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2021 NFL schedule: Date, time, TV channel for every game of expanded 2021 NFL season

The 2021 NFL football season kicks off on Sept. 9, when the 2020 Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys, and fans who have decided to cut the cable cord will have plenty of options for streaming the action all year.

With the right streaming services, you can watch Sunday afternoon games on CBS and Fox, Sunday Night Football on NBC, and Monday Night Football on ESPN. Thursday Night Football is spread out across Fox, Amazon Prime/Twitch, and the NFL Network. Additionally, some games will be available on new streaming services, such as Peacock from NBCUniversal and Paramount+ from ViacomCBS.

If you’re using a cable-replacement streaming service, you may already have access to a decent number of games. However, live local channels aren’t available on all cable-replacement streaming services in all markets. You’ll need these channels to watch games in your area, so review the channel lineups before subscribing to a service such as Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV.

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After a season of unknowns in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 2021 season will hopefully have fans in the stands at every stadium.

We dissected the schedule from every angle on CBS Sports HQ and CBSSports.com. For now, you can check out the full week-by-week schedule below.

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Note: All times are Eastern.

WEEK 1

Thursday, Sept. 9
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Sept. 12
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Denver Broncos at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 13
Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN/ABC)

WEEK 2

Thursday, Sept. 16
New York Giants at Washington Football Team, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Sept. 19
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England Patriots at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 20
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 3

Thursday, Sept. 23
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Sept. 26
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 27
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 4

Thursday, Sept. 30
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Oct. 3
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 4
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 5

Thursday, Oct. 7
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Oct. 10
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London), 9:30 a.m. (NFLN)
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England Patriots at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 11
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 6

Thursday, Oct. 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Oct. 17
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London), 9:30 a.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 18
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 7

Thursday, Oct. 21
Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Oct. 24
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Jets at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 25
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 8

Thursday, Oct. 28
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Oct. 31
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 1
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 9

Thursday, Nov. 4
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Nov. 7

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 8
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 10

Thursday, Nov. 11
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Nov. 14
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 15
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 11

Thursday, Nov. 18
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Nov. 21
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington Football Team at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 22
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 12

Thursday, Nov. 25
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. (CBS)
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Nov. 28
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Nov. 29
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 13

Thursday, Dec. 2
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, December 5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 6
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 14

Thursday, Dec. 9
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Sunday, Dec. 12
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. CBS)
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 13, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 15

Thursday, Dec. 16
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)

Saturday, Dec. 18
TBD, 4:30p, NFLN
TBD, 8:15p, NFLN

Saturday/Sunday TBD
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills, TBD
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns, TBD
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts, TBD
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, TBD
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles, TBD

Sunday, Dec. 19
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 20
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 16

Thursday, Dec. 23
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Saturday, Dec. 25
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers, 4:30 p.m., (FOX/NFLN/AMAZON)
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Dec. 26
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Dec. 27
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 17 

Sunday, Jan. 2
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)
New York Giants at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 1p, (FOX)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets, 1p, (FOX)
Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Jan. 3
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

WEEK 18

Saturday, Jan. 8
TBD, 4:30p, ESPN/ABC
TBD, 8:15p, ESPN/ABC

Sunday, Jan. 9
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Washington Football Team at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
TBD, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Here are just a couple more notes before we list all your streaming options.

First, Verizon no longer has an exclusive deal to stream games to smartphones and tablets, so you’ll be able to catch a good number of games regardless of your cellular provider. (Read about the NFL Mobile app, below.)

Second, Fox Sports plans to show Thursday Night Football games in 4K HDR, or high dynamic range, as it did last year. (The games are actually produced in 1080p; Fox then upconverts them for viewers with 4K HDR TVs.)

Games in 4K HDR will be available through the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps on Apple TV 4K and select Roku devices, plus FuboTv and YouTube TV streaming packages that carry the channel. Additionally, some viewers can get 4K service from pay-TV providers such as Altice/Optimum, Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, and Verizon FiOS.

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime members can watch 11 Thursday Night Football games this season. The games will be simulcast on Fox and the NFL Network, and you can also see them on Amazon’s Twitch channel. (Starting in 2022, Amazon Prime will become the exclusive home for NFL Thursday Night Football; the games won’t be available on Fox and the NFL Network.)

The agreement, which covers 15 games next year, is part of a long-term deal that runs through 2032. Each game will also be televised free in the participating teams’ home markets. Amazon will also air one preseason game per year.

We expect that, like last year, Amazon will get one or two exclusive late-season games, and will show a wild-card playoff game that’s also on other networks.

AT&T TV

AT&T is spinning off the company’s TV and video businesses, including DirecTV and AT&T TV, into a company called New DirecTV.

AT&T TV plans start at $70 per month for a package with about 65 channels. You can watch NFL games on all four broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—in most markets, plus ESPN. The only games you won’t get are the exclusive Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network.

There’s no longer an option, even with pricier plans, to get the NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, or NFL Sunday Ticket. However, AT&T TV subscribers can get NFLSundayTicket.TV if they are unable to get satellite where they live. With this service, you can stream live, out-of-market NFL regular season games every Sunday.

Meanwhile, AT&T TV Now and AT&T TV will soon be folded into a single brand called DirecTV Stream.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access has morphed into Paramount+ (see below).

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Sunday Ticket is the most comprehensive NFL package you can get, offering every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. (It doesn’t include games shown on your local channels.) DirecTV has the exclusive rights to the package this year, so you have to be a DirecTV subscriber.

As we noted above, parent company AT&T lets people who can’t use a satellite dish for DirecTV’s regular service watch the football package through a streaming service. That includes lots of people living in apartments or townhouses, college students, and people in single-family homes where an obstruction prevents satellite TV reception.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can get NFLSundayTicket.TV for $294 a season. A step-up Max plan costs $100 more, and adds NFL Red Zone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone. You can also add NFL Game Pass, which streams every regular season game after it airs, for an additional $100.

College students can get NFLSundayTicket.TV U, which includes everything in the TV Max plan, for just $100. Game Pass can be added for another $100.

You can’t get any of these packages with AT&T TV, which is the new name for the DirecTV Now cable-style streaming service (described above).

A lot will change down the road, because DirecTV’s deal for the NFL Sunday Ticket package is set to expire at the end of the 2022 season. There are reports that several companies, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, and YouTube, are interested in acquiring the rights.

FuboTV

The sports-centric FuboTV, one of the few places to watch NFL games in 4K with HDR (from Fox), costs $65 a month. With it, you get games on CBS, Fox, and NBC in many markets.

Thanks to a long-awaited deal with ESPN, FuboTV also gives you access to Monday Night Football, plus the NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football games. (Some of those are also available on Amazon and Fox.)

NFL RedZone, with game highlights and replays from every Sunday game, can be added as part of FuboTV’s $11-per-month Sports Plus add-on pack.

Hulu + Live TV

Priced at $65 per month, Hulu’s live TV service, called Hulu + Live TV, provides access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC local broadcasts in many markets.

You can also get CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports. But the big news for 2021 is that Hulu reached a deal for the NFL Network to be available on Hulu + Live TV. That’s important to sports fans, because the NFL Network has eight exclusive Thursday Night Football games that aren’t available on Amazon or Fox.

For an additional $10 per month, you can get a sports add-on pack that includes NFL RedZone, with 7 hours of Sunday Night Football action, plus the ability to stream all RedZone programming from the 2020 NFL season before the 2021 season begins.

Locast

Locast is a streaming service that provides free over-the-air broadcast channels via the internet. It’s currently available in 36 markets across the country. Locast lets you watch any games that broadcast on affiliate ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC channels.

There’s a twist, though. The company is a nonprofit that doesn’t directly charge consumers for content, and it’s relying on a copyright exception granted to nonprofits. To make money, it asks for donations of at least $5 per month. (Locast will regularly interrupt programming to ask for that donation until you pony up.)

If this seems too good to be true, it might be. ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC Universal have sued Locast in federal court, alleging that the service violates their copyrights by sending TV content to customers without paying for it. The broadcasters want the service shut down and are asking to be paid damages.

