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Monday Night Football Schedule 2021: NFL adds Monday night game to Wild Card weekend

The Monday Night Football schedule is officially set for the 2021 NFL season. Which teams will we see playing on a Monday, who are the announcers for the games, and what channel is it shown on?

Monday Night Football Schedule for 2021

Schedule subject to change during the season. 

Week 1: Ravens at Raiders | ESPN
Week 2: Lions at Packers | ESPN
Week 3: Eagles at Cowboys | ESPN
Week 4: Raiders at Chargers | ESPN
Week 5: Colts at Ravens | ESPN
Week 6: Bills at Titans | ESPN
Week 7: Saints at Seahawks | ESPN
Week 8: Giants at Chiefs | ESPN
Week 9: Bears at Steelers | ESPN
Week 10: Rams at 49ers | ESPN
Week 11: Giants at Buccaneers | ESPN
Week 12: Seahawks at Washington | ESPN
Week 13: Patriots at Bills | ESPN
Week 14: Rams at Cardinals | ESPN
Week 15: Vikings at Bears | ESPN
Week 16: Dolphins at Saints | ESPN
Week 17: Browns at Steelers | ESPN
Wild Card Round: Opponents and channel TBD

Monday Night Football announcers for the 2021 NFL season

The Monday Night Football announcers have undergone a number of changes in recent years. Since Mike Tirico stopped calling games as the play-by-play announcer in 2015, three different announcers have filled the role. The current play-by-play announcer is Steve Levy, who took over from Joe Tessitore in 2020.

Levy first called a Monday Night Football broadcast in 2019, during the Week 1 doubleheader. Levy has called a number of sports including hockey, basketball, college football, and was the lead announcer for the XFL.

Who else makes up the Monday Night Football announcing team?

The color commentator role on Monday Night Football has seen a number of changes as well in recent years. After Jon Gruden left the role in 2017, ESPN attempted to use a three-man booth. The two color commentators were Jason Witten and Booger McFarland. When Witten returned to the NFL in 2019, McFarland was left as the sole color commentator.

In 2020, ESPN moved McFarland into a studio role and replaced him with Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. The trio worked together in 2020 and is set to continue in 2021.

The three announcers are joined by Lisa Salters as the sideline reporter. ESPN did have Laura Rutledge fill in for Salters in Week 16 of the 2020 season, but Salters is expected to continue the role in 2021. Salters has filled the role of sideline reporter on Monday Night Football since 2012. She previously worked as a news correspondent in Los Angeles.

The final member of the team is rules analyst John Parry. Parry retired from officiating in 2019, replacing Jeff Triplette as the Monday Night Football rules analyst.

NFL adds Monday Night Football game to Wild Card weekend

The NFL announced in September that it’s pushed one of the six games from Wild Card weekend to Monday night. This was considered a possibility due to the league adding a seventh playoff team in both the AFC and NFC.

Instead of three games each on the Saturday and Sunday of Wild Card weekend, two games will be played on Saturday, three will be played on Sunday, and the final game will be played on Monday Night Football. The matchup and channel have yet to be determined.

Tyler Olson is a Senior Data and Content Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read Tyler’s other work here and follow him on Twitter @TOlsonPFN.

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