NFL Football TV & Online Viewing Guide

Sat Sep 08, 2018 18:12:44PM | Categories: NFL Football TV & Online
Russell Wilson escaping the pocket against Wasington's front four, 10/6/14.By: Keith Allison

This complete NFL regular season viewing guide includes all the options you will ever need to watch any NFL game during any regular season, either on your TV, computer or mobile device.

For a no-nonsense and spoiler free schedule, complete with streaming links to all games, use:

NFL Football TV and Streaming Schedule

For a more detailed breakdown of all other options, continue below.

This entry is broken down into five main sections for easy reference:

  • Sunday afternoon games (early and late)
  • Sunday night games
  • Thursday night games
  • Monday night games
  • Cable satellite options - DirecTV's Sunday Ticket, DISH Network's Sport Packages, and NFL REDZONE

Without ado, let's begin!

Sunday Afternoon Games


Where you live will determine what games will air locally on these national channels. And it's a safe bet you will get at least 1 if not 2 games that have match-ups with your location's corresponding division teams. So if you live in Chicago for example, you will get all the Bear's games on one of these channels (if and when they play on Sunday during the day), as well as probably many Packers/Vikings/Lions as well. Same logic applies to your zip code. If you are a fan of another team that isn't regionally celebrated, you will seriously want to consider NFL Ticket from Direct TV (will cover that option below).

For a great guide to see which games will air where across the whole U.S., use 506sports guide. It's a very useful scheduler. You can also use the official schedule, or of course just check your local listings/tv guide too.

Online & Streaming Options:
CBS Sports Mobile apps or FOX Sports GO

If you have a cable subscription, use your username and password, and you will be able to live stream any games that air Sunday afternoon on either CBS or FOX's mobile/online streaming applications. Works well, and is free if you have the login info. Useful for those on the go.

Sunday Night Games


NBC is the home of Sunday Night Football. There's no guessing or questioning here. Just the one nationally aired game, and everyone with NBC streaming locally to their TV will get the same game.

Online & Streaming Options:
NBC Sports Live Extra

And for those with cable credentials, use your login info to get NBC's live streaming on-the-go, or for mobile access.

Thursday Night Games

TV: NFL Network, FOX, CBS and NBC

NFL Network will be airing every single Thursday Night game, with Fox simulcasting 11 of those games as well:

Thursday Night Football Schedule, TV & Live Streams

Breakdown of Streaming Options:
CBS Sports Mobile apps , NFL Network , NBC Sports Live Extra , FOX Sports GO , Amazon Prime

Same rules apply for all Thursday night action. If you have NFL Network as part of your cable package, you will be able to stream the all Thursday night games live on your computer or mobile device. Be sure and check with cable provider and add that channel, if you don't have it and wish to be able to view every game this season.

Amazon Prime will be airing several of the games live as well.

Monday Night Games


Look no further than ESPN for all your Monday Night Football watching. Of course if you don't have cable, you won't be able to get ESPN through a digital antenna, so be aware of that. But ESPN does come standard with most every basic cable package. ESPN gives a great break down of their schedule on their site.

Online & Streaming Options:
Watch ESPN app

There are actually a couple of options here. You can either use the Watch ESPN app with cable sign in info.

Or if you don't have that, Slingbox TV actually offers ESPN and a whole bunch of other channels for streaming with a package that costs $20/month. For those without cable just wanting their Monday Night Football, it's not a bad way to go. Plus you get 20+ other stations, and the stream is HD quality. They do give you a 7-day free trial period as well.

Cable Satellite Options

TV: DISH Network, DirecTV

DISH Network --

DISH Network is the most affordable option for those aiming to get access to any and every NFL game. The catch is of course that you have to get a satellite dish installed at your house or apartment complex. And sometimes that isn't always an option. But if it is, or you already have this service, getting a TV package that includes NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network and NFL REDZONE is very affordable.

In most cases, all sports channels are already included in your service. But be sure and check with DISH for available TV packages to ensure you have all the options.

Online & Streaming Options:
DISH Network Anywhere

It's honestly a bit unclear if you will be able to stream all DISH Network channels from a mobile device or computer. From what I can tell, they only offer some of their channels for live streaming. But the good news is that some Sports channels are on that list, for sure. They include: NFL Network and NFL REDZONE.

Be sure and ask DISH what is available for live streaming, and if that includes any extra cost. Their website is currently unclear.

DirecTV --

If you are a DirecTV customer, you get NFL Ticket included with your cable service, which is great. And if you are not, consider this service. They offer every out-of-market NFL game. So between local programming and Direct TV, it's the best way to watch every single NFL game that will air this season, outside of NFL Network and ESPN aired games, of course.

But if you have a cable package that includes both of those channels, you will guarantee the ability to watch any and every game of the entire season. Check their rates against your zip code for eligibility and pricing, but it's pretty reasonable starting at $19.99/month.

Upgrading to Sunday Ticket MAX will get you NFL REDZONE as well, so be sure and ask about that additional cost. REDZONE gives you the ability to watch all the exciting plays as they happen, like scores, returns, turnovers, etc; a sort of real time highlight reel. It's pretty cool and likely worth a few more dollars a month on your bill.

Online & Streaming Options:
DirecTV Sunday Ticket Live Streaming or NFL Redzone Online

Don't have Direct TV but still want to stream their service? Well now that is possible. It's not necessarily cheap. But for the avid NFL fan, very worth it. You get access to all the same NFL Ticket perks on your computer or mobile device.

There are 3 different packages depending upon your needs -

$49.99/month gets you NFL Sunday Ticket TV (all out of market games streaming to any mobile device)
$64.99/month gets you the same service, with the added ability to stream to your TV through your Xbox, Playstation or Roku device. (keep in mind, if you just connect an HDMI/VGA cord from your laptop to your TV, you can do the same thing)
$89.99/month gives you everything. You get Sunday Ticket, plus ability to stream to TV from capable gaming/streaming devices. AND you get the RED ZONE channel, as well as DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE. (for fantasy football enthusiasts)

Even if you do already have DirecTV but also want mobile service, you can get that as well, and for a cheaper combined price. Check out those options from the official site's NFL Sunday Ticket bundling service costs and comparisons.

**Either way, bundled or standalone, you can get this monthly service. Keep in mind though there is a season long commitment, so be sure and ask about the terms and conditions of the contract (as it can vary depending upon situation).

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cannot afford it but best wishes