Monday Night Football Schedule 2012: Complete Guide to Top Remaining Matchups

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears advances the ball on Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers on October 28, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Panthers 23-22. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
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Monday Night Football either makes NFL fans drool with anticipation, or it leaves them scratching their heads in the second half of the season.

Some matchups look like magic at this point. As things shake out, things fall together perfectly and make the schedule makers look like prophetic geniuses. Others, not so much.

Seven MNF games remain after Week 9's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints is in the books.

Let's take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly and recap the remaining schedule at the end.


The Good

Week 11: November 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers 

The Chicago Bears must get through the Houston Texans in a marquee Sunday night matchup in Week 10 first, but this is going to be a great game either way.

Both teams play defense, both teams run the ball and both teams have a pass attack that can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention. If Jay Cutler is taking care of the ball, he and Brandon Marshall create the only major advantage in this entire game.

Watching two Super Bowl contenders battle it out at this point in the season is fun. Watching them do it in a prime-time matchup is even better. The Bears have been the second-hottest team in the league, besides the Atlanta Falcons, and it will be interesting to see how they handle the 49ers.


The Bad

Week 12: November 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET, Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles 

Cam Newton and Michael Vick should provide some fireworks—in a good or a bad way—but this game is just blah. Carolina has more weaknesses than it does strengths, and the Eagles have no idea what their strengths are.

Neither of these teams are going anywhere fast. The Panthers struggle defensively, and Newton's inconsistent play has hindered the offense. On top of that, DeAngelo Williams, one of the team's best weapons, hardly plays at all.

Philadelphia is on the verge of another extremely disappointing season. It has the talent to turn things around, but there are very little indicators that would lead you to believe that that will happen. It looks like the franchise is on the fast track for a major upheaval.

People will tune in for Newton's and Vick's athleticism, but this game has very little playoff implications.


The Ugly

Week 15: December 17 at 8:30 p.m. ET, New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

I'm not sure why anyone would want to watch this game. Unless the Jets either turn their season around, or topple so far that Tim Tebow finally gets a chance to start under center, there's nothing in this game that will be exciting.

Tennessee looked like a winless team on Sunday, getting it handed to them by the Bears in every facet of the game. Offensively, the Titans struggle with consistency. Defensively, they struggle with everything.

New York has looked OK at times, but there are still too many holes to fill defensively. Add that to a poor set of skill players on offense, and you have a team that could cost Rex Ryan his job.

I'm not even sure what would entice the NFL to schedule this one before the season, but it's not any better now. If anything, it's worse.


Remaining Monday Night Football Schedule

Week 10: Nov. 12, 8:30 p.m., Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11: Nov. 19, 8:30 p.m., Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers

Week 12: Nov. 26, 8:30 p.m., Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 13: Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m., New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Week 14: Dec. 10, 8:30 p.m., Houston Texans at New England Patriots

Week 15: Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m., New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

Week 16: Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m., Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions