Sunday football is special, but when it ends, we still want more. The NFL gifts us one more prime-time game to start the week with the popular Monday Night Football (MNF) games.
As legendary as it is, Monday Night Football goes way back to 1970. It has only gotten bigger since then. It’s been highlight game after highlight game, and big memories produced. This year should be no different.
The 2021 MNF slates will give loaded teams, great matchups, and prominent stars all year. The first of them all is a stellar matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens at Sin City.
ESPN will broadcast these games, though ABC will simulcast some of them too. This guide gives you all you need and more when it comes to MNF betting. Having said this, let’s get it on!
NFL betting is a big deal. Imagine it when there is only one game; it attracts lots of attention for bettors. Add the factor that it is a prime-time game and the end of football week, and it’s much more compelling.
You’ll find that MNF is not only about who wins the game but totals and spreads host big action to the bettors. Even though these markets are trendy, other options of betting open up at MNF games.
Because of their single-game broadcasts status, the prop bets get more shine than they do on Sundays. Prop bets give bettors new windows to win some money without relying on the scoreboard.
Also, by being the only game on, live bets become a popular betting style for those who like to watch and bet.
Live betting allows you to wager as the game is being played. Gaining popularity by the second, sportsbooks are keen on providing live betting odds.
These odds change and appear based on how the game is playing out. The following are some of the live bets you can come across:
History states that favorites do well on MNF. Still, we recommend you do your research before placing any bets.
These are some of the basic tips you can have for handicapping on Monday Night games:
Every offseason, people and bettors wait for the NFL to announce its schedule. As soon as that happens and various betting sites calculate the NFL betting odds, all eyes go into prime time games, and of course, the Monday Night Football games. The NFL always aims to put up attractive matchups, and they usually nail it.
Without further ado, these are the Monday Night Football games in 2021:
What a better place to kick off Monday Nights than the Death Star itself, Allegiant Stadium at Las Vegas. Sin City will host a battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the Raiders. It promises to be a fun back-and-forth game to wrap up Week 1.
An NFC North matchup at Lambeau Field? Where do we sign up? The Lions seem like one of the worst teams for the upcoming season. However, they are divisional rivals to a Packers team that has been too close to the Super Bowl the last two years. Nothing spectacular but a good old fashion rivalry that will bring some highlights.
A consecutive divisional rivalry headlines Monday Night Football. This time, the NFC East brings the Eagles and the Cowboys facing off. Philadelphia is in rebuild mode, and Dallas aims to be a force to be reckoned with in the division. The hatred between both franchises ensures an intense matchup.
The AFC West is famous for bringing shootouts, and that’s what we should expect in this game. The Raiders become the first team to repeat an MNF appearance. They face Justin Herbert’s Chargers in a highly entertaining battle.
The AFC will present a titanic battle for postseason spots, and two of the teams are poised to be their star in this MNF. The Colts travel to Baltimore as a very complete roster looking to steal a game from the powerful Ravens.
Another two AFC protagonists face off on Monday Night action. The Bills are fresh off an AFC Championship game and want to take a step forward going to the Super Bowl. As for the Titans, they were in the AFC Championship game in 2019 but had a dreadful defense last year.
Can Tennessee stop Josh Allen while doing some harm of their own with Julio Jones and Derrick Henry? This can be a massive shootout.
One of the most electric stadiums in the NFL will be packed when Seattle entertains the Saints. The Saints are a competitive squad, and you can expect the 12th man crowd to be as loud as ever for this game.
This is the first time we’ll see MVP odds favorite Patrick Mahomes in an MNF in 2021. The Giants will deal with a hostile environment with QB Daniel Jones, a turnover machine.
Two iconic franchises go head-to-head in a defensive battle in Week 9. The Bears traveling to Heinz Field to face Mike Tomlin’s boys gives us an old-fashioned football game.
In the last three years, both teams have gone to the Super Bowl. The NFC West is the most competitive division in football, and its teams’ trade blows every time. The Rams have a new pass-slinger in Matthew Stafford, and the Niners have a ferocious defense. Who will rise to the occasion?
The Big Blue has a second MNF game. Their first outing was against Super Bowl runner-ups; now it’s against the champions. Brady’s history against the Giants is a reason enough to watch this primetime game.
Two division winners pit up in a battle of contrasts. Seattle has an explosive offense, Washington has a lockdown defense. It’s a battle of wills at an important stage of the season.
The Buffalo Bills finally won the AFC East after 20-year supremacy from the Patriots. However, New England got loaded in the offseason, and we know Bill Belichick is a sore loser. He is coming back with a vengeance. The Bills are a Super Bowl contender, though. Expect fireworks.
In the ultra-competitive NFC West, every divisional game matters. This is no different as you could make a case both of these teams should have deep runs in the playoffs. The desert will give us what can be one of the best MNF of the season.
It’s an NFC North showdown at Soldier Field between two teams with lots of question marks. By this week, it’s clear what each team is. If one is making a playoff push, this game is a crucial one.
Miami was on the verge of a playoff appearance, but a 10-win season wasn’t enough. We learn the Dolphins have a big-time defense, though. One that can exploit the fact that the Saints have no Drew Brees under center. It will be a tough night out for either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston, that’s for sure.
What better way to end MNF than a divisional game with both teams looking for playoff action? The Browns were the ones to send the Steelers packing last postseason, so the wound is still fresh. Expect an aggressive game from start to finish between these AFC North foes.
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