Who plays on Monday Night Football tonight in Week 1? The Baltimore Ravens head out to Sin City to take on the Las Vegas Raiders. The Ravens head into this NFL game today needing to answer a lot of questions after two major injuries. Meanwhile, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden wants to avoid the fourth loss in his past five games. Here’s more information on which channels and live streams will play Monday Night Football.
Who plays the Monday Night Football NFL game today?
- Game: Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders
- Location: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Monday Night Football Tonight | Start time, channel, live stream
- Start time: 8:15 PM ET
- TV channel: ESPN, ABC
- Live streams:
- ESPN App
- Hulu Live TV
- Fubo TV
- YouTube TV
- NFL Game Pass
What to expect from Ravens vs. Raiders?
The Raiders will host fans at Allegiant Stadium for the first time following the grand opening and easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Las Vegas will be allowed to let 20,000 fans into the venue.
Heading into Week 11, the Raiders held a 6-3 record and seemed set to make a playoff push. However, Las Vegas lost five of its last seven games of the season and missed the playoffs. A rough season could be overlooked … if it hadn’t already happened the year prior. Back-to-back late-season collapses has Gruden’s seat beginning to warm up; a three-peat would be disastrous. He needs to correct the course in Monday Night Football tonight.
Baltimore’s devastating week
The Ravens lost RB J.K. Dobbins during their third preseason game with a torn ACL in his left knee. Unfortunately, that list grew by two more for Baltimore this past week. During Thursday’s practice, both RB Gus Edwards and CB Marcus Peters went down within plays of each other. Ravens HC John Harbaugh ended practice as the team braced for the worst news — both had torn their ACLs.
Add in RB Justice Hill going down with an Achilles injury, and the Ravens had just Ty’Son Williams to run the rock. They’ve since added RBs Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Trenton Cannon, but this is a major setback for an offense that runs the ball as much as they do. It’s even more problematic having just three days to plan for Monday Night Football tonight.
Giving a significantly larger rushing load to QB Lamar Jackson would be an intriguing and risky move by the Ravens. A running back by committee seems likely, unless one of these backs takes a firm grasp.
The loss of Peters is substantial as well. Still, the Ravens have a strong defensive unit that should be able to rally around this loss. Nevertheless, Raiders QB Derek Carr should attempt to exploit the inexperience of Peters’ replacement, Anthony Averett. Yet, Carr will have to navigate a ferocious pass rush as his receivers’ routes develop.
A close game, but Vegas disappoints its fans
While the Ravens are seeing major changes to their offense on extremely short notice, Jackson was MVP for a reason. Baltimore’s defense should keep the Raiders in check. It might not be the highest-scoring game, but Baltimore grinds out a close one to start their season in Monday Night Football tonight.