Monday Night Football (MNF) is a staple of every NFL week and the final game of each match week. There’s a unique focus on the NFL’s weekly standalone contest and various elements that impact the odds and lines.
A pair of AFC East rivals will square off in the Monday Night Football affair to wrap up Week 15. The Buffalo Bills are at the New England Patriots. While this game does not have playoff implications, it’s still expected to be quite the rivalry game. The Buffalo Bills, despite being on the road are -7 in this game.
The Buffalo Bills have already clinched the divisional title. At 11-3, Buffalo finally took down the Patriots. Now, they will look to finish the season sweep of their long time rivals. Josh Allen has been incredible this season with 30 passing touchdown and 9 interceptions. Allen has also used his legs, with nearly 400 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns. Allen uses several weapons, but his top threat is Stefon Diggs. The former Vikings receiver has over 1,300 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.
The New England Patriots brought in Cam Newton as their starting quarterback, and the results have not gone as planned. Newton has just 5 passing touchdowns on the season. Damiere Byrd is the top receiver, but has yet to reach 6000 yards on the season. The Patriots have dropped back to back games, and scored 7.5 points per game during that stretch.
While Buffalo is still heading to the postseason, they want to keep that #2 seed, and host possibly two postseason games. They are now ahead of Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Look for Buffalo to play, and play for blood. There is a new sheriff in town, and it is the Bills. Look for a blowout on Monday night Football.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills put a stamp on the AFC East title with a blowout win on Monday Night Football. The Bills smacked the Patriots with 24 points in the first half, and added 14 more for a 38-9 win. The win for the Bills pushed them to a 12-3 record. Buffalo and Pittsburgh are tied with 12-3 record for the second seed in the AFC. The Bills hold the tiebreaker.
Josh Allen sat the final 10+ minutes of the game, and still put up massive numbers. The quarterback threw for 320 yards and 4 touchdowns. Stefon Diggs was a monster again for Buffalo with 9 receptions, 145 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The run game saw Zack Moss pick up just 34 yards on the game, but he also was able to get into the end zone. Buffalo scored 34+ for the third time in their last four games.
It’s been a tough season for Cam Newton and the Patriots. Newton was benched midway through this game, after just 34 passing yards. Sony Michel was the top threat on the Patriots offense with 69 rushing yards. The Patriots lone touchdown came from Newton on the ground. The loss for the Patriots was their third straight, and they are now 6-9 on the season.
The Buffalo Bills will finish the regular season against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have a ton to play for, and really so do the Bills with a second-round home game. For Pittsburgh, they also have a big game, as they are set to take on the Cleveland Browns. For the Patriots, they going to finish with a home game against the Jets.
It was one of the biggest upsets of the National Football League season, as the Cincinnati Bengals topped the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. This game wrapped up Week 15 of the season, and with two weeks left, put the Steelers in a more difficult spot. The Steelers dropped to 11-3 with their loss, and are now just a game ahead of the Browns for the divisional lead. The win for the Bengals pushed them to 3-10-1 on the season.
Gio Bernard scored the first two touchdowns of the game for the Bengals. That pushed them to a 17-0 lead at halftime. While Bernard did not score in the second half of the game, he was the bell cow to keep the lead. Bernard ran the football 25 times for 83 yards in the game. Ryan Finley, the third string quarterback for Cincinnati threw the ball just 13 touchdowns, but threw a touchdown and rushed for another in the win. Finley did not turn the ball over, which was a huge key for Cincinnati.
It was the third straight loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers just could not get anything going offensively, including three turnovers in the first half of the game. Ben Roethlisberger was not sharp, with a fumble, an interception and just one touchdown thrown. Diontae Johnson was the top target for the Steelers, as he finished with 8 receptions and 59 yards. Benny Snell was the lead running back for Pittsburgh with 84 yards on the ground.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will play a home game in Week 16. The Steelers will host the Indianapolis Colts. For Cincinnati, they are on the road at Houston to take on the Texans.
It was a great game on Monday Night to wrap up Week 14 of the season. The Baltimore Ravens downed the Cleveland Browns 47-42. The win for Baltimore pushed them into a better postseason spot with their 8-5 record. Cleveland dropped to 9-4 on the season, but still holds one of the three wildcard spots in the AFC.
Lamar Jackson missed a stretch of the game late due to cramps, but then came back and threw a 44 yard touchdown to put Baltimore on top. He finished the game with 163 passing yards and a touchdown, but rushed for over 100 yards. The Ravens finished the game with over 220 total yards on the ground. Gus Edwards ran the ball into the end zone twice, and J.K. Dobbins also enjoyed the fun.
