The final “Monday Night Football” matchup of the 2021 NFL season will feature the Manning brothers. Peyton and Eli Manning will return to the ESPN airwaves for the first time since Week 13 and they will have their most star-studded guest list in quite a while.
In Week 13, the Mannings had just three guests as a part of “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.” This week, they are returning to their customary one per quarter, and they will have an active NFL player on the show for the first time since Week 8. It’s unclear whether the Manningcast curse” had an impact on that, but soon, we’ll see if the curse holds.
While the Mannings’ guest list looks good in Week 17, it will still be tough to top their top moment of the season. That came during Marshawn Lynch’s appearance in Week 7. He appeared on the show and admitted he had been drinking Hennessy (and dropped plenty of profanity during the broadcast). That episode itself was legendary, as it was also the one during which Eli Manning famously showed the camera the double bird. That prompted three viewer-submitted complaints to the FCC .
Will the Mannings be able to top that show and those moments? It’s unlikely, but perhaps their three-man guest list for Week 17 will pull off a surprise.
Here’s a look at the guest list for the Week 13 airing of “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” during the Buccaneers vs. Giants game.
Manningcast guests for Week 17
- Bill Cowher, former Steelers coach
- Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner
- Snoop Dogg, rapper
- Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback
If ever there was a broadcast to host Bill Cowher during, this would be the one. He coached the Steelers from 1992 through 2006 and was around for the first three games of Big Ben’s career. With Roethlisberger likely heading toward retirement, Cowher will be there to celebrate his former quarterback’s career.
Cowher oversaw the first three years of Roethlisberger’s career and led him to a 29-11 regular-season record. He helped the young quarterback win his first Super Bowl in 2006 and then coached one more season before retiring.
Cowher can speak to the beginning of Roethlisberger’s 17-year career, so perhaps he’ll have some stories about his early days with the Steelers to share with the Manning brothers.
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The Mannings really pulled out all the stops for their final regular-season broadcast. They managed to get Roger Goodell on in Week 17.
Goodell obviously knows the Mannings, and he knows that Peyton is a good ambassador for the league brand. That’s part of why he’s coming on the show; to raise its profile.
It’s also worth noting that Peyton was linked to the NFL commissioner job before the season began. Goodell may give Manning a good ribbing about that rumor, which Manning has denied.
You might not know this, but Snoop Dogg is a huge Steelers fan. He also likes the Raiders and Cowboys, but the Steelers are his favorite team. So, it makes sense for him to be on the show in what should be a bit of a Steelers love-fest.
Snoop Dogg is also friendly enough with Manning. Snoop notably asked Manning an interview question about his father and brother before Super Bowl 50, so he knows his stuff about the Manning family and football.
Finally, we’re getting a chance to see if the Manningcast curse will continue. So far this season, six active players have appeared on “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli.” Each player’s team has lost the game following his appearance.
The Packers will play the Lions in Week 18, so they’ll have to beware of the curse despite the easy-looking matchup.
Rodgers is in the midst of another potential MVP season, so it’s no surprise that the Mannings would target him. Rodgers came into the league a year after Roethlisberger and beat him in the Super Bowl, so perhaps the Mannings will tap into that connection and history during the broadcast.
How to watch Peyton, Eli Manning on Monday Night Football
“Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will be broadcast on ESPN2. It will also be simulcast on ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+, which has several subscription options. You can view them all below.
|Product||Overall 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|
Viewers can also stream “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” using fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.