How to watch Week 17 NFL games live online for free—and without cable
Normally, this would be it for the NFL regular season. Playoffs would be starting in seven days and some teams (yes, Lions, we’re looking at you) would be out of their misery.
But 2021—well, 2022 now—hasn’t been a year that followed the usual path. The NFL has one more week of regular season games before the playoffs begin. And there are still slots up for grabs, making this an especially tense week for some fans.
You’ve had a day to recover from New Year’s Eve, but the local sports bar still might not hold much appeal, and the living room may be less than optimal with stir-crazy kids and family around. Looking to stream the games, or not sure who’s playing? We’ve got a look at the matchups—and several different options for viewing.
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, Jan. 2
New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Atlanta Falcons vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Charlotte Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
Los Angeles Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Jan. 3
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and select NBC 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?
Lots of 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.
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 seven-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.
Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?
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 a couple of 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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