What time are the NFL games tonight? TV schedule, channel for NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ doubleheader

All “Monday Night Football” games throughout the 2020 NFL season are scheduled for the same start time. That is, except for the pair of Monday night games that make up the annual ESPN doubleheader in Week 1.

This year’s doubleheader features just one playoff team from last season among the two games. Fresh off their improbable run to the AFC championship game, the Titans are in Denver to open their season against the Broncos. That game will start soon after the Steelers and Giants play in New York.

There’s a decent chance based on the start times, however, that the conclusion of the Steelers-Giants game will overlap with the start of the Titans-Broncos game. Pittsburgh and New York are scheduled to kick off at 7:10 p.m. ET, a little more than three hours before Tennessee and Denver kick off at 10:20 p.m. ET.

Below is more about those start times for the Monday night games in Week 1, plus everything you need to know to watch the doubleheader on ESPN.

What time are the NFL games tonight?

Every “Monday Night Football” game on the 2020 NFL schedule will start at 8:15 p.m. ET with the exception of these two. Per tradition, the Week 1 NFL schedule ends with a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader featuring unique kickoff times.

Sunset in the New York area will come right around the time the Steelers and Giants are kicking off, so that game will be played almost exclusively under the lights at MetLife Stadium despite the early start time.

The same goes for the Titans-Broncos game, which will start at 8:20 p.m. local (Mountain) time.

What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?

ESPN reportedly is trying to negotiate a better TV rights deal with the NFL to negotiate more games in the future, but in 2020, the network’s only package of NFL games is the complete slate of Monday night games. The network will broadcast all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 on its flagship ESPN channel.

ESPN is available on most cable systems in the United States. The network also is available via satellite providers DirecTV (Channel 206) and Dish Network (Channel 140) as well as IPTV providers AT&T U-verse (Channel 602 for SD; Channel 1602 for HD), Verizon Fios (Channel 70 for SD; Channel 570 for HD) and Google Fiber (Channel 21).

ESPN has a new lineup of commentators for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts in 2020 after moving on from last year’s broadcast booth duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Louis Riddick (analyst) will call all Monday night games for ESPN this season. Lisa Salters is still the network’s sideline reporter.

For the “Monday Night Football” doubleheader tonight, ESPN’s lead college football announcing crew of Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Maria Taylor (sidelines) will call the first game.

NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’

Because all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast on ESPN, they are available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This should be the streaming preference for anybody who has a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options available to watch “Monday Night Football.” Below is the list. 

‘Monday Night Football’ schedule

A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17.

Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.

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