How to Watch Week 4 NFL Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable

September 22, 2019, 1:00 PM UTC

Just three weeks into the 2019 NFL season and the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are all undefeated and looking like teams to beat in the AFC.

Meanwhile, over in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers are all sporting perfect records. (We won’t talk about how the Washington Redskins are doing. That’s probably best for everyone.)

Getting excited about this week’s NFL matchups, but don’t have cable or satellite? Or maybe you don’t feel like fighting for a seat at the neighborhood sports bar? Fortunately, there are alternatives. Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different options for viewing games.

Which NFL teams are playing this week—and what channels are airing the games?

Week four is the last week where the NFL schedule is locked. Starting in week five, the league’s flexible scheduling goes into effect, meaning games originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon could be moved to Sunday night, so the most exciting game of the week could take place in prime time. Changes will be announced 12 days prior to kick off.

That said, here’s who’s playing this week. (The home team is listed second.)

Nelson Agholor of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on September 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mitchell Leff—Getty Images

Thursday, Sept 26

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox

Sunday, Sept. 29

Tennessee Titans vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Monday, Sept. 30

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

You can always find a complete list of the games for the season at NFL.com

How can I watch my local NFL team for free—even if I’m out of market?

The best way to watch any NFL game for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. Local and regional games are broadcast by CBS, NBC and Fox, meaning you’ve got a good chance of capturing the game over the air, which costs nothing beyond the equipment prices.

Be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home to find the most reliable signal.

How can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have cable?

There are loads of online options to watch NFL games, some completely free and others with free trial periods. If you’re not near a TV, you can log into Fox.com to watch the game or use the Fox Now app. CBS offers its All Access streaming service, which has a one week free trial, followed by a $6 monthly charge. And NBC’s Web site and apps will let you watch live programming on the go.

Prefer another option? Here are a few that work just as well.

Locast.org
This free service lets you watch local broadcast channels with no monthly fees or contracts. The hiccup is: It only services part of the country.

PlayStation Vue
The free trial is 5 days. Subscription packages start at $50 per month.

Hulu with Live TV
You can try the service free for a week. Once that’s up, you’ll pay $45 per month.

YouTube TV
After a seven day trial, you can expect monthly charges of $50.

Fubo TV
This sports-focused cord cutting service carries CBS in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $55.

Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?

If you’ve got an Amazon Prime subscription, you can catch a limited number of match-ups. The online retailer has struck a deal with NBC to air select Thursday night games. It starts on Sept. 26, with the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers, and stretches through December 12 (Jets vs. Ravens). They’ll be featured in the Prime Video section.

(If you don’t have Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial.)

Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?

Kind of. The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an ‘out of market’ game, you’ve got two choices.

NFL Game Pass: There are couple hitches with this service. You can’t use it to watch live games, but you can watch anything once its main broadcast ends. There’s a seven day free trial, after which you’re looking at a $100 charge per season.

NFL Sunday Ticket: DirecTV customers have access to it, but if you’re not a subscriber and live in an area where it’s not available, you can watch any NFL game live, online or on TV $73.49 per month or $293.36 for the entire season.

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