ESPN will televise two NFL preseason games as part of its 2014 Monday Night Football schedule. Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico and analyst Jon Gruden will call the games with reporter Lisa Salters in anticipation of ESPN’s MNF regular-season opener on Monday, Sept. 8. Both MNF preseason games will begin at 8 p.m. ET and will be preceded by a one-hour Monday Night Countdown pregame show.
ESPN’s preseason kicks off Thursday, Aug. 14, when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Chicago to face quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears at Soldier Field.
The ESPN crew then heads to Landover, Md., where quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Aug. 18, at FedExField. This matchup will also be a battle of first-year head coaches with Washington’s Jay Gruden, Jon Gruden’s brother, and Cleveland’s Mike Pettine both hired in early 2014.
ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will once again offer a Spanish-language production of MNF preseason and regular-season games in 2014. All games will also be available on tablets and computers via WatchESPN.
The 2014 ESPN MNF regular-season schedule is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
ESPN’s Monday Night Football 2014 NFL Preseason Schedule:
|Thursday, Aug. 14||8 p.m.||Jacksonville Jaguars at Chicago Bears|
|Monday, Aug. 18||8 p.m.||Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins|