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Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 9 game

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“Monday Night Football” could be a defensive battle in Week 9. This week’s matchup features two teams that have been known for their defense over the history of their respective franchises, and in 2021, at least one of them has a strong defense.

That would be the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense started the season well but dealt with injury issues during the team’s early-season struggles. However, during the team’s three-game winning streak, they have played much better and are rounding into form with T.J. Watt healthy.

The team facing off against the Steelers will be the Bears. Chicago’s season hasn’t gone as planned. They were hoping to grow after making the playoffs as the No. 7 seed last year, but they have stumbled in recent weeks. Their defense has been fine, but they haven’t been able to do much of anything on offense.

Will the Bears get back on track offensively against the Steelers? Or will the Steelers stay hot and earn their fourth-straight game? Here is everything to know about ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game for Week 9, including the kickoff time and more.

MORE: Watch Bears vs. Steelers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Bears at Steelers
  • Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The Steelers (4-3) are playing host to the Bears (3-5) on “Monday Night Football” in Week 9. The two teams are moving in opposite directions at the midpoint of the season.

The Steelers have won three consecutive games and are starting to find their rhythm. Their offense is averaging just 18.9 points per game, but they have averaged 21.7 points per game during their winning streak. Meanwhile, their defense is rounding into form and has allowed 20 or fewer points in three straight games.

As for the Bears, they had a solid game against the 49ers during which Justin Fields had a beautiful fourth-down touchdown scramble. However, they have lost three consecutive games and have averaged 13 points per game during that span. 

Chicago will need to find a way to move the ball against Pittsburgh. The Steelers’ defense has played well in recent weeks while the Bears’ offense hasn’t done much under Matt Nagy. The coach is returning from a COVID-related absence in Week 9, so he’ll have to show some innovative, new ideas if he wants the team’s success to continue as it did against the 49ers.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Monday, Nov. 8
  • Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

“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?

“Monday Night Football” will be broadcast on ESPN in Week 9. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter) will comprise the broadcast team.

There will be no alternate broadcast for “Monday Night Football,” as the “Manningcast” won’t be on air.

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.

Chicago Bears schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 at L.A. Rams 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
2 Sept. 19 vs. Bengals 1 p.m. ET FOX
3 Sept. 26 at Browns 1 p.m. ET FOX
4 Oct. 3 vs. Lions 1 p.m. ET FOX
5 Oct. 10 at Raiders 4:05 p.m. ET CBS
6 Oct. 17 vs. Packers 1 p.m. ET FOX
7 Oct. 24 at Buccaneers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
8 Oct. 31 vs. 49ers 1 p.m. ET FOX
9 Nov. 8 at Steelers 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
10 Nov. 14 Bye
11 Nov. 21 vs. Ravens 1 p.m. ET CBS
12 Nov. 25 at Lions 12:30 p.m. ET FOX
13 Dec. 5 vs. Cardinals 1 p.m. ET FOX
14 Dec. 12 at Packers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
15 Dec. 20 vs. Vikings 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
16 Dec. 26 at Seahawks 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
17 Jan. 2 vs. Giants 1 p.m. ET CBS
18 Jan. 9 at Vikings 1 p.m. ET FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 at Bills 1 p.m. ET CBS
2 Sept. 19 vs. Raiders 1 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 26 vs. Bengals 1 p.m. ET CBS
4 Oct. 3 at Packers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
5 Oct. 10 vs. Broncos 1 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 vs. Seahawks 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
7 Oct. 24 BYE ————— ——
8 Oct. 31 at Browns 1 p.m. ET CBS
9 Nov. 8 vs. Bears 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
10 Nov. 14 vs. Lions 1 p.m. ET Fox
11 Nov. 21 at Chargers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
12 Nov. 28 at Benga 1 p.m. ET CBS
13 Dec. 5 vs. Ravens 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
14 Dec. 9 at Vikings 8:20 p.m. ET Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
15 Dec. 19 vs. Titans 1 p.m. ET CBS
16 Dec. 26 at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
17 Jan. 3 vs. Browns 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
18 Jan. 9 at Ravens 1 p.m. ET CBS

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.

Week Date Matchup
Week 1 Sept. 13 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2 Sept. 20 Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3 Sept. 27 Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4 Oct. 4 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5 Oct. 11 Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6 Oct. 18 Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7 Oct. 25 Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8 Nov. 1 Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9 Nov. 8 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10 Nov. 15 San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11 Nov. 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12 Nov. 29 Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13 Dec. 6 Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14 Dec. 13 Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15 Dec. 20 Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16 Dec. 27 New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17 Jan. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns



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