Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 7 game

“Monday Night Football” has featured a matchup of AFC contenders in consecutive weeks. That will change in Week 7 as two NFC teams that made the playoffs last season will do battle.

However, both teams will be using different starting quarterbacks than most fans are used to seeing because of an injury to the home team’s starter and the retirement of the away team’s starter.

Last season, the Saints had Drew Brees as their starter for most of the season. This year, it’s the Jameis Winston show. Meanwhile, the Seahawks still have Russell Wilson, but he’s dealing with a finger injury and will miss his second straight start. Geno Smith will play in his place.

The quarterback play may not matter all that much in this one. This game, which will be played in Seattle, may take place during a “bomb cyclone.” That could make it a wet, rainy game, so don’t be surprised if both teams have rely on the running game to carry them in this one.

Here is everything to know about ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game for Week 7, including the kickoff time and more.

Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?

The Saints and the Seahawks are playing on “Monday Night Football” in Week 7. The teams have normally been led by Drew Brees and Russell Wilson during the last decade but this year, Jameis Winston and Geno Smith will lead each team into this game. 

The Saints (3-2) are fresh off a bye week and are starting to get healthier. They’re still without Michael Thomas and receiver Deonte Harris will miss this game, but their offensive line is looking stronger. That should give them a chance to run the ball with Alvin Kamara against Seattle’s run defense, which is allowing 140.8 yards to running backs this season, good for the third-most in the NFL.

As for the Seahawks (2-4), they’re coming off a tough, overtime loss against the Steelers after the team overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to force overtime. Smith looked good in his first start since 2017 against the Steelers, so Seattle will hope he can get the ball to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and keep the offense humming.

However, as mentioned, the weather could be an issue in this one. As a result, Seattle may rely more on its run game, which will likely feature Rashaad Penny and Alex Collins, though Collins is dealing with a groin injury. Top running back Chris Carson is on IR with a neck injury.

The Saints are the NFL’s second-best run defense, so that could hamper the Seahawks’ offense depending on how bad the rain ends up being.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

“Monday Night Football” will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET. Every Monday night game in 2021 is scheduled to start at that time.

What channel is ‘Monday Night Football’ on tonight?

ESPN will broadcast “Monday Night Football” in Week 6. Steve Levy will handle the play-by-play with Brian Griese and Louis Riddick serving as analysts. Lisa Salters will be the sideline reporter for the game.

Additionally, “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will return for the first time since Week 3. Peyton and Eli Manning will host the “ManningCast” along with guests as they watch and comment on the game together. That will be available to watch on ESPN2.

Streamers will be able to watch the game via Watch ESPN, the ESPN app or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

NFL live stream for ‘Monday Night Football’

Because “Monday Night Football” is aired on ESPN, it will be available to stream live on all of the team’s digital platforms (ESPN.com, ESPN App, etc.). This will be the easiest way for viewers with cable or satellite to view the game.

Cord-cutters also have plenty of options with which they can stream “Monday Night Football” during the 2021 NFL season.

New Orleans Saints schedule 2021

Seattle Seahawks schedule 2021

Monday Night Football schedule 2021

There will be 17 “Monday Night Football” games in 2021 even though there is no doubleheader. That’s because the season has extended to 17 games over 18 weeks. There will be no “Monday Night Football” during Week 18; all games will be played on Sunday.

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