The opening Monday Night Football game of the season will take place on Sept. 12. There will be a ton of intrigue in the air as Russell Wilson leads the Denver Broncos into his old stomping grounds to face off with the Seattle Seahawks. Oddsmakers have installed the visitors as 4.5-point favorites and are expecting a relatively low-scoring contest.
The blockbuster Wilson trade was one of the more intriguing highlights of what has been an eventful NFL offseason. The atmosphere at Lumen Field will likely be even more electric than normal as a result. Here’s a look at the opening lines for the Broncos vs. Seahawks and the rest of this year’s MNF slate.
MNF odds and lines: Broncos vs. Seahawks
Seattle is one of the more challenging places in the league to play, but it’s now a little less intimidating with Wilson changing his zip code to Denver. Sportsbooks have the Broncos as early favorites for a game that has one of the lowest over/unders of Week 1.
- Point spread: Broncos -4.5
- Point total: 41.5
- Moneyline: Broncos -195, Seahawks +165
As an also-ran in last year’s playoff chase, the Broncos entered the offseason with a big to-do list. The team managed to cross off one of the biggest items by swinging a trade for Russell Wilson. Denver now has a franchise QB to lead the talented cast on offense and instantly moves up the ranks of AFC contenders.
For Seattle, the trade of Wilson suggests that the team will be taking some steps backward. Drew Lock is the likely Week 1 starter, while the defense is a long way from its “Legion of Boom” days. However, an inspired performance as home underdogs in the season opener of MNF is certainly possible.
Last updated: Aug. 11, 2022
NFL Monday Night Football 2022 schedule
There are a number of highlights to look forward to on this year’s MNF slate, including a doubleheader in Week 2. ESPN is the primary spot to catch all of the action, with sister network ABC also on board for a few broadcasts.
|1||Sept. 12||Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks||8:15 p.m.||ESPN, ABC|
|2||Sept. 19||Tennessee Titans @ Buffalo Bills||7:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|2||Sept. 19||Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles||8:30 p.m.||ABC|
|3||Sept. 26||Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|4||Oct. 3||Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 10||Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|6||Oct. 17||Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|7||Oct. 24||Chicago Bears @ New England Patriots||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|8||Oct. 31||Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|9||Nov. 7||Baltimore Ravens @ New Orleans Saints||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|10||Nov. 14||Washington Commanders @ Philadelphia Eagles||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|11||Nov. 21||San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals (in Mexico City)||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|12||Nov. 28||Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|13||Dec. 5||New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|14||Dec. 12||New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|15||Dec. 19||Los Angeles Rams @ Green Bay Packers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN, ABC|
|16||Dec. 26||Los Angeles Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|17||Jan. 2||Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals||8:30 p.m.||ESPN, ABC|
As the last game of the NFL weekly slate, Monday Night Football receives a lot of interest, both from a viewership and betting perspective. The main three bets always attract plenty of action, but there are also lots of other options, including props. For starters, you’ll have player props like the following:
- Touchdowns: Player to score first, last, anytime or multiple TDs
- Yards: Over/under on total yards for key players
- Players: QB competitions, RB attempts, WR receptions, etc.
- Defense: Total tackles, sacks and INTs for top defenders
- Kicking: Total FGs, PATs or points scored by the kickers
MNF props are also available for the game as a whole, such as on the exact winning margin, or on the individual teams, including which side will win each half.
Prop betting odds for the Broncos vs. Seahawks will come out in advance of the game. As we look forward to the kickoff for the first Monday Night Football game of the 2022 season, here are a few research points to keep in mind:
- Broncos: Denver averaged 19.7 points and 330.5 yards per game last season while allowing 18.9 and 326.1.
- Russell Wilson: Last year for Seattle, Wilson averaged 222.4 passing yards per game and threw for 25 TDs.
- Javonte Williams: Melvin Gordon is still in town, but Williams could take a leap forward in his second season.
- Jerry Jeudy: Last season, Jeudy averaged 46.7 receiving yards per game, but his production should tick up with Wilson behind center.
