10-17-2011, 11:52 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Re: 2011 Monday Night Football is Boring
A few years ago the NFL made the decision to make SNF more of a marquee game than MNF. Ratings and interest in MNF had been declining for a while so the switch was made.
In fairness to both SNF and MNF, they have to take what is available after FOX and CBS protect certain games, plus predict which teams/games will be interesting prior to the draft - and this year, prior to free agency too.
Here are the games as they looked back then, after the 2010 season:
Week 1, Pats-Dolphins: division rivalry featuring team w/best 2010 regular season record
Week 1, Raiders-Broncos: division rivalry w/up and coming team that almost made the playoffs
Week 2, Giants-Rams: two teams that missed the playoffs on tiebreakers
Week 3, Cowboys-Redskins: two teams with huge fanbases
Week 4, Bucs-Colts: Bucs just missed the playoffs; Manning always a big draw
Week 5, Lions-Bears: division rivalry; up and coming team vs team good enough to earn a bye and make it to NFCCG in '10
Week 6: Dolphins-Jets: division rivalry game featuring most hyped team of 2010
Week 7: Ravens-Jags: Baltimore was one of four teams with 12 wins last year, Jags were an 8-8 playoff contender
Week 8: Chargers-Chiefs: division rivalry game between the long-time best AFCW team vs last year's AFCW champ
Week 9: Bears-Eagles: both were playoff teams in 2010
Week 10: Vikings-Packers: division rivalry game featuring last year's league champions
Week 11: Chiefs-Pats: both were playoff teams in 2010
Week 12: Giants-Saints: 10-6 team vs 11-5 playoff team
Week 13: Chargers-Jags: two teams that just missed the playoffs last year
Week 14: Rams-Seahawks: division rivalry; last year came down to a tiebreaker for playoffs between these two
Week 15: Steelers-49ers: 12-4 playoff team vs up and coming team
Week 16: Falcons-Saints: division rivalry game between two playoff teams
The matchups may not look as enticing now, but I'm not sure what the NFL and espn could have done better back in April in choosing more interesting games.