Tonight's "Monday Night Football" game is unique not because of the teams playing, but due to the location. The Chiefs and Chargers have played each other in the regular season 117 times, but Monday marks the first time the AFC West rivals will play a game in Mexico City.
Week 11's Chiefs vs. Chargers game, scheduled to kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN from Estadio Azteca, is the fifth and final game of the NFL's international series this season after four games in London. The stadium, located 7,201 feet above sea level in Mexico City, will host a regular-season NFL game for the fourth time (2005, 2016 and 2017).
The Chiefs have dominated their series with the Chargers of late, winning nine of the last 10, and are favored by 4 1/2 points in Monday night's game. Much of that has to do with their quarterback.
Patrick Mahomes has 6 touchdowns and no interceptions for a 122.2 passer rating in his two career games against the Chargers. He also is on a hot streak against AFC West teams in general and looking for his seventh division game in a row with a passer rating of 105 or better.
His QB counterpart Monday night is coming off a rough game in LA's loss to Oakland last week, but Philip Rivers still entered Week 11 leading the NFL in passing yards with 2,816. Rivers also tends to play well against Kansas City; he has 6,870 career passing yards against the Chargers, his most against any opponent.
Below is all you need to know about Monday night's game between the Chiefs and Chargers in Mexico City, including the kickoff time and TV channel.
Who plays on Monday Night Football tonight?
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City
Kickoff time: 8:15 p.m. ET
In both our NFL Week 11 picks against the spread and straight-up predictions, Sporting News projected a Chiefs victory over the Chargers on Monday night. Below are the explanations.
Pick against the spread: The Chiefs were supposed to play this game in Mexico City against the other Los Angeles team last season, a shootout they lost in LA, instead. Kansas City will get back on track with plenty of Patrick Mahomes, set up well by the running game, ripping apart the Chargers' defense. Philip Rivers will keep slumping against an underrated pass rush, and Melvin Gordon will not run well enough to save the night. Pick: Chiefs win 34-27 and cover the spread.
Straight-up prediction: Let's try this again. The field issues that forced Mexico City's game to move to LA last year reportedly won't resurface, so fans at Estadio Azteca finally will get their Patrick Mahomes show. Speaking of resurfacing, will the old Philip Rivers eventually show up this season? The Chargers are far from done as contenders in the AFC, but they'll trend that way if their QB's struggles continue. They'll need big numbers from him Monday in order to keep up with the Chiefs. Pick: Chiefs 30, Chargers 26.
What channel is Monday Night Football on?
TV channel: ESPN
Live stream: ESPN app
ESPN (and ABC) has been the home for "Monday Night Football" since its inception in 1970. You can find a live stream for MNF games at ESPN.com or by downloading the ESPN app.
Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland will have the call from the booth. McFarland was a sideline analyst last year, but moved into the booth when Jason Witten returned to the Dallas Cowboys following a stint in broadcasting that was not particularly well-received.
Lisa Salters returns for her eighth season as sideline reporter, and John Perry is the crew's new officiating analyst for 2019.
Monday Night Football schedule 2019
Texans at Saints (7 p.m. ET)
Broncos at Raiders (10:15 p.m. ET)
Browns at Jets
Bears at Redskins
Bengals at Steelers
Browns at 49ers
Lions at Packers
Patriots at Jets
Dolphins at Steelers
Cowboys at Giants
Seahawks at 49ers
Chiefs at Chargers
Ravens at Rams
Vikings at Seahawks
Giants at Eagles
Colts at Saints
Packers at Vikings