As we roll on into week 7 of the NFL, the post-season contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pack. The Patriots are unsurprisingly still at the top of the AFC, the Browns have all but given up on making it to the playoffs, and the Cowboys have risen to become a surprisingly strong contender for the playoffs this year.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. On any given Sunday, any underdog can have his day. Winners become losers, and losers can beat all odds – pulling out a victory against a top tier team. We’ve got another great weekend of NFL football coming up, so which games should you check out this week? Let’s find out!
**All Times Eastern Time Zone**
Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:25 PM, CBS/Twitter
Going into this match-up, the Packers will be hoping to shake off one of their worse at home losses in several years; courtesy of the Dallas Cowboys. Nevertheless, the Packers are still looking strong against the 1-5 Bears, who have had a tough time this season. But every blind squirrel eventually finds a nut and with a slew of injuries for Green Bay (no healthy running backs) and an improving QB for Chicago, that nut might prove to be a lot easier to crack than expected.
If you don’t have an antenna to access CBS and still want to see some football, you can always watch Thursday Night Football on Twitter. It’s free, there’s no registration required, and all you have to do is click this link when it’s game time.
Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 PM, CBS
Although their defense has been sloppy this season, the Oakland Raiders are looking to stay undefeated on the road as they face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. On the flip side, the Jaguars are hoping to win three straight games for the first time in three years, which is an inexcusable eternity in the football world. With Jacksonville slightly favored to win, the game is going to boil down to who wants to win the most.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 PM, Fox
After enjoying a nice and comfy bye week, the Minnesota Vikings will be ready to defend their perfect record against the Philadelphia Eagles. Giving the Vikings an edge is QB, and former Eagles player, Sam Bradford. But this week marks the first home game for Philadelphia in nearly a month, so expect the Birds to play their heart out for the home team crowd.
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 PM, CBS
This game was supposed to be an all-star showdown between two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks; but all hopes of an all-star showdown were dashed when it was reported that Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger would be out of commission. For New England it’s going to be business as usual, but on the Pittsburgh side of the field all their hope lies in minimizing Tom Brady.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8:25 PM, NBC
In this prime-time match-up, we have the similarly matched Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Going into this game the Seahawks are a one point underdog, despite the better record. If they can put away Arizona, they will be well on their way to cinching up the NFC West; but with Arizona’s home field advantage, anything can happen.
Houston Texans vs Denver Broncos, 8:30 PM, ESPN
Now this will be interesting. Brock Osweiler is coming home to play against the team who had no faith in him and let him leave in free agency. We even have linebacker Brandon Marshall, being quoted as saying “It’s Brock. We know Brock. He came from here. And we want to kill him. That’s just what we want to do.” If Brock can shine, and out pace the Broncos, I can’t wait to see general manager John Elway’s smug face when reporters dig into the controversy.
To catch MNF without a Cable Subscription, you will need access to ESPN. Currently there are two ways to catch ESPN without a cable bill: Sling TV and PS Vue. Both offer free trials, but Sling TV is much more popular due to their lower monthly fees. Starting at just $20 a month you can get Sling Orange, which comes with ESPN plus 24 more channels. To learn more about Sling read “Sling vs Vue – a 2016 Review“.
*** As a bonus, you can also add NFL RedZone to Sling for an extra $10 a month. If you are a football junkie like me, or play Fantasy Football, this channel is a must have.
Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, and nothing proves that more than the simple over-the-air antenna. With a minimal one time investment, you can get every broadcast network in your area, which includes NBC, CBS and Fox. You pay no monthly fees, and best of all it’s all in 1080i HD. Now, some of these games might be out of your market; which means you’ll be stuck watching the local game instead. But don’t worry, there’s a way around it. And if you want to know what it is, keep reading.
However before we go there, lets look at the broadcast maps so that you know what games will be airing in your area:
Courtesy of 506Sports
When reviewing these maps, if see a game that you just can’t miss, and your not within the designated broadcast area, then you can always turn to NFL Game Pass. It’s $99 a season, and with that you get streaming access to every single NFL game this season; plus a bunch of amazing extras like coaches films and classic Super Bowl match-ups. You can’t live stream games, but you can watch it immediately after the game airs; which means you can watch more football while you wait.
What are your picks for NFL Week 7? Let us know in the comments below!
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