How to watch the Cowboys vs. Giants game tonight without cable
The cord cutter’s guide to watching Monday Night Football on ESPN. The New York Giants will need a big game from running back Saquon Barkley to keep pace tonight with the division-leading Dallas Cowboys.
After nine weeks, the NFL playoff picture is starting to come into focus. The Ravens just handed the Patriots their first loss of the season in what could be a preview of the AFC Championship Game. The Texans topped the Jags to take control of the AFC South, and the Chiefs edged the Vikings to stay atop the AFC West. In the NFC, the 49ers won on Thursday night and are the last undefeated team in the NFL. The Packers dropped a game to the Chargers but remain in first place in the NFC North, while the Seahawks helped their cause in the NFC West, winning a shootout against the Buccaneers. You can see all of the Week 9 NFL results here.
Week 9 concludes tonight with the New York Giants hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Expect both teams to run the ball; the game features two of the game’s best running backs in Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and Saquon Barkley of the Giants. The pair finished No. 1 and No. 2 in rushing last season with Elliott gaining 1,434 yards and Barkley running for 1,307. Tonight’s game between the Cowboys and Giants kicks off at 8:15 p.m. ET (7:15 p.m. CT) on ESPN. Here’s how cord cutters can watch Monday Night Football without cable — as well as the rest of the NFL games this season on Thursday nights and Sundays.
How can I watch my local team’s NFL games?
For teams in your local market — Cowboy fans in Dallas, Giants fans in New York and New Jersey, and so on — you’ll be able to watch your local team’s games on a major local network channel.
Games are typically broadcast on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons. National broadcasts are shown on NBC on Sunday nights, ESPN on Monday nights and the NFL Network on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. Most of the Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox, Amazon Prime and Twitch. (Note that CBS is the parent company of CNET.)
There is also NFL RedZone to consider, a channel that springs to life each fall and shows live coverage from around the league with the promise to show you every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game. It’s a great way to watch out-of-market action and essential viewing for fantasy football GMs.
Which live TV streaming services are best for NFL fans?
The short answer? PlayStation Vue is our No. 1 overall pick for streaming live NFL football. It’s going dark in January 2020, but until then football fans can still subscribe and watch.
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The longer answer: Many live TV streaming services — including Vue as well as AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV — carry one or more local networks (namely CBS, Fox and NBC), so they’re the best bet for cord cutters who don’t want to use an over-the-air antenna.
The catch is that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries the network you want in your area. If you’re looking for the NFL Network you’ll want to focus on Sling TV Blue, PlayStation Vue or FuboTV.
PlayStation Vue offers all the networks that show NFL games, and you can add the NFL RedZone channel for $10 a month extra. The $55 Core plan is the cheapest option that includes the five channels NFL fans need — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network — and the $10-a-month Sports Pack will get you NFL RedZone. As we mentioned above, Vue is shutting down in January, but until then it’s still available.
Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25-a-month Blue plan and $25-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky decision or encourages them to spring for both at $40 a month.
Sling Blue includes Thursday and Sunday games on NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Sling Orange includes Monday night games on ESPN. And if you want to add the NFL RedZone, you’ll need Sling Blue. Blue — but not Orange — subscribers can add the $10-a-month Sports Extra package, which includes NFL RedZone. Sling TV does not offer CBS, which typically carries AFC games on Sunday afternoons.
AT&T TV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but not the NFL Network or RedZone. Its basic, $50-a-month Plus package will let you watch games on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons, Sunday Night Football on NBC, Monday Night Football on ESPN and Thursday Night Football on Fox. AT&T TV Now is raising its prices on Nov. 19 — its new base price will be $65.
FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and NFL Network but not ESPN. You’ll miss out on Monday Night Football on ESPN but will get the games on Sunday afternoons (CBS and Fox), Sunday nights (NBC) and Thursday nights (NFL Network). The $9-a-month Sports Plus package adds NFL RedZone.
CBS All Access costs $6 a month and lets you watch AFC matchups on Sunday afternoons. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.
Prime Video will stream the Thursday Night Football games this season that will be simulcast on Fox. The games on Prime Video will also be streamed live on the Amazon-owned Twitch, which means you don’t need an Amazon Prime membership to stream Thursday night football.
In previous years, only Verizon Wireless subscribers could livestream games on their phones with the NFL Mobile app. Now, anyone can get a live NFL stream on a phone, regardless of carrier. You’ll be limited to watching on your phone and will see only local, in-market games and the national broadcasts on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.