Gobble gobble cord cutters. That’s right, the oh-so delicious holiday known as Thanksgiving is once again here. That means it’s time for turkey, family, and (you guessed it) NFL football! This is a special week indeed as we are treated to not one, not two, but three Thursday games; more than enough NFL action to distract the family from discussing politics.
But that’s not all as we still have a weekend that’s chock-full of exciting games, and today we’re going to take a look this week’s top match-ups and how you can watch them without cable. Let’s get started!
For this Thanksgiving (and the weekend), the only thing you’ll need to get your dose of football is to get an over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With it, you can pick up every single broadcast network in your area; including NBC, CBS, and Fox.
Luckily, there are no black outs on Thanksgiving Day, so we all get enjoy the same games. This weekend, however, is another story. To find out how to get around NFL blackouts, keep reading!
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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 PM, CBS
With a loss at home against the Buffalo Bills, the Bengal are in all out crisis mode as they struggle to salvage their hopes of making the playoffs. The Ravens on the other-hand missed an opportunity last week to keep a firm grip on the AFC North by falling to Dallas. Both teams have a lot to prove this week, the only question is who will bend first?
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 PM, Fox
Both teams will be coming into this game with a win behind them, but the state of our two competitors could not be any different. While they may both be contenders for the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks are banged up and laden with injuries after last week’s match against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on the other hand, are less bruised up than the Eagles after being led to an upset victory against the Chiefs. Will grit trump skill? Or are injuries too hard to overcome? Let us know in the comments below.
Carolina Panthers vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 PM, CBS
Riding a high off of a comeback victory over Houston, the Oakland Raiders hope to extend their winning streak to five games as they face off against the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers have had a rough start to the season, they’re starting to crawl their way back up the ladder; but one wrong move can knock them back down. With momentum in their favor, the Raiders look like a solid pick; but the Panthers need this win more, so don’t let appearances fool you.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 PM, NBC
After a stinging loss of momentum against the Raiders last week, the Kansas City Chiefs will be hoping to hold off the Denver Broncos in this week’s prime time match-up. Overall, the Chiefs have been a solid team this season; compared to the inconsistent Broncos. Matched with a solid defense, the Chiefs should have a good chance at making up last week’s loss. But then again, the Broncos have historically been more than enough for the Chiefs so victory might not be so assured.
Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagle, 8:30 PM, ESPN
This Monday Night Football match-up pits two struggling teams against each-other. The Packers have been bereft with injury after injury, seriously hampering their hopes of making the playoffs for the 7th season in a row. Similarly, a mix of turnovers and a failing rush defense has put Philadelphia in die straits. With fewer injuries, Philadelphia has a slight edge; but desperation can sometimes work wonders on the football field; and you should never count out Aaron Rogers.
To catch Monday Night Football without cable, all you need is a subscription to Sling TV. By subscribing to their Orange package for $20 a month, you get live streaming access to ESPN; plus a bunch of other cable channel. It’s cable TV without the cable, so what’s not to love?
For $99 a season, you can subscribe to NFL Game Pass and get streaming access to every single NFL game this season; plus a bunch of other extras like condensed games, coaches films, and historic Super Bowl match-ups.
The only downside is that you can’t live stream games, but they are available immediately after the game ends. So if you have an OTA antenna, you can watch your local game and then turn over to the game of your choice.
Who are your picks for this Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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