Week One of the 2023-2024 NFL season was about tragedy. Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury just a few plays into the Jets game overrode the team’s victory—along with every other game that was played.
The NFL, like time, marches on, though. And this week sees Zach Wilson filling Rodgers’ shoes as the Jets head to Dallas to face the red-hot Cowboys. Other teams will begin to settle into their usual patterns.
Here’s a look at how to watch and what to expect from this week’s games.
Which NFL teams are playing this week? And what channels are airing the games?
The regular season kicks off with some big matchups, as always. Here’s who’s playing where and when. (The home team is listed second.)
Sunday, Sept. 17
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Seattle Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Chicago Bears vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET on Fox
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Buffalo Bills, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS
San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
New York Giants vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
New York Jets vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Washington Commanders vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox
Monday, Sept. 18
New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m. ET on ABC
How can I watch NFL games for free—even if I am out of market?
The best way to watch any sort of network programming for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. And, with the exception of one Monday night game, all of this weekend’s games will be carried by a broadcast network, meaning you’ll be able to watch even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.
Can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable subscription?
You can and you have lots of options.
NBC’s streaming service will give you access to several games, including tonight’s contest and all upcoming Sunday night matchups. You can get a seven-day free trial, followed by a $6 or $12 monthly charge. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)
Disney’s bundle of Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13 per month for all three combined (or $19.99 per month for no ads on Hulu). Keep in mind that starting Oct. 1, the prices will increase to $15 and $25.
Including Live TV in the bundle bumps the price to $70 per month ($76 with no ads). In October, that jumps to $77 for the ad-supported plan and $90 for commercial free.
Hulu with Live TV
The free trial on this service is no longer offered, as well. It will cost you $70 per month, until October 1, when the price increases to $77.
After up to a two-week trial, you can expect monthly charges of $73. YouTube is also now the home of Sunday Ticket. Prices on that service currently range from $300 to $439 for the season, with the current discounts.
Dish Network’s Sling lower-tiered “Orange” plan will run you $40 per month. Adding the more comprehensive “Blue” plan bumps the cost to $55 per month. The seven-day free trial has disappeared, but the cord-cutting service is offering 50% off of the first month’s bill.
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow and AT&T TV, this oft-renamed streaming service will run you $75 per month and up after the free trial option.
This sports-focused cord-cutting service carries broadcast networks in most markets. There’s a seven-day free trial, followed by monthly charges of $75 and up, depending on the channels you choose.
Can I watch the NFL games on Amazon?
You can, but only on Thursday nights (and, this year, Black Friday). The next matchup on Amazon will be the New York Giants facing the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 21.
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch the games I want?
The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you’ve got two choices.
Watch live local and out of market games and (with the premium subscription) replays. There’s a seven-day free trial, after which you’re looking at a charge of $6.99 per month (including NFL Network). ($14.99 per month for premium, which includes NFL Network and RedZone.)
NFL Sunday Ticket
As mentioned above, YouTube has taken over broadcast duties for this channel, replacing DirecTV. With the current offered discounts, prices on the service (and the optional NFL Red Zone) currently range from $300 to $439 for the season.