For the first time this season, COVID-19 has forced a change to the NFL’s weekly schedule.
Originally, the Browns were scheduled to host the Raiders on Saturday as the NFL Network Doubleheader’s first game. But over the past week, more than 20 Browns, including head coach Kevin Stefanski, full-back Baker Mayfield and reserve Case Keenum, have tested positive for coronavirus and were forced to be placed on the COVID list. The League made the decision, along with two other games, to welcome.
So NFL fans won’t get to play one but two games on Monday, with the Raiders-Browns scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET, followed by a “Monday Night Football” game. regularly scheduled with the participation of Vikings and Bears.
The AFC clash is an important one for both teams. The Browns are buoyed by a win over Raven to progress in an AFC North lead, and they entered Week 15 with a 7-6 draw with the Colts, Bills, Bengals and Broncos, even though they did not stay out of the knockout round in eighth place behind Indianapolis and Buffalo. The Raiders are fourth in the AFC West after losing five of their past six games, but are still 6-7 and have a shot outside the box that grabs a wild card.
In the NFC North game, the Bears were on the verge of a 4-9 knockout, but they could have cheated with Vikings, who, like the Browns, entered the week in No. eight in the NFC’s playoff picture and can still create a run in the knockout stages. Minnesota is close to a 36-28 win over the Steelers to move up to 6-7 for the year.
Sporting News has given you all you need to know to watch the two games on Monday.
What time are the NFL games tonight?
- Day: Monday, December 20
- Fit: Raiders at Browns
- Location: FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
- Start time: 5 p.m. ET
- Day: Monday, December 20
- Fit: Vikings in Bears
- Location: Battlefield in Chicago, Illinois
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
The Raiders and Browns were originally slated to play Saturday as the first installment of a Week 15 two-class program that ended with a Patriots-Colts game. However, due to the spike in COVID cases with the Browns, the NFL chose to push the game back to Monday. The Rams-Seahawks and Washington-Eagles games were also pushed back to Tuesday for a similar reason. The match will take place on the NFL Network, with a scheduled start time of 5 p.m. ET.
The Vikings-Bears game will remain a “Monday Night Football” match, as originally scheduled, with the game set to air on ESPN. It will also be conducted by ABC and will be streamed via ESPN+. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Which channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?
Raiders vs. Browns
- Channel: NFL Network
- Direct: fuboTV
While not an official game of “Monday Night Football”, this match will be one of two clashes taking place on Monday. The game was originally scheduled to be held on Saturday with the NFL Network handling the broadcast duties.
Joe Davis and Kurt Warner will be in the booth, with Melissa Stark and Steve Wyche reporting from the sidelines.
Vikings vs. Bears
This will remain the official game of “Monday Night Football” on ESPN. After this game, there will only be two more “Monday Night Football” games on ESPN, as all games are scheduled to kick off from 1:00 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. ET during Week 18 on Sunday. Last day of the season.
Steve Levy will handle each game in the booth, along with analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick, and Lisa Salters will be the game’s sideline reporter.
NFL Live Stream for ‘Monday Night Football’
Since the Vikings-Bears “Monday Night Soccer” game will air on ESPN, it will be available to stream on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.) ). This will be the easiest way for cable or satellite viewers to watch the match.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch both matches live on DAZN.
The cord cutters also have multiple options so they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming options||Need a cable subscription?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|ESPN.com/ESPN App||It’s correct||It’s correct||–||–|
|NFL App||Is not||It’s correct||–||–|
|Yahoo! Sports apps||Is not||It’s correct||–||–|
|fuboTV||Is not||Is not||$60/month||It’s correct|
|AT&T TV Now||Is not||Is not||$55/month||It’s correct|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||Is not||Is not||$55/month||It’s correct|
|Sling TV||Is not||Is not||$35/month||Is not|
|YouTube TV||Is not||Is not||$65/month||It’s correct|
Schedule ‘Monday Night Football’
There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” matches in 2021 although there are no official games. That’s because the season has stretched to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday Night Football” in Week 18; All games will be played on Sunday.
|Week 1||September 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Raven|
|Week 2||September 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||September 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||October 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||October 11||Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||October 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||October 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||November 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||November 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||November 15th||San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||November 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||November 29||Washington football team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||December 6||Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots|
|Week 14||December 13||Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||December 20||Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||December 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||January 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns|