Monday Night Football on ESPN- Texans at Patriots

The Houston Texans are at the New England for tonight’s ESPN’s Monday Night Football telecast.  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 Tom Brady: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is having one of his best seasons with 25 touchdown passes and four interceptions.  The three-time Super Bowl champion joins Mike Tirico on the MNF bus to discuss his season.  (Tirico is sitting in for Jon Gruden, who will be in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday for the reunion of his Super Bowl XXXVII-winning team.)
  • Soundtracks – Bill Belichick:  Arguably, no head coach makes better in-game adjustments than Bill Belichick of the Patriots.  In Soundtracks, Countdown relives key in-game audio with Belichick on the sidelines during the Patriots week 11 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Rick Reilly Feature – J.J. Watt:  The Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is making a major impact on and off the field.  Watt befriended two brothers in Houston after they were paralyzed in a car crash that killed their parents. columnist and Countdown essayist Rick Reilly reports how Watt has impacted the lives of a Houston family following a tragedy.