How to Watch NFL Games on Paramount Plus

Paramount+ is the streaming home of NFL on CBS games, and our experts spent the last season determining if the service is worth it for gridiron fans.

NFL on Paramount+

Price: $4.99–$9.99/mo.

Free trial: 7 days

NFL content: Live in-market NFL on CBS games and on-demand studio shows

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Cancel at any time. Free trials are for new subscribers only.

Paramount+ is a great all-around streaming service. But its NFL content is less a main attraction and more a complimentary benefit. Still, you’ll get live access to around 38 NFL on CBS matchups during the 2022 NFL season, no matter which of the Paramount+ plans you choose.

The biggest upside is what else comes with the streaming service. Unlike ESPN+, which specializes in only sports, Paramount+ has a library featuring thousands of episodes and movies on top of live sporting events. Some of this content comes from popular brands like Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon—illustrating how there’s something for everyone on Paramount+.

NFL on Paramount Plus pros and cons

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Live in-market NFL on CBS games
  • Large library of on-demand movies and shows

Cons

  • Regional blackouts
  • Small library of extra NFL content
  • No CBS Sports Network access

Is Paramount Plus worth it for NFL fans?

Paramount+ is worth it only for NFL fans who can’t access CBS with an over-the-air antenna and don’t want to pay for an expensive TV service.

If you’re shopping specifically for live NFL games, Paramount+ will have only what your local CBS station airs. These NFL on CBS broadcasts account for half of the NFL’s Sunday afternoon games, emphasizing AFC matchups and NFC crossovers. The other half of those Sunday afternoon games air on FOX.

During the 2022 NFL regular season, around 38 NFL on CBS games will air in each market—including national games on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Of course, your local team will not play all their matches within the scope of those 38 games. Some weeks, they might play on FOX. While other weeks, they could be on Amazon Prime Video for Thursday Night Football, NBC for Sunday Night Football, or ESPN for Monday Night Football.

If you don’t mind watching on a phone or tablet, you’re better off signing up for the newly launched NFL+. The streaming service offers every live local and national game for $4.99 a month.

Paramount+ is more worthwhile for NFL fans who want access to a blend of shows, movies, and live sporting events—especially soccer. We really love how it has every English-language broadcast of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

There are also a handful of live 24/7 Paramount+ channels to dig into, including CBS Sports HQ and CBS News. But you won’t get access to CBS Sports Network, CBS’s premium sports channel that shows a lot of college football games.

NFL Plus offers live local and national NFL games

Want more local and primetime NFL games for the same price as Paramount+? The new streaming service NFL+ provides live access to every local and primetime NFL game. But unlike Paramount+, you can only watch those games on mobile devices, not TVs or desktop computers.

NFL content on Paramount Plus

The NFL content you get with Paramount+ is pretty basic. Primarily, you’ll be able to watch every live NFL on CBS broadcast shown in your local market. During the 2022 season, NFL on CBS will feature one preseason game, 38 regular season games, and three playoff games. But game counts can vary between CBS affiliates depending on league and network rules.

Pro tip: NFL games on Paramount+ are only available to watch live, not on demand. But you can get more from your live viewing experience by logging into the NFL mobile app with your Paramount+ account to watch live CBS games in-app alongside game stats and NFL.com articles.

Paramount+ is also the exclusive home to Inside the NFL. Produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films, the studio show releases new episodes every Tuesday night during the NFL season—providing news and analysis of each game week.

Fantasy football fans will find a lot to enjoy from Fantasy Football Today. The CBS Sports HQ analysis program offers NFL Fantasy Football advice through multiple weekly episodes throughout the season—allowing you to stay up to date on any NFL news that might impact your fantasy team.

While Paramount+ might have a small amount of NFL coverage, its TV shows and movies are where it really shines. And sometimes those cross into the world of football. For instance, you can watch classic football movies like Heaven Can Wait, Necessary Roughness, and The Longest Yard on Paramount+.

Paramount Plus plans and pricing

Plan Price Live NFL on CBS games included Video Simultaneous streams Details
Essential (with ads) $4.99/mo. 1080p 3 View plan
Premium (no ads) $9.99/mo. 1080p 3 View plan

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

Cancel at any time. Free trials are for new subscribers only.

Paramount+ offers two subscription plans: Essential ($4.99 a month) and Premium ($9.99 a month). The main difference between the two is that Essential is an ad-based subscription, whereas Premium’s on-demand content is ad-free.

Another benefit of the Premium plan is that it provides live 24/7 streaming access to your local CBS station. But no matter what Paramount+ plan you choose, you’ll still be able to stream your local CBS channel when NFL games are taking place.

Bundle Paramount Plus with SHOWTIME

You can bulk up your Paramount+ subscription by bundling it with SHOWTIME® for even more premium content and live sports. The bundle plans start at $11.99 a month and come with SHOWTIME’s live East Coast and West Coast feeds. That’s in addition to an on-demand streaming library of quality shows and movies—meaning you can watch live Bellator MMA fights and hit shows like Yellowjackets all in one place.

Visit our Paramount+/SHOWTIME Bundles guide for a closer look at how the bundle works.

Other ways to watch NFL games

There are many ways to watch NFL games this season. And when it comes to watching NFL on CBS broadcasts, Paramount+ is not the only way to tune in.

We outline the best ways to catch your favorite teams in action on our How to Watch NFL Games page. Spoiler alert: DIRECTV receives our highest recommendation because it’s the only place you can find NFL SUNDAY TICKET this season—giving you live out-of-market NFL coverage.

DIRECTV is not the way to go if you’re looking for inexpensive ways to follow football. Fortunately, you can still watch many live NFL games the traditional way by connecting an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to your TV.

Depending on your antenna’s range and location, you’ll get access to local and national NFL games that air on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. That includes some Sunday Night Football games and every Monday Night Football matchup, plus most NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl.

Our Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters page highlights many great antenna options. But if your pigskin heart is set on a subscription TV service, you can use your zip code below to look up the best TV plans available for your home turf.

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Final take

Paramount+ is a great way to stream NFL games that air on your local CBS channel. But that shouldn’t be the sole reason to sign up for the streaming service. After all, there are plenty of other NFL viewing options that offer more live games.

What makes Paramount+ stand out is its combination of live sports and premium on-demand content. If lots of soccer, Star Trek, and Yellowstone spinoffs are your thing, then the ability to stream NFL on CBS is more of a convenient bonus.

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NFL on Paramount Plus FAQ

Can you watch any NFL game on Paramount Plus?

No, Paramount+ subscribers can only watch in-market and nationally televised NFL games that air on CBS. But you can learn more about other NFL viewing options by visiting our How to Watch NFL Games page.

Does Paramount Plus carry NFL Network?

No, Paramount+ doesn’t carry NFL Network. The cheapest way to get NFL Network is by subscribing to Sling TV’s Sling Blue plan for $35 a month. You can also get limited NFL Network games through NFL+.

How much is Paramount Plus with NFL?

Both Paramount+ plans—Essential ($4.99 a month) and Premium ($9.99 a month)—come with the same number of live NFL games.

Can you rewatch NFL games on Paramount Plus?

No, you can stream live NFL games only on Paramount+. While the streaming service has no on-demand NFL game access, you can rewatch every NFL matchup this season on NFL+ Premium (formerly NFL Game Pass) for $9.99 a month.

Methodology

During the last NFL season, our experts researched and hands-on tested Paramount+ to determine its overall value for NFL fans. We compared the streaming service’s cost and game count to other NFL viewing options while also examining its non-NFL content and features.

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

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