Overlapping doubleheader coming tonight

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I’ve made no secret of my disdain for tonight’s overlapping doubleheader of Monday night games. After watching a bunch of games play out at once on Sunday afternoon, I relish the chance to watch one and only one game — good, bad, or ugly.

Tonight, it’ll be one game for while, and then two games, and then one again.

The Titans and Bills get started at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, with the Vikings and Eagles kicking off 75 minutes later, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

So, yes, much of each game will be played while the other game is being played.

The good news is that ESPN and ABC will ensure that fans are aware of the developments in both contests. (For anyone with two screens, that doesn’t really matter much.) A double-box view will be used from time to time. Also, smaller score box will be used, with the pertinent information as to the game on the other network. Scott Van Pelt, from his SportsCenter studio, will provide highlights and game updates.

The goal, as we understand it, is to provide two games without significantly extending the time commitment for fans. Yes, the action starts an hour earlier. But the second game will end at roughly the same time as a normal Monday night game.

Also, starting the second game at 8:30 p.m. ET results in a broader collection of teams that can host a game. When the second game started at 10:00 p.m. ET, that eliminated cities in the Eastern time zone.

We’ll see how it goes. It has previously happened due to COVID postponements. As of 2023, it will happen three times per year.

Yes, I’d prefer one game at a time. But two games is better than no games — or (frankly) one exclusively streaming game.

15 responses to “Overlapping doubleheader coming tonight

  1. Bills fan here. How many people are going to tune out of the bills vs titans. I think that might be the better of the two games.

  2. So one game starts well before the west coast audience gets off work and second game ends after most of the east coast audience has gone to bed. Leave it to the NFL to create a lose-lose situation. Congrats!

  3. I don’t mind it. One big advantage for a somewhat recently divorced man is 2 televisions in the living room with nobody to nag or complain about it. I’ve also added 2 nerf basketball hoops and I am considering a mini fridge. Lol. Sundays are great with the Steelers on one TV and the Redzone on the other.

  4. Fans of one of the teams can watch that game while they press the “prev” button on their remote to tune into the other game for mindless entertainment while commercials are playing on their preferred game. I like it. Of course, when both games practically sync their commercial breaks, it’s hell

  5. People are talking about 2 TV’s. Isn’t “Picture in Picture” available either on your TV, satellite, or cable?

  6. Morti seriously a simple good search before nonsense postings please. Tannehill usually beats the Bills. He’s literally 6-7

  7. Worst idea ever for the league to cannibalize the ratings numbers of one of their products, let alone espn is cutting their own numbers down by using both channels for two different games. So stupid.

  8. Everybody keeps talking about TN beating the Bills, but I don’t see it. Josh Allen is on another level, and King Henry hasn’t gotten rolling yet… behind a downgraded offensive line. Bills by a landslide.

  9. Wait. So they’re going to put Picture in Picture and get in the way of the 1 game I actually want to watch?

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