Given the amount of money that ESPN pays the National Football League for their rights fees and the fact that there are no flex capabilities, the Monday Night Football schedule is always a product of mystery and intrigue. Could the NFL ever use the schedule to exert their power and influence over ESPN? And with the focus on Thursday and Sunday nights, can ESPN be satisfied with the quality of games they receive being the third of three primetime packages?
This year, the slate looks… well, like your typical mixed bag. There are some attractive matchups led by the rechristening of the Los Angeles Rams and the 10th anniversary of the Saints’ return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. There are also odd matchups like Jets-Cardinals and Bills-Seahawks. As a bonus for this year’s slate though, we get Jon Gruden calling a game in Mexico City. And that should be a gold mine.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins (7 PM ET)
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (10:15 PM ET)
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders (Mexico City)
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
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