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Monday Night Football open thread: Doubleheader!

We get a double dose of prime time action!

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You know what’s better than one football game? Two football games! To finish off an exciting Week 1—and disappointing Week 1 for Lions fans—we get gifted a doubleheader on ESPN.

First up are the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. The Steelers will feature the return of “Big” Ben Roethlisberger after missing most of last season with an elbow injury. The Steelers did not make many moves in the offseason, and their draft class was without a first round pick. However, the reason for that missing pick was largely responsible for their success last season: Minkah Fitzpatrick. The trade to acquire the safety from Miami proved instrumental to creating one of the top defenses in the league.

The Steelers defense will look to take advantage of a turnover-prone Daniel Jones headlining the Giants offense. With fourth overall tackle Andrew Thomas shoring up the offensive line, Saquon Barkley is likely to benefit. Coupled with high profile free agent signings in James Bradberry, Blake Martinez, and Logan Ryan, and things are looking up fo the Giants.

At the conclusion of that game, the Titans and Broncos battle it out to close out the week. The Titans are hoping to replicate their AFC Championship push from last year. Bulldozing Derrick Henry will lead the way in a rushing-focused offense, although Ryan Tannehill looked revitalized in a new uniform, en route to a sizable new contract. After the loss of Jack Conklin in free agency, they drafted Isaiah Wilson to replace him. However, after being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, as well as getting arrested for a DUI, his debut will have to wait.

The Broncos are entering a new phase of their franchise. Drew Lock takes over as the starting quarterback for a team looking for consistency after Trevor Siemian’s inadequacies, Paxton Lynch’s failure as a first rounder, Brock Osweiler’s sightseeing tour of the NFL, Case Keenum’s regression to mean, Joe Flacco’s non-elite play, and Brandon Allen’s... well, he existed. With receivers Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler added as the Broncos’ top two picks, Lock will have plenty of tools to work with.

Here’s how to watch tonight’s games:

Game 1: Steelers @ Giants

Date: Monday, September 14, 2019
Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ
Announcers: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Maria Taylor
Online Stream/Replay: Watch ESPN, NFL Gamepass

Game 2: Titans @ Broncos

Date: Monday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:10 p.m. ET
Location: Empower Field at Mile High - Denver, CO
Announcers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick & Lisa Salters
Online Stream/Replay: Watch ESPN, NFL Gamepass