Despite playing without a bubble during the fall and winter of an unprecedented pandemic, the NFL has somehow made it to the playoffs.Multi-team outbreaks delayed and shifted schedules earlier in the season, but the competition continued to muddle through. This year’s opening round of last week’s NFL Playoffs saw the Bills hold off the Colts, the Rams’ solid defense upset the Seahawks, and the Bucs survived Washington to kick off the Saturday edition of Super Wild Card Weekend. Sunday’s fun saw the Ravens beat the Titans, the Saints beat the Bears, and the Browns upset the Steelers.
Here’s how to watch all the action live without cable.
What is the NFL schedule for this weekend?
There are four games this weekend, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The other games are as follows:
- Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET (12:05 p.m. PT) on CBS
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 6:40 PM ET (3:40 PM PT) on Fox
How can I watch the NFL without cable?
You can stream the regular season of the NFL, without cable, on anythat carries channels with live games. Numerous such services offer broadcast networks such as CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as ESPN and the NFL network. Exact channels can also vary based on where you live, but the .
YouTube TV costs $ 65 a month and includes all the channels NFL fans need: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network. Enter your zip code on the Welcome page to find out which local area networks are available in your area.
FuboTV costs $ 65 a month for its Family plan and includes CBS, Fox and NBC plus ESPN and the NFL Network. Click here to see which local channels you get.
Hulu Plus Live TV costs $ 65 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Click on the “View channels in your area” link on the welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your zip code. The NFL Network is not available through this service.
AT&T TV’s standard $ 70 per month entertainment package includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. You can use the channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. You can read more about AT & T’s merger of its AT&T TV and TV Now services here.
Sling TV divides its live NFL options between the $ 30-per-month Blue plan and the $ 30-per-month Orange plan, forcing NFL fans into a tough choice or encouraging them to jump on for both for $ 45 per month. Sling Blue includes the NFL Network, NBC and Fox, while Sling Orange includes ESPN.
Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, but the packages get a $ 10 discount for the first month. Enter your address here to see what local channels are available where you live.
CBS All Access costs $ 6 a month and you can watch the matches that air on Sundays on your local CBS station if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV. It’s a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.
All of the above services offer free trials, you can cancel anytime and need a solid internet connection. Looking for more information?.
Finally, cord cutters can receive local CBS, Fox and NBC broadcasts for free.
When did the NFL season start?
The NFL’s regular season began on Thursday, September 10, with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs.
Where are games played?
Teams play their games as scheduled in their respective home stadiums.
Are fans allowed?
Some teams allow fans and some don’t.
For instance, the Chiefs hosted their home opener on Sept. 10 with 15,895 attendees, 21% of Arrowhead’s capacity.
Other teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, hosted their respective home openers with no fans in the stands in week 2. This is a team-by-team, city-by-city situation so far that may change throughout the season.
What happened to the preseason?
The NFL canceled the entire 2020 preseason in July, with teams focusing on doing their own training camps in preparation for the upcoming season.
Which players are out?
As with other sports, a fair number of NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season. Here are a few of the notable players not competing this year, with a larger list available from ESPN:
- Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
- No Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
- Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
- CJ Mosley, LB, New York Jets
- Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
- Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs