It’s officially the midway point of the NFL 2019 season, which typically means upsets galore. So with week eight already underway, what does this weekend have in store for NFL fans?
The Vikings beat the Redskins 19-9 on Friday, making it a fourth straight win. Now all eyes will be on Sunday’s NFL London game – a primetime clash between the LA Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium.
The Rams bounced back with a win over the Falcons last week. But with the Bengals under increasing pressure to register their first victory of the season, it’s set to be an action-packed tie. What’s more, the Bengals have one of the worst defences in the league, presenting the perfect opportunity for Rams quarterback Jared Goff to get his lacklustre season back on track.
In the AFC North, Super Bowl winners the Patriots host the Cleveland Browns. The Pats are heavy favourites – hardly surprising since the Browns haven’t beaten them since 2010. On paper, the Browns defence could blitz Tom Brady into submission. But if the Pats force Baker Mayfield into throwing, it should be a comfortable victory.
Meanwhile, the Texans meet the Raiders in Houston for a mouthwatering clash. Both sides are reeling from away losses, but the Raiders offence is in magnificent form thanks to Josh Jacobs – a strong a contender for Rookie of the Year.
Things are looking pretty bleak for bottom-of-the-table Chargers, so their tie against the Bears is a must-win. Problem is, the Bears have triumph in five of the last six meetings. Still, with Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky struggling to fire on all cylinders, there’s a chink of hope for the Chargers.
As for the rest of the 100th season of NFL, it’s shaping up to be a cracker. Want to see every throw, from the first to the last? Read on to find out the best ways to live stream NFL on your TV or mobile device wherever you are…
Watch NFL anywhere in the world using a VPN
We’ll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based NFL fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription package, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to use it when you’re outside of your home country.
So if you’re working abroad or just want to access live NFL coverage from (almost) anywhere on the planet, it’s a good idea to get yourself a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your TV service provider will think that you’re in the correct country – and allow you to watch live NFL fixtures.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live NFL, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the race. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live NFL here.
Watch NFL live in the UK
Sky is the best place for UK fans to watch NFL games. The broadcaster screens NFL fixtures across the Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event channels, as well as via the Sky Go app. The majority are shown in HD.
If you’re an existing Sky customer, you can add all the sports channels to your package for £23 per month (Sky Sports Complete Pack). If you’re casual NFL fan, or don’t want access to all the Sky Sports channels under the sun, purchase a Sky Sports pass from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes cost from £9.99 to £33.99.
Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event channels are also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It’s £72 per month but it comes with all the other Sky Sports channels and all the BT Sports ones too, including BT Sports Ultra HD. All of that brings access to just about every televised sports action you’d care to mention including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.
If you’re already a Virgin Media TV subscriber, then it may be a case of upping your package by just a few pounds per month.
If you’d prefer to stream the game online, NFL offers an International NFL Game Pass. A week’s access to the Pro version costs £14.99. A full season will set you back £143.99, but that covers all 250+ games, including the Super Bowl.
However, it’s worth noting that a handful of games are not streamed live in the UK and Ireland. Instead, they become available 24 hours after completion. You can find details of these ‘blackout’ games here.
The Game Pass app is easy to use and available on Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as Google Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4 and Xbox One.
Watch NFL live on the BBC
If you want to soak up some NFL action for free, the BBC will be screening the two remaining London International Series games.
All the action will be live on BBC Two. The Los Angeles Rams will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday 27th October, while the Houston Texans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars onSunday 3rd November.
Only interested in the Super Bowl? The BBC will broadcast the 54th Super Bowl live on 20th February 2020.
If you’re outside the UK, you can still catch all of the action live. Just get yourself a VPN. We’ve listed all the best VPN options above.
A day pass for Sky Sports on Now TV costs £9.99, with a weekly pass coming in at £14.99. A monthly pass typically costs £33.99. But for a limited period, Sky is offering 50 per cent off, slashing the price to just £16.99.View Deal
Watch NFL live in the USA
NFL fans in the United States are spoilt for choice when it comes to live, over-the-air football games. Problem is, NFL has spread the rights across a number of channels including NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network. Those wanting to see the season in its entirety will need to buy into all of these networks.
The second option would be to cut the cord and go for an NFL Game Pass. At just $99 for a season, it’s a bargain. But there’s a catch: the Stateside version of the NFL Game Pass only allows you to watch replays of games. To watch the games live, you would need a VPN and the Pro version of the international NFL Game Pass (£143.99/ $180 per season).
The best bet for US fans is to opt for a live TV streaming service. But which one is best? Here’s what you need to know…
It’s not the cheapest option, but the PlayStation Vue Core package ($54.99) offers the carries all the channels NFL fans require: NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network. You can even add the Red Zone for an extra $10 per month.
Sling TV’s combined Orange and Blue package ($40 per month) provides access to ESPN, Fox, NBC and NFL Network. You don’t get CBS, though, so it’s not ideal if you’re mainly interested in Sunday night AFC games.
YouTubeTV ($50 per month) is only available in selected US cities but carries nearly all of the networks showing NFL games live. The only channels absent are NFL Network and Red Zone.
Hulu with Live TV ($44.99 per month) grants access to NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. The NFL Network is MIA, though.
For $54.99 per month, Fubo gets you get access to NBC, Fox, CBS and the NFL Network – but not ESPN.
Need to know when your local NFL team is playing, and on what channel? Click here for the complete schedule.
NFL London tickets
Head over to StubHub and you’ll find seats popping up all the time between now and kick off.
There are still tickets for the 27th October game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengal at Wembley, 5pm.
And plenty more tickets available for Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars, also at Wembley. It kicks off at 2.30pm.
Always fancied watching a live American Football game? Head over to Ticketmaster and grab yourself some NFL London experience. Tickets start at £43 per person. Premium seats start at £249 and hospitality packages are available for all games.View Deal
Premium and hospitality seats come with exclusive access to bars and boxes at the two venues as well as food and some of the best seats in the house. Head over to Ticketmaster and Eventbrite too for more details.
Upcoming Live NFL fixtures 2019
NFL Week 8 highlights:
Sunday 27th October
Rams v Bengals – 5pm GMT
Falcons vs Seahawks – 5pm GMT
Bills v Eagles – 5pm GMT
Lions v Giants – 5pm GMT
Texans v Raiders – 8.25pm GMT
Patriots v Browns – 8.25pm GMT
Monday 28th October
Chiefs v Packers – 12.20am GMT
Tuesday 29th October
Steelers v Dolphins – 12.15am GMT
Click here for a full list of NFL 2019 – 2020 fixtures.