Football is finally back. Is it just me, or does it feel a little like Christmas morning? Regardless, I think we can all agree that the 2016 Season could not have come soon enough. Some teams came into the season looking for redemption and others simply hope to keep the dream alive.
If your favorite team did not win last week, don’t fret, as there is plenty of time to rebound. One thing we have learned time and time again is that in the NFL, everything can change in a moment’s notice. Offensive lines start to click, key players get hurt, quarterbacks get benched, and rookies take advantage of their time in the lights.
So which match-up should you be watching this week? You’ll have to keep reading to find out. Let’s get started!
**All times in Eastern Time Zone**
New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:25 PM, CBS/Twitter
Even if you don’t really follow the Bills or the Jets, this is still going to be an interesting game to watch. This game will be the first ever NFL game that will be available to stream for FREE on Twitter. Yes, that’s right: Twitter. Beyond the cool new way we can will watch the game, with both teams looking to overcome losing their opening game last week, it’s also going to be an interesting match-up.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM, CBS
Strap yourself in for a great match-up between the Steelers and Bengals. Normally these two teams slug it out defensively, with traditionally low scores and monster hits. But with the Steelers fired up from last week’s win over the Redskins and a healthy Andy Dalton back on the Bengals’ roster, expect a game that’s more explosive than usual.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington, 1:00 PM, Fox
There’s nothing better than a good old fashioned rivalry game to get the season going. Dallas has lost the last couple of games against Washington, so expect the Cowboys to be hungry for a little payback. But don’t count out Washington just yet. Cousins is hell bent to prove he is a franchise QB, so expect a good fight from Washington.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM, CBS
With an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Detroit, the Colts are hoping to bounce back in classic fashion by facing down Denver. But with the Super Bowl champs riding high off of their defeat of former Super Bowl contender Carolina, they’ve got the momentum to put this game right where they want it to be. Get your popcorn ready, this will be a heck of a showdown.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:30 PM, NBC
As previously mentioned, there’s nothing like a good old fashioned rivalry to get the juices flowing, and there are few rivalries as good as the feud between Green Bay and Minnesota. The Viking will be eager to stem the three-game losing streak at home while the Packers are hungry to avenge their 20-13 loss that handed the Vikings the NFC North title. Anything can happen in this match-up.
Don’t you think we’ve got an amazing lineup of NFL games this week? For a full report on which games will be available with your OTA antenna, check out 506sports.
So we have gone over what to watch, now let’s spend some time talking about how to watch it – without a cable subscription that is…
Making its debut to the world of football, Twitter will be streaming Thursday Night Football for the first time ever! There’s no subscription required, no sign in needed, all you have to do is go to tnf.twitter.com and you’re good to go. That’s it.
This week, the easiest way to watch NFL Football without cable is by utilizing a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With an OTA antenna, you can get all of the major broadcast networks (CBS, NBC and Fox) in 1080 HD for FREE. But if the game you want to watch is not in your broadcast market, there are other ways to catch all the action.
With NFL Game Pass you’ll be able to watch every single NFL game this season, Super Bowl and playoffs included. A subscription to Game Pass will run you $100 a season, which is less than one month of cable. With that $100, you’ll get a whole host of extras; including classic Super Bowls, condensed games, coaches films, and every single NFL game from 2009 to present.
The only catch is that you can’t live stream any of the games until AFTER the broadcast ends. My advice is to watch whatever is in your market first and then switch over to the game of choice. Just steer clear spoilers!
Previously only available through cable/satellite, NFL Network now offers cord cutters a couple of options for accessing their 24/7 NFL coverage, including pre-season, Thursday Night Football, and post-season games. It comes included with Sling Blue ($25/month), PlayStation Vue Core ($35/month) and PlayStation Vue Elite ($45/month).
For football nuts who want to watch all the action as it happens, NFL RedZone is a must. You get every scoring play, from across the league with now commercial breaks. Currently Sling TV offers RedZone as part of their Sling Blue “Sports Extra” add-on for $5 per month (on top of the $25/month for Sling Blue). RedZone is also available to PlayStation Vue subscribers, but rather than a per month cost, you pay upfront for the full season’s access to RedZone.
So what are your picks for this week? Can the Colts turn the tide and ride high this season? Will the Viking reverse there losing streak at home? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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