As far as surprises go, it’s going to be hard to top last Monday’s game.
The Minnesota Vikings were expected to be a meal for the San Francisco 49ers, but ended up winning the battle 22-17. Bill Belichick finally got his 300th career regular-season win, which had to be extra sweet as it was against the Buffalo Bills. And some players that were expected to ride the bench due to injury (like 49ers halfback Christian McCaffrey) played the full game.
This week? Oddsmakers are predicting some surprising losses, but if we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that things that might appear to be a lock in a sports book often don’t translate to the real world.
Here’s a look at how to watch and what to expect from this week’s games.
Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?
Here’s who’s playing where and when this week. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Oct. 29
New York Jets vs. New York Giants, 1:00 a.m. ET on CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Commanders, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Oct. 30
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, 8:15 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN
How can I watch NFL games for free—even if I am out of market?
It’s pretty easy. Almost every NFL game can be watched without a cable subscription, though you do need to be in the right market to catch them. The best way to do that (and watch any sort of network programming) for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.
Can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?
That’s even easier. You’ve got tons of options.
NBC’s streaming service will give you access to several games, including tonight’s contest and all upcoming Sunday night matchups. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $6 or $12 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)
Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $15 per month for all three combined (or $25 per month for no ads on Hulu).
Including Live TV in the bundle bumps the price to $77 per month ($90 with no ads).
Hulu with Live TV
The free trial on this service is no longer offered, as well. It will now cost you $77 per month.
After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $73. YouTube is also now the home of Sunday Ticket. Prices on that service currently range from $300 to $439 for the season, with the current discounts.
Dish Network’s Sling lower-tiered “Orange” plan will run you $40 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $55 per month. The seven-day free trial has disappeared, but the cord-cutting service is offering 50% off of the first month’s bill.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow and AT&T TV, this oft-renamed streaming service will run you $75 per month and up after the free trial option.
This sports-focused cord-cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $75 and up, depending on the channels you choose.
Can I watch the NFL games on Amazon?
Not on Sunday. Amazon is the home of Thursday Night Football, but that excludes it from carrying weekend games. The next matchup on Amazon will be the Tennessee Titans squaring off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 2.
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?
You’ve got a trio of options.
The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you’ve got two choices.
Watch live local and out of market games and (with the premium subscription) replays. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’re looking at a charge of $6.99 per month (including NFL Network). ($14.99 per month for premium, which includes NFL Network and RedZone.)
As mentioned above, YouTube has taken over broadcast duties for this channel, replacing DirecTV. With the current offered discounts, prices on the service (and the optional NFL Red Zone) currently range from $300 to $439 for the season.