The “Manningcast” is back for “Monday Night Football” in Week 13. Peyton and Eli Manning will be on ESPN2 broadcasting their thoughts about the Bills vs. Patriots game, and as always, they will be joined by guests throughout the evening in each of the game’s four quarters.
The guest list has become one of the most entertaining parts of the “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” program. Viewers have been entertained by who the two brothers get for the show. They have pulled people from all walks of life, including current NFL players like Tom Brady, broadcasters like Al Michaels, comedians like Kevin Hart and even former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
And with each episode, they continue to add surprises to the mix.
The Patriots-Bills matchup is one of the biggest “Monday Night Football” games of the year so far, as the winner of the contest will be perched atop the AFC East. As such, the Mannings should have no problem lining up guests for this one, though it will be interesting to see if they can get a current player to join them. That hasn’t happened during the last couple of episodes, as players may have been scared away by the Manningcast curse.
No matter who the Mannings are able to land, the discussion should be entertaining. It will be hard for any guest to top Marshawn Lynch’s performance in Week 7, however. He appeared on the show and admitted he had been drinking Hennessy (and dropped plenty of profanity during the broadcast). That episode itself was legendary, as it was also the one during which Eli Manning famously showed the camera the double bird. That prompted three viewer-submitted complaints to the FCC.
Will the Mannings be able to top that show and those moments? It’s unlikely, but perhaps their three-man guest list for Week 14 will pull off a surprise.
Here’s a look at the guest list for the Week 13 airing of “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” during the Buccaneers vs. Giants game.
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Manningcast guests for Week 13
- David Letterman, comedian and former late-night talk show host
- Aqib Talib, former NFL (and Patriots) cornerback
- Joe Buck, Fox Sports broadcaster
It’s no surprise to see that the Manning brothers were able to get David Letterman to come onto their show. Peyton has a relationship with the 74-year-old comedian and former late-night talk show host and he once appeared on Letterman’s show to throw footballs at taxi cabs.
No, we’re not kidding. Here’s the proof.
Now, it seems that Letterman is returning the favor by appearing on “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.”
Letterman is a big Colts fan, so naturally, he is also a fan of the elder Peyton. Surely, they’ll discuss some of Manning’s best moments with the Colts and perhaps they’ll break down how the Colts match up with the Bills and the Patriots, who they play in Week 15.
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Talib is a former teammate of Peyton Manning, so it makes sense that he’d agree to be on this broadcast. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos but also played a year and a half with the Patriots before signing in Denver. As such, he might have some unique insights on Bill Belichick’s program that he could want to share.
This season, Talib has spent time in the broadcast booth as a part-time partner for Gus Johnson at Fox Sports. He should be a natural in the “booth” with the Mannings given his experience calling NFL games.
Two Fox Sports broadcasters in one week? Look out, Fox. It looks like ESPN and the Mannings might be trying to poach your talent!
In all seriousness, Buck is a long-time broadcaster who has a relationship with Manning. Both are Hall of Famers and Buck has called many of Manning’s games throughout his career.
Buck will likely regale fans with some of the weirdest tales of his professional career in the booth. Buck has a comedic side as well, so he will probably crack more than a few jokes during his time on camera.
Perhaps Buck is out for revenge on Manning, who quipped in an earlier episode of the Manningcast that Buck knew nothing about coverage.
“I need a cohost who knows nothing about coverage…like Joe Buck” lmaooooo Peyton
— Paige Dimakos (@The_SportsPaige) September 28, 2021
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How to watch Peyton, Eli Manning on Monday Night Football
“Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will be broadcast on ESPN2. It will also be simulcast on ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+, which has several subscription options. You can view them all below.
|Product||Overall Price as of Aug. 13|
|ESPN+ Monthly Subscription||$6.99/month|
|ESPN+ Annual Subscription||$69.99/year|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported||$19.99/month|
|The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads||$13.99/month|
|UFC PPV Standalone||$69.99 each|
|UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)||$89.98, then $69.99/year|
|UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle||$83.98, then $13.99/month|
Viewers can also stream “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” using fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.