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How ESPN put its trust in Peyton, Eli Manning with new 'Monday Night Football' broadcast

Only in rare instances will ESPN green-light a new show that has not been solidified. Yet that's what the network did when it announced in July that its  “Manningcast” featuring brothers Peyton and Eli Manning would be a secondary broadcast on "Monday Night Football" this season. 

Through two games, the show has been a huge success. Aside from technical issues and other timing tweaks, the broadcast has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The Mannings drew 800,000 viewers in Week 1 and more than doubled that number during Week 2 – 1.9 million, compared to 11.9 million on main ESPN broadcast.

But two people with knowledge of the production explained to USA TODAY Sports how ESPN took a leap of faith in the brothers. The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the broadcast and its intricacies.

First off, rehearsals didn't start until after the July announcement, and continued throughout the summer. Locations were brainstormed, ultimately settling on Eli shooting from his New Jersey home, and Peyton at a private memorabilia warehouse in Denver. And hosts tried out.

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Mina Kimes of ESPN and Kyle Brandt of the NFL Network each sat in with the Mannings. Between their feedback and executives’ assessments, the decision to nix the host role became clear, one person with knowledge of the rehearsals said.

ESPN’s pursuit of Peyton Manning to be its primary Monday Night Football analystafter Jon Gruden returned to coaching has been well-documented. The five-time MVP retired following his second Super Bowl in 2015 and has remained in the Denver area, while upping his media presence through his production company "Omaha Productions."

Manning launched a show on ESPN+ in 2019 called "Peyton's Places" – which chronicles important places and people in NFL history through 20 episodes. That led to the creation of "Eli's Places" (the same idea but on college campuses) plus other shows (starring Abby Wambach, Vince Carter, David Ortiz and Ronda Rousey) on the platform.

The idea of an accompanying broadcast is not a new concept. College football coaches usually gather during the playoff semifinal and championship to offer their analysis, for example, and CBS has tried to gear a broadcast toward kids on Nickelodeon. 

What the Mannings offer is something different that likely cannot be replicated anywhere else in the broadcast space, although that won’t stop other places from trying.

Their format allows them more freedom compared to a traditional broadcast, allowing them to control the time like at the line of scrimmage.

“It’s the business of imitation, and often what they’re imitating is the one and only,” legendary broadcaster Bob Costas said on The Ringer show “Slow News Day.”

Peyton brings the energy, while Eli uses dry humor (and mildly insults his brother) to disarm. Both can do the X’s and O’s breakdowns, but that’s more Peyton’s wheelhouse.

“Can it be done? Yeah,” a skeptical Costas said. “Can it be done at the Manning level?”

One reason why that may be unattainable is their chemistry, which is hardly lacking during the brothers’ three-hour entertainment session, with some of the game sprinkled in. Guests join remotely and have included Charles Barkley, who discussed his bets on the game, and Rob Gronkowski, who joked he hasn't watched game film in years. For those wanting the feel of a football game through their television, the main telecast with the Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese may be the preferred option.

After a handful of smaller rehearsals, the Mannings essentially held a dress rehearsal for a Jacksonville Jaguars-New Orleans Saints preseason game on Aug. 23, a Monday night. They brought in guests, among them former Colts executive and ESPN analyst Bill Polian, college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and ex-NFL player Chris Long during the unaired trial.

The Manning broadcast and main broadcast are separate entities in terms of resources. ESPN splits the production responsibilities with “Omaha Productions.” The technical side runs through ESPN, while “Omaha” takes the lead on content. Bryan Ryder, who is ESPN's producer for NFL draft coverage, leads the network's Manning-side effort.

While the Mannings have found early success and popularity, the main telecast still garnered five times the amount of viewers last week. With eight more broadcasts to go in 2021, and in typical Manning fashion, the brothers aren’t focused on the positive attention, but focused on consistent improvement with each show, one of the people said.

From ESPN’s point of view, the Manning broadcast helps the network’s overall brand. Prior to the season, Griese was asked about any dynamic of competition and pushed back on the idea.

“I don’t really look at it that way,” Griese said on a conference call with reporters. “You know, I’ve known Peyton a long time. I don’t know Eli as well, but I’ve known (Peyton) a long time, over 25 years — we came out of college at the same time, competed against each other in the NFL, and now he lives in Denver and we play golf together. He’s a good friend.

“I’ve already texted back and forth with him about this, and I’m looking forward to having some fun with him going back and forth on a week-in and week-out basis and bouncing ideas off of him and having a dialogue that could be really interesting and fascinating to see where that goes.”

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Peyton and Eli Manning Can’t Save the NFL

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The retired quarterbacks are giving Monday Night Football a glow up. But the league needs to do more than that to connect with Gen Z.

By Derek Robertson

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Chalk up one more anomaly to These Unprecedented Times: Something genuinely weird is happening on an NFL broadcast. For this season of its marquee Monday Night Football program, ESPN is airing an additional broadcast featuring the brothers and retired Super Bowl–winning quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning. The “Manning-cast,” as sports media have affectionately dubbed it, has the hangout feel of a Twitch stream: The Mannings break down the game as talking heads from their couches, frequently digressing at length from the on-the-field action to go deep with some football wonkery or welcome a procession of celebrity guests, including LeBron James and Charles Barkley.

If “Tampa 2” sounds more like a vacation booking than football terminology to you, the program also contains a hefty dose of what can only be described as “antics.” During last night’s broadcast, a snoozer of a game in which the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Philadelphia Eagles, Eli flipped a double bird and danced around in his socks, quoting Shakira, while Peyton sternly argued in real time with a notorious Twitter troll. In the three short weeks the Manning-cast has been on the air (seven more episodes are slotted for the rest of the season), Eli’s home fire alarm has interrupted a broadcast, Peyton has struggled to fit his massive cranium into a football helmet, and the duo have occasionally had to hustle like fast-talking talk-show hosts to get through segments before a commercial break.

This is not what Monday Night Football typically looks like. The program’s spit-shined, hyper-professionalized modern incarnation is one of the most watched things on all of television. It earned 8 percent of the league’s nearly $3 billion in ad revenue last season and employs dozens of staffers just to make its absurdist graphics. The NFL embodies a certain Big Business philosophical conservatism, and yet the Manning-cast genuinely innovates in how it deconstructs the league’s televised product. Unsurprisingly, viewers are loving it. A spokesperson for ESPN said in an email that the Manning-cast brought in an additional 2.8 million viewers last week, up from 2 million the week before.

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But who, at the end of this day, is this really for? The NFL, and American professional sports leagues across the board, is bleeding viewers younger than 35. The future of its mind-bogglingly lucrative deals for broadcast rights depends on the league’s success at earning the loyalty of younger fans and prying them from their smartphones. According to a recent report from Sportico, the median viewer age for NBC’s Sunday Night Football is just over 53 years old.

Hopelessly addicted football nerds like myself were always going to love the Manning-cast. But it seems unlikely that the answer to the league’s wider existential dilemma is to lean so heavily on two Brooks Brothers–clad 40-somethings. Football’s powers that be have finally taken a stab at something new. But in doing so they’ve revealed the extent to which the league and its media partners are captured by their own success, stuck drawing from a wellspring of nostalgia and tradition even when trying to power the future.

Although the Manning-cast adopts some very Gen Z aesthetic trappings, you don’t have to watch for long to figure out that neither Manning is an obvious star for the TikTok cohort. Peyton has a dadcorestyle and demeanor, while Eli’s relentless deadpan is not exactly made for YouTube. The show might be parent-friendly bridge content, but Rich Luker, a social psychologist and the creator of the sports-marketing tool ESPN Sports Poll, told me that that’s probably not sufficient to ensure generational succession in football’s fandom. “They’re doing the right thing … [but] if you aren’t doing something where the youth is relevant, you’re not going to get a benefit,” he said. “So the fact that they’re doing something right is not enough.”

This particular approach to such a flagship product might be understandable, given the long history of ignominiousfailedattempts at innovation in the booth. And the league’s core of older viewers, resistant to big changes, still props up a remarkably massive enterprise: Billions in ad revenue are wrapped up in NFL broadcasts, a number that’s only expected to rise as America emerges from the pandemic and years of mostly unwanted gridiron political controversy fade away. Still, that creates a fundamental tension in which one of the biggest drivers of media ad dollars is unable to tap into the coveted 18-to-49-year-old (and, more and more, 18-to-34-year-old) demographic that those dollars are spent to reach. “If you look at [younger generations] and their interest in Monday Night Football, it’s almost nothing,” says Irving Rein, a professor emeritus of communication studies at Northwestern University and the author of The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace.

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The NFL, which did not respond to a request for comment, has made more overtly youth-friendly media overtures before. A partnership with Nickelodeon last year earned warm (if somewhat befuddled) reviews, and it will reoccur this season, but it’s too soon to know whether it will inculcate a new generation of fans. Amazon has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Thursday Night Football starting in 2022, and will feature the games on Twitch, which Twitch has announced will include streamers “from buttoned up sports talk pros to gamers who happen to be big fans.”

And from the NFL’s point of view, the Manning-cast might still be a resounding success even if it doesn’t lead to throngs of teens aching to watch the Detroit Lions, simply by virtue of what those in the business refer to as “earned media.” “The Manning-cast works so well as a product that it might not even matter if it doesn’t succeed in its mission of getting a broader audience to watch Monday Night Football on the ESPN networks,” J. A. Adande, Northwestern’s director of sports journalism and a frequent ESPN panelist, told me in an email. “It could be that cuts and quotes of the Manning brothers’ quips is relieving people of the need to watch both the regular broadcast and the Manning-cast. Maybe that’s okay.”

Ultimately, as much of a breakthrough as the Manning-cast has been, it’s still hard to imagine the league or its broadcast partners leaping feetfirst into the kind of foundation-scrambling experimentation—think turning a major weekly game over to a gaggle of experienced podcasters or streamers, or massively expanding the number of games that can be easily streamed—that would make Gen Z feel as if it has cultural ownership of the game-day experience, in the same way their parents have for decades.

The NFL, then, finds itself exactly as it was before the Manning-cast: a league that’s too big to fail. Despite frequent warnings of impending doom, it still dominates the American sports-media landscape, earning more annual revenue than the NBA and NHL combined. Surely to some in the league, the notion that a course correction is necessary—or even desirable—is laughable. But that very dominance makes the league and its partners overly cautious in a way that could one day jeopardize the sport’s current centrality to American life. The Manning-cast embodies both the enormous strength and potential weakness of the NFL and its media apparatus, with one navy-blue-socked foot stuck stubbornly in the past, knowing that it needs to look toward the future.

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Peyton and Eli Manning on 'Monday Night Football': How to watch ESPN's new MegaCast for 2021 NFL season

The Manning brothers are returning to the gridiron — just in a different way. 

Over the next three seasons, Peyton and Eli Manning will host an alternate broadcast of "Monday Night Football" titled "Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli,” which will air on ESPN2 and ESPN+. The brothers will broadcast 10 games in each of those years for a total of 30. 

Their programming began on ESPN’s "Monday Night Football MegaCast" on Sept. 13 with the Las Vegas Raiders-Baltimore Ravens contest, which featured a traditional ESPN and ABC broadcast; the Manning brothers on ESPN2; "Between the Lines" programming on ESPN+; and a Spanish-language presentation on ESPN Deportes.

The Manning brothers will provide "in-the-moment analysis, big picture NFL dialogue, knee-jerk reaction" and historical perspective with "iconic NFL stars, current athletes and celebrities expected to join each week," according to a press release.

"Offering multiple Monday Night Football viewing options for the next three seasons continues our innovation efforts and provides additional value for our fans,” said Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN and sports content. "Peyton and Eli will bring a different approach, delving into conversation about broader, big-picture topics while also honing in on the game, much like fans do when watching with their family and friends."

Here are more details on Peyton and Eli Manning’s Monday Night Football commentary.

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Why Peyton and Eli Manning are on 'Monday Night Football'

On July 19, 2021, ESPN announced Peyton and Eli Manning would be joining Monday Night Football for commentary, a development that has been sought after since Peyton Manning retired in 2015. 

Since July of 2019, Peyton Manning has hosted Peyton’s Places, a show that revisits iconic moments in NFL history with former players, coaches and other key figures about football and culture, and "Detail,” in which he has broken down current NFL quarterbacks since late 2018,” on ESPN+. However, he declined to host Monday Night Football for multiple years, including reported reasons related to travel, potentially criticizing Eli Manning during his playing career and his perspective that he could be an NFL owner or front office leader. 

Now that Eli Manning has retired and Peyton Manning has been involved in broadcasting for multiple years, the partnership seemed more likely to occur. 

"This partnership with ESPN and The Walt Disney Company reflects an ongoing, shared commitment to offering fans fun, innovative content," Peyton Manning said in a press release. "ESPN+ has been a terrific partner for Omaha Productions [Manning's production company] as we built out The Places franchise and we're excited to co-create a new MegaCast format that will have something for everyone."

Peyton and Eli Manning each said in an interview with Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd they would be breaking down moments all over the field in their commentary. 

