ESPN’s regular Monday Night Football crew will make it’s regular season debut after the first Monday Night Game of the season. Since moving their Monday night game to ESPN, it has been tradition for the NFL to schedule a double header for the regular season’s first Monday.
In 2018, the Monday Night Football lineup will begin with the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions. That game will be called by a sort-of college football talent all star crew featuring Beth Mowins handling play-by-play, Brian Griese as color analyst, and Laura Rutledge on the sideline. The new crew of Monday Night Football of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten, Booger McFarland, and Lisa Salters will make its regular season debut in the night’s later game between the LA Rams and Oakland Raiders.
Mowins called a Monday Night Football game in week 1 last year alongside Rex Ryan. That made her the first woman to call play-by-play on a TV broadcast in NFL history. She also called a select number of games for CBS last season.
Brian Griese was the 91st overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played quarterback for four teams in his eleven-year pro career. He was a member of the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl XXXIII championship team.
Rutledge, who just signed a contract extension with ESPN, has been a staple of the network’s college football coverage in recent years. She is the weekly host of SEC Network’s traveling pregame show SEC Nation. She also works the sidelines for college basketball broadcasts.