Tom Brady has struggled against the Giants in the past, but that seems like an unlikely narrative to continue in Week 8 on “Monday Night Football.”
This isn’t a Giants team like those Super Bowl winners, and Brady is on a stacked Buccaneers roster that’s flying high entering Week 8 off of two blowouts. New York just fell in a night game in Week 7 by blowing a big lead to the Eagles, so Daniel Jones and company look improbable to keep up with Brady.
The Bucs have more buzz of late thanks to their signing of wide receiver Antonio Brown, too. But Brown won’t be eligible to play in Week 8 as he serves the final week of his eight-game suspension before being allowed to return in Week 9 to bolster Tampa Bay’s passing game.
Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Monday Night Football.”
Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?
The Giants just played in prime time and lost, when the Philadelphia Eagles came back to beat New York, 22-21, on Thursday Night Football in Week 7. This is slated to be the Giants’ final prime-time game of the season.
The Buccaneers were supposed to play in prime time in Week 7, but their game against the Raiders was moved. Tampa Bay will play again at night in Week 9 against the Saints in an NFC South showdown of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in Week 1 and COVID-19 schedule alterations, Monday night games are scheduled to always start at 8:15 p.m. ET.
With both teams based on the east coast, local fans will be able to watch this game at 8:15 p.m. local time. Anyone who watched Brady grow up in California will have to tune in earlier, though, a 5:15 p.m. local time start for west-coasters.
The Bucs and Giants have both played in prime time on multiple occasions this season, so the night-time start shouldn’t mess too heavily with anyone’s performance.
What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?
ESPN reportedly is trying to negotiate a better TV rights deal with the NFL to negotiate more games in the future, but in 2020, the network’s only package of NFL games is the complete slate of Monday night games. The network will broadcast all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 on its flagship ESPN channel.
ESPN is available on most cable systems in the United States. The network also is available via satellite providers DirecTV (Channel 206) and Dish Network (Channel 140) as well as IPTV providers AT&T U-verse (Channel 602 for SD; Channel 1602 for HD), Verizon Fios (Channel 70 for SD; Channel 570 for HD) and Google Fiber (Channel 21).
ESPN has a new lineup of commentators for its “Monday Night Football” broadcasts in 2020 after moving on from last year’s broadcast booth duo of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst) and Louis Riddick (analyst) will call all Monday night games for ESPN this season. Lisa Salters is still the network’s sideline reporter.
NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’
Because all “Monday Night Football” games in 2020 will broadcast on ESPN, they are available to stream live on all of the network’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This should be the streaming preference for anybody who has a cable/satellite subscription but can’t get in front of a TV.
For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options available to watch “Monday Night Football.” Below is the list.
“Monday Night Football” schedule
A total of 17 games are on the “Monday Night Football” schedule in 2020. That includes the two games in the Week 1 doubleheader and no Monday night game in Week 17. There have also been multiple non-branded NFL games on Monday night due to COVID-19 schedule alterations
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
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