NFL 2020: How to watch Packers vs. 49ers on Thursday Night Football without cable
Despite sporadicoutbreaks throughout the league and a handful of teams having their schedule adjusted as a result, the 2020 NFL season remains largely on track as it passes its midway point.
After eight weeks, the Steelers are the lone undefeated team after beating the Ravens on Sunday. Two one-loss teams also won on Sunday, with the Chiefs blowing out the woeful Jets and the Seahawks flying past the 49ers. Sunday saw its share of upsets, too, highlighted by two rookie quarterbacks getting wins. Joe Burrow led the Bengals past the Titans, and Tua Tagovailoa got some help in his first start as a pro from his defense and special teams in the Dolphins’ win over the Rams.
Of course, while COVID-19 didn’t affect last week’s action, it looms large in Week 9. The Lions placed QB Matthew Stafford on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday while the Texans closed their facility on Thursday after a player tested positive. The Colts’ facility is open but the team announced Thursday that it had a staff member test positive for the virus.
Week 9’s Thursday Night Football matchup was almost in danger because of the virus as the 49ers deal with a host of players going on the COVID-19 list. The game with the Packers is still slated to go on tonight as scheduled, but the Niners will be without WR Kendrick Bourne who may have tested positive for the virus as well as LT Trent Williams and fellow WRs Brandon Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel all of whom were similarly placed on the COVID-19 list because of their “close contact” to Bourne, ESPN reported.
On Thursday NBC Sports revealed Bourne’s test may have been a false positive, however, the players on the COVID-19 list will need to remain inactive for tonight’s contest.
Assuming the game goes on as planned, kickoff between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers is set for 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT) on Fox, the NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video, Twitch and more.
Here’s how to watch tonight’s action, as well as the rest of the NFL season, without cable.
How can I watch the NFL without cable?
You can stream the 2020 NFL season, no cable required, on any CBS, NBC and Fox as well as ESPN, the NFL Network and NFL RedZone. Exact channels may also vary based on where you live, but the .that carries channels with live games. Numerous such services offer broadcast networks like
Thursday Night Football is also available to stream on Amazon Prime Video (so long as you), Twitch or in the Yahoo Sports or NFL apps. Fox and the NFL Network will broadcast the game as well.
For those looking for a different experience, Fox will be streaming the game in 4K on FuboTV (as well as offering the 4K feed on certain cable and satellite providers). Amazon, meanwhile, will be adding the option to choose from a variety of different announcers in its Prime Video app, so you have options just in case Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman aren’t to your liking.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the channels NFL fans need: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. There’s also an option for RedZone for an extra $11 a month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.
FuboTV costs $65 a month for its Family plan and includes CBS, Fox and NBC plus ESPN and the NFL Network. An $11-a-month Sports Plus add-on will get you into the RedZone, and FuboTV will also stream the Fox Thursday Night Football games in 4K.
Click here to see which local channels you get.
Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. The NFL Network and RedZone aren’t available from this service.
AT&T TV Now’s basic, $55-a-month Plus package includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. The NFL Network and RedZone are not available.
Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $30-a-month Blue plan and $30-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky choice or encourages them to spring for both at $45 a month. Sling Blue includes the NFL Network, NBC and Fox as well as the option to add RedZone through the Sports Extra add-on for $10 per month. Sling Orange includes ESPN.
Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, but its packages are discounted by $10 for the first month. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live.
CBS All Access costs $6 per month and will let you watch the games being broadcast on your local CBS station on Sundays if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.
All of the services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information?.
As mentioned above, the NFL will also once again. The full list of remaining dates and games for that platform is:
- Nov. 12: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
- Nov. 19: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
- Dec. 3: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens
- Dec. 10: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams
- Dec. 17: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
- Dec. 25: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Note: this Christmas Day matchup is on a Friday.)
Finally, cord-cutters can receive free local CBS, Fox and NBC broadcasts.
When did the NFL season start?
The NFL regular season began on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs.
Where are games being played?
The current plan is for teams to play their games as scheduled in their respective home stadiums.
Are fans allowed in?
There is no single answer, with some teams allowing fans and some not.
The Chiefs, for example, hosted their home opener on Sept. 10 with 15,895 fans in attendance, 21% of Arrowhead’s capacity.
Other teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, hosted their respective home openers without fans in the stands in Week 2. This so far has been a team-by-team, city-by-city situation that is subject to change throughout the season.
What happened to the preseason?
The NFL canceled the entire 2020 preseason in July, with teams focusing on doing their own training camps to prepare for the upcoming season.
Will the NFL move some Sunday games to other days?
The NFL had been rumored to be looking at moving some games to Saturday if college football was scaled back significantly this fall, but this scenario seems unlikely now that the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mountain West and MAC conferences announced they will play truncated seasons, which reversed previous decisions to postpone their fall seasons. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC have already begun their 2020 campaigns.
The NFL would potentially need to seek government approval if it did want to move games to Friday or Saturday nights due to Chapter 32 of the United States Code, which was designed to keep those nights free from September through December for high school and college football.
Which players are sitting out?
Like in other sports, a fair amount of NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season. Here are a few of the notable players not participating this year, with a larger list available at ESPN:
- Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
- Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
- Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
- Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
- Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
- C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets
- Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
- Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs