​ESPN has announced who will call the first Monday Night Football games of the season as part of its Week 1 double-header. While we already knew that Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten would make up their main team, it's been confirmed that Beth Mowins and Brian Griese will cover the first of the two games, joined by Laura Rutledge on the sideline.


This unit will handle the September 10th game between the New York Jets and the Detroit Lions at 7:10 PM ET. Tessitore and Witten will will be supported on the field by Booger McFarland and Lisa Salters for the 10:15 PM/ET game between the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders.

Mowins is a veteran broadcaster with a lengthy resume, who most notably became the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL game in 2017, and has been with ​ESPN since 1994. She is also known for calling college football games since 2005, calling NCAA championships in multiple sports including basketball and soccer, and being the voice of the Women's College World Series for over 20 years. She also worked the 2015 Women's World Cup.


Griese, a former Pro Bowl and Super Bowl-winning quarterback who spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Broncos, Buccaneers, Bears and Dolphins, takes color commentary duties. He has been covering college football as an ESPN analyst since 2009, and will now get his shot with the pro game.

​ESPN believes they have the right crew in place to kick off their 2018 ​NFL slate. Mark those calendars-- September 10th is closer than you think.