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Week 1 closes with a double header!

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Houston Texans v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

It has been a wild Week 1 so far, and we will get to close it out with a double dose of Monday Night Football.

First up will be the New Orleans Saints hosting the Houston Texans. The Saints are a team looking to challenge for a Super Bowl after a disappointing — and controversial — loss to the Los Angeles Rams in last year’s NFC Championship.

The Houston Texans, meanwhile, are a massive unknown heading into the regular season. Their general manager-less front office has been wheeling and dealing these past few months. Jadeveon Clowney is gone, along with a multitude of draft picks. Instead, the Texans are hoping that Laremy Tunsil can help protect the oft-sacked Deshaun Watson.

Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome—New Orleans, LA
TV: ESPN
Announcers: Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland & Lisa Salters
Online Stream/Replay: Watch ESPN, NFL Gamepass

In tonight’s second tilt, we will see the Denver Broncos travel to face the Oakland Raiders. The Broncos have a fresh face at quarterback, having acquired long-time Baltimore Raven Joe Flacco. With him at the helm, they are hoping to stay competitive in a tough AFC West division.

The Raiders, meanwhile, are coming off a stint on Hard Knocks, but the drama did not end when the cameras shut off. Antonio Brown nearly destroyed the team from the inside, and they simply cut the talented but problematic wide receiver. Without him, their offense will certainly need players to step up. Derek Carr is looking to regain his MVP-caliber form, while the run game will hopefully be boosted by rookie running back Josh Jacobs.

Date: Monday, September 9, 2019
Time: 10:20 p.m. ET
Location: RingCentral Coliseum—Oakland, CA
TV: ESPN
Announcers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick & Diana Russini
Online Stream/Replay: Watch ESPN, NFL Gamepass