How to watch Week 8 NFL games live online for free—and without cable

October 31, 2021, 12:00 PM UTC

After a week of blowout scores, the NFL will try to reset this weekend and offer fans some more competitive games. But if last week showcased anything, it’s how strong some teams are this year. That might mean that the playoff odds for many cities are fleeting at best, but it does offer the promise of some absolute bangers in the post-season.

That’s not to say there won’t be some heated battles this week. Buffalo and Miami, two teams that generally loathe each other, will meet. And regional rivals the Falcons and Panthers will face off as well.

If you’re not going to be front of a TV for the full extent of Sunday’s games – or not sure who’s playing when, we’ve got a look at the matchups—and several different options for viewing them.

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

The Detroit Lions continue to search for their first win of the 2021 season this week. The Eagles, their opponent, would normally be a huge obstacle to that, but neither team is exactly firing on all cylinders this season. Four other teams in the AFC, meanwhile, will look for win number two.

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

Sunday, Oct. 31

Atlanta Falcons vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 a.m. ET on Fox

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

Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

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

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

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Los Angeles Rams vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox

Washington Football Team vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Monday, Nov. 1

New York Giants vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and select ABC stations

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?

There are lots of different ways…


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.

Sling TV

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

Fubo TV

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.


The Amazon-owned streaming service will also carry Thursday night games and allow viewers to interact through live chat, polls and more.

Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?

On Thursdays, yes. Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch 11 games this year. 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. As mentioned above, you can also watch on Amazon’s Twitch service.

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?

It certainly does.


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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