NFL 2019 Monday Night Football Schedule: Full Slate of MNF Games, Kick-off times, TV Channel

Nationally televised games are always among the dates that get circled in red on football fans' calendars from the moment the NFL releases its season schedule.

While head coaches, players and general manager rightly stress every game is important, those played on Thursday, Sunday and Monday night have a different aura to them.

The latter of those days, in particular, carries an almost unique mystique and Monday night games often tend to be a special occasion.

This year promises to be just as exciting, with an intriguing mix of Super Bowl contenders and divisional rivalries behind played in front of the ESPN cameras which, as has been the case since its inception in 1970, will broadcast Monday Night Football.

Week 1 of the NFL regular season features two Monday night games, with the New Orleans Saints hosting the Houston Texans and the Oakland Raiders welcoming the Denver Broncos in an all-AFC West affair.

The Saints will also feature on Monday Night football in Week 15, when they will host the Indianapolis Colts at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Streeter Lecka/Getty

The second week of regular seasons sees two of the most-talked about teams in the offseason collide, as the Cleveland Browns travel to New Jersey to take on the New York Jets.

In Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold—the first and third overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft—the two franchises possess two of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the league.

As if that wasn't enough, the Browns have recruited superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr., while the Jets have landed three-time Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell.

For the first time in years, Cleveland goes into the season with high expectations and it will feature again on Monday Night Football in Week 5, when it travels to San Francisco to play the 49ers.

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The salary cap in the NFL has risen by at least $10 million in each of the last six years. Statista/NFL

The Jets will also feature again on Monday Night Football, hosting reigning Super Bowl champions and AFC East rivals New England Patriots in Week 7.

The Washington Redskins host the Chicago Bears in Week 3, while two AFC North arch-rivals collide in Week 4 as the Pittsburgh Steelers welcome the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pittsburgh will also play at home in front of ESPN's cameras in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins, while the Green Bay Packers resume their NFC North rivalry against the Detroit Lions in Week 6.

One of the NFL's most prestigious rivalries takes center stage in Week 9, as the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.

New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys
Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants touches down against the Dallas Cowboys on December 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 36-35. Jim McIsaac/Getty

Big Blue will also feature on Monday Night Football in Week 14 against another NFC East rival, taking on the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Week 10 sees the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks, while two Super Bowl contenders collide the following week when the Los Angeles Chargers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City.

Speaking of Super Bowl contenders, the Los Angeles Rams welcome the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, before the Minnesota Vikings travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks a week later.

The Vikings will also be in action in the final Monday Night Football of the season, when they host the Green Bay Packers in a NFC North showdown in Week 16.

Here's the complete Monday Night Football schedule for the upcoming season (all times ET).

  • Week 1—Houston Texans @ New Orleans Saints, 7:10 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 1—Denver Broncos @ Oakland Raiders, 10:20 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 2—Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 3—Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 4—Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 5—Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 6—Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 7—New England Patriots @ New York Jets, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 8—Miami Dolphins @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 9—Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 10—Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 11—Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. , ESPN
  • Week 12—Baltimore Ravens @ Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 13—Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 14—New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 15—Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m., ESPN
  • Week 16—Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m., ESPN