NFL to eliminate Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheader

Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; General view of the NFL Shield logo on the field before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is planning to eliminate the Monday Night Football Week 1 doubleheader starting this season and instead make it part of a doubleheader to kick off Week 18, NBC Sports reported.

The one Monday Night Football game would be played at its usual start in Week 1 while two games will be showcased on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, to begin the final weekend of the regular season, per NBC.

The two Saturday Week 18 games — one late afternoon, one evening — would belong to ESPN, per the report. The rest of Week 18 would be played Sunday afternoon culminating with Sunday Night Football.

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