Why Are There Two Monday Night Football Games in Week 14?
Can you believe the 2023-24 NFL season only has five weeks left? I’m always so sad when the football fun is over. Anyway, as each weekend approaches during the NFL season, I always look ahead to what “Monday Night Football” is on the schedule. This weekend, there are actually two “Monday Night Football” games. Say what?
Yes, there are two simultaneous games on Monday night (Dec. 11) at 8:15 p.m.. One game is with the Green Bay Packers on the road against the New York Giants on ABC (and streaming on the ESPN+ app). The other game sees the Miami Dolphins against the Tennessee Titans in Miami on ESPN. As for on-air talent, the regular “Monday Night Football” broadcast crew of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Lisa Salters will be in New Jersey, while the other broadcast will get Chris Fowler, Louis Riddick, Dan Orlovsky and Laura Rutledge in Miami.
Here’s why there are two Monday Night Football games
So, why are there two Monday Night Football games in Week 14? Well, the NFL is trying to “transform a Sunday afternoon environment into a primetime window,” according to a press release from ESPN. So, this adds to the excitement. This is the first time the NFL has ever aired two games at the very same start time on “Monday Night Football.”
The NFL is ruling this season, as they’ve had record-breaking viewership numbers. In fact, Week 13’s “Sunday Night Football” game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers was NBC & Peacock’s most-watched NBC SNF game ever, according to an NBC press release. It was also the fifth game on NBC Sports garner at least 25 million viewers, which is the most amount of NFL games to reach that number by Week 13 since 2015. Numbers for the Thanksgiving football schedule were also high. The good news about this “Monday Night Football” option is that it gives something for both AFC and NFC fans to watch. I’ll be switching between both games but am more interested in the Green Bay game. As a Lions fan, I have to say, go Giants. Check out my NFL podcast, “The Squad with Anne Erickson,” below.