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December 4, 2023 - Music

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Monday Night Football is back for another week! The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to host the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. on Monday (Dec. 4).



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Tonight’s matchup will be extra special for the Jaguars as the team plays its first MNF game in 12 years. The last time the Jaguars played in MNF was on Dec. 5, 2011, against the San Diego Chargers. The Jaguars lost to the Chargers 38-14.

Monday night’s game between the Bengals and Jaguars will simulcast on ABC and ESPN. For the football fans who want to watch the Jaguars and Bengals face off in person, there’s still time to score tickets at an affordable price. The cheapest tickets for the game are currently priced at around $70 and up at Stubhub, Ticketmaster and Seat Geek.

Last month’s holiday weekend was packed with college football and NFL games which kicked off with a Thanksgiving triple header featuring the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, Washington Commanders vs. Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers vs. Seahawks and a viral halftime performance from Dolly Parton, football lovers had a feast of games to enjoy and there’s a double header on the way.

Next week will feature the first-ever MNF double header with two teams playing at the same time. The Dec. 11 game between the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET. The Dolphins vs. Titans game will broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, per the NFL schedule.

The second game of the night, between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants is also schedule for start at 8:15 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN+.

Want to watch MNF from anywhere? Even if you don’t have cable, there are plenty of ways to watch NFL games without spending a fortune. To make the process a little easier, we put together some of the better options for MNF and other NFL games.

Read on for a schedule of upcoming games, plus ways to watch and stream live and on-demand (with and without cable).

How to Stream Monday Night Football on ABC

Good news for fans who don’t have cable: MNF has expanded into network TV! ABC will simulcast the remaining games from the season, the network announced on Sept. 18, per The Hollywood Reporter.

This season’s doubleheaders included games between the New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay vs. New York Giants. The Titans vs. Dolphins game will be the first to broadcast simultaneously. Meanwhile, Monday’s Jaguars vs. the Bengals game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT on ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Certain MNF games will also broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+. Although last month’s Eagles vs. Chiefs game streamed live on ESPN+ in addition to airing on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, tonight’s Benglas vs. Jaguars game will be available on ABC and ESPN while next week’s Titans vs. Dolphins game will stream on ABC and ESPN+.

How do you watch football games and other sports for free? Subscribe to a free trial to DirecTV Stream and get instant access to ABC, ESPN and other channels.

There are also several other affordable ways to watch local channels like ABC, NBC and CBS. For example, you can buy an HDTV antenna like this one on sale at Amazon for $25.99 (free shipping for Prime members), or subscribe to streamers such as FuboTV and Sling TV.

For around $20-$65, you’ll get to stream live TV and on-demand content, including sports channels and DVR storage. And now that the holiday season has officially arrived, many of your favorite streamers were offering sales for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond. Although most of the Cyber Week deals have ended, you can still snag a streaming discount for the holidays.

For example, you’ll get a free trial with DirecTV and Fubo to watch your favorite football games for free for up to a week and a discount at sign up, if you act fast.

Looking for more streaming deals? Sling TV is half off for your first month. That means you can subscribe and stream all TV shows, movies, football games and other sports content for just $20 for the first month — but only for a limited time. Sling TV’s holiday streaming deal includes a free Amazon Fire Stick and $10 off your first month, AMC+ for $5 for the first month (reg. $8.99/month) and discounts when you prepay five months of Sling Orange and Sling Blue, plus NBA Pass league.

Vidgo is also discounted to $20/month for the first month for 150+ channels. Vidgo Plus comes with 110 channels, DVR, and access to up to three screens for $20/month (reg. $69.99/month). Vidgo Premium offers 150+ channels for $20/month (reg. $84.99) and Vidgo Ultimate gets you access to all english and all sports channels offered by Vidgo for $20 for the first month (reg. $79.99/month).

Subscribe to Fubo and save $20 off your first month. Streaming plans start at $54.99/month after a week free. Fubo Pro, one of the cheapest among the aforementioned streaming plans, includes 178 channels, 1000 hours of Cloud DVR and streaming on up to 10 screens. Fubo Elite is currently discounted to $64.99/month (reg. $84.99/month) for 246 channels and Fubo Premier is $74.99/month (reg. 94.99/month) for 255 channels, 4K streaming, Showtime and more. For Spanish speakers, Fubo Latino is $24.99/month (reg. $32.99/month) to stream 61 channels.

Between free trials and discounted streaming plans, DirecTV might have one of the best streaming deals for football fans. Get free access to DirecTV’s Sports Pack ($14.99) when you sign up for the Entertainment, Choice or Ultimate streaming plans. You’ll also get $25 off the streaming package for two months.

DirecTV’s Sports Pack includes NFL Red Zone, NFL Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, ESPN, CBS Sports Network, BIG Network, ESPN U and ESPN News.

New to DirecTV? The first step is to pick your plan based on your streaming needs and budget.

Subscribe to the Entertainment + Sports Pack for $69.98/month for two months (reg. $94.98). The plans comes with 75+ live channels including local channels, unlimited Cloud DVR, streaming on unlimited devices, special offers on premium channels, plus a free trial for five days.

DirecTV’s Choice package is on sale for $83.99/month (reg. $123.98). The streaming packages has 105+ channels including specialty channels like Big Ten Network, ACC, SEC and MLB Network along with free, regional sports networks and everything in the Entertainment package. The Ultimate package gets you access to 140+ channels including CBS Sports Network, FXM, Discovery Family, Starz, Encore, FX Movie Channel and NHL Network.