Baker Mayfield was great for the Browns as well, with 343 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The run game was tremendous on that side of the ball as well. The two headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt finished with 115 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Mayfield also rushed a touchdown as well.
The Baltimore Ravens have one of the softest remaining schedules in the National Football League. Week 15 will see a home game against the Jaguars and Week 16 is at home against the Giants. Baltimore ends the season at Cincinnati. For the Browns, they are at the Giants on Sunday and the Jets in Week 16. Cleveland will host Pittsburgh on January 3rd.
Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills made quick and easy work of the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night. Despite being stuffed on the first drive of the game at the 1 yard line, and turning it over the next possession on their own 3, the Buffalo Bills scored 34 points. The Bills came away with a a 34-24 win, and moved to 9-3 on the season. For the 49ers, they dropped to 5-7 on the season, and last in the NFC West.
Josh Allen was fantastic in the win. The quarterback tossed four touchdown passes, and completed 32 of 40 passes for 375 yards. The Bills did not need a ton on the ground, but Devin Singletary took care of the lord with 61 yards. Cole Beasley had a monster day in connection with Allen. Beasley caught 9 of 11 targets for 130 yards and a score. The Bills also forced two San Francisco turnovers in the win.
Brandon Aiyuk put the 49ers up 7-0 late in the first quarter, but Buffalo scored the next 17 points and never looked back. Nick Mullens added a late touchdown pass to Jordan Reed to cut it to 10, but overall was not great. The signal caller threw two interceptions in the game. The run game did not gain much traction for the 49ers. Jeff Wilson led with 47 yards on Monday Night.
The Buffalo Bills will play in a huge clash on Sunday Night Football in Week 14. The Bills will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of divisional leaders. For the 49ers- they will remain in Glendale and play hosts to the Washington Football team on Sunday afternoon.
It was not a pretty football game, but Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks will take the win. The Seahawks came away with a 20-9 win. The win for the Seahawks put them alone in first place at the top of the NFC West. Seattle is 8-3 on the season. For Philadelphia, their loss dropped them to 3-7-1 on the season. The Eagles fell behind both Washington and the New York Giants in the divisional race.
The Seattle Seahawks defense was fantastic on Monday Night Football with 9 points allowed. Seattle sacked Carson Wentz 6 times and caused an interception. The Eagles came away with just 157 passing yards and less than 80 rushing yards. The Seahawks have now won back to back games, as they topped Arizona on Thursday Night Football in Week 11.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a dumpster fire all season, and it continued Monday Night. The lone touchdown for Philadelphia came from Dallas Goedert in the second quarter. Goedert finished the game as the top receiver with 75 yards on 7 catches. The running game was pretty weak for Philadelphia, as Miles Sanders finished with just 15 yards. The loss for the Eagles was their third straight. The last win for the Eagles came November 1 over the Cowboys.
The Seattle Seahawks have the easiest remaining schedule in the NFL. Seattle will take on the Giants, Jets, Washington, Rams, and San Francisco. For the Eagles, they have Green Bay, New Orleans, Arizona, Dallas, and Washington left.
The Los Angeles Rams won their 7th game of the season to wrap up Week 11 of the National Football League. In the Monday Night Football game, the Rams got off to a great start, with Cooper Kupp getting them down the field, and Robert Woods scoring the first touchdown. The game was back and forth until May Gay nailed a 40-yard field goal with just over 2:30 to go in the game. Tom Brady threw an interception with under 2:00 to go to seal the deal. The Rams won the game 27-24.
Jared Goff threw the football 51 times in the game. He completed 39 of the passes, and threw 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Both Woods and Kupp finished with 100 receiving yards; Woods leading with 12 receptions and the score. The run game was little bits of nothing for the Rams. Cam Akers got into the end zone, but it was via the passing game. Akers finished with 5 carries and 15 yards.
For Tampa Bay, they also did not run the football very well. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette were both held in check. Fournette got into the end zone, but just mustered 17 yards on 7 carries. The leading receiver for Tampa Bay was Antonio Brown with 8 receptions, and 57 yards. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both caught touchdown passes.
The Rams head home and will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. This is a big NFC West affair, and Los Angeles will look to remain at the top of the division. Tampa Bay has a tough task, as they remain home, but take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12.
Week 10 of the National Football League season ended with a Minnesota Vikings victory. It was not pretty, but the job was taken care of in Chicago, with a 19-13 win. The win for the Vikings was their third straight. Minnesota is now 4-5 on the season. For Chicago, they are now 5-5 after starting the season 5-1. The Vikings covered the spread of -3 or -3.5.
