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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ESPN Finishes Off Week Four With An NFC Matchup On MNF

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Seattle and Detroit are set to round out Week Four in the NFL next Monday. And ESPN will have full coverage of the NFC matchup.

Monday night’s matchup between the Lions and Seahawks may be a sleeper to some considering that both teams have been off to a rather slow start so far this season. But that is what will make this matchup one to watch. Detroit comes into Monday night’s game third in the NFC North in search of its first win of the season while the hosts Seahawks have struggled just as much so far this season. Seattle currently sits in last place in the NFC West with only one win so far on the season and two losses. That lone win came last week against the Lions’ NFC North foes, the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks blanked the Bears last week 26 – 0 dropping Chicago to 0 – 3 on the season. The Seahawks’ win also came in front of a home crowd. So the team has that home field advantage to anticipate for Monday’s matchup. Detroit on the other hand is currently winless on the road, losing two of its three games on the road. In other words, Monday Night Football will have two relatively evenly matched teams go toe to toe Monday night, fighting tooth and nail to put a “W” on the board.

Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will be in the booth for the call in Monday’s game. Lisa Salters will be on hand for additional commentary. Monday night’s broadcast of MNF will be preceded, as it is each week, by Monday Night Countdown beginning at 6pm ET. Suzy Kolber will be at the desk on site along with Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young while Chris Berman will be live from ESPN’s studios. He will be joined in studio by Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, and ESPN Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

Monday Night Football will be simulcast on ESPN Deportes for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences and online via WatchESPN for those viewers that won’t be near a television during the game’s broadcast. More information on Monday Night Football is available online now at:

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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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