How to watch Week 5 NFL games live online for free—and without cable
It’s a rare week in the NFL: one in which you can literally watch football from the moment you wake up until you fall asleep Sunday night.
The Falcons and the Jets will face off in London, which means this week’s first kickoff is at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, three and a half hours before the league usually gets going. And it’s a packed week, with Sunday night’s matchup of the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs certain to draw a crowd, even if it’s a bit smaller than the one who watched Tom Brady return to New England last week.
Planning to sneak the game into church or have other plans to be on the go this weekend? We’ve got a look at who’s playing this week—and several different options for viewing the match-ups.
Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?
Beyond the above discussed games, there are some regional and state rivalries taking place this week, including the annual battle between Tampa Bay and Miami and the Lions will meet the Vikings.
Here’s a look at everyone who’s playing this week. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Oct. 9
New York Jets vs. Atlanta Falcons, 9:30 a.m. ET on NBC
New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Charlotte Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
New Orleans Saints vs. Washington Football Team, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Chicago Bears vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Oct. 10
Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and NBC
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?
You’ve got lots of choices!
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 $13.99 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?
After a bit of a delay earlier this season, you now can. Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch 11 games this year (including the Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day). They’ll be featured in the Prime Video section and Amazon will also offer 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?
Several, in fact.
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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