Dalvin Cook was held in check the entire game, but did end with 96 yards. He carried the football 30 times, and did not get into the end zone. It was the first ever win on Monday Night Football for quarterback Kirk Cousins. He tossed for 292 yards and 2 touchdowns, with just one turnover in the game. Adam Thielen was once again his go to guy. Thielen caught 2 touchdown passes on the night.
For the Bears, they just could not move the football. The lone touchdown for Chicago came on a Cordarrelle Patterson kick return for 104 yards. Following that touchdown, the Vikings scored the final 13 points of the game, including back to back Dan Bailey field goals.
Minnesota now has a short turnaround, as they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Minnesota is now playing big games, as they are in the hunt for an NFC wildcard spot. The Bears will take Week 11 off. Following their bye week, Chicago will take on the division-leading Packers in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football.
What a game to wrap up Week 9 of the National Football League season. In the end, the New England Patriots won the game 30-27 over the New York Jets.
The Patriots needed 13 fourth-quarter points -- including a field goal in the final seconds -- to win the game. The win for the Patriots moved them to 3-5 on the season, while the Jets are now 0-9.
The Patriots got a big game from their quarterback Cam Newton. Sure, Newton did not get into the end zone with a pass, but his legs did the work. He scored two touchdowns and led the team on a final drive to win the game in the final two minutes. He finished with nearly 275 passing yards in the game.
Damien Harris led the rushing attack for the Patriots with 14 carries and 71 yards. The injured receiving corps for the Patriots saw Jakobi Meyers do much of the work. Meyers finished with 12 catches and 169 yards.
Adam Gase almost won his first game of the 2020 season. But he didn’t, and now the Jets are 0-9. Joe Flacco was solid for New York with three passing touchdowns. Breshad Perriman was the top target with 101 yards and two scores in the game.
The Jets scored 20 points in the first half of a game for the first time in 2020. When Perriman scored his second touchdown to put the team up 27-17, the excitement was building. But, the Jets were unable to get defensive stops and allowed a late drive down the field, which is what sent them to another loss.
The Jets will take Week 10 off before heading out on the road and taking on the Chargers. The Jets then finish with the Dolphins, Raiders, Seahawks, Rams, Browns and Patriots. The chances of them going 0-16 are real.
New England will have a short turnaround, as it is playing Sunday Night Football at home against the Ravens in Week 10.
What a wild one on Monday Night Football to finish Week 8 of the NFL season. The New York Giants scored a touchdown with 28 seconds to play in the game but failed on the two-point conversion and fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 25-23. With the win, Tampa Bay moved to 5-2 on the season, while the Giants are now 1-6.
New York led at halftime 14-6 behind touchdowns from Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. The Buccaneers did not score a touchdown in the first half but picked up two field goals.
The second half was much better for Tom Brady as he threw touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans. Brady finished the game with 279 yards and two touchdowns.
Daniel Jones turned the football over twice for the Giants but finished with two touchdown passes. Neither team ran the football well, as Leonard Fournette led the Buccaneers with 52 yards, while Wayne Gallman had 44 for the Giants.
Tampa Bay will now have a short turnaround, as it plays a huge Sunday Night Football game at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Giants will head out on the road and take on the Washington Football Team in Week 9.
Week 7 of the NFL season came to an end with the Los Angeles Rams coming away with a 24-10 win over the Chicago Bears. Both teams ended the week with a 5-2 record on the season. The Bears are now second in the NFC North, while the Rams are third in the NFC West.
The scoring started with a Josh Reynolds touchdown catch for the Rams late in the first quarter. Malcolm Brown and Gerald Everett both scored third-quarter touchdowns, and Los Angeles led 24-3.
The Bears' lone touchdown was an Eddie Jackson eight-yard touchdown on a fumble recovery. The Bears offense gave them no help.
Nick Foles completed 28-of-40 passes, but for just 261 yards and two interceptions. On the other side, Jared Goff threw two touchdowns without an interception.
The Bears have been disappointed with the run game, and that was no different Monday night. David Montgomery picked up just 48 yards on the ground.
The Rams run game was better with Malcolm Brown leading the way with a touchdown, while Darryl Henderson had 15 carries and 64 yards.
The Bears and Rams both have a short turnaround for Week 8. Chicago will go back home and take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Rams will head to South Beach and take on the Dolphins to start November.
There were two games on Monday night in the National Football League. The first game started earlier than usual, but that was no problem for the defending Super Bowl champions.
