How to Watch and Stream NFL Football Games Live Online for Free—Without Cable: Week 13

While the playoffs are drawing near, this week’s NFL schedule does allow a few more breaks to rush out and take care of your holiday shopping. No teams have byes this week, but six teams played on Thanksgiving, meaning the load isn’t quite as full as it normally is on Sundays.

Fortunately, there are alternatives. Rooting for your favorite team doesn’t have to be an expensive affair (letting you save money for tailgating). Here’s a look at who’s playing this week—and several different ways to watch the games.

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

Watch, Stream NFL Football Games Live Online Free
Kareem Hunt #27 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball in the second quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 1, 2019.
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The Browns and Steelers were all anyone was talking about after Week 11, thanks to an ugly incident that led to suspensions and a brawl. This week, the two teams meet again and will be watched closely. Beyond that, there are plenty of divisional matchups in which even the odds makers aren’t sure who to favor.

Here’s a look who’s playing this week. (The home team is listed second.)

Sunday, December 1

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox

Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Monday, December 2

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

How can I watch my local NFL team for free—even if I am 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 a cable subscription?

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 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. Another option? Yahoo Sports and the NFL have teamed to stream live NFL games on mobile devices this year. Just download the Yahoo Sports app or Yahoo Fantasy Football mobile app and watch all local and primetime games on phones and tablets. Prefer another method? Here are a few that work just as well.

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 now catch a limited number of match-ups. The online retailer has struck a deal with NBC to air select Thursday night games from now through December 12 (Jets vs. Ravens). The next game, on Dec. 5, will feature the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Chicago Bears. All games will 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 for $73.49 per month or $293.36 for the entire season.

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