Why is there is no 'Monday Night Football' doubleheader in Week 1? NFL adds a twist to the prime-time window – CBS Sports

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For those who are just getting back into the NFL waters after an offseason of hibernation, you may be wondering why there is no “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on the Week 1 slate. After all, this has been a staple on the schedule dating back to 2006, with the late game (typically a 10:15 p.m. ET kickoff) featuring West Coast clubs. 
The NFL did away with the doubleheader for the 2021 season, opting for two games in Week 18 on the final Saturday of the regular season that flexed any teams still fighting for a playoff spot or division title. Under the new television contract between ESPN/ABC and the league, that Week 18 broadcast format will remain, but they’ll also bring back the annual “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in 2022, albeit with a twist. 
With ESPN upping its slate of games from 17 to 23, there will technically be three weeks where the “Monday Night Football” branding will appear multiple times in 2022, even if it is not specifically on Monday or a true back-to-back doubleheader. 
The first set of games will be played in Week 2 when the Tennessee Titans visit the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles head to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Sept. 19. 
Unlike in the past when we saw 10 p.m. ET kickoffs for the second game, these matchups will be staggered a bit, but there will be some crossover and be aired on different networks. Titans-Bills will begin at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and Vikings-Eagles will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Both networks are under the Walt Disney Company umbrella. 
The next “doubleheader” will come in Week 8, but one of those “Monday Night Football” matchups will come on Sunday morning when the Broncos take on the Jaguars in London. That game will be aired exclusively on ESPN+. Then, Bengals-Browns will wrap up the Week 8 slate for an actual Monday night showdown. 
Meanwhile, that final doubleheader comes in that Week 18 Saturday window featuring playoff hopefuls. 
To see the full “Monday Night Football” slate for the 2022 season, click here.
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