The Buffalo Bills won the AFC East last year, ending an 11-year run of division crowns for the New England Patriots. Entering this season, the Bills were favored to repeat as division champs behind quarterback and MVP candidate Josh Allen ahead of the Patriots with rookie QB Mac Jones. Don't look now, but here come the Patriots. They've won six games in a row and are half a game ahead of the Bills in the AFC East standings. The winner of tonight's game will be first place and have the inside track to this season's division title.
The Pats and Bills wrap up week 13 of the NFL season in Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET (5:15 p.m. PT) on ESPN. You can flip over to ESPN2 during the game to catch the ManningCast with brothers Peyton and Eli calling the game over Zoom, and guests popping on to chat with the former NFL greats. One of tonight's guests will be none other than former talk-show host and Indianapolis Colts fan David Letterman.
Here's how to watch tonight's action, as well as the rest of the NFL season, without cable.
How to stream NFL games
Major streaming providers such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream offer nearly all the major channels you will 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 to get ESPN you will either need to switch to its Orange package or go for its Blue and Orange bundle.
Those who are fine with watching on phones or tablets, meanwhile, can also use the Yahoo Sports app to stream the games that are broadcast on your local stations for free.
What about RedZone and the NFL Network?
All of those services above, with the exception of DirecTV Stream, offer the option to get RedZone and the NFL Network. RedZone will usually require you to spend another $10 or $11 per month as an add-on.
If RedZone is all you care about, the cheapest option is getting Sling TV Blue for $35 a month and adding the $11-per-month Sports Extra add-on. This gets you all the football channels with the exception of ESPN and CBS.
How about Thursday Night Football?
Most Thursday Night Football games will be broadcast on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video. Check out the full Thursday Night Football schedule here and our recommendations for the throughout the season.
What about Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus offers live CBS feeds with its Premium tier for $10 a month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check if your area has live CBS streaming here.
What about Peacock?
All of NBC's regular-season NFL games will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, so long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions.
There are two of these tiers, a $5-a-month Premium option that has ads (when watching nonlive content) and a $10-per-month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and let you download some content to watch offline).
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available 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.
Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $10 a month. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.
FuboTV costs $65 a month and has all the major NFL channels with RedZone available as an $11-per-month add-on. Click here to see which local channels you get.
Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream's basic $70-a-month package includes nearly all the major channels for football with the notable exceptions of RedZone and the NFL Network. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.
Sling TV's $35-a-month Blue plan 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'll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan or go for the combined $50-per-month Orange and Blue bundle. RedZone is also available for an extra $11 a month.
Those looking for CBS games will be able to stream them on Paramount Plus with its $10 per month Premium tier. You can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here.
Peacock will show NBC's full slate of Sunday Night Football games. You will, however, need one of the service's Premium plans to watch Sunday Night Football live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier.
The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month.
Most Thursday Night games will be available on Amazon Prime Video. For millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no extra cost. But if you're not a subscriber, it might be worth it to shell out the $9 a month for the stand-alone TV service fee.
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn't stream live NFL games), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our.