With the 2021 NFL season set to kick off this Fall, ESPN has announced their coverage of Monday Night Football games. Additionally they’ve shared some of the highlights of the season including match ups between longtime rivals, MVPs and rookie appearances and more.

What’s Happening:

  • ESPN will present its most comprehensive NFL regular season slate as the company produces 19 regular season games consisting of 17 Monday Night Football games and a Saturday doubleheader on January 8, 2022).
  • The increased regular season slate (previously, 17 games across 16 weeks) also marks the first season ESPN will air at least one game in each week of the regular season since the company began airing the Monday Night Football package in 2006.
  • Each game of the 2021 Monday Night Football campaign features compelling storylines and intriguing matchups.

Monday Night Football Details:

  • Grand Opening: The 2021 Monday Night Football campaign begins with an ABC simulcast of ESPN’s production, as the Las Vegas Raiders host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.
  • MVPs: The season’s first two weeks feature NFL MVPs, as Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson.
  • Star Power: Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes, the two most recent Super Bowl MVPs, each appear on the schedule, with both hosting the New York Giants in Week 11 and Week 8, respectively.
    • Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson will appear twice – as the Steelers host the Bears and Browns, and the Seahawks host the Saints and travel to Washington.
  • Talking Playoffs: All 14 teams that qualified for the 2020 NFL Playoffs are set to appear on the MNF schedule.
  • Divisional Matchups: Eight Monday Night Football matchups feature divisional contests, including Philadelphia at Dallas. In the middle of the season, Matthew Stafford and the Rams travel to San Francisco. Monday Night Football concludes the season with divisional matchups in four of its last five weeks, including the 140th all-time matchup between the Browns and Steelers.
  • Leaders of the Pack: Three showdowns of teams that each won their division last year:
    • Buffalo at Tennessee Oct. 18
    • New Orleans at Seattle on Oct. 25
    • Seattle at Washington Nov. 29
  • Emerging Stars: 
    • 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert makes his home Monday Night Football debut when the Chargers host the Raiders in Week 4.
    • Josh Allen, last year’s Fantasy Football Player of the Year, also appears twice – at Tennessee in Week 6 and hosting New England in Week 13.
    • Kyler Murray also makes his home Monday Night Football premiere against the Rams in Week 14 before Tua Tagovailoa makes his first Monday Night Football appearance in New Orleans in Week 16.

Week 18 Saturday Doubleheader to Air on ESPN and ABC

  • ESPN’s regular season slate will conclude with a Saturday Week 18 doubleheader airing on both ESPN and ABC, with kickoff set for 4:15 pm and 8:15 pm ET.

ESPN Airs AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs, Trevor Lawrence and Jacksonville Jaguars in Separate Preseason Games

  • ESPN will televise two preseason games, featuring the two-time reigning AFC Champion Chiefs, as well as the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • First game kicking off will be Kansas City at Arizona on Friday, Aug. 20, followed by Jacksonville at New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 23. Both games are set to start at 8 pm.

Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick Set for Second Season in the Booth; John Parry Returns as Officiating Analyst; and Lisa Salters Extends Record Tenure as Sideline Reporter

  • ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth of Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), and Louis Riddick (analyst) return for a second season, officiating analyst John Parry returns for his third season, and Lisa Salters will extend her tenure as the most veteran sideline reporter in the franchise’s history.
  • In addition to the 2020 MNF slate, the group then called the NFL Wild Card matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.
  • Concluding the season, the Monday Night Football was on hand for Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, broadcasting the game for Australia and New Zealand.

ESPN to Produce Wild Card Game and NFL Pro Bowl

  • Following ESPN’s regular season presentation, the company will produce an NFL Wild Card game and the NFL Pro Bowl, with both games airing on multiple Walt Disney Company networks.  
  • The 2021 season will mark the eighth consecutive year the company has aired a playoff game.

ESPN’s 2021 NFL Schedule

Note: All games are Monday Night Football with the exception of the two Week 18 games

NFL Week

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network(s)

Preseason

Fri, Aug 20

8 pm

Kansas City at Arizona

ESPN

Preseason

Mon, Aug 23

8 pm

Jacksonville at New Orleans

ESPN

1

Sep 13

8:15 pm

Baltimore at Las Vegas

ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes

2

Sep 20

8:15 pm

Detroit at Green Bay

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

3

Sep 27

8:15 pm

Philadelphia at Dallas

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

4

Oct 4

8:15 pm

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

5

Oct 11

8:15 pm

Indianapolis at Baltimore

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

6

Oct 18

8:15 pm

Buffalo at Tennessee

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

7

Oct 25

8:15 pm

New Orleans at Seattle

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

8

Nov 1

8:15 pm

NY Giants at Kansas City

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

9

Nov 8

8:15 pm

Chicago at Pittsburgh

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

10

Nov 15

8:15 pm

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

11

Nov 22

8:15 pm

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

12

Nov 29

8:15 pm

Seattle at Washington Football Team

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

13

Dec 6

8:15 pm

New England at Buffalo

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

14

Dec 13

8:15 pm

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

15

Dec 20

8:15 pm

Minnesota at Chicago

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

16

Dec 27

8:15 pm

Miami at New Orleans

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

17

Jan 3

8:15 pm

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

ESPN, ESPN Deportes

18

Sat, Jan 8

4:15 pm

TBD

ESPN and ABC, ESPN Deportes

8:15 pm

TBD

ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes

NFL Wild Card

TBD

TBD

TBD

ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes

Pro Bowl

Sunday, Feb. 6

3 pm

AFC vs. NFC (Las Vegas)

ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes