NFL 2021: How to watch Ravens vs. Colts on Monday Night Football without cable

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NFL 2021 How to watch Ravens vs. Colts on Monday Night Football without cable
NFL 2021 How to watch Ravens vs. Colts on Monday Night Football without cable

The Baltimore Colts packed up the Mayflower trucks in the middle of the night in 1984 and headed west to Indianapolis. The Baltimore Ravens were born 12 years later to replace the departed Colts, and the current teams are a study in contrast. After four weeks, the Ravens are 3-1 and led by uber-mobile quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Colts are 1-3 with Carson Wentz at the helm, a pocket passer playing on two sprained ankles.

The Ravens and Colts meet tonight in Baltimore on Monday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. ET (5:15 p.m. PT) on ESPN. (The Manning brothers have the night off; after calling the first three Monday Night Football games on an alternate broadcast on ESPN2, Peyton and Eli are off until Week 7 when they return for the Saints-Seahawks game.)

Here’s how to watch tonight’s action, as well as the rest of the NFL season, without cable.

How to stream NFL games

Major streaming providers such as YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream offer nearly all the major channels you will need for football. This includes CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as ESPN, which is needed for Monday Night Football. 

Sling TV offers NBC and Fox in some markets with its Blue package, but it lacks CBS. It’s also worth noting that to get ESPN you will either need to switch to its Orange package or go for its Blue and Orange bundle. 

Those who are fine with watching on phones or tablets, meanwhile, can also use the Yahoo Sports app to stream the games that are broadcast on your local stations for free.CNET TVS, STREAMING AND AUDIO

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What about RedZone and the NFL Network? 

All of those services above, with the exception of DirecTV Stream, offer the option to get RedZone and the NFL Network. RedZone will usually require you to spend another $10 or $11 per month as an add-on. 

If RedZone is all you care about, the cheapest option is getting Sling TV Blue for $35 a month and adding the $11-per-month Sports Extra add-on. This gets you all the football channels with the exception of ESPN and CBS. 

How about Thursday Night Football? 

Most Thursday Night Football games will be broadcast on Fox, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video. Check out the full Thursday Night Football schedule here 

What about Paramount Plus? 

Paramount Plus offers live CBS feeds with its Premium tier for $10 a month. Depending on where you live, however, your local CBS station (and those NFL games) might not be available. CBS offers livestreaming services in many markets; you can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here

What about Peacock? 

All of NBC’s regular-season NFL games will be available to stream on its Peacock streaming service, so long as you pay for one of its Premium subscriptions. 

There are two of these tiers, a $5-a-month Premium option that has ads (when watching nonlive content) and a $10-per-month Premium Plus option that will stream nonlive content ad-free (and let you download some content to watch offline). 

YouTube TVCarries CBS, Fox, NBC, NFL Network and ESPN for $65 a month

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $11 a month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

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FuboTVCarries CBS, Fox, NBC, NFL Network and ESPN for $65 a month

FuboTV costs $65 a month and has all the major NFL channels with RedZone available as an $11-per-month add-on. Click here to see which local channels you get.

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Hulu Plus Live TVCarries CBS, Fox, NBC, NFL Network and ESPN for $65 a month

Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and includes all the major football channels, with RedZone available for an extra $10 a month. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

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DirecTV Stream (previously AT&T TV)Carries CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN for $70 a month

Formerly AT&T TV, DirecTV Stream’s basic $70-a-month package includes nearly all the major channels for football with the notable exceptions of RedZone and the NFL Network. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

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Sling TVCarries NBC, Fox and NFL Network for $35 a month

Sling TV’s $35-a-month Blue plan includes NBC, Fox and the NFL Network. Enter your address here to see which local channels are available where you live. 

Note: This version of Sling TV does not include ESPN. For that, you’ll need to switch to the similarly priced Orange plan or go for the combined $50-per-month Orange and Blue bundle. RedZone is also available for an extra $11 a month.

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Peacock PremiumLive NBC games and full-game replays starting at $5 a month

Peacock will show NBC’s full slate of Sunday Night Football games. You will, however, need one of the service’s Premium plans to watch Sunday Night Football live and full-game replays, though highlights are available on the free tier. 

The ad-supported Premium plan costs $5 a month, and the ad-free Premium Plus plan costs $10 a month.

SEE AT PEACOCK

Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access)CBS games for $10 per month

Those looking for CBS games will be able to stream them on Paramount Plus with its $10 per month Premium tier. You can check for yourself if your area has live CBS streaming here

SEE AT PARAMOUNT PLUS

Amazon Prime VideoCarries Thursday Night Football games only

Most Thursday Night games, starting with Week 5 on October 7, will be available on Amazon Prime Video. For millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no extra cost. But if you’re not a subscriber, it might be worth it to shell out the $9 a month for the stand-alone TV service fee.SEE AT AMAZON

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials (except Peacock, which just has a free tier that doesn’t stream live NFL games), allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection.

Sources: CNET