You can also watch NFL games on YouTube TV and NFL+, the latter starts at $6.99/month for the base subscription and $14.99/month for NLF+ Premium — but if you’ve missed the chance to save on streaming plans during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, NFL+ is an affordable option.

With NFL+, football fans can watch or listen to games live and on-demand, plus enjoy recaps and more.

How to Watch Monday Night Football Games on ESPN+

Gone are the days of simply switching channels to catch all of your favorite NFL games, and it can be hard to keep track of which games are streaming on which platforms. For example, Prime Video is the streaming home for Thursday Night Football, while Sunday football games are available on NBC, CBS, Paramount+ and Peacock, and some Monday Night Football games are scheduled to simulcast on ESPN+ such as next week’s such as the Titans vs. Dolphins matchup and the Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers on Christmas Day.

With ESPN+, you’ll get access to football and more for $9.99 a month (or bundle with Disney+ and Hulu). Watch the NFL, college football, soccer, MLB, NBA, NHL, UFC, PGA Tour, Top Rank, PLL Playoffs, Premiere League, La Liga, cricket and other sporting events on ESPN+.

What else can you stream on ESPN+? Sports lovers can binge dozens of must-watch series and TV shows, and original content such as PPV fights, the entire 30 for 30 series and tons of other exclusive such as The Captain, Tom Brady: Man in the Arena, Al Davis vs. The NFL, Vick, Be Like Water, Breakaway, More Than An Athlete with Michael Strahan, Eli’s Place, Abby’s Place, The Place’s Universe, Why Not Us: Grambling Dance and Our Time Baylor Basketball.

ESPN+ isn’t on sale for Cyber Monday and Hulu’s Black Friday offer for just $0.99/month for 12 months ended last month, but if you’re a student, Hulu offers a student discount for just $1.99/month.

Keep in mind, while there are different ways to watch football games from your TV, phone, laptop or computer, the price will vary depending on which platform that you choose. Fortunately, ESPN is available on several streamers including DirecTV, Fubo, Sling and Hulu + Live TV.

Hulu + Live TV gives you access to 90+ channels in edition to ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+, and DVR storage, for $76.99/month.

And if you’re looking for an NFL Sunday Ticket discount, Verizon’s promo has ended, but DirecTV is offering free rewards cards up to $400, which you can use to score free access to NFL Sunday Ticket. See more details here.

Monday Night Football: Games, Dates & Time

Monday Night Football kicked off on Sept. 11 and will continue into January 2024. The MNF kickoff games between the Jets and Buffalo Bills drew a record-breaking 22.6 million viewers making it the most watched MNF game in history beating out the previous record-holder, a 2009’s game between the Packers and Vikings.

Meanwhile, NFL ratings have received a boost as of late thanks in part to Taylor Swift. Although Swift missed a few games including a recent Chiefs vs. Dolphins matchup in Germany, she has been showing support for new flame Travis Kelce even from afar. The pop star threw a reported watch party at her New York City apartment on Nov. 5 and her support may have paid off because the Chiefs beat the Dolphins 21-14.

Swift has been spotted cheering on Kelce at several home games including a Thursday Night Football game in October. Did Swift attend the Chiefs vs. Eagles game? Unfortunately for Swifties, the pop star wasn’t able to be there to watch Travis and the Chiefs face his brother, Jason Kelce, and the Philadelphia Eagles in person because she was on the road for the Latin American leg of her Eras Tour but Swift is back in the states and attended Travis and the Chiefs’ Sunday Night Football game against the Packers on Dec. 3 (the Packers beat the Chiefs 27-19).

NFL ratings hit another high mark over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Thanksgiving game between the Cowboys and Commanders snagged a whopping 44 million viewers, the third-largest audience for a regular season game in history. The game aired on CBS and stream on Paramount+.

The Cowboys beat the Commanders 45-10. The NFL team is no stranger to Thanksgiving games as the Cowboys have played a game on Thanksgiving day nearly every year since 1966.

Fans who want to watch games live, either from home or on-the-go, can stream select NFL games and more on ESPN+ including the Packers vs. Giants game on Dec. 11.  The Chiefs are scheduled to play another MNF game on Dec. 18, this time against the Patriots — the game will air on ESPN and stream live on ESPN+ as well.

Lastly, the second-to-last MNF game of the year will be the Ravens vs. 49ers on Dec. 25 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara Calif. The Christmas Day game will air live on ABC and ESPN and stream on ESPN+. If you’d rather watch the Christmas game live from the stadium alongside thousands of fans, click here to get your tickets early. Tickets start at $136.

Christmas Day will be packed with three NFL games on the schedule, including the Giants vs. Eagles airing at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox and Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders airing at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

The final MNF game of the year will be played on Dec. 30 between the Lions and Cowboys.

If you haven’t already noticed, MNF sounds a bit different this season. That’s because ESPN enlisted the help of Timbaland and Justin Timberlake to curate the music for select MNF games.

In September, the NFL debuted the official MNF theme featuring Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg and Cindy Blackman Santana. The song is a cover of Phil Collins “In the Air Tonight.”

Besides the Jaguars vs. Bengals, the remaining MNF matchups for this season will include the 49ers vs. Ravens, Chiefs vs. New England Patriots, Packers vs. Patriots and Giants vs. Cowboys. Click here to get tickets to see your favorite NFL games in person.

Want to stream MNF from outside of the U.S.? With ExpressVPN, NordVPN and PureVPN you can access several streaming platforms and channels.

See the full 2023 MNF schedule here.

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