How to watch, stream NFL football games live online free without cable: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN: Week 5

If Thursday’s matchup between the Broncos and Colts has any advantage, it’s that pretty much every team on Sunday will likely look good in comparison — even the 0-4 Houston Texans.

The first game of the NFL’s fifth week was sloppy and included a face with a finish that was so disappointing Local sports presenters apologized to viewers for carrying it in the air.

Hopefully things will get better when the first kickoff of the day takes place at 9:30am ET. The Giants and Packers are over in London, meaning many churches are likely to see fewer visitors this week.

Here’s a look at all of this week’s matchups and how best to follow the game.

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

The Eagles are the only undefeated team in the league at this point. They will be up against the 2-2 Cardinals and try to extend that streak. Here’s a look at everyone playing. (The home team is listed second.)

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Sunday October 9th

New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 9:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network

Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET on NFL Network

Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Commanders, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS

Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox

San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox

Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

Monday 10 October

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN

How can I watch NFL games for free – even if I’m no longer in the market?

The best way to watch any kind of network programs on a big screen for free is with a good HD antenna. And watching most NFL games is pretty easy, as many are aired on broadcast networks, meaning you can watch them even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you are getting the most reliable signal, you should test the antenna in multiple locations around your home.

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

You can – and there are several ways to do it.


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


CBS’s streaming service gives you access to games that air on that network. You can get a week-long free trial followed by a monthly fee of $5 or $10.


Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13.99 a month for all three together (or $19.99 a month with no ads on Hulu). Including Live TV in the package bumps the price up to $70 per month ($76 without ads).

Hulu with Live TV

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


After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly fees of $65.

Sling TV

Dish Network’s lower-tier “Orange” Sling plan costs $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan increases the cost to $50 per month. You have a seven-day free trial first – and already the cord cutting service cuts the first month’s bill in half.

DirectTV stream

Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow, and AT&T TV, this often-rebranded streaming service costs $70 per month and up after the free trial option.

Fubo TV

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

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Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?

Yes, but not on Sundays. Amazon is the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football for the next 11 years. Next up is the Washington Commanders against the Chicago Bears on October 13th.

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

You have three to choose from.

NFL app

That NFL app you can stream games broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to check out an “out of print” game, you have two options.


Watch local and out-of-market games and (with the premium subscription) replays live. There is a seven-day free trial, after which you pay a fee of $30 per season. ($80 for Premium.)

NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV customers have access to it, but (if you meet the conditions, e.g. live in an apartment complex or in an area where you can’t receive DirecTV) you can also sign up for an online version that allows you can watch every NFL game live season. There’s a week-long trial, then you’ll see monthly charges of $73.49 per month for a four-month period, or $293.36 for the entire season (or $99 for four months, or $396).

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