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Your Ultimate Guide To Watching the 2024 NFL Preseason

Catch up with your favorite football teams during the NFL preseason with CableTV.com’s complete viewing guide.

Before the NFL regular season starts, there’s a month of preseason matchups to watch. Most of these exhibition games air on local channels, though you’ll need a TV plan with NFL Network or an NFL+ subscription to get the most live coverage.

Will last year’s duds become this year’s studs? We can’t say for sure, but preseason can provide a glimpse of what to expect.

Keep reading for complete details on how to watch your favorite NFL team this preseason—including game schedules and channel listings.

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What channels show NFL preseason games?

Most NFL preseason games air locally on each team’s TV affiliate network. You can also watch several nationally televised preseason games on NFL Network. In 2024, five other national broadcasts will appear across Amazon Prime Video, CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC.

Pro tip: All non-nationally televised games stream live on NFL+ (formerly NFL Game Pass) for out-of-market fans who don’t live near their favorite teams.

2024 NFL preseason schedule

The 2024 NFL preseason begins with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 1, in Canton, Ohio. After that, preseason matchups continue over the next three weeks before wrapping up on Sunday, August 25. The fourth and final week of the NFL preseason is a bye week as college football makes its full return over the Labor Day weekend.

Below is the complete NFL preseason schedule. Tap the boxes to expand each week and view every matchup. We’ll continue updating kick-off times and channel listings as August approaches.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans Thursday, Aug 1 8:00 p.m. ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes
Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens Friday, Aug 9 7:30 p.m. WCAU 10, WMAR-TV 2
Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills Saturday, Aug 10 1:00 p.m. WFLD 32, WIVB-TV 4
Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug 10 8:00 p.m. KSHB-TV 41, WFOX-TV 30
Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Aug 11 1:00 p.m. KTVD 20, WTTV 4
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Aug 11 4:25 p.m. KTVT 11, KABC-TV 7
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins TBD TBD WAGA-TV 5, WFOR-TV 4
Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots TBD TBD Panthers TV Network, Patriots Preseason TV Network
Washington Commanders at New York Jets TBD TBD WRC-TV 4, WCBS-TV 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals TBD TBD WFLA-TV 8, Bengals Preseason TV
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns TBD TBA Packers TV Network, WEWS-TV 5
Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers TBD TBD KTRK-TV 13, KDKA-TV 2
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans TBD TBD KPIX-TV 5, WKRN-TV 2
Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders TBD TBD KMSP-TV 9, KVVU-TV 5
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers TBD TBD KING-TV 5, KCBS-TV 2
New York Giants at Detroit Lions TBD TBD WNBC 4, Lions TV Network
New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals TBD TBD WVUE-DT 8, KPNX 12

Data effective as of post date.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Detroit Lions at Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, Aug 17 4:00 p.m. Lions TV Network, KSHB-TV 41
Minnesota Vikings at Cleveland Browns Saturday, Aug 17 4:25 p.m. KMSP-TV 9, WEWS-TV 5
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday, Aug 17 7:00 p.m. WIVB-TV 4, KDKA-TV 2
Dallas Cowboys at Las Vegas Raiders Saturday, Aug 17 10:00 p.m. KTVT 11, KVVU-TV 5
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos Sunday, Aug 18 8:00 p.m. Packers TV Network, KTVD 20
New Orleans Saints at San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug 18 8:00 p.m. FOX
Washington Commanders at Miami Dolphins TBD TBD WRC-TV 4, WFOR-TV 4
Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots TBD TBD WCAU 10, Patriots Preseason TV Network
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers TBD TBD WCBS-TV 2, Panthers TV Network
Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens TBD TBD WAGA-TV 5, WBAL-TV 11
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears TBD TBD Bengals Preseason TV Network, WFLD 32
New York Giants at Houston Texans TBD TBD WNBC 4, KTRK-TV 13
Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts TBD TBD KPNX 12, WXIN 59
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars TBD TBD WFLA-TV 8, WFOX-TV 30
Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans TBD TBD KING-TV 5, WKRN-TV 2
Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers TBD TBD KABC-TV 7, KCBS-TV 2

