The 2016 NFL season is starting to really heat up this week as we roll into Week 5 of the regular season. Last week: the Jaguars were able to net their first win of the season, the Broncos were able to remain one of few unbeaten teams in the league, and the Buffalo Bills were able to pull off an amazing upset on the road; shutting out the New England Patriots 16-0.
Will Week 5 prove to be as explosive as last week? Let’s take a look at some of this week’s match-ups!
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:25 PM, CBS/Twitter
For this first match-up of the week, we’ve got two struggling teams hoping to resurrect their season. Both the Cardinals and the 49ers are currently 1-3 and needless to say neither want another loss. With the potential loss of their quarterback hanging over head, the Cardinals performance will be anyone’s guess. But on the other hand, the 49ers just lost Navorro Bowman for the year, and have been pretty weak offensively so it can go either way.
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM, CBS
Despite an embarrassing loss two weeks ago, the Steelers are back in form after crushing Kansas City last week. The Jets, on the other hand, are struggling after two straight weeks of defeats and a lousy overall record. But with a weak pass defense, the Steelers are still at risk of losing out to the Jets; it’s just a matter of which team shows up.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 PM, CBS
Going into this match-up, the Cincinnati Bengals are a slight favorite over the Cowboys. Although the Bengals lost the last two games, those losses came at the hands of Pittsburgh and Denver; two Super Bowl favorites. Bottom line: the Bengals are still a good team. But, the on the other hand, the Cowboys have been on a hot streak with Rookie Dak Prescott as QB; and they seem to be getting better with every game.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 PM, Fox
This is one match up you don’t want to miss. With only one loss, the Falcons are one of the best teams in the league and their offense looks borderline unstoppable. Standing in their way, however, is the defending Super Bowl champs and one the only unbeaten teams left in the league. Denver has an amazing defense, which has kept them alive this long, and their offense isn’t too shabby either.
New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 PM, NBC
Going into this game, the Giants will be stinging pretty bad from a two game losing streak. At 2-2, the Giants are doing horribly and it looks to be Manning’s fault. Through 4 games he has failed to get O’dell Beckham a touchdown, and he has been criminally under targeted. How you dont pepper the 2nd best WR in football throughout the game is beyond me. For their part, the Packers haven’t done too much better at 2-1. Coming off of a by-week and playing at home should give the Packers a slight edge. But considering that Giants head coach Ben McAdoo used to work for Green Bay, that edge might be a bit smaller that they’d like.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 PM, ESPN
Carolina’s stout defense has not been living up to the hype as of late, and now with Cam Newton suffering a concussion, their defense may be the only thing that gives them a fighting chance. Winston is expected to start throwing less, but with Sims as their feature back (and with Martin already banged up), not sure how successful that strategy will be. With lots of injuries on both sides of the ball, this one is anyone’s game.
Despite what they might want you to think, you don’t need a subscription to cable television to watch the NFL; this week’s list match-ups included. If you want to watch the NFL without cable, the first thing you should be looking at is an over-the-air antenna (OTA).
With an OTA antenna, you can pick up all of the major broadcast networks; ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc… You don’t need a subscription and, aside from the purchase price, you don’t have to pay a dime for access. It’s as simple as that.
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For Thursday Night Football, if you don’t want an antenna or don’t have access, you can stream the game live on Twitter.
To watch Monday’s game, you will need access to ESPN. Currently, both PlayStation Vue and Sling TV offer this channel as part of their base packages. Each have their positives negatives, and they each offer free trials. So I suggest just trying them both out, and canceling the one you like least.
Now, with the exception of a few national broadcasts, you’ll find that some NFL games are out of your broadcast market. If that happens to the game of your choice, the easiest solution is to get a subscription, or a free trial, to NFL Game Pass for $99 a season.
NFL Game Pass will give you streaming access to every single NFL game this season, as well as every season from 2009 onward. The only catch is that you can’t watch the games live, which means you have to wait until the end of the live broadcast to stream it.
Luckily, if you have an OTA antenna you can keep yourself busy with the other games going on while you wait for yours to become available.
What are your picks for this week? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!
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