2016 Monday Night Football Schedule
Note: All games on ESPN and at 8:30 p.m. ET, unless noted otherwise
Week 1: Steelers at Redskins, 7:10 p.m. ET
Week 1: Rams at 49ers, 10:20 p.m. ET
Week 2: Eagles at Bears
Week 3: Falcons at Saints
Week 4: Giants at Vikings
Week 5: Buccaneers at Panthers
Week 6: Jets at Cardinals
Week 7: Texans at Broncos
Week 8: Vikings at Bears
Week 9: Bills at Seahawks
Week 10: Bengals at Giants
Week 11: Texans at Raiders (Mexico City, Mexico)
Week 12: Packers at Eagles
Week 13: Colts at Jets
Week 14: Ravens at Patriots
Week 15: Panthers at Redskins
Week 16: Lions at Cowboys
The NFL has an array of different prime-time and national television slots on its schedule, but there’s still something a little extra special about playing on Monday nights.
Although Sunday Night Football consistently did better ratings last year, the lights for Monday Night Football are still undeniably bright. And with such massive national audiences, teams tend to play at their highest level, resulting in a lot of highly competitive games.
Of the 17 MNF games last year, 14 were decided by one possession. By comparison, only 11 of 19 Sunday Night Football games were decided by a single score, while Thursday Night Football, which tends to produce lower quality games due to the shorter preparation week, clocked in at just 10 of 16.
Still, the actual matchups–as opposed to the level of play–on Monday Night Football have drawn some criticism recently, and it’ll be interesting to see what teams get those spots in 2016.