How to watch and stream NFL football games live online for free without cable: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN: Thanksgiving

Yes, Thanksgiving is all about family, food, and appreciating what you have. But it’s also about watching professional football.

As the smell of roast turkey begins to permeate the house, the fight for a playoff spot will continue unabated on the gridiron. But the chances of being able to watch undisturbed are slim, and this isn’t exactly a day where you can sneak off to your favorite watering hole unnoticed. So whether you’re in charge of cooking dinner or peeling potatoes, you still have a chance to watch any of the three games today. Just keep in mind that because it’s a holiday, your usual Thursday night viewing habits will change. Amazon, despite its new contract, will not broadcast the night’s game.

Whatever your circumstances, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a look at who’s playing today, and several different ways to watch the games.

What NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are broadcasting the games?

This is arguably the best part about NFL games on Thanksgiving: They don’t compete against each other. The NFL has stacked all three so you can binge-watch (or, at the very least, use them as a vehicle to disconnect from the family if a political argument breaks out before pumpkin pie is served).

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Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 pm ET on Fox

New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 pm ET on NBC

How can I watch my local NFL team for free even if I’m out of market?

The best way to watch any type of network programming for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. And NFL games are one of the easiest to watch since they air on streaming networks, which means you’ll be able to watch them even if you don’t have a cable subscription. Best of all? All the Thanksgiving games are being broadcast on an over-the-air channel. To ensure you get the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in several locations around your home.

How can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?

You have several options to choose from:


NBC’s streaming service will give you access to several games, including all of the Sunday night matchups. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)


The CBS streaming service will give you access to games broadcast on that network. You can get a one-week free trial, followed by a $5 or $10 monthly charge.


Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll need to pay $13.99 per month for all three combined (or $19.99 per month ad-free on Hulu). Including live TV in the package increases the price to $70 per month ($76 without ads).

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The free trial of this service is also not offered anymore. It will cost you $70 per month.


After a trial of up to two weeks, you can expect monthly charges of $65.

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Dish Network’s lower-tier Sling “Orange” plan will set you back $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan increases the cost to $50 per month. You’ll get a seven-day free trial first, and right now the cord-cutting service is cutting your first month’s bill in half.

DirecTV streaming

Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow, and AT&T TV, this oft-branded streaming service will set you back $70 a month or more after the free trial option.

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This sports-focused cable cut service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $70 to $100, depending on the channels you choose.

Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?

This is where it gets a bit confusing. Amazon has the exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football for 2022 and the following 10 seasons. However, there is an exception for this year’s Thanksgiving game. So while you got used to tuning in to Amazon Prime on Thursday night, tonight’s game won’t be there. It will air on NBC instead.

Does the NFL offer viewing packages to watch the games I want?

It offers three, in fact.

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the NFL app it will allow you to stream games that air locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to see an “off market” game, you have two options.

NFL Game Pass

There are a couple of problems with this service. You can’t use it to watch live games, but you can watch anything after your main stream ends. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’ll see a $100 per season charge.

NFL Sunday Ticket

DirecTV customers have access to it, but if you’re not a subscriber and live in an area where it’s not available, you can watch any NFL game live, online or on TV for $73.49 per month or $293.36 for the entire season.

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