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NFL 2020: How to watch Panthers vs. Buccaneers, Patriots vs. Seahawks, RedZone and more Week 2 without cable – CNET

The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the schedules for the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS (plus nearly everything else), but the NFL is going ahead with its 2020 campaign. Thursday night kicked off the second week of action, with the Cleveland Browns showing off how potent their offense could be in a 35-30 win over their AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday’s slate features 14 games, including a few divisional matchups such as Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Fox and an AFC West battle between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in the Charger’s home opener in SoFi Stadium at. 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. PT) on CBS. (Editors’ note: CNET and CBS are both owned by ViacomCBS.)

The day of football concludes with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks doing battle on Sunday Night Football on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET (5:20 p.m. PT). 

Here’s how to watch all the action, including RedZone, without cable.     

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Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. 

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

How can I watch the NFL without cable? 

You can stream the 2020 NFL season, no cable required, on any live-TV streaming service that carries channels with live games. Numerous such services offer broadcast networks like CBS, NBC and Fox as well as ESPN, the NFL Network and NFL RedZone. Exact channels may also vary based on where you live, but the best services for NFL fans are YouTube TV and Fubo TV.

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YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the channels NFL fans need: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. There’s also an option for RedZone for an extra $11/month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

FuboTV costs $60 a month for its Standard plan and includes CBS, Fox and NBC plus ESPN and the NFL Network. An $11-a-month Sports Plus add-on will let you get RedZone, and FuboTV will also stream the Fox Thursday Night Football games in 4K. 

Click here to see which local channels you get.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. The NFL Network and RedZone aren’t available from this service.

AT&T TV Now’s basic, $55-a-month Plus package includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. The NFL Network and RedZone are not available.

Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $30-a-month Blue plan and $30-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky choice or encourages them to spring for both at $45 a month. Sling Blue includes the NFL Network, NBC and Fox as well as the option to add RedZone through the Sports Extra add-on for $10 per month. Sling Orange includes ESPN. 

Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, but its packages are discounted by $10 for the first month. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live.

CBS All Access costs $6 a month and will let you watch the games being broadcast on your local CBS station on Sundays if you live in one of these 206 markets where the service offers live TV. It makes for a good add-on for Sling TV subscribers, who don’t get CBS.

All of the services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.

The NFL will also once again stream 11 games live on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. The full list of dates and games for that platform is: 

  • Oct. 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
  • Oct. 15: Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
  • Oct. 22: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
  • Oct. 29: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
  • Nov. 5: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
  • Nov. 12: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
  • Nov. 19: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
  • Dec. 3: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens
  • Dec. 10: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec. 17: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
  • Dec. 25: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Finally, cord-cutters can receive free local CBS, Fox and NBC broadcasts using an over-the-air antenna.

When did the NFL season start? 

The NFL regular season began on Thursday, Sept. 10, with the Houston Texans visiting the Kansas City Chiefs. Sunday features 13 games while Monday night offers a doubleheader featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New York Giants followed by the Tennessee Titans at the Denver Broncos to close out Week 1. 

Where will games be played? 

The current plan is for teams to play their games as scheduled in their respective home stadiums. 

Will fans be allowed in? 

This is one of the big wild cards. There is no clear answer, with some teams planning to open with fans and some without. 

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Aug. 17 that the Chiefs plan to host their home opener with 22% capacity at Arrowhead Stadium, which would equate to roughly 16,800 fans. The official reported number for the Sept. 10 opener was 15,895 fans, 21% of Arrowhead’s capacity. 

Other teams, including the Tennessee Titans and Chicago Bears, had said that they plan to host their respective home openers without fans in the stands in Week 2. This so far seems to be a team-by-team, city-by-city situation that is subject to a lot of change before the games kick-off.

What happened to the preseason? 

The NFL canceled the entire 2020 preseason in July, with teams focusing on doing their own training camps to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Will the NFL move some Sunday games to other days? 

This seems possible, especially if college football doesn’t happen or is scaled back significantly. The NFL has been rumored to be looking at moving some games to Saturday if college football gets canceled, but this is still very much an unknown. Some of the Power 5 college football conferences still currently plan to play games this fall. 

The NFL would potentially need to seek government approval if it did want to move games to Friday or Saturday nights due to Chapter 32 of the United States Code, which was designed to keep those nights free from September through December for high school and college football. 

Which players are sitting out? 

Like in other sports, a fair amount of NFL players have opted out of the 2020 season. Here are a few of the notable players not participating this year, with a larger list available at ESPN

  • Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots
  • Dont’a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots
  • Marqise Lee, WR, New England Patriots
  • Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers
  • Geronimo Allison, WR, Detroit Lions
  • C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets
  • Nate Solder, OT, New York Giants
  • Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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