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In most recent seasons, it seems like the best NFL game of each week goes to Sunday Night Football, leaving Monday Night Football with a weaker slate by comparison. But in 2020, the MNF schedule is loaded with important games and thrilling matchups.
The Week 1 doubleheader only has one team that made the postseason last season, but the other three teams - the Steelers, Giants and Broncos - are among the most storied in the sport. And it only gets better from there.
Week 2 will be the Las Vegas debut for the Raiders, so it's no surprise they were given a primetime game to kick off their tenure in a new city.
The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs then head to Baltimore in Week 3 in what many expect to be the game of the year in the entire league. That matchup will pit the last two MVPs against each other in Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson, and it features the two teams on top of most NFL Power rankings for 2020. You do not want to miss that one.
Tom Brady will play on Monday twice this season with his new team, making his Monday debut for Tampa Bay in Week 8. Even without Brady, the Patriots will get their time in the spotlight as well, with two of their AFC East divisional matchups coming on Monday Night Football.
The second one of those, Bills-Patriots, wraps up the slate in Week 16, and caps a terrific home stretch. Not only could that Week 16 game determine the AFC East, but the previous two weeks pit all four AFC North teams against each other in what will be one of the most competitive divisions in the league in 2020.
The 2020 Monday Night Football slate is littered with big-name quarterbacks, crucial division matchups, and familiar faces in new places.
Here is the entire 2020 MNF schedule. All matchups will air on ESPN, with kickoff times scheduled for 8:15 p.m., except for the doubleheader in Week 1.
Full Monday Night Football Schedule
Week 1 Doubleheader
Sept. 14, Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants (7:15 p.m.)
Sept. 14, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (10:10 p.m.)
Sept. 21, New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders (simulcast on ABC)
Sept. 28, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Oct. 5, Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
Oct. 12, Los Angeles Chargers at New Orleans Saints
Oct. 19, Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys
Oct. 26, Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams
Nov. 2, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
Nov. 9, New England Patriots at New York Jets
Nov. 16, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Nov. 23, Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nov. 30, Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Dec. 7, Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers
Dec. 14, Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns
Dec. 21, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Dec. 28, Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
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2020 NFL Schedule: The full Monday Night Football matchups originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington