Falcons-Saints was such a terrific post-Christmas Monday Night Football finale on ESPN last season, we’re going to get it again this year. (No complaints here.) This time it will be in the Superdome.
Atlanta will head to New Orleans the day after Christmas to cap Week 16 and a solid-looking Monday Night schedule in general. (Of course, it always looks solid in April. And we really don’t think we’re biased in saying Sunday night’s schedule is much better. Tells us if you think otherwise.)
Florio already mentioned that the Pats-Dolphins will open the Week One Monday Night doubleheader, with the Raiders-Broncos as the nightcap.
Sam Bradford gets some national television love in Week Two against the Giants — the Steve Spagnuolo Bowl. Week Three includes Washington’s only primetime game, as they host the Cowboys. Week Four includes a rematch of one of Peyton Manning’s most memorable games, as he heads to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs. (It will also be Jon Gruden’s first broadcast back in Tampa.)
Here’s the rest of the Monday Night schedule before the Saints-Falcons finale:
Week 5: Bears at Lions. Week 6: Dolphins @ Jets. Week 7: Ravens @ Jaguars. Week 8: Chargers @ Chiefs. Week 9: Bears @ Eagles. Week 10: Vikings @ Packers. Week 11: Chiefs @ Patriots. Week 12: Giants @ Saints. Week 13: Chargers @ Jaguars. Week 14: Rams @ Seahawks. Week 15: Steelers @ 49ers.
We love seeing more young quarterbacks on the primetime slate, including Bradford (twice), Josh Freeman, and Matthew Stafford. Two Chiefs games are part of four primetime games for Kansas City.
The Jaguars will surprisingly get two home games on Monday night, which should provide a nice boost for the team’s ticket sales. We’re a little surprised to see the NFC West involved so much in mid-to-late December, with the Rams, Seahawks, and 49ers in Weeks 14 and 15.