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ESPN'S MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRE-GAME NOTES
New England Patriots vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Monday, Oct. 1 – 8:30 p.m. ET
Two of the NFL’s most exciting quarterback-receiver duos will be on display on ESPN’s Monday Night Football Monday when Tom Brady, Randy Moss and the undefeated New England Patriots face Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson and the Cincinnati Bengals at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN HD. Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser (analysts), and Suzy Kolber and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporters) will call the highly-anticipated AFC showdown game.
NFL studio coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. with NFL Live. Chris Berman will host Monday Night Countdown at 7 p.m. from Bristol with Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Chris Mortensen and Bill Parcells. The 90-minute show will also include Stuart Scott, Emmitt Smith and Steve Young from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
ESPN Deportes will offer a Spanish-language telecast of the MNF game with Alvaro Martin (play-by-play), Raul Allegre (analyst) and John Sutcliffe (reporter).
Previewing the Patriots-Bengals Match-Up:
Analyst Ron Jaworski: "I focus on the offensive line. It’s a multi-dimensional offensive line. They can run the football inside. The offensive line has the athletic ability to run the football outside and clear the way for the running backs the Patriots have. They have also been protecting Tom Brady very well. That’s why Brady is off to such a fantastic start."
Analyst Tony Kornheiser: "Carson Palmer is a great quarterback. Tom Brady is, at this moment, unparalleled in the NFL. The New England team scores 38 every single game with precision. Cincinnati gives up 32. It’s an ‘uh-oh’ situation for Cincinnati, but Cincinnati can put 50 up. It’s possible this is gonna happen."
MNF Pre-Game Notes:
- Bengals defensive end Justin Smith will be miked-up and "Wired" for sound during the game;
- Actor Jamie Foxx, star of the new motion picture The Kingdom, will appear in a special tease open to this week’s game. In the open, Foxx plays an FBI agent who breaks into a secure facility to uncover the secrets behind the Patriots and Bengals' explosive offenses;
- "Monday Night Musicians" -- the MNF game and Monday Night Countdown pre-game show will highlight new music from Bruce Springsteen (singles: "Radio Nowhere" and "Livin in the Future") and Matchbox Twenty (singles: "How Far We’ve Come" and "I'll Believe You When") coming in and out of commercials and during highlight packages.