Last week we saw a lot of injuries in the NFL, especially quarterbacks. The Chicago Bears saw QB Justin Fields leave…well, the field…and he’s not expected to return this week. Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo injured his back and was listed as questionable for this week. The Titans saw Ryan Tannehill go down and the Colts lost Anthony Richardson, possibly for the season.
This throws a hand grenade into many people’s fantasy leagues, but makes this week’s matchups even more intriguing. How will these (and the many other injuries around the league) affect this week’s games?
Last week also saw the end of perfect records in the NFL, making the battle for the top even fiercer. (And yes, the Taylor Swift-watching will resume when the Chiefs meet the Chargers.)
Here’s how to watch and what to expect from this week’s games. One change from previous weeks: The NFL has finished its tour in London, so West Coasters? You can sleep a little longer.
Which NFL teams are playing this week? And which channels are broadcasting the games?
Here’s who’s playing where and when this week. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, October 22
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 a.m. ET on Fox
Los Angeles Raiders vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 PM ET on Fox
Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 PM ET on CBS
Washington Commanders vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 PM ET on Fox
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 PM ET on Fox
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 PM ET on CBS
Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 PM ET on CBS
Miami Dolphins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 PM ET on NBC
Monday, October 23
San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 PM ET on ABC and ESPN
How can I watch NFL games for free – even if I’m out of market?
Pretty easy, actually. Almost every NFL game can be watched without a cable subscription, but you’ll need to be in the right market to catch them. The best way to do this (and watch any network programming) for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. To make sure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations around your home.
Can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?
Yes – and there are many options.
NBC’s streaming service will give you access to several games, including tonight’s contest and all of Sunday night’s upcoming games. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $6 or $12 monthly fee. (Peacock’s free version 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 a month for the three combined (or $25 a month without ads on Hulu).
Including live TV in the package raises the price to $77 per month ($90 without ads).
Hulu with Live TV
The free trial period of this service is also no longer available. It will now cost you $77 per month.
After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly fees of $73. YouTube is also now home to Sunday Ticket. Prices for this service currently range from $300 to $439 for the season, with current discounts.
Dish Network’s lower-tier Sling “Orange” plan will cost you $40 per month. Adding the more comprehensive Blue plan increases the cost to $55 per month. The seven-day free trial is gone, but the cord-cutting service is offering 50% off the first month’s bill.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow and AT&T TV, this oft-renamed streaming service will cost you $75 per month and up after the free trial option.
This sports-oriented cord-cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly fees of $75 and up, depending on the channels you choose.
Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?
You can, but not today. Amazon is home to Thursday Night Football, but doesn’t offer any other games. Amazon’s next game will be the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the New Orleans Saints on October 19th.
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?
A few. It all comes down to what suits you best.
The NFL app will allow you to stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out-of-market” game, you have 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’ll be charged $6.99 per month (including NFL Network). ($14.99 per month for Premium, which includes NFL Network and RedZone.)
NFL Sunday Ticket
As mentioned above, YouTube has taken over the broadcasting duties of this channel, replacing DirecTV. With the current discounts offered, prices for the service (and the optional NFL Red Zone) currently range from $300 to $439 for the season.