Tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is a matchup of playoff hopefuls in Baltimore and Los Angeles. Ravens vs. Rams, scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, also features a handful of star players like Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Todd Gurley, Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram.
But let’s be honest: “Monday Night Football” tonight might as well be promoted as the Lamar Jackson show.
The Ravens quarterback, firmly established as a 2019 NFL MVP candidate, is the reason his team enters Monday night’s game as a three-point road favorite. Through 10 games this season, Jackson has 2,258 passing yards and 781 rushing yards, the most rushing yards by a QB through 10 games of a season in NFL history. Since entering the NFL in 2018, Jackson has 3,459 passing yards and 1,476 rushing yards in 26 career games.
With 24 rushing yards on Monday night against the Rams, Jackson would become the first player with at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards over his first two seasons in NFL history.
Who plays on Monday Night Football tonight?
- Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams
- Kickoff time: 8:15 p.m. ET
In both our NFL Week 12 picks against the spread and straight-up predictions, Sporting News projected a Ravens victory over the Rams on Monday night. Below are the explanations.
Pick against the spread: The Rams’ defense has two elite players in Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, but there are plenty of other holes that the Ravens can exploit with Lamar Jackson, their traditional running game and their intermediate passing game. Jared Goff is struggling, and he faces a top secondary that now has former Ram Marcus Peters behind a revamped pass rush. Jackson will come through with plenty of his usual action, and Goff won’t come up with a reaction once Baltimore contains Todd Gurley. Pick: Ravens win 23-16 and cover the spread .
Straight-up prediction: The Rams have put together four consecutive strong defensive performances, but it’s hard to imagine their slowing down the rushing and scoring freight train that is Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. On the road but in a favorable, prime-time slot, expect the NFL’s hottest team to keep rolling. Pick: Ravens 28, Rams 23 .
MORE: Full betting preview for Ravens vs. Rams
What channel is Monday Night Football on?
ESPN (and ABC) has been the home for “Monday Night Football” since its inception in 1970. You can find a live stream for MNF games at ESPN.com or by downloading the ESPN app .
Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland will have the call from the booth. McFarland was a sideline analyst last year, but moved into the booth when Jason Witten returned to the Dallas Cowboys following a stint in broadcasting that was not particularly well-received.
Lisa Salters returns for her eighth season as sideline reporter, and John Perry is the crew’s new officiating analyst for 2019.
Monday Night Football schedule 2019
|Week 1||Sept. 9||Texans at Saints (7 p.m. ET)|
|Sept. 9||Broncos at Raiders (10:15 p.m. ET)|
|Week 2||Sept. 16||Browns at Jets|
|Week 3||Sept. 23||Bears at Redskins|
|Week 4||Sept. 30||Bengals at Steelers|
|Week 5||Oct. 7||Browns at 49ers|
|Week 6||Oct. 14||Lions at Packers|
|Week 7||Oct. 21||Patriots at Jets|
|Week 8||Oct. 28||Dolphins at Steelers|
|Week 9||Nov. 4||Cowboys at Giants|
|Week 10||Nov. 11||Seahawks at 49ers|
|Week 11||Nov. 18||Chiefs at Chargers|
|Week 12||Nov. 25||Ravens at Rams|
|Week 13||Dec. 2||Vikings at Seahawks|
|Week 14||Dec. 9||Giants at Eagles|
|Week 15||Dec. 16||Colts at Saints|
|Week 16||Dec. 23||Packers at Vikings|