How to watch Week 13 NFL games live online for free—and without cable
It’s a week of big matchups in the NFL, but all eyes are on Monday night, when the 7-4 Buffalo Bills take on the 8-4 New England Patriots in a battle for supremacy in the AFC East. And as a warm-up the Ravens and Steelers will slug it out over in the AFC East.
Last week saw the Packers take charge, the Titans blow it and Tampa Bay’s Vita Vea getting hit so hard he lost a tooth. Some teams are certainly fighting harder as the end of the season begins to loom.
If, however, your plans mean you’re not going to be front of a TV for the full extent of Sunday’s games—or if you’re 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?
Here’s a look at who’s playing who this week. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Dec. 5
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 a.m. ET on CBS
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Arizona Cardinals vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Washington Football Team vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Dec. 6
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 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?
Take your pick…
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 to $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?
Yes, but only on Thursdays. Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch 11 games this year, right up until 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. 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?
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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