"When you play quarterback, you don’t just know the quarterback position, you know what the receivers and the offensive line are supposed to do, you know every defense, where they’re supposed to be lined up and the rules and coverages,” Eli Manning said. "So the quarterback, you got to know every position, so we can break that down.”

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How to watch Manning brothers MegaCast

"Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will simulcast on ESPN+ and be televised on ESPN2. According to Pro Football Talk, Peyton and Eli Manning will be the only hosts of their commentary, with each former player broadcasting from a remote location. 

Viewers can watch "Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” via ESPN2 on their respective cable service of fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. ESPN+ has several subscription options, which can be viewed below.

ProductOverall Price as of Aug. 13
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription$6.99/month
ESPN+ Annual Subscription$69.99/year
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported$19.99/month
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads$13.99/month
UFC PPV Standalone$69.99 each
UFC PPV Package (UFC PPV & ESPN+ Annual)$89.98, then $69.99/year
UFC PPV & The Disney Bundle$83.98, then $13.99/month

'Monday Night Football' schedule 2021

  • Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: ESPN app

ESPN has been the home of "Monday Night Football" since 2006, and for the first time in a while the network will be keeping its broadcast team together. Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese will enter their second year as the MNF broadcasters as part of a three-man booth. "Monday Night Football" games can be streamed via the ESPN app or through fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

"Monday Night Football" games featuring the Manning brothers are denoted with an asterisk. The MegaCast will be available for 10 games total during the 2021 season.

WeekDateMatchup
Week 1Sept. 13Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens*
Week 2Sept. 20Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions*
Week 3Sept. 27Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles*
Week 4Oct. 4Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5Oct. 11Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6Oct. 18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7Oct. 25Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints*
Week 8Nov. 1Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants*
Week 9Nov. 8Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10Nov. 15San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11Nov. 22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12Nov. 29Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 6Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14Dec. 13Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15Dec. 20Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16Dec. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
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Good luck trying to tune in to the “Manning MegaCast” on ESPN over the next few weeks.

Peyton and Eli Manning have drawn near-universal praise this season for their alternate Monday Night Football broadcast on ESPN2, where they spend as much time discussing the game as they do mocking each other’s armpit sweat and dance moves.

Thanks to the natural chemistry between the Manning brothers and an uncharacteristically positive response on social media (a welcome change for ESPN from the brutal coverage of former Monday Night Football announcer Jason Witten), the Manning alternate broadcast more than doubled its audience over the first three weeks of the season — from 800,000 viewers in Week 1 to nearly 1.9 million viewers in Week 3.

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The broadcast has also generated a number of unforgettable moments, from Charles Barkley schooling Peyton on what it’s like to be booed by your own crowd (”You were lucky, Peyton. Everybody liked you. Eli knows what it’s like to get booed at home.”) to Eli apologizing for flipping the double bird on air while telling the story of a nine-year-old Eagles fan who did the same to him.

“Sorry, earlier I gave the double bird. I guess that’s frowned upon, so I apologize if I offended anybody,” Eli said with former Eagles defender Chris Long laughing in the background. “That’s what a nine-year old did to me, I thought I could do it back.”

Unfortunately, at the end of the Eagles’ Week 3 blowout loss to the Cowboys, Peyton announced the duo was taking the next three weeks off. That means in addition to Monday’s Raiders-Chargers game, they’ll also be skipping Colts-Ravens in Week 5 on Oct. 11, and Bills-Titans in Week 6 on Oct. 18.

“I’ll like this break. I’ve been seeing you too much,” Eli said to Peyton during last week’s broadcast. “I need a little break … Overload. I’m getting Peyton overload.”

So fans tuning in to Monday Night Football over the next three weeks looking for the Mannings will instead get ESPN’s main broadcast crew, led by play-by-play announcer (and longtime SportsCenter anchor) Steve Levy. Joining him in the booth is former NFL quarterback Brian Griese and former Eagles front office executive and scout Louis Riddick. King of Prussia native Lisa Salters will report from the sideline.

If you’re just interested in the Mannings, circle Oct. 25 on your calendar. That’s when Peyton and Eli will return to ESPN2 to call the Week 7 matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks. They’ll also stick around the following week so Eli can talk as his former team, the New York Giants, take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 1 (a questionable choice, since Eli is also employed by the Giants in a business operations and fan engagement role).

After that, it’s anyone’s guess which remaining games the Manning brothers will call.

