The Browns and the Steelers find themselves simultaneously in the best and worst position of the teams in the multi-horse AFC playoff race. The bad news is there are entirely too many teams involved in the race. The Browns are 7-8 while the Steelers are 7-7-1, meaning they’re on the outside looking in of four teams with 8-7 records. The good news is that, as they play on Monday night, they’ll know exactly what their position is come kickoff.

That could be a blessing and a curse, of course. If the Chargers beat the Broncos, the Raiders beat the Colts, or the Ravens beat the Rams it really mitigates the gravity of this game. If the Steelers win, however, they have a better shot than the Browns due to the tie in their record. The AFC playoff picture is remarkably complicated at the moment, but pieces are starting to settle into place. The reality is that with things the way they are, it’s going to be very hard for the AFC North’s third or fourth place teams to get in.

There’s an additional gravitas to this game, however. It could be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game as a Steeler in Pittsburgh. The writing appears to be on the wall for Roethlisberger’s Pittsburgh tenure. He enters this game with 63,721 passing yards, 416 touchdowns, and 209 interceptions. Although the Steelers are outside of playoff conversations, it doesn’t make this game devoid of meaning. If it is Roethlisberger’s last home game at Heinz Field, it’s always nice to go out with a win and curtain call.

Baker Mayfield, meanwhile, has a lot of football left in him, but he needs to play better. 219 Browns rushing yards were mitigated by four interceptions against the Packers in a 24-22 loss. While two of those interceptions were of questionable legality (and one of them came after an apparent facemask), Mayfield needs to be more consistent if the Browns are to make any moves at the end of this season and onward. They can only ride Nick Chubb so far, but against a Steelers defense that has allowed 100-plus rushing yards in its last eight games, expect a lot of Chubb once again come Monday.

Here’s what you need to know to watch the Browns vs. Steelers this Monday, including kickoff time, TV channels, and the full Week 17 NFL schedule.

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What channel is Browns vs. Steelers on today?

  • TV channel (national): ESPN
  • Live Stream: ESPN, fuboTV

Browns vs. Steelers will be broadcast nationally for “Monday Night Football” in Week 17. ESPN will have its regular booth broadcasting this game, with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. Lisa Salters will be on the sideline. It is ESPN’s final “Monday Night Football” game of the 2021 regular season.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the Browns vs. Steelers game on DAZN by signing up for a subscription.

Browns vs. Steelers start time

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 3
  • Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. EST, 5:15 p.m. PST

Browns vs. Steelers is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. EST, standard time for “Monday Night Football” at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Cleveland Browns schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 19vs. Texans1 p.m. ETCBS
3Sept. 26vs. Bears1 p.m. ETFox
4Oct. 3at Vikings1 p.m. ETCBS
5Oct. 10at Chargers4:05 p.m. ETCBS
6Oct. 17vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m. ETFox
7Oct. 21vs. Broncos8:20 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
8Oct. 31vs. Steelers1 p.m. ETCBS
9Nov. 7at Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS
10Nov. 14at Patriots1 p.m. ETCBS
11Nov. 21vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox
12Nov. 28at Ravens8:20 p.m. ETNBC
13Dec. 5BYE————————
14Dec. 12vs. Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS
15Dec. TBDvs. RaidersTBDTBD
16Dec. 25at Packers4:30 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
17Jan. 3at Steelers8:15 p.m. ETESPN
18Jan. 9vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS

Pittsburgh Steelers schedule 2021

WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV
1Sept. 12at Bills1 p.m. ETCBS
2Sept. 19vs. Raiders1 p.m. ETCBS
3Sept. 26vs. Bengals1 p.m. ETCBS
4Oct. 3at Packers4:25 p.m. ETCBS
5Oct. 10vs. Broncos1 p.m. ETFox
6Oct. 17vs. Seahawks8:20 p.m. ETNBC
7Oct. 24BYE———————
8Oct. 31at Browns1 p.m. ETCBS
9Nov. 8vs. Bears8:15 p.m. ETESPN
10Nov. 14vs. Lions1 p.m. ETFox
11Nov. 21at Chargers8:20 p.m. ETNBC
12Nov. 28at Benga1 p.m. ETCBS
13Dec. 5vs. Ravens4:25 p.m. ETCBS
14Dec. 9at Vikings8:20 p.m. ETFox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video
15Dec. 19vs. Titans1 p.m. ETCBS
16Dec. 26at Chiefs4:25 p.m. ETCBS
17Jan. 3vs. Browns8:15 p.m. ETESPN
18Jan. 9at Ravens1 p.m. ETCBS

Monday Night Football schedule 2021

WeekDateMatchup
Week 1Sept. 13Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens
Week 2Sept. 20Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Week 3Sept. 27Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4Oct. 4Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 5Oct. 11Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts
Week 6Oct. 18Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 7Oct. 25Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 8Nov. 1Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Giants
Week 9Nov. 8Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears
Week 10Nov. 15San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 11Nov. 22Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants
Week 12Nov. 29Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks
Week 13Dec. 6Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Week 14Dec. 13Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 15Dec. 20Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings
Week 16Dec. 27New Orleans Saints vs. Miami Dolphins
Week 17Jan. 3Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns