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How to Watch Every Monday Night Football Game Live Without Cable in 2023

Written by John O'Connor

The NFL Playoffs are here. Watch the Dallas Cowboys take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Monday Night showdown. Here is how to watch the Wild Card action live without cable on ESPN.

Table of Contents
  1. MNF will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN+
  2. Who hosts MNF?
  3. Which live TV streaming services carry Monday Night Football?
  4. Can I watch MNF on Fubo TV?
  5. Can I watch MNF on DirecTV Stream?
  6. Can I watch MNF on Hulu + Live TV?
  7. Can I watch MNF on Sling TV?
  8. Can I watch MNF on YouTube TV?
  9. Can I watch MNF on Paramount+?
  10. Can I watch MNF on ESPN+?
  11. Can I watch Monday Night Football on NFL Plus?
  12. Watching MNF FAQ
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Cowboys vs. Buccaneers

Time Channel(s)
January 16, 2023 8:15 pm ETESPN, ESPN2

Are you ready for some football?! You can live stream Monday Night Football (MNF) on most major streaming devices, including Roku, iPhone, Android, Apple TV, iPads, Amazon Fire TVs, and more. The 2022-23 NFL season comes with some new options for watching MNF, so read on for all the latest information on the best ways to watch this iconic game.

Our top picks for watching Monday Night Football live online are NFL Plus, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.

  • Best budget option. Sling Orange, at $35 per month, is the best budget option for watching ESPN and MNF.
  • Best overall option. For fans who want to watch MNF on the big screen, our top overall pick is fuboTV. You can watch MNF in a free trial with fuboTV.
  • Best fantasy football option. Fantasy football enthusiasts should give the Stats View and Key Plays feature on YouTube TV a try. You can also integrate NFL.com fantasy teams with YouTube TV and watch your weekly matchups unfold in real time (on mobile only).


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MNF will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN+

Disney, the parent company of ABC and ESPN, paid a reported 2.7 billion dollars per season for the rights to broadcast Monday Night Football through 2033.

Most MNF games will air on ESPN, with ABC and ESPN+ also simulcasting games.

MNF is nationally televised

The TV rules for NFL action can be confusing as most games are broadcast to a regional audience. Monday Night Football is available to viewers with ESPN across the country as one of the NFL’s featured national games. For an explainer piece on which NFL games are regional, and which are national, click here.

Who hosts MNF?

When you tune unto the main broadcast for the 2022-23 season of Monday Night Football, who will be calling the games? MNF uses a three man crew, with one long time broadcast professional paired with two former football players. The crew is as follows:

  • Steve Levy
  • Brian Griese
  • Louis Riddick

Steve Levy is a longtime ESPN journalist (of SportsCenter fame) and sports commentator.

Brian Griese played his college football as a QB at the University of Michigan, then, despite that setback and limited athletic ability, went on to a successful NFL career that surprised many pundits.

Louis Riddick is a former star NFL player and commentator who began hosting MNF in 2020.

Which live TV streaming services carry Monday Night Football?

To watch Monday Night Football online, we need to identify the live TV streaming services that carry ABC and ESPN. We’ve done the work for you with the easy to use table below.

Note: we added ESPN2 to this table for viewers interested in the Eli and Peyton Manning MNF telecast.

FuboDIRECTV STREAMParamount+Hulu + Live TVSling Orange & BlueYouTube TV

Can I watch MNF on Fubo TV?

Yes, Fubo TV carries both ESPN and ABC making it a great option for watching MNF without the need for a cable subscription.

Read our full Fubo TV sports review.

Can I watch MNF on DirecTV Stream?

Yes, DirecTV Stream carries both ESPN and ABC, as well as the largest roster of regional sports networks of any other live TV streaming service, including the YES Network for in-market Yankees fans in the New York and New Jersey area.

Read our full DirecTV Stream review.

Can I watch MNF on Hulu + Live TV?

Yes, Hulu + Live TV is another excellent option for streaming MNF games. Hulu is owned by Disney and will presumably always have access to ESPN for as long as Disney keeps Hulu as a portfolio company.

Read our Hulu + Live TV review for sports fans, including for the ESPN+ bundle.

Can I watch MNF on Sling TV?

Yes, Sling TV’s Orange and Blue package offers cord cutters the ability to stream MNF without cable. Take note: Sling Blue, as a stand alone package, does not offer ESPN and therefore is not a solution for watching MNF online.

Read our Sling TV review for sports fans.

Can I watch MNF on YouTube TV?

Yes, despite some tough contract negotiations that threatened YouTube TV’s ability to feature ESPN, YouTube TV was able keep ESPN on its platform which means YouTube TV subscribers can stream MNF.

Read our full YouTube TV sports review.

Can I watch MNF on Paramount+?

No, as much as we love the NFL on CBS package for NFL fans, especially NFL fans in AFC markets, the Paramount+ platform dopes not carry ESPN and is therefore not an option for watching MNF. You can get a lot of in-market NFL action, golf, college basketball, and college football on Paramount+, and at a major savings, so if you’re looking for a live TV streaming option that is more limited, Paramount+ could be for you.

Read our Paramount+ review for sports fans.

Can I watch MNF on ESPN+?

Yes, you can watch Monday Night Football on ESPN+ in select weeks this season. New for 2022-23, ESPN+ will carry MNF simulcasts in weeks 1-3, plus weeks 15 and 17.

View the ESPN+ MNF simulcast schedule.

You can also watch select Peyton and Eli Manning MNF telecasts on ESPN+.

Read our full ESPN+ review.

Can I watch Monday Night Football on NFL Plus?

Yes, you can live stream Monday Night Football on NFL Plus, but only on a smart phone or tablet.

Watching MNF FAQ

How can I watch the Eli and Peyton Manning MNF broadcast?

Eli and Peyton Manning are brothers, both of whom happened to have won Super Bowls as starting quarterbacks, which is an incredible feat. They watch MNF games and offer fun commentary and banter, which is televised alongside the game live.
To tune into the Eli and Peyton telecast, you can choose either ESPN2 or ESPN+.

Can I watch MNF on my phone?

Yes, all of the live TV streaming options I listed above are mobile friendly, including for streaming MNF. NFL Plus carries every MNF live for mobile and tablet users, and is the cheapest way to watch MNF live online. If you are like me, and find yourself watching more sports from a mobile device these days, check out the blog post I wrote on the best options for watching the NFL on mobile.

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