Everything Viewers Need to Know: ESPN and Disney's Two Monday Night Football Games with Staggered Kickoff Times and Overlapping Action in NFL's Week 2 – ESPN Press Room

In NFL’s Week 2, ESPN’s Monday Night Football will present two games for the first time, with staggered kickoff times and overlapping action on the same night. On Monday, Sept. 19, viewers will have more than four hours of uninterrupted NFL game action, as Tennessee at Buffalo begins at 7:15 p.m. on ESPN and Minnesota at Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.  The two games, which will be shown in full on each respective network, will overlap for roughly one half of football, creating a Sunday afternoon environment in primetime.
What Fans Need to Know
Monday Night Football across Disney Networks
Beginning at 7 p.m., ESPN2 will simulcast all of ESPN’s programming through the conclusion of Vikings-Eagles. ESPN+ will simulcast ABC’s telecast of Vikings-Eagles.
ESPN Deportes will air the entire Titans-Bills game and then will join Vikings-Eagles in progress. The Spanish-language call of Vikings-Eagles in its entirety is available on ESPN+.
Monday Night Football is available to authenticated cable subscribers on ESPN.com and the ESPN App on mobile and TV-connected streaming devices, as well as on phone and tablet devices with NFL+.
ESPN’s Growing NFL Portfolio
The two games with staggered starts and overlapping action is an added component of ESPN’s growing NFL rights portfolio. Beginning with the 2023 season when the new media agreement begins, Disney will have three multi-game Monday Night Football weeks each season. As a result of the additional MNF games, a game exclusively presented on ESPN+ and the Week 18 doubleheader, ESPN will have 23 regular season games each year beginning in 2023.
ESPN’s Studio Shows Add to Extensive Coverage; NFL Live from Buffalo
Inclusive of the game action, ESPN will provide fans more than eight hours of NFL coverage, beginning with NFL Rewind (3 p.m.), followed by NFL Live (4 p.m.) and then Monday Night Countdown leading into Titans-Bills (5 p.m.). On ABC, Monday Night Countdown will return at 8 p.m. to lead into Vikings-Eagles.
NFL Live will be onsite in Buffalo, as the show moves outdoors to the Lot 3/Camper Lot of Highmark Stadium. Orlovsky and Rutledge have double-duty for the day, serving in their traditional NFL Live roles before shifting to the game telecast. Mina Kimes and Marcus Spears will be joining them onsite for NFL Live.
NFL Live will provide their usual insights into Sunday’s action, while also previewing both Monday Night Football games. Bills Mafia is encouraged to be part of the production as the show highlights the scene ahead of the Monday Night Football game.
Monday Night Countdown will be from ESPN’s Seaport Studios in New York City.
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