on next week’s edition of Monday Night Football is available online now at:

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Chargers Host Bears To Close Out Week 9 In The NFL

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Next week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football the worldwide leader will close out week 9 of the NFL’s 2015 – 2016 season with an inter-conference matchup between two teams that are struggling to get out of their conferences’ respective basements.

ESPN’s flagship NFL broadcast will feature a showdown between the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers next Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:10pm ET and will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly Monday Night Countdown pre-game broadcast at 6pm ET. Suzy Kolber and Chris Berman will co-anchor the broadcast with Kolber coming live from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego and Berman at ESPN’s studios. Kolber will be joined live on site by Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young. ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson will join Chris Berman live from ESPN’s studios.

Mike Tirico will have the call for Monday’s game between the Chargers and Bears. He will be joined in the booth by Jon Gruden. Reporter Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game. Those that won’t be near a TV Monday night can still catch the game online via WatchESPN. The game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking viewers.

The hosts Chargers (2 – 6) currently sit in last place in the AFC West. The team is 1 – 4 in its last five games and 2 – 2 at home so far this season. Those four losses have each come in the team’s last four games. The Bears (2 – 5), who sit third in the NFC North are not much better, sitting at 1 – 2 on the road so far this season. Chicago is currently 2 – 3 in its last five games and is in the midst of a two-game losing streak. More information on Monday night’s matchup between the Bears and Chargers is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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Panthers Look To Stay Perfect Monday Night On ESPN’s MNF Broadcast

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Before the 2015 – 2016 NFL season kicked off, very few of the major talking heads out there had much faith in the Carolina Panthers. Many felt that the Panthers would even come close to the playoffs. Now almost halfway through the regular season, Carolina sits undefeated at 6 – 0. Now next Monday, Cam Newton and company will look to stay undefeated as they go under the lights to take on Andrew Luck and the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts.

Next Monday night, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will broadcast live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The 3 – 4 Colts lead the AFC South and have gone 3-2 in their last five games while the Panthers have not yet been taken down. It is one of five teams that currently sit undefeated this far into the season. This means that it will have plenty to play for Monday Night when the Colts come into Charlotte. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game.

Ahead of Monday’s game, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly pre-game broadcast of Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Berman will be live in ESPN’s studios alongside NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young will join Suzy Kolber live from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  Those not near a TV Monday night can still catch the game online via WatchESPN.  The game will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  More information on Monday night’s broadcast of Monday Night Football is available online now along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

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