They signed on with ESPN to do their alternate broadcast during 10 Monday Night Football games this season. After Week 8, they’ll have five remaining to spread out over the last nine weeks of the season. They could also end up doing one of ESPN’s Saturday games or the network’s Wild Card playoff game, which an ESPN source said aren’t off the table.

Basically, ESPN is happy with the success of the broadcast and is trying to maximize it. But there’s a reason why the Mannings could only commit to doing 10 games — between speaking engagement, business commitments, and sponsorships, they have kept quite busy during their retirement from the NFL.

Here’s the remaining schedule for ESPN’s Monday Night Football this season:

  • Week 5, Oct. 11: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

  • Week 6, Oct. 18: Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills

  • Week 7, Oct. 25: Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints

  • Week 8, Nov. 1: Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants

  • Week 9, Nov. 8: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears

  • Week 10, Nov. 15: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • Week 11, Nov. 22: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants

  • Week 12, Nov. 29: Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks

  • Week 13, Dec. 6: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots

  • Week 14, Dec. 13: Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • Week 15, Dec. 20: Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings

  • Week 16, Dec. 27: New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins

  • Week 17, Jan. 3: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

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Brothers eli manning

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning created a little controversy on “Monday Night Football.”

Eli Manning and his brother, NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, have been doing commentary for ESPN on the Monday night games, which features the usual banter between the two brothers. During Monday’s 41-21 win by the Dallas Cowboys over the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning was talking about his own experience of playing against the Eagles, according to The Big Lead. He talked about the reception he would get from kids in the stands, and decided to show off what it looked like.

  • “You’re getting the double bird right in your face from a 9-year-old kid. I would give the bird, I don’t know, can we do that? Can you ... I’m sure you can blur that out, right? Getting the double bird by a 9-year-old and they’re saying things about my mom and Peyton and I can’t tell you what they said about mom. You do not want to know.”

After a commercial break, Manning apologized, per Awful Announcing.

  • “All right, all right, sorry. Earlier I did the double bird; I guess that’s frowned upon. So I apologize if I offended anybody. That’s what a 9-year-old did to me, so I thought I could do it back.”

Eli and Peyton Manning were added as secondary commentators for “Monday Night Football” this season, and it’s proven to have success. Per USA Today, the Manning brothers garnered 800,000 viewers in Week 1 and 1.9 million viewers in Week 2. For comparison, the normal “Monday Night Football” broadcast had 11.9 million viewers.

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Why Peyton, Eli Manning aren't on ESPN 'Monday Night Football' broadcast in Week 5

NFL fans have become accustomed to tuning in to ESPN2 on Monday nights to watch Peyton and Eli Manning host the Manning Night Football.

The presentation has been fun every week as the Manning brothers bring on guests, ranging from Pat McAfee to Nick Saban to Russell Wilson, as they break down the game.

But for the second week in a row, viewers will only have the option to watch "Monday Night Football" on the standard ESPN broadcast. 

Here's everything you need to know about why the Mannings won't be on ESPN2 and ESPN+ this week, and when they will be coming back on the air.

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Why Peyton, Eli Manning aren't on 'Monday Night Football'

The Mannings might have rapidly grown in viewership , but that doesn't mean they're going to be on every week.

Peyton and Eli will be on ESPN2 and ESPN+ 10 times during the season, and they've already been on for three weeks. They will only have seven more this year, with several games still left to be decided.

The deal they have signed with ESPN means the pairing will be on the air 10 times this season, as well as the next two NFL seasons. But that still means that every season, there will be seven "Monday Night Football" matchups that they will miss.

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When is the next Manning broadcast on ESPN?

It's not going to be next Monday, either. The Titans vs. Bills matchup will also go without the Mannings on the call.

But football fans will have the chance to watch them again on Oct. 25 when the Seahawks take on the Saints, as well as the following week when the Chiefs take on Eli Manning's old team, the Giants. 

The rest of the schedule is still in progress, but one coach is hoping to see the pairing change to covering a college game with pretty strong ties to the Manning brothers on Oct. 16

MORE: How to watch Peyton and Eli Manning on 'Monday Night Football' for 2021 NFL season

Monday Night Football schedule 2021

There will be plenty of other chances for the Mannings to be on the call. There are 12 regular-season "Monday Night Football" broadcasts left in 2021.

This week, fans will be watching the Ravens and Colts, and the following week will be a clash between the Titans and Bills. 

