There’s no way to describe the last nine weeks other than brutal.
The overriding theme of the 2023-2024 season has been high-profile injuries, starting with Aaron Rodgers on week one and the numbers just growing from there.
Last week, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones tore his ACL and Vikings running back Cam Akers tore his Achilles for the second time. Meanwhile, Vikings quarterback Jaren Hall, who was replacing Kirk Cousins (out with injuries of his own) only got in six passes before he was pulled from the game due to a concussion.
More than a dozen players were injured last week across the league, some putting their seasons to an end. Others might be back, but will they be able to play at their full capacity?
If nothing else, that makes this week nearly impossible to predict. There are so many wild cards at play that it’s anyone’s guess who will triumph and who will fall short.
Here’s a look at how to watch this week’s games. And a reminder that the league is playing in Germany again this week, so you’ll need to wake up early for one game.
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. 12
Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots, 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network
Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Washington Commanders vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
New York Jets vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Monday, Nov. 13
Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC
How can I watch NFL games for free—even if I am out of market?
Almost every NFL game can be watched without a cable subscription. And the best way to watch any sort of network programming 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?
Yes, and there are several ways to 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, either. 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 some 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 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?
Not on the weekend. Amazon is the home of Thursday Night Football, but doesn’t carry other games. The next matchup on Amazon will be the Cincinnati Bengals facing the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 28.
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). The price is $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.