The heart of the NFL betting week comes on Sundays, when the majority of the league’s games are played. However, the pinnacle of the week is Monday Night Football. Mondays are fun for nobody—but at least when you get home from work you have a primetime football game to look forward to.
Monday Night Football has been a staple of the NFL landscape since 1970. The game currently airs on ESPN with broadcasters Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese breaking down the action.
Betting on Monday Night Football is extremely popular. On Sunday, there are so many games that it’s hard to isolate which ones provide the best value. There’s so much action it’s hard to focus solely on your bet. On Monday night, there’s one game. It’s broadcast nationally during primetime. You can focus on just that game and not worry about missing out on other ones.
Below we’ll outline how and where to get the best odds to bet on Monday Night Football.
Below you’ll find the current point spread, moneyline and totals odds for this week’s Monday Night Football matchup at legal online sportsbooks in Indiana. Click on any odds below to go straight to the sportsbook, claim your bonus and lock in your Monday Night Football bets.
The NFL airs a weekly game each Monday night on ESPN for Weeks 1-16 of the regular season. Steve Levy calls play-by-play action alongside analysts Louis Riddick and Brian Griese. Lisa Salters is the sideline reporter.
The NFL attempts to schedule high-quality matchups each week while ensuring no team is at a scheduling disadvantage. When the NFL schedule is released, many people quickly look to see the Monday night lineup. Here’s how the 2020 schedule for Monday Night Football looks:
Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in his return from an elbow injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2019 season. The Steelers beat the Giants in New York during coach Joe Judge’s debut. Second-year quarterback Daniel Jones struggled most of the night.
Neither the Titans nor the Broncos had much success getting the ball in to the end zone. Stephen Gostkowski struggled mightily, missing three field goals and an extra point for Tennessee. However, he made the biggest kick of the night as time expired to give the Titans the win.
The Raiders played their first ever game in Las Vegas, coming out on top thanks to three touchdown passes from Derek Carr. Tight-end Darren Waller was the star of the night, catching 12 passes for over 100 yards.
Many viewed this game as a potential candidate for game-of-the-year leading up to kick-off. However, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the game as a rare underdog. Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson could not get much going for Baltimore’s offense.
The Atlanta Falcons had no answer for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. Rodgers threw four touchdown passes en route to the victory for Green Bay at Lambeau Field. Matt Ryan struggled putting points on the board for the Falcons.
This game put Chargers’ rookie quarterback Justin Herbert on the map due to his impressive performance in primetime. Despite Herbert’s strong game, the Chargers fell to the Saints thanks to a Will Lutz field-goal in overtime. The victory put the Saints over .500 on the season.
Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals blew out the Dallas Cowboys, who were playing without Dak Prescott. Dallas was lifeless, and it all but confirmed that the remainder of the season for Cowboys fans was going to be a painful one.
The Chicago Bears’ offensive ineptitude was on full display as their only touchdown of the game came from the defense. Nick Foles did almost nothing to move the football. The Rams did enough to get the win.
The Giants came into the game as substantial underdogs, but they fought hard all game. They were within a late two-point conversion of tying the game, but Tampa Bay held on for dear life to escape with a win.
Joe Flacco had the Jets in position to potentially get their first win of the season, but Cam Newton led three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to get the come-from-behind win for New England. Nick Folk broke the tie with a field goal as time expired.
The divisional showdown was filled with defense for most of the night, but Adam Thielen’s two touchdowns were enough for Minnesota to prevail with the win. The Bears and Nick Foles continued their struggle on offense.
Both Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp had over 100 receiving yards for the Rams, as they knocked off Tom Brady and the Buccaneers thanks to a field goal from Matt Gay in the final three minutes of the game. Tom Brady had two costly interceptions.
D.K. Metcalf dominated the Philadelphia Eagles, hauling in 177 yards on 10 catches. Carson Wentz continued to struggle for the Eagles, as their postseason hopes kept dwindling. Russell Wilson did enough to get the road win for the Seahawks.
Josh Allen continued his impressive season, throwing four touchdowns for Buffalo as they dealt the 49ers a painful blow in terms of their hopes of making the playoffs. Stefon Diggs continued to prove he was a great acquisition for the Bills, posting 92 yards on 10 catches.
Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns made a statement against the Ravens in primetime to continue their resurgent season. It just wasn’t enough to book a win. Baltimore embarrassed the Browns in Week 1, winning 38-6, but this one went down to the wire with Mayfield leading a 4th-quarter drive to tie the game at 42 before Lamar Jackson returned the favour and brought the Ravens the victory.
