Why are there two ‘Monday Night Football’ matches in Week 2? NFL adds a twist to the prime-time window


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Two weeks of NFL action is almost on the books, but we still have a few games left on the Week 2 list, which kicks off Monday night in a rather unique way.

In the past, the NFL had rolled out a doubleheader for “Monday Night Football” to close out Week 1 with the late game (usually a 10:15 p.m. ET kick-off) with West Coast clubs. Last season, however, they distanced themselves from that, opting for two games in week 18 of the last Saturday of the regular season, slowing down teams still battling for a playoff spot or division title.

Under the new television contract between ESPN/ABC and the league, they’ll keep that Week 18 broadcast format, but they’ll also bring back the annual ‘Monday Night Football’ doubleheader in 2022, albeit with a twist.

With ESPN upping its range of games from 17 to 23, there will technically be three weeks in which the “Monday Night Football” branding will appear multiple times in 2022, even if it isn’t Monday specifically or a true back-to-back doubleheader. .

The first set of games will be played in Week 2, when the Tennessee Titans visit the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles head to Minnesota on September 19 to play against the Vikings.

Unlike in the past when we saw 10pm ET kick-off for the second game, these matchups will be a bit staggered, but there will be some crossover and broadcast on different networks. Titans-Bills starts at 7:15 PM ET on ESPN and Vikings-Eagles starts at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. Both networks fall under the umbrella of Walt Disney Company.

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The next “doubleheader” comes in week 8, but one of those “Monday Night Football” matchups comes on Sunday morning when the Broncos take on the Jaguars in London. That game will air exclusively on ESPN+. Then Bengals-Browns will wrap up the week 8 slate for a real showdown on Monday night.

The final doubleheader comes in that week 18 Saturday window with hopeful playoffs.

To see the full list of “Monday Night Football” for the 2022 season, Click here.