Data effective as of post date.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Aug 22 8:00 p.m. Amazon Prime Video
Chicago Bears at Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, Aug 22 8:20 p.m. WFLD 32, KSHB-TV 41
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills Saturday, Aug 24 1:00 p.m. Panthers TV Network, WIVB-TV 4
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans Saturday, Aug 24 1:00 p.m. KABC-TV 7, KTRK-TV 13
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug 24 1:00 p.m. KMSP-TV 9, WCAU 10
Los Angeles Chargers at Dallas Cowboys Saturday, Aug 24 4:00 p.m. KCBS-TV 2, KTVT 11
Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks Saturday, Aug 24 7:00 p.m. WEWS-TV 5, KING-TV 5
Arizona Cardinals at Denver Broncos Sunday, Aug 25 4:30 p.m. CBS, Paramount+
New England Patriots at Washington Commanders Sunday, Aug 25 8:00 p.m. NBC, Peacock
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers TBD TBD WFOR-TV 4, WFLA-TV 8
New York Giants at New York Jets TBD TBD WNBC 4, WCBS-TV 2
Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers TBD TBD WBAL-TV 11, Packers TV Network
Pittsburgh Steelers at Detroit Lions TBD TBD KDKA-TV 2, Lions TV Network
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons TBD TBD KSHB-TV 41, WAGA-TV 5
Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints TBD TBD WKRN-TV 2, WVUE-DT 8
San Francisco 49ers at Las Vegas Raiders TBD TBD KPIX-TV 5, KVVU-TV 5

Data effective as of post date.

Best NFL preseason TV plans

The best TV plan for watching the NFL preseason depends on what teams you want to watch. Using the schedule above for reference, here’s a breakdown of our viewing recommendations based on game type.

  1. Local games: An over-the-air (OTA) antenna is the best way to watch in-market preseason games. Check out our free viewing options section for more information on how an antenna can pick up live games without a monthly subscription fee.
  2. Out-of-market games: Starting at just $6.99 a month, NFL+ offers the only way to watch every out-of-market preseason game. The streaming service usually has device restrictions for live games, but you can watch preseason matchups on any device with NFL app support.
  3. National games: An antenna can get you national broadcasts that air on CBS, FOX, and NBC. But you’ll need a TV subscription to access ESPN and NFL Network. If you’re sticking around for the NFL after the preseason, YouTube TV is our favorite service for watching local and national games. It’s also the new home of NFL Sunday Ticket.

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You can watch some NFL preseason games for free this season. All you need is an OTA antenna to pick up your local NFL team’s affiliate station and other regional channels that air national games.

Before you settle on an antenna, you’ll want to verify the channels available in your area. You can do this by entering your zip code into the Federal Communications Commission’s Reception Map Tool. The map will display channel callsigns in your area, which you can click on to view the channel’s tower distance.

How far away you are from those channel towers will dictate the type of antenna you want. Usually, we recommend the Mohu Leaf 50 for its 60-mile range and slim design. But you may need a stronger antenna if you live in a rural area. We highlight several excellent antenna options in our Best OTA Antennas guide.

How to watch the NFL preseason FAQ

Are the NFL preseason games televised?

Yes, all NFL preseason games air on TV—usually on local networks within the region of each participating team. Other channels like NFL Network and ESPN broadcast select preseason games nationally, while NFL+ carries every live out-of-market preseason game.

Where can I stream NFL preseason games?

You can stream NFL preseason games through any live TV streaming service that offers your local NFL team’s affiliate network and NFL Network. NFL+ streams live out-of-market preseason games, while Amazon Prime Video carries one game per preseason.

Can I watch NFL preseason games on Amazon Prime Video?

Yes, one NFL preseason game streams on Amazon Prime Video each year. During the 2024 preseason, the streaming service will carry a Week 3 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Indianapolis Colts.

Can I watch in-market preseason games on NFL+?

No, only out-of-market and nationally televised preseason games stream on NFL+. Typically, the best way to watch in-market preseason matchups is over the air if you live within range of your local team’s network affiliate. Some teams—like the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers—have network partnerships with several local affiliate stations.

Why you should trust us

Our football experts compiled every NFL team’s preseason schedule and channel listings. With that information, we researched and tested the best ways to watch preseason games by comparing popular TV providers’ channel offerings and pricing. We chose our viewing recommendations based on service accessibility and ease of use.

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

Disclaimer

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