A stand-alone NFL game like Monday Night Football almost always gets more action at sportsbooks than a Sunday afternoon game.
Once online sports betting is legal in Ohio in January 2023, you can jump into the action in multiple ways. Below check the latest Monday Night Football odds as posted at online sportsbooks.
This week’s Monday Night Football game lines
What are Monday Night Football Vegas odds?
For a long time, the only way to legally place a sports bet in the US was to be in Las Vegas. A common phrase among sports fans when wondering what oddsmakers thought of the game would be something along the lines of, “What does Vegas think?”
Now that individual states have the option to allow sports betting, you can place wagers on NFL games from a variety of locations throughout the country. There is very little difference between Vegas odds and the Monday Night Football odds you’ll see in Ohio.
Popular Monday Night Football bets
Sportsbooks and oddsmakers will offer a variety of bets as they battle for new users to their platforms. The basic three NFL bet types are the point spread, moneyline and point total. Here is how each of them works:
- Point spread: As an NFL fan you know that not all teams are equal. That’s where the point spread comes in. For example, the Cincinnati Bengals could be favored by 4.5 points over the Jacksonville Jaguars at FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio. If you bet on Cincinnati to cover the spread, the Bengals would need to win by more than 4.5 points. For the Jaguars to cover, they would need to lose by less than 4.5 points or win the game outright.
- Moneyline: The moneyline bet is the simplest way to bet on the NFL. All that matters is who wins and who loses. However, the payout would be higher if you correctly bet on the underdog than it would be if you correctly wagered on the favorite. You might see a bet on the Cleveland Browns vs the Greenbay Packers at +150 on PointsBet Ohio. This means that if you bet $100 you stand to win $150.
- Point total: Also known as the over/under, the point total is the combined number of points by both teams in a game. For example, let’s say the DraftKings Ohio sportsbook set the point total at 47.5 for an upcoming game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. If you believe those teams will combine for fewer than 47.5 points, you would take the under. If you think the offenses will perform better than expected, bet on the over.
Live betting during Monday Night Football
Live betting is an increasingly popular way to wager on NFL games, as you can now place bets as games are taking place. The best way to live bet on Monday Night Football games is through various legal Ohio sportsbook apps. This lets you pull out your phone as you’re watching the game and see if any bets interest you.
Sports betting lines will move rapidly by the second based on recent events in the game, so you must be quick in getting their wagers in at the perfect time.
Top MNF performances in history
We’ve seen plenty of memorable performances over the years in the NFL, especially on Monday Night Football. Below are some of the best:
- Biggest comeback: Known as the Monday Night Miracle, in 2000, the New York Jets scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and eventually beat the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime.
- Most points in a game: The Los Angeles Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in 2018, setting a new record for points in a Monday Night Football game.
- Most passing yards in a game: The first Monday Night Football game of the 2011 season saw the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 38-24, and Tom Brady threw for 517 yards in the win.
How to watch Monday Night Football without cable
With games appearing on ESPN, Monday Night Football is not available over the air through an antenna on broadcast TV, so fans will need to find another way to watch those games every Monday night.
With so many people cutting the cord, there are many ways to catch MNF without cable through streaming services like DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, fuboTV, etc.
Fans can also watch through the ESPN app, but a cable or streaming service login is necessary to do so. To watch Monday Night Football games for free, try the Yahoo Sports app.
Who are the Monday Night Football announcers this year?
The announcers for the main ESPN Monday Night Football broadcasts are Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, with Lisa Salters as the sideline reporter.
Starting this season, the NFL is showing an alternate Monday Night Football broadcast called the Manning Cast, which will air on ESPN2. Peyton and Eli Manning will be a part of 10 Monday Night Football broadcasts where they talk about the game and are joined by different guests.