Following a landmark 100th season that lived up to all expectations and then some, the 2020/21 NFL season continues to confound anything that feels like 'regular'. But the gravity-defying touchdown catches, bone-crunching hits and ice-cold Bill Belichick stares continue - and you can watch every minute of the action. Read on for all the ways to catch an NFL live stream this week as we look forward to even more drama in game week 7, which begins as usual with a primetime Thursday Night Football game, before moving on to a mouthwatering weekend schedule.
Reigning Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs and star QB Pat Mahomes are favorites to repeat this February and currently boast a 5-1 record, righting the ship with a win over the Buffalo Bills after slipping up against the Raiders in week 5.
The NFL season kicked off Thursday, September 10 and will conclude (presumably!) with Super Bowl LV on Sunday, February 7 in 2021. There are plenty of ways to watch - depending on where you are in the world - and using a VPN will help if you're away from home (more information below).
AFC rivals the Ravens, who are led by last year's league MVP Lamar Jackson, remain one of the other favorites for this year's Super Bowl and also stand at 5-1 heading into week 7. The three teams still undefeated with 5-0 records - the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers - are all also serious contenders.
Over in the NFC, the big pre-season talking point was Tom Brady and his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now sitting atop the NFC South with a 4-2 record and coming off an impressive win over the always formidable Green Bay Packers, can you ever really bet against TB12 leading his team deep into the playoffs?
The other big team to watch, as always, are the New England Patriots. It's make-or-break time in Foxborough as the modern-day dynasty plays its first season since 2000 without Brady under center. A string of positive Covid-19 tests coupled with some disappointing losses - most recently to a lacklustre Broncos team - have left the franchise looking like a shadow of their former selves. With a 2-3 record, they find themselves looking up at both the Bills and the Dolphins in the AFC East.
With so many unexpected twists and turns in the off-season - plus a crop of exciting rookies like Dallas WR CeeDee Lamb, Kansas City running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and of course new Bengals franchise quarterback Joe Burrows to watch - we're every bit as excited as you to see how the 2020/21 NFL season pans out. Follow our guide below as we explain how to watch the NFL online and live stream every game in week 7 as the action continues.
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How to watch the NFL from outside your country
If you've mismatched a holiday or you're away on business and you want to watch your country's coverage from outside your country, then you'll need to use a VPN. This will help you dial in to a location back in your home country to avoid geo-blocks and regain access to the content and services you already pay for back home.
A VPN is generally perfect for this as it allows you to change your IP address so you appear to be in a completely different location when the big game is on. We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend ExpressVPN as the very best VPN currently available.
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Once you've chosen and installed your VPN of choice, simply open the service's corresponding app, hit 'choose location', select the appropriate country and you'll be able to watch the broadcast as if you were back at home.
NFL live stream 2020/21: How to watch every game online in the US
NFL games in the US are shown by a wide range of broadcasters and under an increasingly confusing number of monikers.
Featured games are those aired Thursday. Sunday and Monday nights as part of the expanded Monday Night Football brand and are shown on TV by NBC, Fox, ESPN and in a very small number of cases, the NFL Network.
Sunday afternoon's traditional kick-offs get covered by CBS or Fox as before.
The cheapest way to live stream NFL games without cable
While it doesn't offer every channel you need for complete NFL coverage, Sling TV is an affordable over-the-top provider whose Blue and Orange packages cost just $30 a month each.
Sling Blue is the obvious starting point for NFL fans, as it offers local Fox and NBC/NBC Sports channels in most major markets, as well as NFL Network. An extra $15 a month will get you Sling Orange and add ESPN 1, 2 and 3 to your NFL viewing arsenal - as well as getting you a handful of other top premium channels like TNT, AMC, TBS, BBC America and more.
So just $45 a month for the combined Sling Blue + Orange bundle covers off a large number of NFL games, including both primetime and local broadcasts, making this a great option for many NFL fans.
Best of all, you can try Sling TV absolutely FREE to see if it's right for you
The best overall way to watch NFL games without cable
Therefore, for complete coverage of all nationally televised NFL games in the 2020/21 regular season without cable, you need access to Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and The NFL Network.
Of the many over-the-top streaming options, some will give you nearly all of the channels you need for complete coverage - but to our knowledge, only fuboTV currently offers them all.
