ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns tonight as the New Orleans Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles. Kick-off is 8:30p.m. ET with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters.
Pre-game action begins at 6:30p.m. ET with Monday Night Countdown. Chris Berman will host with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. On-site host Stuart Scott, analysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young, contributor Rick Reilly and Salters will add to the show.
From ESPN PR, here are the anticipated highlights for the show:
- ‘Gruden Extra’ with Jonathan Vilma: Suspended for his role in the Saints bounty program, linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is appealing the process, has rarely been on the field for his team. While preparing for only his third game of the season, Vilma sits down with Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden in the MNF bus.
- Drew Brees Conversation with Lisa Salters: After an off-season filled with the Saints bounty scandal and his tense contract negotiations, quarterback Drew Brees has 20 touchdown passes in seven games and is on-track for a second straight season with more than 5,000 passing yards. Brees sits for a candid conversation with MNF reporter Lisa Salters.
- Rick Reilly Feature – Steve Gleason’s Block: After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Superdome served as a shelter for those displaced by the storm. When the Superdome reopened in 2006, Steve Gleason’s blocked punt against Falcons sparked a memorable win for the Saints in their first game back at the Superdome. A statue commemorating the moment now stands outside the Superdome and Gleason’s battle with ALS has inspired many. Gleason’s block has become a signature moment in the rebirth of New Orleans, reports Rick Reilly.
- Soundtracks – LeSean McCoy: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in-game audio last week vs. the Falcons will be featured in this week’s ‘Soundtracks’ on Monday Night Countdown.