Thanksgiving week is one of the strangest of each NFL season. By the time we get to Sunday, eight teams have already played their games and are looking forward to week 13. Add to that the rush in many homes to get holiday decorations up and in-laws out and it can be a challenge to sit back, relax and watch some football.
It might be worth the effort, though. This week is loaded with big rivalries, like the Bills and Eages and the Sants and Falcons. And Sunday afternoon, the Chiefs try to bounce back from last week’s loss against the suddenly-on-the-rise Raiders.
So hang those lights at halftime and avoid the turkey leftovers so you can be wide awake. Thanks giving is over, but playoff season is fast on its way.
Here’s a look at how to watch 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. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Nov. 26
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Carolina Panthers vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Nov. 27
Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC
How can I watch NFL games for free—even if I am out of market?
Most weeks, including this one, every NFL game can be watched without a cable subscription. The best way to do so 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?
Of course! And there are lots of services that will let you do so.
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 initially ranged from $300 to $439 for the season, with the current discounts. YouTube, however, recently kicked off a mid-season special, dropping the price for the rest of the year to $174.
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?
Nope. That was yesterday. Amazon is generally the home of Thursday Night Football, (though it aired the inaugural Black Friday game yesterday). The next game on the streaming service will be the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 30.
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?
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.)
NFL Sunday Ticket
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