The week’s “Monday Night Football” matchup will be one of the most important AFC East games in quite some time. The two top teams in the division will square off with the winner having the edge in the race for the divisional title.
The AFC East has historically been dominated by the Patriots. At least it has been for the last two decades. They won all but three titles from 2001 through 2020 and are looking to get back in the winner’s column in 2021.
New England is on a six-game winning streak that has propelled them to the top of the division. If they want to stay there, they’ll need to beat Buffalo on the road to build a game-and-a-half lead over the Bills.
That won’t be an easy task. Buffalo is playing at home on Monday night and it will have the raucous Bills mafia backing it. The Bills also have the more experienced quarterback, so that could prove crucial if there’s any precipitation in this one.
Here is everything to know about ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game for Week 13, including the kickoff time and more.
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Who plays on ‘Monday Night Football’ tonight?
- Matchup: Patriots at Bills
- Location: Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Bills (7-4) are hosting the Patriots (8-4) on “Monday Night Football” in Week 13. This matchup will go a long way toward determining which team has the best shot at winning the AFC East crown, though they do meet again in Week 16.
The Patriots enter the game on an NFL-best six-game winning streak. They have beaten their opponents by an average of 24.7 points per game during that stretch and have only endured a single win by double digits.
Mac Jones is operating efficiently and has proven to be the best rookie quarterback to date, but he has gotten a lot of help from two key parts of the team. New England’s defense is one of the best and most experienced stop units in the NFL and is allowing a league-low 15.8 points per game. Meanwhile, Jones is surrounded by a good offensive line and run game that has helped him too. He will be tested against Buffalo though, as the Bills have a strong defense.
The Bills have hit some speed bumps after a 4-1 start to the season, but they have a strong, deep passing game led by Josh Allen and a defense that could rattle Jones a bit. The Bills sport an NFL-best 30.2 percent pressure rate and have allowed the fewest yards per game (275.2) and second-fewest points per game (16.5) so far this season.
Buffalo lost Tre’Davious White to a torn ACL against the Saints, so that absence could loom large for the Bills. They have good cornerback depth, but Bill Belichick will look to create mismatches and test that depth.
The Bills are playing at home, so they should have the advantage in this game. It isn’t expected to be too cold at game-time, however, so the conditions won’t be as hostile as some December games can be in Buffalo.
What time is the NFL game tonight?
- Date: Monday, Dec. 6
- 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?
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: Watch ESPN | ESPN App | fuboTV
“Monday Night Football” will be broadcast on ESPN in Week 13. Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter) will comprise the broadcast team.
Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using fuboTV, which offers a 7-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.
Patriots schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Dolphins||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Saints||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3 (SNF)||vs. Buccaneers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|5||Oct. 10||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 24||vs. Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||at Chargers||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Panthers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 18 (TNF)||at Falcons||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFL Network/Amazon Prime|
|12||Nov. 28||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 6 (MNF)||at Bills||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||Bye week||—||—|
|15||Dec. 18 or 19 (TBD)||at Colts||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26||vs. Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Buffalo Bills schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||vs. Steelers||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||at Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Washington Football Team||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|4||Oct. 3||vs. Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10 (SNF)||at Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|6||Oct. 18 (MNF)||at Titans||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|7||Oct. 24||Bye week||—||—|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Dolphins||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||at Jets||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Colts||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving)||at Saints||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|13||Dec. 6||vs. Patriots||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|15||Dec. 18 or 19 (TBD)||vs. Panthers||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26||at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Falcons||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|18||Jan. 9||vs. Jets||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 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|