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The NFL preseason is in full swing since kicking off on Aug. 5, as part of a reduced three-week schedule before the regular season starts on Sept. 9.
The next week will see exciting games between some of the top, most rivaled teams. This weekend, the Green Pay Packers will go up against the Buffalo Bills, followed by the Rams versus Broncos, and Patriots versus Giants. Thankfully, even without cable, you don’t have to miss any of the action. NFL coverage is spread across five different networks (ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS and the NFL Network), which are all available to stream online, from platforms such as Hulu Plus and Sling TV to Fubu TV and Youtube TV.
If you don’t feel like subscribing to a streamer just for the NFL season, though, you can even purchase an HD antennae for $24 that allows access to local networks like Fox, CBS and NBC. If you’re looking to watch out-of-market games, though, streaming them online is the way to go. Here are the biggest NFL games coming up, and the best places to watch without cable.
Thursday, August 26th
- 4:00 p.m / 7:00 p.m. Indianapolis Colts vs. Detroit Lions
- 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets
- 4:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers
- 5 p.m. / 8 p.m. Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday, August 28th
- 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills
- 3 p.m. / 6 p.m. Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Football Team
- 4 p.m. / 7 p.m. Chicago Bears vs. Tennessee Titans
- 5 p.m. / 8 p.m. Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints
- 6:05 p.m. / 9:05 p.m. Los Angeles Rams vs. Denver Broncos
- 7 p.m. / 10 p.m. Los Angeles Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, August 29th
- 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys
- 1 p.m. / 4 p.m. Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinatti Bengals
- 1 p.m. / 4 p.m. Las Vegas Raiders vs. San Francisco 49ers
- 3 p.m. / 6 p.m. New England Patriots vs. New York Giants
- 5 p.m. / 8 p.m. Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons
Sling is one of the best options for affordable live streaming. You can choose between Sling Blue and Sling Orange, both $35 a month, depending on which channels you prioritize (or get both for $50/month). Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC for all your football watching needs. Plus, NFL fans can add the Sports Extra package to their plan for an additional $11/month to gain access to NFL RedZone.
ESPN is the best way to watch the games for any major football games. In addition to primetime coverage, an ESPN subscription also gets you expert analysis and highlights, iconic moments from the archive and supplemental original programming — all for $6.99 a month.
Fubo is one of the more expensive options for streaming the NFL, but it’s also the most comprehensive. The Starter Plan gets you access to NBC, Fox and CBS, in addition to ESPN for Monday Night Football and the NFL Network for Thursday Night Football.
Hulu Plus’s Live TV feature grants you access to Fox, CBS and NBC for tuning into the most televised games. The best part about Hulu’s plan is that it includes ESPN, meaning you can watch Monday Night Football games with expert analysis.
In addition to offering all the basic broadcasters, Youtube TV’s most basic plan also comes with ESPN and the NFL Network. Plus, their new Sports Plus package comes with the NFL Redzone for an extra $11 a month.
If you’re already a Prime member, you can watch select NFL games through your subscription. You can purchase a standalone Amazon Prime video membership for $9 a month, but at that point you might as well get a Prime account for included access to the service. This is the best option for casual viewers looking to watch the most important games. Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games.