Pittsburgh was looking to add to their impressive win total, visiting Cincinnati and the short-handed Bengals on Monday night. The Steelers had already defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 by a score of 36-10 but put up a complete turd in this one, falling behind 17-0 in the first half and succumbing meekly to the Bengals led by backup QB Ryan Finley.
The final Monday Night game of the year featured the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots. New England’s playoff hopes were already doomed but the Bills were playing for seeding and took control early.
Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Colts do not have any more games scheduled during Monday Night Football for the 2020 season. Check back for a Colts update when the 2021 Monday Night Football schedule is released. Check the Colts schedule for betting on Thursday Night Football here.
The Chicago Bears played twice on Monday Night Football this season. On Oct. 26, the Bears capped off Week 7 by losing to the Los Angeles Rams in a defensive slugfest, 24-10.
On Nov. 16, the Bears lost to the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 19-13. Adam Thielen scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap off Week 10.
Check back on this page to see when the Bears are scheduled to play on MNF in 2021.
Betting on a Monday Night Football game is no different than betting on any other football game. The three main types of bets still apply.
In a stand-alone spot like Monday Night Football, props are more popular. People are diving deeper into the single game since it’s the only one they need to handicap. You can bet on whether a player will go over or under his receiving yards line, amongst others.
A popular bet for Monday Night Football is betting on which player you think will score the first touchdown of the game. It’s quick action and the odds can get high!
The great thing about Monday Night Football is that you are almost certainly watching the game. There are no other games going on. Plus, the game is broadcast nationally, so most have access to it. Therefore, you can follow along and form your opinions on what is going to happen next.
Live betting is a fast growing market in the sports betting landscape. Sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel are going all-in on making the in-game betting experience a sight to behold. You can bet the game from your couch or on the go via a mobile sportsbook app.
If the underdog just took the lead, you can bet on the favorite to make a comeback and win the game at better odds than they were prior to kick-off.
Who will score the next touchdown? Will this drive end in a punt? Will the kicker make this field goal? Who will win the second half? These are all questions that you can answer by placing a live-bet.
The possibilities are endless. The sports betting action certainly doesn’t stop once the game starts. It only gets more fast and furious.
Betting handles increase for stand-alone games. There is nowhere else for people to place their bets as this is the only game happening. Public bettors move lines due to public perception and false narratives. Sometimes in these stand-alone games, making the ugly bet is the right side.
If there’s a good team with a popular quarterback facing off against an average, boring team and the spread looks too good to be true, consider betting the underdog. More often than not, the oddsmakers know what they are doing.
Another thing to consider is players’ performance in primetime spots. Athletes are creatures of habit. For the most part, they are used to playing on Sundays in the afternoon. Some players underperform under the shine of the bright lights. Spend some time researching which players play well in big games under the bright lights.
Monday Night Football is broadcast nationally on ESPN. The game occurs weekly at 8:15 P.M. EST on Monday night. You can stream Monday Night Football through the ESPN app or on ESPN.com. Simply log-in to your ESPN account with your cable provider information.
You can also stream the game through some sportsbook apps. In addition, Yahoo streams some primetime games through their Yahoo Sports app.
The most famous player rivalry of our current generation might just be Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. On Nov. 7, 2005, the Colts went into the Patriots’ home stadium and won for the first time there since 1995. It was a statement game for Peyton and company, as the Colts dominated throughout.
Manning had 321 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Running back Edgerrin James rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne both topped the 100 yard mark in terms of receiving yards. The final score was Colts 40, Patriots 21.
On Halloween night in 1988, the Colts played on Monday Night Football for the first time in the franchise’s history. They made a statement loud and clear, defeating Denver by a score of 55-23.
Running back Eric Dickerson rushed 21 times for 159 yards and a set club record of four rushing touchdowns. All four touchdowns were in the first half as the Colts raced out to a 45-10 half-time advantage. The game was never in doubt and the Colts announced their presence on a national stage.
When a team is down 21 points with under 4 minutes to play, you can’t fault someone for turning the game off and preparing for bed. A lot of the country probably did just that on Oct. 6, 2003. Tampa Bay had a 35-14 lead with 3:37 to go.
Indianapolis ended up winning the game in overtime by a final score of 38-35. James Mungro, Marvin Harrison and Ricky Williams all scored touchdowns late in regulation before Mike Vanderjagt’s overtime kick finished the comeback.
The Vegas odds for Monday Night Football are very similar to the odds found in Indiana. Most sportsbooks base their Monday Night Football odds off the odds in Vegas. Some differences will be found if a local team is involved. Sportsbooks will look to balance their liability and may shade a line slightly differently than it is posted in Vegas.