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- The 2021 NFL preseason began on August 5; the regular season will kick off on September 9.
- Games are spread across several channels, including ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and NFL Network.
- HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.
The 2021 NFL preseason is underway with a reduced three-week schedule leading up to this year’s expanded 18-week regular season. Regular season play will kick off on September 9 with a Thursday night game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
NFL games are spread across five primary networks: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.
To help ensure you get access to the preseason and any other games you’d like to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of watching the NFL season without a cable subscription.
NFL preseason week 3 schedule
The 2021 NFL preseason began with the Cowboys playing the Steelers in the annual Hall of Fame Game on August 5. The three-week preseason continues through August 29.
How to watch NFL games without cable
You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.
The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS.
Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and
. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.
Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.