It’s been almost seven months since Tom Brady, the supposedly ageless quarterback, led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a shocking 31–9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
The wait is finally over, football fans. The National Football League (NFL) has returned.
It returns on September 9, when the Dallas Cowboys face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a special Thursday prime time game to kick off the regular season (NBC, 8:20 pm ET). The thrilling contest is the first of 16 games on the Week 1 slate. It kicks off the NFL’s longest regular season in history, with the League extending its regular season from 16 to 17 games over 18 weeks, finishing January 9, 2022.
Although the NFL remains the King of TV Sports, Front Office Sports reports that it saw an 8% drop in viewership in 2020 compared to the previous year—the League’s lowest performance since 2017—due to major last-minute rescheduling to accommodate the pandemic.
As the season approaches, there is evidence that the NFL is regaining its fervent fan base.
The NFL’s annual draught in April was the third most-watched in league history, according to the League. (Due to the pandemic, there were no preseason games last year.) furthermore, the annual Hall of Fame Game, which kicked off the NFL preseason on August 5, received 7.326 million people, making it the League’s most-watched preseason game in four years.
Subscription-free and web-based streaming choices and alternative TV providers like fuboTV and Sling are becoming increasingly crucial as the League attempts to expand its audience and attract a new generation of football fans.
This season, more options than ever to watch NFL games live, so here’s a comprehensive guide to watching the NFL on all of your devices.
How to watch NFL games for free online
Last year, the League removed a restriction that viewers log in through a cable or satellite provider to watch games on mobile devices and tablets. That’s right: You can use various applications to watch NFL games on your phone for free, even if you don’t have a cable or TV subscription. Furthermore, many major broadcast stations (such as Fox, CBS, and NBC) can be accessed over the air with only an antenna connected to your television. All of them are available for download, and various options to stream them for free at the bottom of this post.
The NFL app and the Yahoo Sports app are two of the most popular sports apps available.
Best for: Free live streaming on mobile devices and tablets of national prime time and in-market local games.
Available platforms: These apps operate on Android or iOS-based smartphones or tablets, although screencasting is not supported. You won’t be able to use HDMI, Chromecast, Airplay, or other comparable technologies to broadcast the Livestream to larger displays.
You can watch the following:
- Monday Night Football
- Football on Thursday Night
- Football on Sunday Night
- Sunday regional games in the market (early and late)