The Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars meet on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 13. The Jaguars are in contention to earn the top spot in the AFC and enter Monday night a half-game behind the top spot. The Bengals are on a three-game losing streak and without starting quarterback Joe Burrow, who is out for the season after having wrist surgery.
Bengals-Jaguars Announcers for Monday Night Football
The traditional broadcast with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Lisa Salters will be on ABC and ESPN. Buck and Aikman are in their 22nd season together in a broadcast booth, a record-breaking season after surpassing the legendary pair of Pat Summerall and John Madden.
ESPN’s coverage begins with Monday Night Countdown starting at 6 p.m. ET, with host Scott Van Pelt and former players Ryan Clark, Marcus Spears, and Robert Griffin III providing analysis. Michelle Beisner-Buck and NFL insider Adam Schefter are also part of the show.
The Broadcast Team
After working together as broadcasters for 20 years at FOX, Buck and Aikman are calling Monday Night Football on ESPN for a second season. They called 18 NFC Championship Games and six Super Bowls together at FOX. Cris Collinsworth joined Aikman and Buck in the booth for their first three seasons working together at FOX.
Buck, who started his broadcasting career in minor league baseball, called 24 World Series and 22 MLB All-Star games while at FOX. His father, Jack, called Monday Night Football on the radio from 1978–1984 and 1987–1995.
Aikman was the first overall pick in the 1989 draft by the Dallas Cowboys out of UCLA. He was the starting quarterback when the Cowboys became the first team to win three Super Bowls in four years. Aikman made six Pro Bowls in 12 seasons and won the Super Bowl XXVII MVP. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Salters, who joined ESPN in 2000, has been the MNF sideline reporter since 2012. She is also a sideline reporter during the NBA season for ABC and ESPN. Salters was also a sideline reporter for ABC Saturday Night College Football for five seasons, from 2006 to 2010. She worked for ABC News from 1995 to 2000 before joining ESPN.
A Monday Night First Coming Soon
The NFL announced this week that it will flex the Week 15 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots out of Monday Night Football. This season is the first time games on Monday and Thursday can be flexed out for a better matchup.
The Chiefs-Patriots game is the first game flexed to another day under the new rules. The Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks will move into the Week 15 Monday night slot. Kansas City will play New England at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.
Monday games need to be flexed out no later than 12 days in advance of the game, while Thursday night games are required to be changed at least 28 days ahead of time. There will not be a Thursday change because the deadline to change the last TNF game has passed.
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