Do you love NFL football but hate cable television? Then good news! It’s never been easier to watch the NFL without cable; and today we’ll show you how.
But first, let’s take a look at this week’s top match-ups!
Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:25 PM, NBC/Twitter
While sports commentators have been giving the Cowboys all of the hype this season, the Raiders and Chief’s have been quietly dismantling their opponents week after week; and now they get to turn their sights on each other. With a stellar road record, the odds are slightly in favor of Oakland; but as we’ve seen this season, upsets are never quite far away.
If you can get an OTA antenna in time for tonight’s Thursday Night Football match-up, no need to worry. In addition to airing on NBC, you can live stream the game from Twitter for free; no account required. All you have to do is visit tnf.twitter.com or go to the Moment section on the Twitter app.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 PM, CBS
With both teams angling for a Wild Card spot in the playoffs, this is going to be one of the most critical game of the season. The key to Pittsburgh’s success lies in its high powered offense and stingy defense. After blowing a 15 point lead over the Raiders last week, the key to Buffalo’s victory will lie in if they can play hard all 4 quarters.
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 PM, Fox
This early Sunday match-up is a little too close to call for the odds-makers. When they met last in Week 6, Washington was able to defeat the 3-1 Eagles; but a lot has changed since then. Neither team has had a great season and both have shown some major vulnerabilities; making this match-up a complete and utter toss-up.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 PM, Fox
Although games on the road are typically tougher than playing at home, look for the Seahawks to shrug off the difference. A solid defense makes for a solid strategy, and Seattle has got that in spades. Meanwhile, a struggling Green Bay looks to overcome injuries and a nonexistent running game. While an upset is always possible, Seattle looks like the stronger side in this game.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants, 8:30 PM, NBC
After squeaking out a narrow victory over the Vikings last week, the Cowboys are looking to get a little payback against the only team to beat them this season: The New York Giants. With a tough rushing defense, the Giants hope to limit breakout rookie Zeke Elliott; putting the pressure on other breakout rookie Dak Prescott to keep the dream alive.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots, 8:30 PM, ESPN
They might not have the best record in the NFL, but the Baltimore Ravens still boast one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Stat for stat, Ravens QB Joe Flacco is actually leading Brady going into this match-up. But, then again, there’s a reason why Tom Brady is the winningest NFL quarterback of all time; so let’s not get too bogged down in seasonal stats. Nevertheless, this is going to be a tough test for either team.
Now if you want to watch this match-up, or any of the others discussed today, without paying a single time to the cable companies; here’s a few ways to do it.
For the most part, all you’ll need to do to watch the NFL without cable is have a over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With one of these marvels of technology, you’ll be able to pick up every broadcast network in your area (including NBC, Fox, and CBS) in 1080i HD without breaking a sweat.
Since there are a lot of games played every Sunday, which game you’ll see depends on where you live. If for some reason the game of your choice is outside of your area, there’s a simple and easy workaround; which I’ll show you in just a moment. Moving on…
Even with an OTA antenna, you won’t be able to watch Monday Night Football; which airs on ESPN. For that, a simple subscription to Sling TV will take care of everything. All you have to do is sign up for their $20 a month Orange package and you’ll get live streaming access to ESPN 1 & 2; which is a must for any sports fan.
Then you have NFL RedZone… the one channel that every true football fan will absolutely fall in love with.
But still, that won’t solve the problem of NFL blackouts will it? To solve that problem, you’ll need a different subscription.
For $99 a season (mid-season pricing now available), NFL Game Pass is one of the best deal an NFL fan can make. Not only do you get streaming access to every single game this season, you also get every game from 2009 to present. Plus, you also get condensed games, coaches film, and a live game day audio.
Sadly, you can’t live stream the games, but if you have an OTA antenna you can watch the local game before switching over to the match-up of your choice. Not a bad deal.
Who are your picks for this week’s NFL match-ups? Can the Cowboys get payback, or will history repeat itself with the Giants? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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