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2019 NFL Monday Night Football Betting
The brainchild of former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Monday Night Football has been a staple among generations of NFL fans since the 1970 merger. Originally contracted with ABC, the series ran on network television from 1970 until 2005, becoming one of the longest running primetime programs on network television and one of the highest rated among male viewers.
ABC was given a blank slate to work with and the production team set the stage for the future of sports television. Twice as many cameras were used to bring the game closer to the viewing audience and there was a three-man broadcast booth, graphics never seen before and the use of slow-motion instant replay.
At the end of the 2005 season, the NFL and ABC severed their 36-year partnership with Monday Night Football. The league was looking at Sunday night for its marquee games and the use of flex scheduling could be better used on that day. Starting with the 2006 season until now, MNF has aired on ESPN, which also coincided with NBC taking over broadcast rights to Sunday night games.
Since ESPN took over MNF it has aired a doubleheader to conclude the opening weekend of the season in an attempt to capitalize on the enormous popularity of the game. That’s the case again in 2019. And to avoid any unfair scheduling conflicts, no game will be played on Monday night on the final weekend of the season.
For the second season in a row and the seventh time since two games began airing on the opening Monday of the season, the Oakland Raiders will be featured. They played the nightcap back in 2006, losing to the Broncos. The Silver and Black hasn’t had much success going 0-5 at home on the first Monday of the season. The game also marks the head coaching debut of Denver’s Vic Fangio, who spent several seasons working in the Bay Area with the 49ers. It’s also the third meeting between the clubs on the first Monday of the regular season.
The first game of Monday’s doubleheader pits division winners from a season ago against each other in an intra-conference tussle. NFC South champion New Orleans will host AFC South winner Houston in just the fifth all-time meeting between the clubs and first since 2015.
While the games aren’t as high-profile as the ones on Sunday night, MNF has collected a following of fans over the years that have kept coming back regardless of the combatants. The move from network television to a cable channel was risky, but the NFL has done a nice job in getting games aired on commercial television in the markets of competing teams. And in 2019 there will be a good representation with 25 of the 32 clubs scheduled to make at least one appearance.
The Saints, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings will all play twice on MNF and no team will appear three times. The schedule is also heavy on games within conference play with nine divisional matchups and four interconference tilts among the 17-game slate.
Entering its 50th year, MNF will have a throwback game when the Browns and Jets get together in Week 2. A matchup between those clubs on September 21, 1970 at Cleveland Stadium was the very first MNF game aired. The Browns beat Joe Namath and the Jets 31-21.
2019 Monday Night Football Betting Schedule
NFL Regular Season Betting Schedule
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