ESPN "Monday Night Football" announcers Joe Buck (left) and Troy Aikman will call Eagles-Vikings on ABC.

ESPN to experiment with Eagles-Vikings “Monday Night Football” broadcast

As the Eagles kick off their home opener at Lincoln Financial Field against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night footballa second NFL game will approach halftime.

For the first time since taking office Monday night football in 2006, ESPN had two games scheduled simultaneously. First up will be the Tennessee Titans at the Buffalo Bills, which kick off at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, called by Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky and Louis Riddick, with Laura Rutledge reporting from the sideline.

Just over an hour later, Vikings-Eagles will kick off at 8:30 p.m. on ABC, called by new Monday night football announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, who joined ESPN in the offseason after spending 20 years at Fox. Back for its 11th season on Monday night football is the journalist and native of the King of Prussia Lisa Salters.

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Both ESPN and ABC are owned by Disney, and ABC has been airing ESPN-branded sports programming for years. ABC will air the Super Bowl in 2027 and 2031 under ESPN’s NFL deal, the network’s first since 2006.

It’s ESPN’s only doubleheader this season, but starting next year, the network will have three per season as part of its new NFL deal. As a result, ESPN will experiment on Monday night with an approach that at times might look more like NFL Red Zonethe addictive subscription-based league show that airs Sundays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

During select portions of both broadcasts, ESPN will enable a dual-box view that will allow every game to be watched live, with sports center host Scott Van Pelt offering highlights and updates for both. There will also be a second Vikings-Eagles scorebug on ESPN and Titans-Bills on ABC to keep fans updated.

During halftime of both games, host Suzy Kolber and analyst Booger McFarland will review highlights and provide previews of live game action. Once Titans-Bills is over, ESPN will move on to sports center hosted by Van Pelt, who will offer extended looks at the Vikings-Eagles final quarter.

As for the pre-game shows, Monday night countdown will air on ESPN from 5-7 p.m. before Titans-Bills, featuring Kolber, McFarland, Hall of Famer Steve Young and former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. On ABC, the team will return to host a 30-minute version of Monday night countdown in front of Vikings-Eagles from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

That’s a lot of moving parts, which is likely why Peyton and Eli Manning won’t be hosting their popular “Manningcast” alternate stream Monday night on ESPN2. Instead, the network will simulcast ESPN all night, airing Titans-Bills and sticking with Van Pelt for postgame coverage.

Birds fans can also tune in to NBC Sports Philadelphia, which will air Eagles preview live from 7 p.m. until kick-off, and return after the match to animate Eagles Postgame Live until the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

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