The Kansas City Chiefs went to Buffalo and beat the Bills 26-17. The Chiefs defense was the difference-maker in this game, forcing Josh Allen to complete just 14-of-27 passes for only 122 yards.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had his biggest game of his NFL career with 161 yards on the ground. The win for the Chiefs pushed them to 5-1, while Buffalo has lost back-to-back games and is now 4-2.
The second game was from Dallas, and the home team missed their quarterback. In his first start since taking over for Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton went to the locker room at halftime with only three points on the board. Part of that was Ezekiel Elliott fumbling the ball twice. The Arizona Cardinals led at halftime 21-3.
The second half was not much better. Arizona scored the first and only touchdown of the third quarter and led 28-3 heading to the fourth. Dallas struggled all night long, including a late interception of Dalton to put any chance of a comeback to bed. The Cardinals smacked the Cowboys 38-10.
Dalton finished the game with over 260 yards, with a late touchdown and two interceptions. Elliott got the ball on the ground just 12 times for 50 yards.
For Arizona, Christian Kirk was terrific, with 86 yards and two touchdowns. Kyler Murray was not needed too much, as he completed just 9-of-24 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Arizona will host Seattle next week, while the Cowboys are in Washington on Sunday.
What a wild one in New Orleans on Monday, and one Anthony Lynn and the Los Angeles Chargers would like to have back. The New Orleans Saints came away with a 30-27 win in overtime over the Los Angeles Chargers to move to 3-2 on the season.
The loss for the Chargers dropped them to 1-4 on the season. The Chargers did cover the spread, as they were an underdog by a touchdown.
The Chargers got off to a great start, scoring 20 first-half points. Los Angeles saw Keenan Allen get the party started with a first-quarter touchdown reception. Mike Williams and Hunter Henry scored in the second quarter, and the visitors were cruising. After a Drew Brees touchdown just before halftime, it was 20-10 at the break.
Taysom Hill tied the game at 27-27 with 0:52 remaining on the clock. In overtime, the Saints kicked a field goal, then held the Chargers on downs to came away with the home win.
Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert was fantastic for the road team. The signal-caller out of Oregon finished with 264 passing yards and four touchdowns. Herbert found Mike Williams five times for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
Alvin Kamara was pretty quiet for the Saints with just 45 rushing yards in the win. Both New Orleans and Los Angeles have a bye this week. The Saints will host Carolina in Week 7, while the Chargers will host the Jaguars.
Week 4 of the National Football League season ended with the Green Bay Packers remaining unbeaten. Not only did they win the final game of the week, they were never really threatened by the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
Green Bay led at halftime 20-3 and 27-9 at the end of three. The Falcons scored in the fourth quarter to push the final score to 30-16. The Packers improved to 4-0 on the season, while Atlanta dropped to 0-4.
Aaron Rodgers found a new favorite target in the game. With Devante Adams and Allen Lazard out, Robert Tonyan caught six passes for 98 yards, including three touchdowns. It was his career high.
Rodgers finished the night with four passing touchdowns and did not throw an interception. Aaron Jones carried the football 15 times for 71 yards but did not get into the end zone on the ground. Jones did score the fourth receiving touchdown.
For Atlanta, Julio Jones left the game early, and Calvin Ridley did not catch a pass. That left the Falcons in a world of hurt.
Veteran running back Todd Gurley ran the football 16 times for 57 yards and got into the end zone twice. The top target for quarterback Matt Ryan was Olamide Zaccheaus. He caught eight passes for 86 yards but was one of nine Falcons to catch a pass but not get into the end zone.
The Packers now head into their bye week, while Atlanta will do the best they can to avoid an 0-5 start with the Carolina Panthers coming to town in Week 5.
It was the Patrick Mahomes show on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 3 of the season. The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs moved to 3-0, taking down previously unbeaten Baltimore by a score of 34-20.
The Chiefs jumped out to a 27-10 halftime lead and did just enough in the second half to win the game. Kansas City came into the game as an underdog on the road in Baltimore.
Mahomes finished the game with over 380 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. The quarterback from Texas Tech also scored the first touchdown of the game on the ground. His top target was Travis Kelce with six receptions and 87 yards.
Lamar Jackson threw for just one touchdown in the game. He was sacked four times and rushed for an additional 83 yards. Mark Ingram was held to just 30 yards on seven carries in the loss.
The Chiefs will now look to move to 4-0 with a Sunday afternoon home game. Their opponent will be the New England Patriots. The Baltimore Ravens will have a quick turnaround to prepare for a road game Sunday to take on the Washington Football team.
