How to watch, stream NFL football games live online for free without cable: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN: Week 2

The NFL certainly knows how to start a season with a bang.

Last week, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was sidelined with a thumb injury that will require surgery. And after giving up a massive number of draft picks and players to add Russell Wilson to their roster, the Denver Broncos chose to sideline him and go for a 64-yard field goal. (They lost.)

And earlier this week, the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs hosted a game to kick off Amazon’s Thursday night coverage. So what does the rest of this week have in store for us? Well, great matches, for starters. The Dolphins and Ravens will square off as the AFC lead is up for grabs. And the Bears and Packers will fight for the NFC North.

Here’s a look at who’s playing against whom and how to catch the match.

Which NFL teams are playing this week? And which channels broadcast the games?

It’s an unusual week, in that there are two Monday night games instead of one. Here’s who’s playing where and when. (The home team is seeded second.)

Sunday September 18

New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Charlotte Panthers vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Baltimore Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. ET on CBS

Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Washington Commanders vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox

Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox

Arizona Cardinals vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Monday, September 19

Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills, 7:15 p.m. ET on NFL Network

Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC

How can I watch NFL games for free even if I’m out of market?

The best way to watch any type of network programming on the big screen for free is with a good HD antenna. And watching NFL games is pretty straightforward, as many are broadcast on broadcast networks, meaning you’ll be able to watch even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you get the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in several locations in your home.

Can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?

Yes. You have a variety of choices.


NBC’s streaming service will give you access to multiple games, including all Sunday night games. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a monthly fee of $5 or $10. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)


The CBS streaming service will give you access to the games broadcast on this network. You can get a one-week free trial, followed by a monthly fee of $5 or $10.


The Disney Bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13.99 per month for all three combined (or $19.99 per month ad-free on Hulu). Including live TV in the package bumps the price up to $70 per month ($76 ad-free).

Hulu with Live TV

The free trial of this service is also no longer offered. It will cost you $70 per month.

YouTube TV

After a two-week trial, you can expect a monthly fee of $65.

TV Sling

Dish Network’s lower-tier Sling “Orange” plan will cost you $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost up to $50 per month. You’ll get a seven-day free trial first — and right now, the cord-cutting service is cutting the first month’s bill in half.

DirecTV streams

Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow, and AT&T TV, this oft-renowned streaming service will cost you $70 a month and more after the free trial option.

Fubo TV

This sports-focused cord-cutting service streams broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly fees of $70 to $100, depending on the channels you choose.

Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?

Not on Sundays or Mondays, but Amazon Prime is now the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football.

Does the NFL offer viewing packages to watch the games I want?

There’s a trio of options, actually.

NFL app

The NFL app will allow you to stream games that are broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you have two choices.


Watch local and out-of-market matches live and (with the premium subscription) replays. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’re looking at a $30 per season fee. ($80 for premium.)

NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV customers have access to it, but (if you meet the requirements, like living in an apartment complex or an area where you can’t get DirecTV) you can also sign up for an online version, letting you to watch any NFL game live. season. There’s a one-week trial, then you’re looking at a monthly fee of $73.49 per month for a four-month term or $293.36 for the entire season (or $99 for four months or $396).

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