The final regular-season matchup of “Monday Night Football” is upon us, and to nobody’s surprise, it’s a divisional clash. Two teams from the AFC North are going to battle in a game that will serve as a virtual elimination game in the AFC playoff race.
The Browns are traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Both teams have seven wins and the loser of this game will have to start planning for next season. Each has struggled with injuries that have impacted their performance, and quarterback play has been an issue as well.
Ben Roethlisberger has been a nightmare for the Steelers. He has continued to decline and has shown little to no zip on his passes while operating as a statuesque pocket passer. Baker Mayfield hasn’t been all that much better, as he is coming off a four-interception game and has struggled which dealing with a laundry list of injuries.
As a result, you can expect this game to be a defensive battle. And the team that makes fewer mistakes will almost certainly win. This game is as much a toss-up as any recent “MNF” game, so it should at least be entertaining even if it is an ugly offensive display.
Here is everything to know about ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game for Week 17, including the kickoff time and more.
Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?
- Matchup: Browns at Steelers
- Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Steelers (7-7-1) are hosting the Browns (7-8) in what will effectively amount to an elimination game in the AFC North and AFC Wild Card battles. Both Pittsburgh and Cleveland need to win and get help to make the playoffs, so the loser will have an eye on 2022 after this contest.
Pittsburgh is coming off a brutal loss against the Chiefs during which they were crushed. The Chiefs won 36-10 and the Steelers’ punchless offense failed to score a first-half touchdown for the fifth consecutive game.
Will the Steelers be better against the Browns? They beat Cleveland 15-10 earlier in the season, so if their defense shows up, they will have a chance to do that. However, Pittsburgh’s offense is playing badly enough that it is tough to trust them in this spot.
As for the Browns, they are coming off back-to-back two-point losses to the Raiders and Packers. They needed to stop a Raiders field goal late in Week 15 but weren’t able to do so. In Week 16, they needed a field goal of their own, but Baker Mayfield threw his fourth interception of the game on Cleveland’s final drive to seal a defeat.
The Browns will need to run the ball and Mayfield will need to avoid mistakes if they want a chance to win this battle. The Browns are getting healthier after being decimated by COVID ahead of Week 15, so perhaps that will benefit them and allow them to stay in the playoff race for at least one more week.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Monday, Jan. 3
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
“Monday Night Football” will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET. Every Monday night game in 2021 is scheduled to start at that time.
What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: Watch ESPN | ESPN App | fuboTV
“Monday Night Football” will be broadcast on ESPN in Week 17. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter) will comprise the broadcast team.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.
NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’
Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.
Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.
|Streaming option||Cable subscription needed?||Free?||Cost||Free trial?|
|Yahoo! Sports App||No||Yes||–||–|
|Hulu Plus Live TV||No||No||$55/month||Yes|
Cleveland Browns schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Bears||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||at Vikings||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Cardinals||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|7||Oct. 21||vs. Broncos||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|12||Nov. 28||at Ravens||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. TBD||vs. Raiders||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 25||at Packers||4:30 p.m. ET||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video|
|17||Jan. 3||at Steelers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Pittsburgh Steelers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|8||Oct. 31||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 8||vs. Bears||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Benga||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 9||at Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||vs. Browns||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Monday Night Football schedule 2021
There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021 even though there is no doubleheader. That’s because the season has extended to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday Night Football” during Week 18; all games will be played on Sunday.
|Week 1||Sept. 13||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns|