How to Watch NFL Games 2022

We’ve outlined every channel you need for watching NFL games, including the best TV providers for the 2022 NFL season.

In-market games

Channels: CBS and FOX

Services: Paramount+ (Live CBS games)

Spanish-language channels: FOX Deportes (Select FOX games)

NFL game count: 76 games per region

Out-of-market games

Services: NFL SUNDAY TICKET

NFL game count: ~200 Sunday afternoon games

Thursday Night Football

Services: Amazon Prime Video

NFL game count: 15 TNF games

Sunday Night Football

Channels: NBC

Services: Peacock

Spanish-language channels: Telemundo

NFL game count: 20 games (Including 18 SNF games)

Monday Night Football

Channels: ESPN and ABC

Spanish-language channels: ESPN Deportes

NFL game count: 20 MNF games

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NFL Game Pass is now NFL Plus

Heading into the 2022 NFL season, cord-cutters can now sign up for NFL+. The streaming service replaces NFL Game Pass in the US and offers two subscription plans. While NFL+ provides similar features to NFL Game Pass, you can watch live local and primetime NFL games through the service. But live games are only allowed on mobile devices, not TVs or desktop computers.

We’ll update our NFL Game Pass section below once we test out NFL+.

The 2022 NFL season kicks off on September 8, and DIRECTV with NFL SUNDAY TICKET is still the best way to watch the most live games. But you’ll also need Amazon Prime Video and ESPN+ to get every live NFL game this season.

Our guide outlines the league’s six major broadcasting options—including every NFL channel and service. Each section also includes provider recommendations like Hulu + Live TV in case DIRECTV is not in your budget.

So lace up your shoulder pads and apply your eye black because football is almost here, and CableTV.com is taking you to the gridiron.

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The channels you’ll need to watch NFL games

NFL action in 2022 will air across multiple networks and services, including marquee NFL broadcasters like Amazon Prime Video, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network.

Because the NFL regular season includes 272 games across 18 weeks, you’ll need access to in-market and out-of-market viewing options to receive the most game coverage. Below is a list of every major NFL channel and service for watching live games.

  • Amazon Prime Video
  • CBS
  • ESPN
  • ESPN+
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • NFL Network
  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Pro tip: Paramount+ Premium subscribers can stream live CBS games, while Peacock Premium subscribers can stream live NBC games.

Additional NFL simulcasts and alternate broadcasts air on channels like ABC, ESPN2, and Nickelodeon. You can also catch extra NFL coverage on NFL RedZone. The channel broadcasts only on Sunday afternoons during the regular season, but it provides live coverage of every Sunday afternoon game regardless of regional blackouts.

NFL schedule: key events and channels

It’s never too early to plan your next NFL watch party. We’ve outlined the most significant NFL events to keep an eye on in the table below.

Event Date Channels
2022 Hall of Fame Game August 4, 2022 NBC, Peacock
NFL Playoffs January 14–February 5, 2023 CBS, ESPN/ABC, FOX, NBC
2023 Pro Bowl February 5, 2023 ABC
Super Bowl LVII February 12, 2023 FOX
2023 NFL Draft April 27–29, 2023 ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

In-market games: CBS and FOX

Channels:
CBS and FOX
Services:
Paramount+ (Live CBS games in Premium plan)
Spanish-language channels:
FOX Deportes (Select FOX games)
NFL game count:
76 games per region

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Most NFL matchups take place on Sunday afternoons on either CBS or FOX. Typically, games with an AFC road team are broadcast on CBS, while NFC road team games air on FOX.

Because many NFL games happen at once on Sunday afternoons, you’ll be able to see only the ones selected for your location. Several factors determine the in-market games for your area. But usually, you’ll get every game featuring your local team and any games with playoff implications for your local team.

CBS and FOX are easily accessible through most TV providers. But if you live within range of your local CBS and FOX affiliates, you can catch every in-market NFL game with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

A good antenna usually costs between $20 and $60. The best part is that it’s a one-time payment that will give you access to many live sports for years to come. We like the Mohu Leaf 50 ($59.99 on Amazon) because of its 60-mile range and 4K capabilities, but there are many antenna options to consider.

Pro tip: You can verify which channels you’ll pick up with an OTA antenna by entering your zip code on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Reception Map Tool.

Out-of-market games: NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Price:
$293.94/season
NFL game count:
~200 Sunday afternoon games

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Includes out of the market, regular season games only. Select international games excluded. Blackout restrictions and other conditions apply.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the go-to TV plan for anyone who supports a non-local team or wants the most live NFL games. The out-of-market sports package is exclusively available to DIRECTV subscribers and comes included with the ​​satellite TV provider’s CHOICE™ package ($79.99 a month)* and above.

Because it’s paired with DIRECTV, you’ll get every game that airs on CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network. That’s almost every game of the season, all in one place. (You’ll miss only the 15 Thursday Night Football games on Amazon Prime Video and one international game on ESPN+.)

While NFL SUNDAY TICKET with DIRECTV is ideal for any football superfan, its cost and commitment are daunting. The biggest drawback is that you must enter a two-year contract with DIRECTV where the price increases after the first year. Add the likelihood that NFL SUNDAY TICKET is moving to Apple TV+ for the 2023 NFL season,1 and you’ve got a flag on the play.

Thursday Night Football

Price:
$8.99–$14.99/mo.
Free trial of Amazon Prime Video:
30 days
NFL game count:
15 TNF games

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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Thursday Night Football is now in the hands of Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service will host 15 live games during the 2022 NFL season. But that doesn’t account for every Thursday night matchup, as the games in weeks 1 and 17 will air on NBC.

If you’re interested in Prime Video for only its NFL games, we recommend checking out the 2022 Thursday Night Football schedule. That’ll help you determine when your favorite teams are playing and whether you need Prime Video for the entire season.

Sunday Night Football

Channels:
NBC
Services:
Peacock
Spanish-language channels:
Telemundo
NFL game count:
20 games (Including 18 SNF games)

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth are back for Sunday Night Football, airing on NBC and streaming on Peacock. Melissa Stark joins the two commentators, replacing Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter.

The 2022 NFL season contains 18 Sunday Night Football games, plus a Thanksgiving night matchup on Thursday, November 24. NBC will also kick the season off with a Thursday night game on September 8.

You can watch Sunday Night Football on NBC through most TV providers. But you can also pick up the channel with an OTA antenna if you live near an NBC affiliate.

Another cheap option for watching Sunday Night Football is Peacock. The streaming service’s premium plans start at $4.99 a month and give you complete access to every Sunday Night Football game and NBC playoff game.

Monday Night Football

Channels:
ESPN and ABC
Spanish-language channels:
ESPN Deportes
NFL game count:
20 MNF games

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

ESPN will present 19 Monday Night Football games during the 2022 NFL season, with an additional game airing solely on ABC. Key matchups include the Denver Broncos vs. the Seattle Seahawks in week 1 and the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Green Bay Packers in week 15.

This season will look and sound a little different on Monday Night Football as Joe Buck and Troy Aikman join the broadcast booth from FOX. But don’t worry, you can still catch Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli on ESPN2 and ESPN+. The Manning brothers will host ten alternate telecasts (or Manningcasts) during the 2022 campaign, and you can expect many fun guests to stop by.

ESPN is available through every major TV provider, with Sling TV’s Orange plan being the cheapest way to get the channel. But you don’t need a TV plan to watch every Monday Night Football game because four games will simulcast on ABC, which you can access with an OTA antenna.

NFL International Series

Channels:
NFL Network and ESPN
Services:
ESPN+
NFL game count:
5 international games

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The 2022 NFL International Series features five games played across various venues in the UK, Germany, and Mexico. NFL Network will carry three matchups, while ESPN and ESPN+ will air the other two games.

Most TV providers carry ESPN and NFL Network, while ESPN+ costs $6.99 a month on its own. Hulu + Live TV is the only TV service that gets you every international NFL game in one plan because its plans include ESPN+ at no extra cost.

We’ve listed every international game in the table below, highlighting each game’s viewing details. If you live in the market of a team participating in an ESPN or ESPN+ game, you can watch the game on your team’s local TV station.

Game Date Time (ET) Channel
Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints October 2, 2022 9:30 a.m. NFL Network
New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers October 9, 2022 9:30 a.m. NFL Network
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars October 30, 2022 9:30 a.m. ESPN+
Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 13, 2022 9:30 a.m. NFL Network
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals November 21, 2022 8:15 p.m. ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Other options for watching NFL games

Price:
$99.99/yr. or $9.99/mo.
Free trial:
7 days
NFL content:
Every NFL game on demand

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

For US-based viewers, NFL Game Pass is an inexpensive way to watch every NFL game for $99.99 a year. The only hitch is that you can’t watch regular season or playoff games live. Instead, you must wait until each game ends before watching it on demand through NFL Game Pass.

Nothing compares to live sports. But saving money and watching games on your own time isn’t so bad. Plus, there are no commercials on NFL Game Pass, and you can use its spoiler-free feature to help keep final scores a secret.

This season, the NFL will also launch NFL Plus for $5.00 a month. The streaming service is an alternate way to watch live, in-market games. But it’s worth it only if you don’t already have TV service and can’t get local channels with an OTA antenna.

How to watch NFL preseason games

The 2022 NFL preseason begins on August 4 with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game airing on NBC and Peacock. Most NFL teams will play three preseason games during August. These games air primarily on local channels, but ESPN and NFL Network also carry select preseason games.

NFL Game Pass is also a great option for live NFL preseason action. While the streaming service doesn’t have live NFL games during the regular season, it offers live out-of-market game access during the preseason.

How to watch NFL games for free

Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($59.99 one-time purchase)
NFL channels:
ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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You can watch free NFL games by connecting an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to your TV. If you’re near a local ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC station, you’ll have free access to many NFL games—including playoff fixtures and the Super Bowl. The FCC’s Reception Map Tool is a great place to verify which channels are available in your area.

Of course, an antenna isn’t free. But an easy one-time purchase will ensure you have NFL coverage for many seasons. We recommend the Mohu Leaf 50 ($59.99 on Amazon) because of its wide range and picture quality.

Unfortunately, if an antenna doesn’t work for your location, there’s no easy way to watch live NFL games for free online. But you can always try signing up for a free trial to a live TV streaming service. Our Best Streaming Services for Sports page closely examines streaming providers dedicated to sports.

Final take

NFL games are scattered across a wide range of channels and services—including Amazon Prime Video, CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network. But not everyone needs the most extensive TV plan to tune in this season. After all, a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna can get you many marquee matchups that air on local channels.

For hard-core NFL fans, we recommend DIRECTV with NFL SUNDAY TICKET. It offers every NFL game except the ones on Prime Video and ESPN+. DIRECTV CHOICE ($79.99 a month)* or above subscribers receive NFL SUNDAY TICKET for free during the 2022 season.

But with DIRECTV, you must sign up for a two-year contract where the price increases after the first year. That’s a bummer, considering NFL SUNDAY TICKET is likely moving to Apple TV+ next season.1

Hulu + Live TV is the way to go if you prefer to stream. You won’t get out-of-market games or Prime Video matchups, but the live TV streaming service comes with every major NFL channel and no contracts or bulky equipment requirements.

Sling TV is also a great cost-savings option for streaming, but you’ll need to rely on an antenna to get complete local coverage. Luckily, Sling TV offers a free HD antenna when you prepay for two months of service. If you go an extra yard and prepay for three months, you can also get an AirTV DVR device to record locally televised games. We highlight both offers and more on our Sling TV Deals page.

How to watch NFL games FAQ

What streaming services have NFL Network?

You can stream NFL Network on fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. Each service also offers NFL RedZone, but you may need to subscribe to a higher-tiered plan or add-on to receive the channel.

Can I watch NFL online for free?

No, you can’t watch live NFL games for free online. While the NFL mobile app is free to download, you must log in with a TV provider to watch live in-market and primetime games.

Can I watch NFL games without cable?

Yes, you can watch NFL games without cable. An HD antenna can get you in-market and select national games while streaming services like fuboTV and Hulu + Live TV also carry NFL channels.

How can I watch NFL in Spanish?

You can watch select Spanish-language NFL broadcasts on ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, and Telemundo.

Methodology

Our sports experts watched the past several NFL seasons and spent over 20 hours researching the upcoming season to determine the best ways to watch NFL games. We examined every broadcasting option and compared the most popular TV providers head to head. We based our provider recommendations on pricing, NFL game quantity, and ease of use.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Endnote

  1. Nick Selbe, Sports Illustrated, “Report: Apple Likely to Acquire NFL Sunday Ticket After 2022 Season,” April 2022. Accessed June 16, 2022.

Disclaimer

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