Here’s why there are two ‘Monday Night Football’ games in Week 2


1. NFL fans will be treated to a double dip tonight with the Titans and Bills kicking off at 7:15 pm ET and the Vikings and Eagles getting underway at 8:30 pm ET.

Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Dan Orlovsky will have the call of Tennessee-Buffalo on ESPN, while Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will work Minnesota-Philadelphia on ABC. ESPN has said it will liberally use double boxes on both networks during the overlap to keep viewers updated on both matchups.

So, why are we getting a doubleheader in Week 2 and why did we only get one Monday-night game in Week 1?

There are a few reasons. For starters, tonight is a little bit of an experiment for ESPN. Next season, the network will air three Monday-night doubleheaders. But the start times for next season’s doubleheaders haven’t been established. ESPN could opt to have overlap games like tonight or they could go back to the 7 pm/10 pm doubleheader that it has aired for several seasons on the opening Monday or it could decide on an entirely different start structure for the two games. It could also air the three doubleheaders at three different times.

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