NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2021 pro football season – Michael Ansaldo

Despite the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL looks to have a relatively normal season this year, with full stadiums and even an extra week of football as the league moves to a 17-game schedule. And cord-cutters won’t have to miss out on any of the action. More than any other sports league, the NFL has consistently embraced new ways to present its games.There are now more options than ever for getting your gridiron on once the season gets underway on Thursday, September 9, with a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Super Bowl LV champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here’s our guide to all your streaming options, updated for the 2021 season.

[ Further reading: The best media streaming devices ]

Use an over-the-air antenna

Unlike the NBA, NHL, or MLB, the NFL plays a simple 17-game schedulem, with each team playing one game a week. That lends itself to predictable TV programming. The league splits the Sunday afternoon telecasts by conference: generally, AFC games air on CBS at 1:00 p.m. and 4:05 p.m. ET, and Fox runs the NFC games at 1:00 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. ET.

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