Pricing starts from $64.99 a month, which is pricier than some of the competition, but still a darn sight cheaper than cable. There's even a FREE 7-day fuboTV trial you can take advantage of. One of the things we love about fubo is that it makes cancelling easy if you decide it's not for you - and it's easy to get started, too, thanks to a slick payment system that accepts internationally recognized payment platform PayPal as well as major credit and debit cards.
Now, read on to see what channels cover what games each week.
How to watch Thursday Night Football
Fox and the NFL Network have the TV rights to Thursday Night football.
This means you can stream games through the Fox or NFL Network if you've got cable - or take advantage of the fact that Amazon Prime has now joined the NFL streaming party and will be the exclusive streaming-only provider of Thursday Night Football games. Try the famous FREE 30-day Prime trial today.
How to watch Sunday afternoon NFL games
CBS and Fox are the broadcasters you need for the traditional 1pm and 4pm (ET) kick-offs every Sunday, and while the exact games and timings will vary by region, those with the channels as part of cable will be able to watch their local coverage online via the CBS and Fox websites.
If you just want CBS, then know that CBS All Access is also available on a streaming-only basis from just $5.99 a month to consider - try it for free today.
How to watch Sunday Night Football
Sunday Night Football is being aired exclusively by NBC throughout the regular season, so if you have it as part of a cable package, you'll be able to stream games directly through the NBC website.
How to watch Monday Night Football
Monday Night Football can be found on ESPN every week, so anyone with the channel as part of their cable package can watch online at no additional charge through the ESPN website - just log-in with details of your TV provider.
We have also compiled for you below a full list of other TV streaming service options where you can live stream the NFL playoffs.
How to watch NFL games from abroad
Don't forget, you can take your favorite NFL streaming coverage with you wherever you are with the help of a good VPN - try the best around, ExpressVPN 100% risk-free for 30-days.
NFL game week 7 schedule
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
8.20pm ET / 5.20pm PT
Giants vs Eagles
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
1pm ET / 10am PT
Panthers vs Saints
Bills vs Jets
Browns vs Bengals
Cowboys vs Washington
Packers vs Texans
Lions vs Falcons
Steelers vs Titans
4.05pm ET / 1.05pm PT
Seahawks vs Cardinals
4.25pm ET / 1.25pm PT
Chiefs vs Broncos
Jaguars vs Chargers
49ers vs Patriots
8.20pm ET / 5.20pm
Buccaneers vs Raiders
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
8.15pm ET / 5.15pm PT
Bears vs Rams
How to watch a FREE NFL live stream in Canada
Canadian NFL fans are some of the the luckiest in the world as streaming service DAZN includes coverage of every single 2020/21 regular season game.
It's an absolute bargain as just CA$20 a month or $150 a year, especially when you consider that you get not only NFL Game Pass access complete with RedZone, but also that DAZN's the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Premier League and Champions League soccer!
It comes with support for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, and laptop/PC streaming (including Mac devices). And if you've never used it before, you can take advantage of a FREE 1-month trial, too.
Don't forget, you can take your preferred NFL coverage with you no matter where you are in or out of the Great White North - just grab hold of an effective VPN and follow our instructions above.
NFL live stream UK: how to watch American football online
Editor's Note: The clocks go back on Sunday, October 25 in the UK, meaning NFL games will be on-air an hour earlier than last week. For example, a 1pm ET Sunday kick-off will now be shown at 5pm in the UK, not 6pm.
UK-based American fans can watch up to six NFL games live and in their entirety each week courtesy of Sky Sports, with the network now boasting a new dedicated Sky Sports NFL channel as well as offering access to the live RedZone highlights show each Sunday.
If you don't already have Sky and aren't up for subscribing, the best option right now to watch these games in terms of value for money is Now TV, whose Monthly Sports Pass is by far the best value option. Now TV also offers a £9.99 24-hour pass if you really only need to watch a game or two.
There's also amazing news for the real NFL-obsessedwho are prepared to stay up for Monday Night Football way past midnight in the UK. Channel 5 is showing every game for FREE! That's on TV, online, and via its apps.
Lastly, the NFL Game Pass Pro is another good bet, as £143.99 gets you every single game of the 2020/21 season (subject to blackouts) including the playoffs, Super Bowl, RedZone access and more!
