NFL fans, rejoice. The Manning brothers are returning to the broadcast booth in Week 7 of the 2021 NFL season.
“Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” had been on hiatus the last three weeks as a part of the deal the Mannings struck with ESPN to begin the alternate broadcast. They will broadcast 10 of the 17 “Monday Night Football” games per year, so there will be the occasional multi-week absence from the program, as there was from Weeks 4 through 6.
But in Week 7, the brothers are back for the first time since the Cowboys’ 41-21 win over the Eagles in Week 3. They’ll call Monday night’s game between the Saints and Seahawks and will give viewers an alternative option to the traditional “Monday Night Football” broadcast featuring Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick and Lisa Salters.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the Manning MegaCast in 2021 and why ESPN chose to debut the program this season.
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When is the next Manning broadcast?
Peyton and Eli Manning will return to the ESPN airwaves in Week 7 for the Saints at Seahawks game. It will be their fourth broadcast of the season, and they are set to produce 10 throughout the year.
The schedule for “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” hasn’t been revealed in full. It remains fluid. But after Monday night, there will be six MegaCasts remaining throughout the season.
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How to watch Manning brothers on ‘Monday Night Football’
“Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will air 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.
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Why Peyton and Eli Manning are on ‘Monday Night Football’
ESPN announced that Peyton and Eli Manning would be joining “Monday Night Football” on July 19, 2021. They weren’t tapped to join the actual booth, but they signed on for “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.”
“Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” chairman of ESPN and sports content Jimmy Pitaro said, via a press release. “Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends.”
The agreement was seen as a big deal for ESPN. Peyton Manning had declined to host “Monday Night Football” for several years due to travel and not wanting to criticize Eli during his playing career. The elder Manning has, however, produced several shows on ESPN, including “Peyton’s Places and “Detail.” Thus, a step into the broadcast booth — albeit from the comfort of his home — seemed logical.
“This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content,” Peyton Manning said in a press release. “ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions [Manning’s production company] as we built out The Places franchise and we’re excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone.”
The MegaCast has been a smash success so far, with fans loving the casual commentary from the Manning brothers and the guests that they have brought onto the broadcast. It has served as a solid foil to the traditional broadcast team, which has been the only watch option for the past three weeks.
‘Monday Night Football’ schedule 2021
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stream: ESPN app
ESPN has been the home of “Monday Night Football” since 2006, and for the first time in a while the network will be keeping its broadcast team together. Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese will enter their second year as the MNF broadcasters as part of a three-man booth. “Monday Night Football” games can be streamed via the ESPN app or through fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
“Monday Night Football” games featuring the Manning brothers are denoted with an asterisk. The MegaCast will be available for 10 games total during the 2021 season.
|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|