It was opening night at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas, but unfortunately, no fans were in attendance. Two unbeaten teams squared off between the New Orleans Saints and Vegas Raiders. The Saints were without their top receiver Michael Thomas.
Things started great for the Saints, with a field goal and touchdown in the first quarter to lead 10-7. The Saints scored the first touchdown of the second quarter, but iwas all downhill from there. Vegas scored the next 24 points, and led 31-17. A late touchdown for New Orleans, and a field goal from Vegas finished a 34-24 affair.
Alvin Kamara was huge for the Saints with over 160 total yards and a touchdown. For the winning Raiders, Derek Carr wrapped up 282 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Darren Waller was tremendous, and has shown up as one of the top tight ends in the game. He finished with 12 receptions and 103 yards.
Josh Jacobs carried the ball 27 times for 88 yards, but did not get into the end zone. The win for the Raiders pushed them to 2-0, and the Saints fell to 1-1.
Week 1 saw a pair of Monday Night Football games to finish the week. The Pittsburgh Steelers started on the road at the New York Giants, followed by the Tennessee Titans playing at the Denver Broncos. In both games, the road team came away the winner.
In the opener, the New York Giants battled, but the JuJu Smith-Schuster touchdown with 5:23 to go put the game out of reach. Daniel Jones, in the first game of his second season threw for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns, but also 2 interceptions in the game. Saquan Barkley was a disappointment in the game, with just 6 rushing yards on 15 carries.
For Pittsburgh, the big star was Benny Snell Jr. He rushed 19 times for 113 yard in the game. James Conner was injured early, so the former Kentucky running back got his chances. Ben Roethlisberger wrapped up his season opener with 229 yards and 3 touchdown passes.
In the second game, Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a tough time, but settled in with the game winning kick in the final seconds of the game. This kick came after Melvin Gordon put the Broncos ahead in the fourth quarter.
Gordon and Titans running back Derrick Henry were both solid. Henry did not get into the end zone, but wrapped up a game with 116 yards on the ground. Gordon carried the ball 15 times for 78 yards and the score.
Both teams like to control the tempo of the game with their offense, dominating time of possession to run up the score. If the over/under is under 60 points, it is very tempting to take the over, despite Baltimore's defensive excellence. Keep an eye on how the line changes following the Week 2 games, based on the Chiefs and Ravens performances.
Every week, the Monday Night Football game airs on ESPN at 8:15 p.m. ET. A pregame show, Monday Night Countdown, airs before the game at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Every MNF game can be seen on ESPN and on the WatchESPN App with a cable or satellite subscription. Most streaming services also carry ESPN in subscription packages.
The final game of the week is often a highly-anticipated affair, especially with high-profile teams. To stay ahead of the curve on MNF games, check the schedule, the standings, and the injury reports.
Find out if one of the teams had an extra day of rest and practice time, or maybe even a bye week. Bye weeks can be a blessing, especially for the home team. On the injury report, having the extra day of rest can get questionable players ready for a Monday game when they might have missed a Sunday contest.
Is either team battling to keep their playoff hopes alive? Has one team already been eliminated from playoff contention? Knowing the specific scenarios for each team will allow you to make a more educated bet. Knowledge is power.
You can also bet like a shark by going against the public. Expect to see the Monday game line move during the week, and especially on Sunday as the public bets to recoup losses. Value can be found going against the public and betting the line back down on Monday.
Monday Night Football began on Sept. 10 with a doubleheader. Outside of Week 1, every week of the NFL season has one MNF game, except for Week 17 (where all teams conclude by Sunday night of that week). The games from Week 2 to Week 16 kickoff at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Monday Night Football can be streamed on ESPN+ and ESPN.com. Services such as Sling TV, PS4, FireStick, Roku, and XBoxOne can be used with an ESPN+ subscription or a cable/satellite sign-in.
The highest-scoring Monday Night Football game ever was a 54-51 win by the Los Angeles Rams over the Kansas City Chiefs on November 19, 2018. The game was initially scheduled for Mexico City but moved to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions. The teams had six lead changes, combined for 1,001 total yards, and is the third highest-scoring game in NFL history.
The MNF booth broadcast crew is new in 2020 with Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines. Levy replaces Joe Tessitore as the play-by-play broadcaster, while Griese and Riddick are the analysts replacing Booger McFarland. Salters has been the sideline reporter since 2012.
The first-ever MNF broadcast team was Howard Cosell. Keith Jackson and Don Meredith on ABC in 1970. A year later, Frank Gifford replaced Jackson.
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