Why are the Monday Night Football games going to be played tonight? Strange explanation of the week 2 NFL schedule

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After a complete list of NFL Sunday Matches Monday nights are usually reserved for a final marquee match before teams and fans turn their attention to the following week as per schedule. But the second week of the 2022 season has an interesting feature: two matches will be broadcast simultaneously to get two overlapping “Monday Night Football” headers.

Why are there two games on Monday? How will simultaneous broadcasting work? Which teams will share the spotlight? We’ve got answers to all your MNF questions as we look at changes that could become the norm in future seasons.

Why will the Monday Night Football matches take place on September 19?

March 2021, The NFL terminated its 11-year media rights agreement With its existing broadcast partners, as well as Amazon Prime Video, who have given more content to Disney by increasing the number of games on ESPN and ABC from 17 to 23. Starting next year, there will be three weeks of multi-game “Monday Night Football” in Each season, although the times for those matches are not specified. Structuring the 2022 schedule to broadcast two overlapping Monday night games into the second week could be Disney’s way of testing the waters to determine how it approaches the three multi-game “MNF” weeks in 2023.

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Another possible interpretation of the simulcast is that overlapping the games, rather than scheduling the second game to kick off at the conclusion of the first, will default to a late game ending at an appropriate hour on the East Coast.

Which teams will share the spotlight?

The Tennessee Titans and the buffalo Invoices The first “MNF” game will be played in week two, starting at 7:15 PM ET. The second match of the night between Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles It will then start at 8:30 PM ET.

How will simultaneous broadcasting work?

The Titans-Bills game will be broadcast on ESPN while the Vikings-Eagles game will be on ABC. When the Minnesota-Philadelphia game begins, both broadcasts will include a “noticeable, but smaller, less prominent” score box for the other on-screen match, per ESPN. There will also be an occasional “double box view” during games, giving fans the chance to watch both competitions simultaneously. ESPN predicts that the games will “overlap in nearly half of football”.

The NFL interfered with Monday Night Games in Week 4 of the 2020 season, when there was a game between patriots And the heads Postponed from Sunday due to COVID-19. That week, the Pats and Chiefs kicked off at 7:05 p.m. ET on CBS, while the show hawks And the Packers They started their game at 8:50 PM ET on ESPN.

There was also a double header “MNF” exactly 17 years ago on September 19, 2005, According to ESPN. The saints At first it was scheduled to host giants The previous Sunday, but the match was postponed to the following night and moved to New York due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans-New York match began at 7:30 p.m. ET and was first broadcast on ABC but moved to ESPN when the Dallas-Washington match on the ABC “MNF” slot began at 9 p.m. ET.

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