NFL 2021: How to Watch, Stream Buccaneers vs. Patriots on NBC Without Cable


Week 4 of the NFL season kicked off with Joe Burrow and the Bengals coming together to beat Trevor Lawerence and the Jaguars in Thursday Night Football. Sunday brought October’s first games of the NFL season with another busy day. The two New York teams finally won (both after overtime), while the afternoon slate saw the Cardinals remain undefeated after beating Rams in an NFC West battle. However, all eyes this weekend seem to be on New England.

Yes, this week’s Sunday Night Football show on NBC Presents Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro as defending champion Buccaneers take on Bill Belichick and the Patriots at 5:20 p.m. PT (8:20 p.m. ET).

Here’s how to watch all the action, RedZone, and the rest of the cable-free NFL season.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

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How to stream NFL games

Major streaming providers like YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV, and DirecTV Stream offer almost all of the major channels you’ll need for football. This includes CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as ESPN, which is needed for Monday Night Football.

Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS. It’s also worth noting that in order to get ESPN you will either need to upgrade to its Orange package or go for its Blue and Orange package.

Those who like to watch on phones or tablets, on the other hand, can also use the Yahoo Sports app to stream games broadcast to your local stations for free.

What about RedZone and the NFL Network?

All of these above services except DirecTV Stream offer the ability to get RedZone and the NFL Network. RedZone will typically require you to spend an additional $ 10 or $ 11 per month as an add-on.

If RedZone is all you want, the cheapest option is to get Sling TV Blue for $ 35 per month and add the Sports Extra add-on for $ 11 per month. This gives you access to all football channels except ESPN and CBS.

What about Thursday night football?

Most Thursday night football games will air on Fox, NFL Network, and Amazon Prime Video. Thursday night football games in September were broadcast only on the NFL Network, with coverage from Fox and Prime Video starting in October.

Check full Thursday night football program here and our recommendations for best ways to watch the NFL without cable throughout the season.

What about Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers live CBS streams with its Premium tier for $ 10 per month. However, depending on where you live, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) may not be available. CBS offers live streaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has CBS live streaming here.

And the peacock?

All of NBC’s regular season NFL games will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, as long as you pay for one of its Premium memberships.

There are two of these tiers, a $ 5 per month Premium option that contains ads (when watching non-live content) and a $ 10 per month Premium Plus option that will stream non-live content without ads (and will allow you to download content on watch offline).

Sling TV’s $ 35 per month Blue package includes NBC, Fox, and the NFL Network. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live.

Note: This version of Sling TV does not include ESPN. For that, you will need to upgrade to the Orange package at the similar price or go for the combined Orange and Blue package of $ 50 per month. RedZone is also available for an additional $ 11 per month.

Read our Sling TV review.

FuboTV costs $ 65 per month and offers all major NFL channels with RedZone as an add-on for $ 11 per month. Click here to see what local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $ 65 per month and includes all major football channels, with RedZone available for an additional $ 10 per month. Click the “View channels in your region” link on its home page to see which local channels are available in your zip code.

Read our review of Hulu with Live TV.

Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream’s basic $ 70 per month package includes almost all of the major football channels with the notable exception of RedZone and the NFL Network. You can use his channel finder to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our AT&T TV review.

Peacock will show the full list of NBC Sunday night football games. You will, however, need one of the service’s premium packages to watch Sunday Night Football live and full match replays, although the highlights are available on the free tier.

The ad-supported Premium plan costs $ 5 per month and the Premium Plus ad-free plan costs $ 10 per month.

Read our review of Peacock.

Those looking for CBS games will be able to stream them on Paramount Plus with its Premium tier of $ 10 per month. You can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here.

All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn’t stream NFL games live), allow you to cancel at any time and require a strong internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our guide to live TV streaming services.

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