Monday Night Football live stream 2013: How to watch online Patriots vs Panthers free [ESPN start time, preview]

Monday Night Football takes place tonight featuring a massive clash between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have surprised many this season with their good form, but tonight will be a stern test for the team and could give an indication of just how much progress they've made.

This huge Monday Night Football clash will start at 8.40 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the ESPN network. Alternatively the game can be watched online through live stream – free for subscribers to the ESPN network – via the link provided below.

The Panthers have struggled badly in recent years, and it was only just recently this season that they managed to get over .500 for the first time in a long time. However, their progress has been so impressive that they are now being touted as serious NFC contenders, and their victory over the 49ers recently will have backed up those claims.

It's a far cry from how they started the season, and at 0-2 many were wondering whether they would be suffering another long hard slog this season. There were even rumors of Cam Newton and coach Ron Rivera's futures at the team. However, a stunning 38-0 win over the New York Giants kick started their season and they have been electric ever since.

The Panthers have built their success on their defense; led by linebacker Luke Kuechly, Carolina has consistently caused issues for opposing quarterbacks, and they have been tough to run against.

Tom Brady will be a key target for the Panthers' defense tonight, and if they are unable to control him they could be in trouble. Although Brady has had to spend much of this season working with rookie wide receivers, he is undoubtedly still one of the league's best quarterbacks and he will punish Carolina if they are not at the top of their game tonight.

Monday Night Football will start at 8.40 p.m. EST and can be watched online by clicking here.

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