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Monday Night doubleheader open thread: Raiders at Browns early, Vikings at Bears late

There are still four game left in Week 15, two of them are played tonight.

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With several NFL teams struggling to contain a COVID-19 outbreak within their facilities, the NFL opted to move three games to later dates in Week 15. That means, instead of just one traditional Monday Night Football game, we get two this week—and another two on Tuesday.

Here’s the first game in the doubleheader:

Las Vegas Raiders (6-7) at Cleveland Browns (7-6)

Both teams are in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC and will be fighting to stay within striking distance of a spot in the postseason. That will be a tall task for the Browns, who were hit hard by a COVID-19 outbreak, and will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski, as well as starters Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Jedrick Wills, Austin Hooper, Kareem Hunt, and Jadeveon Clowney. Backup quarterback Case Keenum is also out.

It’s Nick Mullens time in Cleveland!

Here’s how to watch this game:

Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: NFL Network
Announcers: Joe Davis, Kurt Warner
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app, FUBO.tv

Next up, the traditional game...

Minnesota Vikings (6-7) at Chicago Bears (4-9)

An NFC North divisional slobberfest.

As crazy as this sounds, this is the first time these two teams have faced off in 2021. That’s right, they will play each other tonight, and again in three weeks on January 9th to close out the season.

There aren’t any major COVID-19 concerns in this one so it’ll be a straight-up battle between sub-.500 divisional foes. The Vikings, who ended their two-game losing streak last week (that included a loss to the Detroit Lions), are four-point favorites.

Here’s how to watch this game:

Date: Monday, December 20, 2021
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: ESPN, ABC
Announcers: Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters
Online streaming: Yahoo Sports app, FUBO.tv