Few sports own a day of the week quite like the NFL does on Sundays. But while the league’s Sunday slate ensures football takes up a lot of our attention that day, perhaps no single game sees more betting action than the one held a day later on Monday Night Football.
Each week the NFL tries to schedule one of its most intriguing match-ups for the prime time Monday night broadcast. Combine this with the fact there’s normally only one game on Monday, and it’s easy to see why betting on Monday Night Football is such a big deal week in and week out.
Now that Tennessee has launched legal online sports betting, Monday Night Football betting is poised to be a big thing here in the Volunteer State as well. Scroll down to see real-time odds on this week’s Monday Night Football game at TN online sportsbooks and learn more about how you can take advantage of them.
Here’s a look at the current odds for this week’s Monday Night Football game at the top TN sportsbooks:
The Tennessee Titans opened the 2020-21 NFL season on Sept. 14, 2020, with a 16-14 win at the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. COVID-19 protocols forced the Titans’ Week 5 matchup against the Buffalo Bills to be moved to a Tuesday. However, unless there are other schedule changes throughout the season, the Tennessee Titans will not appear on Monday Night Football again this year.
The NFL uses a scheduling algorithm to determine which teams play each other based on division alignments and last year’s standings. Once the schedule is set, the league tries to pick a marquee matchup for the Monday Night game.
The Monday Night Football schedule is not flexible. While the league can flex late-season games with playoff implications into the prime time slot on Sundays, it does not do the same on Monday night, where the original schedule is set in stone. The Thursday Night Football schedule is also fixed in advance of the season.
Here’s a look at the 2020 Monday Night Football schedule and scores so far:
|Sept. 14, 2020||Pittsburgh Steelers 26 at New York Giants 16||7:15p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Sept. 14, 2020||Tennessee Titans 16 at Denver Broncos 14||10:10 p.m.||on ESPN|
|Sept. 21, 2020||New Orleans Saints 24 at Las Vegas Raiders 34||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN & ABC|
|Sept. 28, 2020||Kansas City Chiefs 34 at Baltimore Ravens 20||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Oct. 5, 2020||Atlanta Falcons 16 at Green Bay Packers 30||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Oct. 12, 2020||Los Angeles Chargers 27 at New Orleans Saints 30||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Oct. 19, 2020||Arizona Cardinals 38 at Dallas Cowboys 10||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Oct. 26, 2020||Chicago Bears 10 at Los Angeles Rams 24||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Nov. 2, 2020||Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 at New York Giants 23||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Nov. 9, 2020||New England Patriots 30 New York Jets 27||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Nov. 16, 2020||Minnesota Vikings 19 Chicago Bears 13||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Nov. 23, 2020||Los Angeles Rams 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Nov. 30, 2020||Seattle Seahawks 23 Philadelphia Eagles 17||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Dec. 7, 2020||Buffalo Bills 34 San Francisco 49ers 24||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Dec. 14, 2020||Baltimore Ravens 47 Cleveland Browns 42||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Dec. 21, 2020||Cincinnati Bengals 27 Pittsburgh Steelers 17||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
|Dec. 28, 2020||Buffalo Bills 38 New England Patriots 9||8:15 p.m. EST||on ESPN|
You can bet on Monday Night Football games the same way you bet on any NFL game. That said, the intense scrutiny of playing the day’s only game in prime time affects some players, making the Monday Night Football prop betting market quite interesting.
Here’s a list of the basic bets available for Monday Night Football games at TN sportsbooks:
Tennessee sportsbooks offer live Monday Night Football betting as well. That means you can bet on various lines during the Monday Night Football game at odds that are adjusted throughout.
These are mostly the same markets you bet on pregame, but with odds that are adjusted according to how the game is playing out. There are additional second-half and prop markets available as well.
Live sports betting odds can change as fast as the action does, which is why live Monday Night Football betting works best with an online sportsbook app. Betting live on MNF can enhance your game-watching experience and turn a mundane late-season Monday night matchup with no playoff implications into something way more intense.
Both players and teams as a whole are undoubtedly affected by the circumstances surrounding Monday Night Football. After all, playing in prime time is different than playing in the afternoon. Plus, playing in the day’s only game is a lot different than playing on a day full of other games.
The entire football world is watching on Monday Night and some players perform better than others under this intense scrutiny. We know most teams as a whole tend to play better at night.
A 2018 study showed players are less likely to get injured, turn over the ball, and make other mental errors in night games compared to afternoon games. That’s because, as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine claims, most people are more alert at night. They call it higher body clock or circadian-regulated alertness.
You’ll also find some teams have proven to be better in night games. The Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, for instance, have enjoyed an NFL best 10-2 record and .833 winning percentage on Monday Night Football since 2010.
Keep that stat and the following basic tips in mind anytime you’re looking to bet the Monday Night Football game.
Most of the Western half of Tennessee, including Nashville, is on Central Time. That’s an hour behind most of the eastern half of the state, including Chattanooga, which operates on Eastern Time.
Most Monday Night Football games will air in Tennessee at either 8:15 p.m. EST or 7:15 p.m. CST, depending on where you live. All of the games air on ESPN.
ESPN subscribers can stream Monday Night Football on the internet via the ESPN app, ESPN.com, and the ESPN apps on the following:
The Tennessee Titans have appeared in 20 Monday Night Football regular-season games since 2000. The team boasts a 13-7 record in these games. Here’s a look at the results:
Here’s a look at the Titans’ three most memorable Monday Night Football games:
Vegas odds are the odds available at Las Vegas sportsbooks for Monday Night Football games. For the most part, TN online sportsbooks will open with the same Monday Night Football betting lines you’ll find at Las Vegas sportsbooks.
Of course, these lines are subject to change and they will change differently at different sportsbooks based on betting patterns. Sportsbooks move lines to get an equal amount bet on both sides and realize the vig. Since more money is likely to be bet on the Tennessee Titans at local sportsbooks than in Las Vegas, the local lines on Tennessee Titans games are likely to move more.
In other words, while they may open the same, the Monday Night Football lines at Las Vegas sportsbooks and TN online sportsbooks will move differently based on local betting and who is playing.