Breaking: ESPN Releases Opening Monday Night Football Schedule

Monday, March 23, 2009


The past few years, we've been blessed with two opening night Monday Games by ESPN, and this year will be no different. Not only are they giving us two great games this year, but in the first game, they've set themselves up with quite possibly two of the most polarizing characters in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills, and newly acquired Terrell Owens will be heading to New England, to take on the Patriots, in Tom Brady's first game back from the knee injury that sidelined him all of last season.

Via ESPN....

Monday Night Football will kick off its 40th season with two-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady expected to make his highly-anticipated return to the field when the New England Patriots host wide receiver Terrell Owens and the Buffalo Bills in the first game of a nationally televised ESPN doubleheader on Monday, September 14. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, followed by the San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders in a matchup of AFC West rivals at 10:15 p.m.

The Patriots finished with an 11-5 record in 2008 despite losing Brady to a season-ending knee injury in their opening game. In 2007, Brady was named the NFL MVP after leading the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 regular season record and a Super Bowl appearance. The AFC East rival Bills will make their season debut with a revamped offense featuring Owens, the dynamic All Pro wide receiver who signed as a free agent earlier this month. ESPN’s MNF commentator team of Mike Tirico (play-by-play) and analysts Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser will call the game.

Quarterback Phillip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson will lead the Chargers against the Raiders in Oakland in the second game. San Diego won the AFC West a year ago and advanced to the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. The Chargers and Raiders also played in ESPN’s inaugural season-opening MNF doubleheader in 2006. The ESPN commentators who will call the game will be announced later this offseason.
The Bills-Patriots is obviously a good matchup, but the Raiders? I know it's tough to find a West Coast game during the first week of the season, but there has to be something better than that one. Either way, it should be a good opening Monday Night, and this release also signifies a few other things. First, that the Cowboys "New Stadium Game" will end up as the first game of the Sunday Night season on NBC (Titans-Steelers are rumored to be the Thursday Night Opener), and second, that Mike, Mike and Mike, won't be calling the second game.

Update: Here is your full Kickoff Weekend schedule, plus the Thanksgiving Day action, via the NFL....

Thursday, September 24th- Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers (NBC, 8:30pm)
Sunday, September 25th-
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (NBC, 8:30pm)
Monday, September 26th-
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (ESPN, 7pm)/San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (ESPN, 10:30pm)
Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day)- Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (FOX, 12:30pm)/Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (CBS, 4:15pm)/New York Giants at Denver Broncos (NFL-N, 8:20pm)

19 Comments:

More goddamn Tony Korny and his fellating of Brady and TO.

Marvelous. That piece of shit will make it unwatchable.

hollywood wags said...
Mar 23, 2009, 4:53:00 PM  

I thank the Baby Jesus they cropped that photo so far above the waist. I do NOT want to know what is going on down there.

Two Dogs said...
Mar 23, 2009, 4:55:00 PM  

AA, I think you have the dates wrong for opening weekend. No way does the season start on Sept. 24.

alan said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:03:00 PM  

The Steelers/Titans game is for the 10th, not the 24th.

Dan Yost said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:10:00 PM  

AA,has the dates for opening weekend wrong. The opening Thursday game I think its on Sept 3rd not 24th.

sportsfan25 said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:11:00 PM  

WOW. Nothing like having the opportunity to see the Raiders at least twice on national television this year.

Max said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:24:00 PM  

Sorry, the opening of the NFL season is on Sep, 10th not sept, 3rd that's Labaor Day weekend. By the way, this also means that Tony Kornheiser is coming back to MNF for another season.

sportsfan25 said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:26:00 PM  

Thanksgiving with the Raiders...THANK YOU, NFL!!!

GMoney said...
Mar 23, 2009, 5:33:00 PM  

By the way, this also means that Tony Kornheiser is coming back to MNF for another season.

It wouldn't make sense to fire Kornhole before they replace Jaws with Favre in July.

/nightmare fuel

Mar 23, 2009, 5:50:00 PM  

Brett Favre would not be good in teh booth, he is more sutted for the studio becasue he takes too much time to explain his points. By the way, neither Kornehiser nor Jaws are going to be fired.

sportsfan25 said...
Mar 23, 2009, 8:52:00 PM  

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sportsfan25 said...
Mar 23, 2009, 8:53:00 PM  

Putting the Raiders on Thanksgiving instead of the Chargers shows just how little NFL thinks of the fans.

Oh and the Packers and Bears to open up SNF isn't much better.

Slade354 said...
Mar 23, 2009, 9:59:00 PM  

One of my co-workers is a longtime Packer backer, so he'll love this schedule.

As far as Turkey Day goes NFL Network will need a fill-in PxP voice. Bob Papa will be in the Giants radio booth that night.

(captcha: gobbl)

chuckyinjersey said...
Mar 24, 2009, 9:19:00 AM  

Chucky, I see Tom Hammond in the pinch hitting role that weekend. As far as the Raiders go, putting them against the Cowboys is like having The Big Bad Wolf going against Snow White's Evil Queen on Thanksgiving. A no-win situation any way I look at it.

JamesCraven said...
Mar 24, 2009, 10:41:00 AM  

The Titans-Steelers game looks good, but for the most part the rest of that schedule is medoicre. I guess they're putting Bills-Pats on MNF is because of the TO. Whatever.

walnuts said...
Mar 24, 2009, 11:00:00 AM  

I dont want to imagine the hell that would be Farve sitting next to the douche Korny.

hollywood wags said...
Mar 24, 2009, 11:46:00 AM  

Korny would wet his panties each game if he was working next to farve.

walnuts said...
Mar 24, 2009, 11:54:00 AM  

It's nice to have Turkey night in Denver as we battle the G-Men. Hopefully Jay Cutler will be along for the ride.

Brad James said...
Mar 24, 2009, 2:33:00 PM  

Goddamn how are the awful Raiders on national TV TWICE this year?

Brian said...
Mar 25, 2009, 1:52:00 AM  

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