WeekDateMatchup
Week 1Sept. 13Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2Sept. 20Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3Sept. 27Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4Oct. 4Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5Oct. 11Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6Oct. 18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7Oct. 25Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8Nov. 1Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9Nov. 8Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10Nov. 15San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11Nov. 22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12Nov. 29Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 6Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14Dec. 13Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15Dec. 20Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16Dec. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns
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If you are tuning into the ESPN2 alternate Monday Night Football broadcast to watch the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Los Angeles Chargers in an AFC West showdown, you will not find the Manning brothers. You are likely asking yourself, “where is the Eli and Peyton Manning Monday Night Football broadcast in Week 4?

The answer is that Peyton and Eli Manning aren’t broadcasting all 17 NFL Monday Night Football games this season. Week 4 is one of their weeks off, and it won’t be the only one. Here is what you need to know about when the Manning Brothers will be on Monday Night Football.

The Manningcast is a success

The ESPN2 alternate Monday Night Football broadcast — often referred to as “Monday Night Manning” or the “Manningcast” — has grown each of the first three weeks of the NFL season.

During the Manning brothers’ Week 1 broadcast of the Raiders beating the Baltimore Ravens 33-27, around 800,000 people tuned in to watch Eli and Peyton Manning. The next week that number more than doubled. In Week 2, 1.86 million viewers tuned in to watch the Green Bay Packers thrash the Detroit Lions 35-17.

Week 3 drew an even bigger crowd with 1.89 viewers. These NFL fans watched Peyton, Eli, and friends discuss the Dallas Cowboys 41-21 beatdown of the Philadelphia Eagles.

That number might not seem like a significant improvement. Still, it’s impressive when you consider that the overall MNF viewership fell from 13.8 million total viewers in Week 2 to 12.9 million viewers in Week 3, per Pro Football Talk.

Following the percentages, roughly 5.2% of all MNF viewers watched the Manning brothers in Week 1. That audience share grew to 13.4 % in Week 2 and 14.6% in Week 3.

The Peyton and Eli alternate broadcast has become a bonified hit. Now, the question now is, can the show sustain its momentum through several weeks off?

What happened to the Eli and Peyton Manning Monday Night Football brodacast in Week 4

At the end of the Week 3 broadcast, the Manning brothers announced the date of their next Monday Night Football Manningcast. The show won’t be back until Week 7. The duo is taking three weeks off and won’t be back until the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks game on Monday, October 25.

From the outset of this project, Eli and Peyton Manning only committed to doing 10 shows this season. The initial announcement from ESPN/Disney PR said that the two signed on for three seasons (2021, 2022, 2023) and would do the 10-show run in each.

In addition to the Week 7 matchup, Peyton and Eli said they would also be on our TV sets for the Week 8 contest that pits Eli’s New York Giants against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, neither the Manning brothers nor the network has announced which five of the remaining nine Monday Night Football games the Manning’s will be involved with after that.

Why are people watching the Eli and Peyton Manning alternate broadcast? 

Why is the Eli and Peyton Manning Monday Night Football broadcast not on in Week 4? Former NFL players Peyton Manning and Eli Manning are pictured here on the 11th tee during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Monterey Peninsula Country Club on February 07, 2020.

The reason that Eli and Peyton Manning are taking the football broadcasting world by storm is simple: they’re fun.

The NFL QBs, have known each other since Eli was born in 1981. This gives them a chemistry that is incredibly hard to find in the world of media. The effortlessly entertaining relationship — honed over years of being real brothers — is something that viewers haven’t seen on sports TV.

They also seamlessly and naturally blend entertainment and sports. Peyton and Eli have both hosted Saturday Night Live and starred in a host of commercials over the years. When you combine that with being two of the most cerebral signal-callers in NFL history, you get an infotainment mix the likes of which we’ve never seen.

One more reason the ESPN2 alternate broadcast is so entertaining is that it is gleefully unpolished. The Manning brothers cut each other off, sometimes struggle to communicate with guests (thanks Brett Favre’s internet), and occasionally they even throw it to a commercial break mid-sentence.

The duo is very green when it comes to hosting a TV broadcast. The younger Manning even flipped the viewers the double bird last week. He did so because he thought the production team could blur it out on the fly.

Much of this would be annoying in the hands of lesser hosts. But it just works for some reason with Peyton and Eli.

There is plenty of talk about whether the Manning brothers’ unique broadcast is the future of watching football. It probably isn’t, but there are surely lessons to take from it. For now, we should just enjoy it in the moment, even if that moment isn’t for another three weeks now.

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