Week 7’s “Monday Night Football” game will be a treat for fans of defensive football when the Chicago Bears play at the Los Angeles Rams.
The widely considered best defensive player in football, Aaron Donald, will lead the L.A. pass rush, while Khalil Mack will put the pressure on for Chicago. Jared Goff and Nick Foles could both be running for their life at times during Monday night’s game as both teams look to push their records further over .500.
The Bears (5-1) have been a surprise team in the NFC this season, and they have a chance to maintain a divisional lead over the Green Bay Packers with a win over the Rams. L.A. (4-2) is in a stacked NFC West division and will want to get as many wins as it can to help its postseason cause.
Below is more about the matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Monday Night Football.”
Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?
SoFi Stadium got off to a prime-time start in its debut season when the Rams beat the Cowboys in Week 1. L.A. had less success on the road in prime time last week, losing to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chicago Bears pulled a surprising upset two weeks ago on Thursday Night Football, beating Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Chicago is a surprising 5-1 this season and has a chance to continue the winning against Jared Goff and the Rams.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
With the exception of the season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in Week 1 and COVID-19 schedule alterations, Monday night games are scheduled to always start at 8:15 p.m. ET.
It’ll be a 5:15 p.m. start time in Los Angeles, with Chicago fans watching at a 7:15 p.m. local start. Traveling west isn’t regarded as a big body-clock issue relative to traveling east, so the Bears should be fine with that two-hour difference.
This will be Chicago’s first trip to a time zone further west than itself this season, though, so if there were going to be any ill effects of that travel, they wouldn’t have shown themselves yet.
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. There have also been multiple non-branded NFL games on Monday night due to COVID-19 schedule alterations
Below is the complete schedule of Monday night games this year.
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