- Seahawks: Seattle averaged 23.2 points and 323.9 yards per game last season while giving up 21.5 and 379.1.
- Drew Lock: The QB came over from Denver in the Wilson trade.
- Rashaad Penny: The Seahawks’ backfield is a question mark, but Penny averaged 74.9 yards per game on the ground last year.
- DK Metcalf: The talented wideout logged 75 receptions for 967 yards and 12 TDs last season and is a top option in the passing game.
Other ways to bet on Monday Night Football
Beyond the options we went over above, here are some of the other top ways to bet on MNF:
- Single-game parlays: This type of bet has exploded in popularity recently. With SGPs, you can put together multi-leg wagers for a single contest. As an example, you could pick the outright winner of Monday Night Football, and then tie it together with some props. To win, you have to get all of your picks right.
- Live betting: This is real-time football odds based on what’s happening in the game. As Monday Night Football plays out, you’ll see a host of different options, such as new props, odds on halves and quarters, and spreads or totals based on the current situation on the field.
- Alternate lines: Thanks to alternate lines, you can go beyond the main spreads and totals to find the numbers that you like best. The odds will shift based on how far away from the main lines you go, so these are options for when you’re looking for a little more safety or to take on some extra risk.
Outside of the doubleheader in Week 2 this season, MNF is a standalone game. However, you can still use the game as part of a parlay for that week’s NFL games.
Monday Night Football history/trends
Monday Night Football made its debut on Sept. 21, 1970. The Cleveland Browns defeated the New York Jets by a score of 31-21 in the inaugural game. MNF aired on ABC from its inception through 2005, when coverage shifted to ESPN.
All 32 NFL teams have had their moments in the spotlight on Monday Night Football. There have been a number of memorable games and moments throughout the years.
- Most points by a single team: Eagles 59-28 over Washington, Nov. 15, 2010
- Biggest blowout: Ravens 48-3 over Packers, Dec. 19, 2005
- Highest-scoring game: Rams 54-51 over Chiefs, Nov. 19, 2018
- Lowest-scoring game: Steelers 3-0 over Dolphins, Nov. 26, 2007
The NFL is cyclical in nature, so teams go through ebbs and flows in terms of how often they appear in primetime. Since the 2010 NFL season, the Chicago Bears have the most MNF appearances with 21, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are last with three. Over that span, several clubs have racked up impressive records on Monday night.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 13-3, .812
- San Francisco 49ers: 12-4, .750
- Tennessee Titans: 6-2, .750
- Seattle Seahawks: 11-4, .733
- Kansas City Chiefs: 10-4, .714
- New England Patriots: 10-4, .714
On the other hand, a number of clubs have not exactly been ready for primetime.
- Buffalo Bills: 2-5, .286
- Indianapolis Colts: 3-8, .273
- Miami Dolphins: 3-8, .273
- Cleveland Browns: 1-4, .200
- Washington Commanders: 3-13, .188
Last season, there were 17 Monday Night Football games. Here’s what happened from a betting perspective.
- Moneyline: Favorites 10-7
- Spreads: Favorites 6-11
- Totals: Over 7-10
- Home/away: Home 12-5
The biggest advantage was for home teams, while favorites had a slight edge for the season as a whole. Underdogs and the under were the better options on spreads and totals over the course of the season. We’ll see what trends emerge as the 2022 Monday Night Football schedule plays out.
Monday Night Football FAQ
Where can I watch or stream MNF?
ESPN is the broadcast home for Monday Night Football. ABC will also carry several games this season. You can also stream the game via the ESPN website or app, but you will need valid login credentials from your provider to access the feed.
When was the first Monday Night Football game?
Which team has appeared on Monday Night Football the most times?
The Miami Dolphins hold the record with 86 appearances for a record of 43-43. The Dallas Cowboys are second with 83 games played for a mark of 48-35. The Houston Texans have played on Monday Night Football the fewest times, going 5-9 in 14 games.
What was the highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history?
The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs combined for 105 points on Nov. 19, 2018. This was the highest-scoring Monday Night Football game to date and the third-largest total in NFL history. The Rams won the game by a score of 54-51.