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The 2020 football season is underway, and while the best way to catch all the games is still on conventional cable, cord cutters can still get in on the action with a few smart hacks.
The 32 teams take to the field in a modified season due to Covid-19. All pre-season games were cancelled, and many teams have chosen to play their home games without any fans in the stands (other teams have limited the number of fans that can be packed into the stadium for each game). The NFL has also expanded the 2020 playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams, effectively allowing one more wild-card team from each conference.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions, and they’ll be looking to repeat as NFL champs this year, led by star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The latest Super Bowl LV odds have the Chiefs on top, with oddsmakers also listing the Ravens, 49ers and Saints as favorites to contend for the Super Bowl trophy.
How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable
The 2020/2021 NFL season will be broadcast across a number of networks, including CBS, NBC and FOX. CBS and FOX will air Sunday afternoon games, while you can watch Sunday Night Football on NBC. FOX will also show a select number of Thursday Night Football games.
How to Stream NFL Games Online
For full NFL coverage, including CBS, NBC and FOX, as well as the NFL Network and ESPN, you’ll want to try out a live TV streaming service. That’ll get you access to the three major networks, along with access to Monday Night Football on ESPN. And while FOX has most Thursday night games, some are streaming exclusively on the NFL Network, which you can’t get with conventional cable or an antenna.
Many other live TV streaming services carry those local channels and ESPN, but most lack NFL Network and RedZone. Hulu with Live TV and AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) lack both. Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plan for $45 a month gets you ESPN and, in select major markets, Fox and/or NBC, but you’ll still lack CBS, NFL Network and RedZone (the latter two were on Sling last year but have since been removed in a carriage dispute).
MOST CHANNELS: fuboTV
Your best bet to watch the NFL online is fuboTV. A monthly subscription starts at just $64.99 (that’s cheaper than most cable packages) 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 500 hours of Cloud DVR Plus, to record any games or shows you want to re-watch. The best part: three screens can be logged in at once, so you won’t have to fight over the channels while the game is on.
We like fuboTV for other sports too, with access to the NHL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel and more. Just in time for the NFL season fuboTV has a 7-day free trial offer right now with no commitment. Start your trial here.