The NFL live streaming and televised 2013 Monday Night Football schedule will bring a doubleheader for the first edition of the new season. Capping off the two games tonight will be a visit by the Houston Texans to the San Diego Chargers. As these two teams look to start off the season with a big win, the latest matchup will be the final NFL live streaming and televised game of the week 1 schedule.
The ESPN.com site reported on Sept. 9 that the Texans will have back their star linebacker, Brian Cushing, as part of the defense tonight. Cushing was injured less than halfway into the 2012-13 season, suffering a torn left ACL. Cushing was the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and will look to help the Texans improve upon last year's 12-4 record and failed attempt at getting to the Super Bowl.
When asked about that lofty goal, Cushing told the media:
"I think it's obviously our main goal and our final goal, but there are a lot of steps that lead up to that," Cushing said of reaching the Super Bowl. "It's mentioned here and there, but ... there's a ton of steps before we start talking about the Super Bowl and it becomes a realization. It's one of those things that we have a lot of work to do before that's real."
Quarterback Philip Rivers is ready to go, telling the media earlier this week, "This is the longest week it seems like in history. You wait for game week, then it gets here, and they add an extra day to it." Rivers enters this season after a disappointing 88.6 passer rating last season, his second-lowest since he became the starter in San Diego. His team had a disappointing season in 2012-13 ending with an overall record of 7-9 and missing the playoffs. Some consider the team to be rebuilding as they head into this season, although they've recently added former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead to their offense. That could take some of the pressure of Rivers.
In terms of the favorite in tonight's game, it should be no surprise that the Texans are favored 4 points, with the over/under set at 44 1/2 combined points. It's been noted that San Diego is 4-0 all-time in the meetings between these two squads. However, this Texans team may be a bit tougher to contend with as they embark upon their Super Bowl expectations.
Tonight's Texans vs. Chargers game has a start time of 10:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time in San Diego. Televised coverage will take place on cable or satellite providers through the ESPN channel in standard and hi-def formats. In addition, customers can watch the live stream of the game on WatchESPN, if they have a participating cable or satellite provider which they can log in with. Additional TV coverage will take place with NFL RedZone and there's mobile streaming with the Verizon NFL Insider mobile app. Audio coverage will take place on Sirius XM Radio channel 86.