NFL Monday Night Football 2019 Schedule: Where to Watch Miami Dolphins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, TV Channel, Live Stream, Odds

On December 31, 1972, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 to advance to their second consecutive Super Bowl.

The Dolphins eventually lifted the Lombardi Trophy to cap off a historic 17-0 season. Fast forward 47 years and Miami could be in danger of taking another step towards a whole different kind of record when it takes on the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Miami is 0-6 following its 31-21 loss in Buffalo against the Bills in Week 7 and currently languishes at the bottom of the AFC East.

Only the Cincinnati Bengals' ineptitude has spared the Dolphins the tag of worst team in the entire NFL so far, but the race between the two for the number one overall pick of the 2020 draft should go down to the wire.

Miami, admittedly, has shown signs of life of late, losing by a point at home against fellow strugglers Washington in Week 6 and leading Buffalo by five points after three quarters last week.

Truthfully, however, winning games is not in the Dolphins' best interest and their Week 16 matchup against the Bengals could well decide which team lands the first overall pick and—with it—possibly Tua Tagovailoa.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, faces a rather different scenario. Despite a season that has threatened to derail multiple times, the Steelers retain an outside chance of reaching the playoff by the back door.

Pittsburgh is 2-4 and trails the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North by 2.5 games, but could move into second place in the division with a win on Monday as the Cleveland Browns—who are also 2-4—face the undefeated New England Patriots.

The Steelers host the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9 and 10 and then face a critical stretch that sees them play the Browns twice either side of a trip to Cincinnati.

Those three weeks will in all likelihood determine whether Pittsburgh can return to the playoffs after a one-season hiatus, or whether it is destined for a second season without postseason football.

While the Steelers haven't lived up to expectations this season, there are some mitigating factors for Mike Tomlin's team.

Pittsburgh's offense ranks 28th in the NFL, although much of that is down to the fact the franchise has had to rely on third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges for the last two weeks.

The 23-year-old, who went undrafted this year, has performed reasonably well so far—he has completed 75.9 percent of his passes for one touchdown and one pick—but the offense remains a work in progress.

On the defensive side of the ball, meanwhile, Pittsburgh has been far more impressive, averaging 2.5 turnovers per game.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Monday.

Devlin Hodges, Pittsburgh Steelers
Devlin Hodges #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers plays during a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13 in Carson, California. Denis Poroy

When and where is the game?

The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday, October 28.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally by ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Form

After a bye in Week 7, Pittsburgh is 2-4 and shares second place in the AFC North with the Cleveland Browns.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, lost their sixth straight game this season after falling 31-21 on the road against the Buffalo Bills last week.

Series record

Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 12-11, but Miami has won the last two meetings between the two.

The Dolphins also won their last trip to Heinz Field, defeating the Steelers 34-28 in December 2013.

Odds

According to BetOnline, the Steelers are 14.5-point favorites and are 51/50 to cover the spread, while the Dolphins are 23/4 underdogs.

The over/under line in terms of points scored is set at 43.