Not in the UK but still want to catch the action on your Sky Go app or on Game Pass? Then grabbing a VPN will let you log into a UK IP address so you can live stream NFL as if you were at home.
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How to watch the NFL online in Australia
If you live in Australia and want to watch the NFL this season, you have several options to do so. Foxtel will be broadcasting games weekly and you can also stream games to your laptop or mobile devices using the Foxtel Go app but you’ll need your Foxtel ID to access the app.
Just as Foxtel does, Kayo Sports will also show a number of games throughout the season with weekly coverage expected.
The streaming service has a Basic and a Premium plan with the difference being you can watch on two devices with the Basic plan for $25 per month and on three devices with the Premium plan for $35 per month. The best news? Both plans come with a FREE 14-day trial so if you're looking just to watch a specific game or two you can cancel after the 14 days.
However, for the proper, live-for-it NFL fans, we highly recommend you sign up for an NFL Game Pass as it is also available in Australia, and even though it is marginally more expensive you have a much wider range of features.
Should I buy an NFL Game Pass this season?
Watching NFL online has never been easier thanks to the wide variety of streaming services now available. However, the league also has its own streaming service called the NFL Game Pass which allows die-hard football fans to watch every game.
It's really geared towards international fans and that's where it's a great option. In most of the NFL's main international markets, a Game Pass Pro subscription will get you access to every single regular season and playoff game live, plus the Super Bowl, and you also get the league's live highlights show, RedZone. It costs £14.99 a week or £143.99 a year, so if you're a big fan who watches multiple games every week, it breaks down quite favourably.
As well as the UK and Ireland, the service is available in countries like Mexico, Germany and most of Europe, and Australia - with only 'domestic markets' the US and Canada missing out on the full-fat offering.
Instead, there's a US and Canada-only Game Pass option available for $99 a a year that lets you watch commercial-free full game replays right after they've finished. Not the worst offer we've ever heard, but don't get caught out - GamePass does not offer live NFL games in the US or Canada.
Should you decide to give Game Pass a shot, apps for Android and iOS mobile devices as well as on the likes of Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, PS4, and more - plus you can obviously watch on your laptop or desktop computer through a browser.
The only caveat for non-domestic markets (e.g. the UK) are that some games are subject to blackout restrictions due to deals with local pay TV providers (e.g. Sky).
TechRadar's NFL Game of the Week (week 7): Titans vs Steelers
This is an easy one, as we've got a battle of two undefeated teams to look forward to in game week 7, as the 5-0 Steelers and Titans collide in the AFC.
It's a game that was originally scheduled to be played at the start of the month, but was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Titans' practice facility, and now takes place at 1pm ET / 10am PT / 5pm GMT on Sunday, October 25 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The game will be played with a limited number of fans in attendance and is scheduled to be shown by CBS in the US and has been snapped up by Sky Sports as one of its featured games in the UK (where the clocks going back mean an earlier start time of 5pm this week, as mentioned above).
Who won the last Super Bowl?
The reigning Super Bowl champions are the Kansas City Chiefs, who won Super Bowl LIV in 2020 by defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named MVP of the game.
When is Super Bowl LV 2021 and where is it being played?
Super Bowl LV, or Super Bowl 55, is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 and is set to be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida - the third time the stadium has hosted the big game. It also represents the fourth time in NFL history that the Super Bowl is being held in the same state back-to-back years - Miami having hosted Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
Who are the favorites to win Super Bowl 55 in 2021?
As we approach the mid-way point of the 2020/21 NFL season, the Kansas City Chiefs (5-1) are still the favorites to win Super Bowl LV and repeat as Super Bowl champions, closely followed by the Baltimore Ravens (5-1) - just as they were back in September.
Beyond that, much has changed and the undefeated Seattle Seahawks (5-0) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-0) are now viewed as the biggest threats to the pre-season favorites. Also on the rise are are the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2), while perennial NFC standouts the New Orleans Saints (3-2) and Green Bay Packers (5-1) are also viewed as contenders.
The Tennessee Titans (5-0) and Chicago Bears (5-1) are among those still being largely overlooked by the bookies, despite their impressive records, while the New England Patriots (2-3) and San Francisco 49ers (3-3) have seen their stock drop considerably following their lacklustre starts to the season.
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