While COVID-19 and a hurricane could both play a factor in when Week 5’s games get played, “Monday Night Football” is slated to kick off at its usual 8:15 p.m. ET start time on ESPN.
Hurricane Delta could play a factor in altering the schedule. So could postponed games, as we saw in Week 4 when the Chiefs-Patriots game shifted back one day and altered start times. But for now, 8:15 p.m. ET is when you can expect to see the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers kick off to conclude Week 5.
The Saints will be led by their long-time quarterback, Drew Brees, who has played on “Monday Night Football” many times. He’ll likely be opposed by rookie Justin Herbert in what’ll be the first prime-time start for the rookie from Oregon. And the outcome could hinge on running games, with the Saints utilizing a two-headed monster while the Chargers are without Austin Ekeler.
Below is more about the start times for the Monday night game in Week 5, plus everything you need to know to watch Saints vs. Chargers on ESPN.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Monday, Sept. 28
- Matchup: Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints
- Location: Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana (subject to change due to Hurricane Delta)
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader back in Week 1 and the COVID-19 alterations made in Week 4, all Monday night games are scheduled for the same start time of 8:15 p.m. ET.
This is the second time the Saints are playing on “Monday Night Football” this season after falling to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 2. The Saints also lost in a Sunday night game the next week, Week 3 against the Packers.
The Chargers play their first of two prime-time games this season when they play the Saints on Monday. They won’t be back under the lights until Week 15, when they travel to Vegas to play the Raiders on Thursday night.
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. Due to COVID-19, there was also the un-branded Monday night game between the Chiefs and Patriots in Week 4.
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
|Week 1||Sept. 14||New York Giants vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 1||Sept. 14||Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 2||Sept. 21||Las Vegas Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 3||Sept. 28||Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons|
|Week 4||Oct. 5||New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 5||Oct. 12||New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|Week 6||Oct. 19||Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 7||Oct. 26||Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 8||Nov. 2||New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Week 9||Nov. 9||New York Jets vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 10||Nov. 16||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 11||Nov. 23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 12||Nov. 30||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 7||San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 14||Dec. 14||Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 15||Dec. 21||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 16||Dec. 28||New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills|