The NFL Monday Night Football (MNF) schedule 2019 features 17 games, all 12 playoff teams from last year, and one international game. The Chief and the Chargers will play in Mexico City in Week 11.
This is the 50th season of MNF and the NFL’s 100th. 25 of the NFL’s 32 teams will get the call for a Monday night appearance this year.
Monday Night Football 2019 Schedule
ESPN announced the 2019 schedule. All times are Eastern Time (ET). To watch Monday Night Football, check the schedule below and tune in.
Week 1 (Two Games!)
September 9, 7:10 pm: Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (ESPN).
September 9, 10:20 pm: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (ESPN).
September 16, 8:15 pm: Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (ESPN).
September 23, 8:15 pm: Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (ESPN).
September 30, 8:15 PM: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN).
October 7, 8:15 pm: Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN).
October 14, 8:15 pm: Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (ESPN).
October 21, 8:15 pm: New England Patriots at New York Jets (ESPN).
October 28, 8:15 pm: Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN).
November 4, 8:15 pm: Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (ESPN).
November 11, 8:15 pm: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (ESPN).
November 18, 8:15 pm: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers (in Mexico City, ESPN).
November 25, 8:15 pm: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (ESPN).
December 2, 8:15 pm: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (ESPN).
December 9, 8:15 pm: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN).
December 16, 8:15 pm: Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints (ESPN).
December 23, 8:15 pm: Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (ESPN).
That’ it. So if the question is: Who plays Monday Night Football tonight? Just check this schedule.
Monday Night Football Announcers
MNF and ESPN have opted for a two-man booth for telecasts for the 2019 season. With Jason Witten returning to the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN is going with the announcing team of Joe Tessitore as the play-by-play announcer. Booger McFarland will shift to commentator. Last year, McFarland was the on-field analyst. Returning for her eighth season as sideline reporter is Lisa Salters.
Apparently ESPN reached out to Peyton Manning for a role in the booth, but nothing materialized.
MNF popularized the 3-man booth concept using it in 37 of the past 49 years. Tessitore and McFarland may get a little more air time as a result.
Joe Tessitore: Play-By-Play Announcer
As an ESPN Announcing Team Member for MNF, Tessitore has a rich history in sports announcing. Previously, he was the lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN’s Saturday Night College Football Primetime Game and the College Playoff.
Sports Illustrated honored his work with Broadcast Team of the Year in 2016. Prior to that, he called boxing fights for ESPN as part of Tuesday Night Fights and Friday Night Fights.
He produced Roll Tide, War Eagle for ESPN 30 for 30 Series and contributed to the 30 For 30 on Bo Jackson. Tessitore hosted ESPN’s live New Year’s Eve specials for five years. He has also cohosted Battle of the Network Stars.
An Albany New York native, Tessitore attended Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Booger McFarland: Color Analyst
The new color analyst for MNF has some impressive player credentials with nine years in the NFL. He won two Super Bowls – one with the Buccaneers and one with the Colts. He played defensive tackle for Louisiana State University before being drafted by the Bucs in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
Booger earned his nickname during his childhood from his mother for his bad behavior. Once, he nearly burned down the house playing with fire. But, his behavior improved as he grew older. But, the name stuck.
McFarland started his broadcast career in the Tampa Bay area where he co-hosted a radio program. Later, he joined the SEC network as a color analyst. He also made frequent appearances on the Mike & Mike morning program as a guest football analyst. Last year, he was a sideline analyst in a booth perched near the field (it was nicknamed “The Booger Mobile” for broadcasts.
Lisa Salters: Sideline Reporter
Lisa Salters is a former collegiate basketball player and will continue in her role as sideline reporter for broadcasts. She joined the crew in 2012 replacing Suzy Kolber.
Prior to ESPN, Salters worked for ABC News and provide coverage on the Oklahoma City bombing trials, the crash of TWA Flight 800 and the Matthew Shephard murder.
Salters graduated from Penn State University. At 5’2″ tall, she is the shortest player to ever compete for the women’s basketball team.
MNF Fun Facts
Are you ready for some ESPN’s Monday Night Football Fun Facts?
- Prior to MNF, most NFL broadcasts featured two announcers in the booth. The MNF telecast used three commentators.
- MNF debuted on September 21, 1970. The Cleveland Browns beat the New York Jets by a score of 31 – 21.
- What NFL legend set the rushing yards record for a MNF game with 221 yards?
Bo Jackson trampled over Brian Bosworth and the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders, behind Bo, won 37 – 14.
- What was commentator Don Meredith’s nickname? Dandy Don.
- On December 8, 1980, Howard Cosell broke the news to the MNF audience of Beatle John Lennon’s assassination.
- MNF shifted from ABC to ESPN with the 2006 season. John Madden said at the December 26, 2005 game (the last played on ABC), “They can take football away from ABC on Monday nights, but they can’t take away the memories.”
- The Miami Dolphins have made the most MNF appearances.
The Best MNF Game in 2018
The highest scoring game in MNF was in the 2018 season when the Los Angeles Rams outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 54 – 51. The 105 point total topped the score of the Green Bay Packers beating the Washington Redskins by 48 – 47 in 1983 at Lambeau Field.
Not only was it a high scoring game on the field scoreboard, but it was also a rating smash hit. The game earned an overnight rating of 11.3, which was 57 percent higher than the comparable game from the previous year.
A game featuring the two best offenses in the league at the time was sure to draw some interest. It also happened to be the first game broadcast from Los Angeles, California in 33 years.
If ESPN managed the scheduling completely, you’d think they be looking for more matchups exactly like this one.
MNF Song: “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night”
Hank Williams Jr.’s song, noting that all his rowdy friends were coming over to watch MNFgot its start in 1989. It was a huge hit and became synonymous with the MNF experience.
ESPN unplugged it in the opening after Williams compared then President Barack Obama golfing with then House Speaker John Boehner to being like Adolph Hitler meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But, after a 6 year cooling off period, a variation of the song was brought back for the 2017 season. So, in total, the song has played for MNF some 24 years.
1994 MNF Show Opening Featuring Hank Williams
That’s Frank Gifford with the lead-in before Hank Williams jumps into the song.
What Goes into the Television Production of a MNF Game?
ESPN essentially creates a small city when prepping for and broadcasting a game. A staff of 250 to 300 members do the heavy lifting to get the broadcast in peak form. These members will get to the stadium three days before kick-off with nine trucks of equipment.
The computers and technical equipment are powered by two 350,000-watt generators with twin 175,000-watt back-up generators. If something goes down in the stadium, ESPN is prepared. With their own generators, ESPN is powered to send the video signal to the satellite and then on to headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
Using about 30,000 feet of wire, the crew uses some 28 cameras to get the best angle for every play. There’s approximately 40 microphones strategically placed to capture sounds of the game. The game’s director reviews over 120 screens to decide on the best shot and audio to use at any particular moment in the game. A separate truck is assigned to graphics, and one to replay directors.
The traveling circus of MNF continues throughout the football season. The crew travels over 25,000 miles per year to bring the games to viewers.
You’re on Monday Night Football Schedule 2019.
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