How to watch Week 2 NFL football games live online for free—and without cable
The first week of the 2021 NFL season didn’t go like a lot of people expected.
Underdogs topped favorites in 12 of 16 games. And the 49ers watched a 28 point lead disappear, ruining the spread for some bettors.
Week two started with a matchup of the NFC East, with the New York Giants edging out Washington, with a last second field goal. And there are plenty more exciting matchups to come.
Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?
Week two has some great matchups, culminating (Sunday, at least) with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes facing off against Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson – and Monday’s faceoff of the Lions and Packers is a classic. Of the 183 times the two teams have played each other, the Packers have the advantage, with 63 wins.
Here’s a look who’s playing this week. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Sept. 19
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New Orleans Saints vs. Charlotte Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Los Angeles Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Sept. 20
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 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 sort of network programming for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. And NFL games are one of the easiest to view, since they air on broadcast networks, meaning you’ll be able to watch even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.
How can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?
If you’d prefer to watch on your phone, tablet or some other online-device, you have several options:
NBC’s streaming service will give you access to Sunday night games and others aired on that network. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)
CBS’s streaming service will give you access to games aired on that network. You can get a one-month free trial, followed by a $6 monthly charge.
Hulu with Live TV
You can try the service free for a week. Once that’s up, you’ll pay $65 per month.
After a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $65.
Dish Network’s Sling lower tiered “Orange” plan will run you $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $50-per-month. You’ll have a 7-day free trial first, and right now, the cord cutting service is dropping the first month’s bill to $10.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now and AT&T TVNow, AT&T’s streaming service will run you $70 per month and up. There is no longer a free trial option.
Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ can be enjoyed for free for seven days, after which you’ll pay $12.99 per month for all three combined
This sports-focused cord cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $65-$80, depending on the channels you choose.
Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?
You can, but not immediately. Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch 11 games this year (including the Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day). The online retailer has struck a deal with Fox to air select Thursday night games. You’ll have to wait a bit before you can, though. The first co-aired game occurs Oct. 8, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing the Chicago Bears. They’ll be featured in the Prime Video section and Amazon will also ffer the NFL Network pregame show before each game at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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?
Yes. There are a trio of options:
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.
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.
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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