Another week, another touchdown. As we slide in to week 11 of the NFL regular season, the playoffs become an all too important specter that hangs over every team. Surprise favorites like the Dallas Cowboys have nothing to worry about, but for many teams in the league it has become a do or die prospect.
So who will fly and who will die this week? Lets first look at the #1 cable TV alternative on the market. Then we can dive into this week’s match-ups.
Let’s get started!
With a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna, you can theoretically watch every game this week, with the exception of Monday night football. You see, an OTA antenna is able to pick up all of the major broadcast networks in your area; which includes Fox, CBS, and NBC.
OTA antennas are cheap, able to give you 1080i HD, and have no long term fees like cable or streaming services have; making it a great investment for anyone who wants to kill their cable bill.
The only drawback to watching the NFL OTA is that there are certain broadcast markets where each game airs so you might not be able to watch the game of your choice. See the maps below to find out which games are airing in your area. And if you see a game that you want to watch, but that is not being broadcasted in your area, have no fear because we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out how to watch NFL games outside of your broadcast market.
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:25 PM, NBC/Twitter
With both teams suffering bitter defeats at home last week, the Saints and the Panthers will be working to gain some momentum back. In two of the last three match-ups, the Panthers proved to be more than a match for the Saints… but those victories were last year and since then things have only gotten worse for Carolina. Based off of the last several meet-ups, look for this to be a high scoring game.
If you find yourself away from your antenna, or just don’t own one, and you want to watch Thursday Night Football; then you’re going want to hop online and turn to Twitter. That’s right, the home of hashtags and petty internet arguments also streams NFL games for free.
CBS Early Broadcast Map
Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 PM, CBS
After beating down the Cleveland Browns last week, the Ravens hope to translate that success into an upset against the Cowboys. Dallas has been known to take things a little easier at home and Baltimore is hoping to capitalize on the in a big way. But Dallas is not Cleveland, and as their Super Bowl prospects rise the odds of Baltimore knocking off Dallas becomes smaller; all that being said stranger things have happened.
FOX Broadcast Map
Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 PM, Fox
The once mighty Minnesota Vikings continue their decent off the side of a cliff as they rack up their fourth straight loss. With the worst offensive line in football, it is no wonder why this team is struggling so much. Opening 5-0 and then losing four straight games is tough, but things are just as tough for the Arizona Cardinals, who are still struggling to reach the .500 mark. This is one of those make or break moments for both teams, so it’s anyone’s guess as to who will come out on top.
CBS Single Broadcast Map
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 PM, CBS
This is going to be an interesting match-up because both teams are somewhat unpredictable. The Eagles were able to knock off the undefeated Vikings back in week six, but they also suffered disappointing losses to Washington and Detroit. Likewise, the Seahawks upset the formidable New England last week but got eked out by the struggling Saints and tied with a troubled Arizona. This one’s going to be a toss-up, though my money is always on Mr. Russel Wilson.
Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins, 8:30 PM, NBC
To the surprise of many, this game is going to be an uphill battle for Green Bay. Although the Packers have traditionally fared well against the Redskins, the team has struggled this season and has only a slim chance of making the playoffs. Conversely, Washington has come alive in the last few games and seems to be on the upswing. Unless Green Bay can get it together, the odds are favoring Washington in this prime time match-up.
Texas Texans vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:30 PM, ESPN
This Monday Night Football match-up pits the tops dogs of the AFC South and AFC West. While the Raiders have been ripping into their opponents, the Texans have squeezing out victories with a mediocre QB and a cushy schedule. On paper, this might seem like a nice match-up but expect this game to be a bit more one sided.
If you hate cable but you don’t want to miss Monday Night Football, then you’re going to need to check out Sling TV. Sling TV is a streaming service that lets you live stream cable television, ESPN included, without having to sign up for cable. All you need is Sling TV’s $20 a month Orange package and you’re good to go!
Now that we know what NFL game to watch, here is one more way you can watch it without cable.
If the game of choice is out of your market, then what you’ll need is a subscription to NFL Game Pass. For $99 a season, you get streaming access to every single NFL game from 2009 to present; plus a bunch of awesome extras. The only catch is that you can’t live stream games, but they do become available immediately after the broadcast ends; so there’s very little wait.
What are your NFL picks for week 11? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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