ESPN Closes Out Week 15 In The NFL With NFC Inter-Divisional Showdown

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Next Monday night, ESPN will close out Week 15 in the NFL with an NFC inter-divisional match-up between Detroit and New Orleans.

Next Monday night’s edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football comes across as a sleeper match on the surface. That is because because both teams currently sit in the basement of their respective divisions. New Orleans sits at 5 – 8 so far on the season and has gone 1 – 4 in their last five games, with the lone win in that span coming last week against Tampa Bay 24 – 17. Before that, the Saints had been in the midst of a three-game losing streak. A win for New Orleans on Monday night would move New Orleans one step closer to finishing the season at .500. And it could make all the difference on head coach Sean Payton’s future at the helm for the Saints. His name has been tossed around for the better part of the season every time that coaching rumors have come up. The Saints are pretty much out of the playoff picture. So a .500 season for the team would be all important for the 2009 Super Bowl Champions. It could very well play a role in whether Payton stays or goes and on the fate of his coaching staff and look on both sides of the ball in the 2016 season.

On the other side of the ball Detroit is also out of the playoff picture as it sits at 4 – 9 on the season. The Lions are last in the NFC North and are in the midst of a two-game skid. This means that the team, which will be on the road against New Orleans Monday night, has nothing to lose and everything to gain. That in turn means that the team could be extra motivated when it goes toe to toe against the Saints in the Superdome Monday night. And that could make things very interesting to watch regardless of whether or not fans have allegiance to either team. Kickoff for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for Monday’s game. Lisa Salters will also be on hand for additional commentary and news throughout the game. Ahead of Monday night’s kickoff, Chris Berman and Suzy Kolber will co-host ESPN’s weekly NFL pre-game show Monday Night Countdown. Berman will host live from ESPN’s studios alongside Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson. Suzy Kolber will be live on hand in New Orleans. She will be joined by Ray Lewis, Steve Young, and Trent Dilfer. Monday Night Football simulcasts each week on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those that won’t be near a TV during the game. More information on ESPN’s Monday Night Football is available online along with all of the latest NFL headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/nfl

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ESPN Wednesday Superbowl Live Coverage Announced

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ESPN’s countdown to the Superbowl continues Wednesday with even more coverage live from New Orleans.  Mike and Mike start things off once again from 6-10am EST/5-9am CT.  The guys welcome a load of new guests on this pre-Superbowl hump day starting with former Dallas Cowboy/Fox analyst Daryl Johnston at 6:30/5:30 CT.  Rising star and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson will join the guys next at 8/7 CT.  Also joining the show live will be NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz at 8:15/7:15 CT.  The show’s last hour and a half will see former Ravens coach and FOX analyst Brian Billick, ESPN analysts Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth and former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum.  Audiences that can’t be there in person can tune in live on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and on TV on ESPN2.

Hannah Storm takes over at 9/8 CT on SportsCenter.  She’ll be joined by analysts Ron Jaworski, Merril Hoge, and Jerry Rice.  Guests scheduled for the show Wednesday include:  retired Cowboys Fullback Daryl Johnston, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, and the Saints’ very own Drew Breese.  That’s all from 9/8 CT – 3/2 CT on ESPN.

Colin Cowherd will take audiences into the afternoon hours on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.  Colin will be on the air from 10am/9am CT – 1pm/12pm CT.  Drew Breese will be making his way to Colin’s show for those that missed him on SportsCenter as will Colts Kicker Adam Vinatieri.  Also joining the lineup will be ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer.  Fans can check it all out on their local ESPN Radio affiliate and onTV on ESPNU.

The next three hours will be taken over by SVP and Rusillo.  Scott and Ryen welcome Steelers Defensive End Brett Keisel, Ron Jaworski, Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Maurice Jones-Drew, and Giants Offensive Linesman David Diehl.  Fans can catch all the action live from 1/12 CT – 4/3 CT on ESPN Radio affiliates across the nation and on TV on ESPNNEWS.  It’s just one option that fans have in the early hours of the afternoon.  Fans can also tune in to ESPN from 3/2 CT – 4/3 CT for a SportsCenter special presented by Little Caesars pizza hosted by Mike Tirico.  Mike will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer, Herm Edwards and Tom Jackson.

Next up as the afternoon passes is NFL Live from 4/3 CT – 5/4 CT on ESPN.  Host Trey Wingo will be joined by analysts Ron Jaworski and Mark Shclereth as the trio talks up Sunday’s big game.  Also from 4/3 CT – 5/4 CT is SportsNation on ESPN2.  Hosts Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley welcome guests Greg McElroy (NY Jets QB) and NY Giants Tight End David Diehl.  Analyst Herm Edwards will also join the days’ lineup.

As the sun starts to set for the day, the action doesn’t let up on the ESPN family of networks.  Hosts Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen will be joined by analysts Trent Dilfer and Tom Jackson on ESPN2 on NFL 32 from 5/4 CT – 6/5 CT.  That is followed by another edition of SportsCenter from 6/5 CT – 7/6 CT on ESPN.  Hispanic audiences will also get a dose of football week frenzy with an NFL Semanal Special from 8/7 CT – 9/8 CT on ESPN Dos.  It will also air at 9:30/8:30 CT and 12am/11pm CT on Latin North.

Rounding out the day’s coverage is one more edition of SportsCenter on ESPN from 9/8 CT – 12am/11pm CT.  Host Stuart Scott will be joined by analysts Cris Carter and Tedy Bruschi.

It all starts again Thursday morning with another new edition of Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio and on TV on ESPN.  Fans are encouraged to come and join ESPN’s hosts as each show will be open for public viewing.

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