The 2022-23 NFL season is officially here, as we kick off week 1 with the Buffalo Bills at the Los Angeles Rams. It’s time to dust off the tailgating gear and break out the game-day jersey, but, for cord-cutters, it also means it’s time to re-visit your streaming service lineup so you can catch every NFL game online.
Heading into the new season, things are looking exciting for football fans. The reigning champion Los Angeles Rams were in a pre-season bind with QB Matthew Stafford’s elbow injured, but they’re looking strong once again thanks to his return. As usual, the Green Bay Packers are on form, with many expecting a conference championship from the team. Other teams with a shot at this season’s Vince Lombardi Trophy are the Buccaneers, the Eagles, and the Chargers.
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No matter your team, you’ll need to dial-in your streaming services to catch this season’s games live. Below are all the best ways to watch the NFL live online this year, plus a couple hacks for live streaming NFL games for free.
Where to Watch NFL Games on TV
As always, NFL coverage is spread out across several networks including national and local broadcasters. ESPN will have Monday Night Football, NBC will have Sunday Night Football games, Fox will have NFC games, and CBS will have AFC games on Sunday afternoons. If you’re planning on watching NFL games on TV, your cable or satellite package will need as many of these networks as possible.
How to Watch NFL Playoff Games Without Cable
A simple TV antenna (like this one from Amazon) will get you access to both major networks in HD quality, so you can watch the NFL playoffs on TV with traditional cable.
Pay for the antenna once and enjoy “free cable” for as long as you have it installed. Our pick below can be mounted indoors or outdoors and delivers a range of up to 120 miles, to pick up more stations than most basic antennas. The digital antenna will let you watch the NFL playoffs on your local CBS and FOX affiliate, and give you access to dozens of other local channels.
How to Stream NFL Playoff Games Online
For full NFL coverage, you’ll want to try out a live TV streaming service, which deliver live local and national channels. Almost all of these streaming services have the advantage of being available on smart TVs and streaming devices (so you can watch on your TV), as well as mobile devices like phones and tablets. Plus, many of them have free trials, which means you can get free NFL live streams during the trial window.
Fair warning: There are a lot of streaming services that get you some NFL coverage. Below, we’ve ranked streamers in terms of how much NFL coverage you can get, and how much you have to pay to get it.
1. Stream NFL Playoffs Games Live on fuboTV
Your best bet to watch NFL games online is fuboTV. A monthly subscription to fuboTV starts at $69.99 and includes all the major networks, plus the NFL Network and ESPN. Your fuboTV deal also includes NBCSN and FOX Sports for post-game analysis.
In addition to sports, a subscription to fuboTV gets you more than 100 other channels (including AMC, Bravo, E! and Showtime) plus 1000 hours of Cloud DVR to record any games or shows you want to re-watch.
We like fuboTV for other sports too, with access to the NHL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, and Golf Channel. Best of all, fuboTV has a 7-day free trial offer right now that you can use to live stream the NFL online for free. Start your trial here.
2. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Sling TV
Sling is the cheapest live TV streaming service on our list, with plans starting at just $17.50 for your first month. The Sling Blue package gets you access to FOX, plus the NFL Network, while the Sling Orange package gets you ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN 3. But the best Sling deal is the Sling Orange + Blue package, which gets you all the above channels from $50 a month, and just $25 for your first month with Sling’s current 50% off promotion.
Other Sling channels also include AMC, E!, HGTV, USA, and more. You can also add their “sports extra” package for $11, which gets you live streaming to NFL Red Zone, in addition to the MLB Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, and more.
4. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Hulu + Live TV
BEST ALL-IN-ONE SERVICE
You already know Hulu as the home of shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Nine Perfect Strangers, and Only Murders in the Building, but their Hulu + Live TV service also gets you NFL live streams on CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NFL Network. Better yet, a Hulu + Live TV membership includes free subscriptions to ESPN+ and Disney+. Considering all the content you get, Hulu + Live TV is quite well-priced at $69.99 per month.
5. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Amazon Prime Video
BEST FOR Thursday Night Football
This year, Thursday Night Football has a new home: Amazon Prime Video. All 15 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be live streaming for Prime members exclusively — no additional purchase required. It’s yet another reason to become a Prime member, in addition to other Prime Video exclusives like Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power.
A Prime membership costs $14.99 per month or $139 a year for the full Prime membership (which includes benefits like free two-day shipping and access to Prime Day deals), or $8.99 a month for Prime Video only. If you’re new to Prime, sign up for a 30-day free trial here.
6. Stream NFL Playoff Games on Paramount+
BEST FOR ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
A subscription to Paramount+ (previously called CBS All Access) starts at just $4.99 per month and gets you NFL live streams as they’re broadcast on CBS, including most AFC games. Obviously, you won’t be able to stream every NFL game, but for just $5 a month Paramount+ is still a great deal for NFL fans.
In addition to NFL games, your Paramount+ membership lets you stream a ton of popular TV shows movies like Star Trek: Picard, 1883, and Dexter. Plus, you also get a seven-day free trial.
7. Stream NFL Playoff Games on NFL+
BEST for mobile devices
If you mainly watch NFL games on your phone or tablet, NFL+ is a great deal. The league’s official streaming service has a large selection of live NFL games, although it’s only available on mobile devices. A subscription costs $4.99 a month and starts with a seven-day free trial — head here to get more details and sign up.
How to Watch NFL Games Free Online
Looking to live stream NFL games for free online? Be sure to utilize the free trials from fuboTV, Paramount+, and NFL+. Although you won’t be able to watch the whole season without paying, these free trials are great for getting free NFL live streams online during big games a few times throughout the season, or for watching the playoffs for free once they roll around.
How to Watch Out-of-Market NFL Games Online
Even with the best live TV streaming services like fuboTV and Sling, NFL viewers can still face local blackouts and region-locked game broadcasts. Luckily, you can easily get around these restrictions with a virtual private network (VPN) like ExpressVPN. It essentially “tricks” you laptop or phone (and thereby your streaming service) into thinking it’s in another region, letting you live stream out-of-market NFL games online.
ExpressVPN, which works with most major streaming services, costs $12.95 a month and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re unsatisfied with the service.
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