Network Apps

If you subscribe to a pay-TV service, you may be able to watch football when you’re on the go by using a network’s mobile app. The following apps all require authentication, meaning that you need to be a cable or satellite subscriber.

• CBS Sports: In addition to those who get Paramount+, the network is letting “authenticated” CBS viewers—meaning those who get CBS through a pay-TV service—stream games via the CBS Sports app, and online at CBS.com.

• Fox Sports: The Fox TV Everywhere app offers live coverage of local-market games and regional sports networks. You can also access the games through most cable-style streaming services, such as FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV. You can watch NFL games via FoxSports.com on your laptop or tablet and some streaming devices—including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. You get access only to the channels in your TV lineup.

• NBC Sports: NBC will stream every 2021 Sunday Night Football game live on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App. Both require authentication that you have a cable, satellite, or live streaming TV subscription, and both will let you watch football on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet, computer, Samsung smart TV, many streaming players, and Xbox game consoles. The games will also be available on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service (see below).

• WatchESPN: ESPN’s mobile app delivers Monday Night Football, along with shows such as SportsCenter, to your computer, smartphone, tablet, Xbox game console, and streaming players, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. The newer $5-a-month ESPN+ streaming service doesn’t have live Monday Night Football games, though they are coming in 2023. ESPN+ will have one exclusive game (a regular season international game) starting in the 2022 season.

NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass lets you watch pretty much any game you want, but with one big caveat—you’ll have to wait until the game’s original broadcast is over.

Priced at $99 for the season (or four $30 monthly payments), the streaming service lets you watch replays of all the regular season games, plus games from prior seasons. It doesn’t include the Super Bowl.

NFL Mobile App

Formerly a perk only for Verizon wireless customers, the NFL mobile app now lets you stream NFL games, regardless of what carrier you use.

Access is free, and the same programming is also available on Verizon’s Yahoo Sports App for mobile devices. It’s limited to live local-market games and prime-time national games. It includes playoff games and the Super Bowl nationwide. But you can’t watch Sunday afternoon out-of-market games, which are controlled by DirecTV.

Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access)

If you like watching Sunday afternoon football games, you’ll want access to CBS. Cord-cutters can use the company’s new Paramount+ streaming service, which replaced CBS All Access. It offers access to the entire CBS NFL football season, though this year the Super Bowl shifts to NBC.

You’ll also get an AFC Wild Card showdown, AFC divisional playoff contests, and the AFC Championship game. Also included are all the NFL-related pregame shows, including “The NFL on CBS,” plus “Inside the NFL,” which is moving from Showtime to Paramount+.

The games will be available on both the $5 Paramount+ ad-supported service and the $10-a-month ad-free version. You can also stream games on mobile devices, something that had previously been exclusive to Verizon cellular customers.

A new deal, signed a few months ago, will bring an expanded schedule of games, including some with NFC teams, to both CBS and Paramount+ starting with kicks in 2023.

Sling TV

Sling TV is something of a mixed bag for football fans. Though it includes NBC, Fox, the NFL Network, and ESPN, it’s missing ABC and CBS. Also, you’ll need to subscribe to both the Blue (NBC, Fox, NFL Network) and Orange (ESPN) plans to get all the games. Each plan costs $35 a month, but you can get a combined plan for $50 a month.

Because Sling TV lacks CBS, you won’t get the AFC games that network shows on Sunday afternoons. One bit of good news is that Sling has restored access to the NFL Network, and you can add NFL Red Zone as part of an $11-a-month Sports Extra add-on.

YouTube TV

After a price hike, YouTube TV now offers 70-plus channels for $65 per month. It includes all the major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—plus the ESPN networks and Fox Sports. Last year YouTube TV added the NFL Network, plus the ability to add NFL RedZone in the Sports Plus tier for an additional $11 per month.

Also, YouTube TV now has a 4K HDR option, which costs an additional $10 a month for the first year. The company recently announced that it would have some Thursday night games in 4K this year.

 

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By Ryan