This year’s Monday Night Football looks to be yet another great year for ESPN and football fans across America. Week 1 kicks off with a double header as it does each year. The Steelers vs The Redskins looks to be a shootout. Can Kirk Cousins bring in the 2016 season with the same firepower as he ended last season? Big Ben will be back to his usual self, but without star Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant who is serving a yearlong suspension for failed drug tests.
This was the year that Bryant could cement himself as one of the great receivers in the NFL, but he can’t seem to stay out of the trouble. Fantasy Football owners should looks to target Antonio Brown early in their drafts. He will continue to put up ridiculous stats game after game and will give any fantasy team the edge in their weekly match ups. I am looking forward to seeing the return of the LEVeon Bell from his gruesome knee injury. Can the prolific runner return to his pre-injury self? I sure hope he can. For Washington, everything rests on the shoulders of Kirk Cousins. Can he take the momentum he finished with last season and turn it into a season for the record books in Washington?
I believe he has the arm talent, Football IQ, and the supporting cast around him to pull it off. Second year running back Matt Jones should be able to shoulder a full time role in the backfield to take some of the pressure off of Cousins. Jackson and Garcon are returning on the outside to provide viable options for Cousins. This should be a shootout from the kick off and I can’t wait for the opening snap of this one.
Game 2 of the double header features two California teams. The 49ers and the newly returned to California rams. Rookie QB Jared Goff goes against Colin Kaepernick in what looks to be a let down of a game in comparison to the first game of the double header. Rookie Quarterbacks have done well in recent years, but I am just no sold on Goff just yet. He appears to be the product of franchises over valuing quarterbacks in the draft and are often picked well ahead of their actual value. Chip Kelly brings his high paced, but recently inefficient offense up to the Bay Area, but he severely lacks any weapons on offense. The only offensive weapon I see for the 49ers is running back Carlos Hyde, but I just don’t see how he fits Kelly’s offense. The Rams on the other hand have weapons for days on their offense. Todd gurley is a sure fire top running back in this league and for many years to come. The emergence of Tavon Austin Last year is also a welcome addition to this offense in need of an explosive play maker. He never will live up to his draft selection, but he is a player that defenses need to account for at all times. In the end I don’t see too many people on the East Coast staying up late to see the ending of this one. The LA Rams should be able to control the clock with their run game and keep Chip Kelly’s offense under lock to cruise to an Easy Week 1 victory to kick of their tenure in LA.
To catch up with Monday Night Football games, don’t forget to keep following the Monday Night Football TV Schedule 2016.
Monday Night Football TV Schedule 2016 at a glance:
All games at 8:30pm ET on ESPN except Week 1.
Monday, Sept. 12 (Week 1)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Washington Redskins – 7:10pm ET
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – 10:20pm ET
Monday, Sept. 19 (Week 2)
Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears
Monday, Sept. 26 (Week 3)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Monday, Oct. 3 (Week 4)
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings
Monday, Oct. 10 (Week 5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Monday, Oct. 17 (Week 6)
New York Jets at Arizona Cardinals
Monday, Oct. 24 (Week 7)
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Monday, Oct. 31 (Week 8)
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Monday, Nov. 7 (Week 9)
Buffalo Bills at Seattle Seahawks
Monday, Nov. 14 (Week 10)
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants
Monday, Nov. 21 (Week 11)
Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders
Monday, Nov. 28 (Week 12)
Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
Monday, Dec. 5 (Week 13)
Indianapolis Colts at New York Jets
Monday, Dec. 12 (Week 14)
Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Monday, Dec. 19 (Week 15)
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Monday, Dec. 26 (Week 16)
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys