NFL training camps have begun, which means the 2022 season is right around the corner. Camps open in July, preseason games begin in August, and the NFL season begins on September 8. Each team plays three preseason games before whittling down to its final 53-man roster to begin the season. New York Giants and New England Patriots kick things off on Thursday night: Game starts at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network.
Here’s what you need to know to watch NFL preseason games without cable.
Last week’s Hall of Fame game between the Raiders and Jaguars was technically the first preseason game of the year, but most teams have their first game coming up with games scheduled for Thursday through Sunday this weekend.
NFL Network will air 21 preseason games over the next three weeks, while CBS, Fox, ESPN and Prime Video will each show one national game. Local networks, including CBS, NBC and Fox, carry the remaining games.
Looking at the regular season, CBS (and Paramount Plus) and Fox air the games on Sunday, ESPN shows Monday Night Football, Prime Video shows Thursday Night Football, and NBC (and Peacock) shows Sunday Night Football.
Here’s the NFL preseason TV schedule for Week 1 (all-time ET), p nationally televised matches in bold.
Thursday, August 11
- New York Giants at New England Patriots, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m
Friday, Aug. 12
- Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, 6 p.m. on NFL Network
- Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m
- Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals, 7:30 p.m
- New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m
- Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Saturday, August 13
- Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
- Carolina Panthers at Washington Commanders, 1 p.m
- Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, 4 p.m. on NFL Network
- Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m
- New Orleans Saints at Houston Texas, 8 p.m
- Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos, 9 p.m. on NFL Network
- Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m
Sunday, August 14
- Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. on NFL Network
For the full preseason schedule see NFL.com.
Four of the five major live TV streaming services carry the NFL Network — all but DirecTV Stream. All five carry ESPN and Fox, and all but Sling TV carry CBS. For CBS and Fox games, note that not every service supports every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries CBS and Fox in your area.
YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes the NFL Network along with CBS, Fox and ESPN. Include your zip code in it welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.
Hulu with Live TV costs $70 per month and includes all four channels needed to watch NFL preseason games. Click on the “View channels in your area” link. welcome page to see which local channels are available in your postcode. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.
Sling’s $35-a-month Blue Package includes the NFL Network and Fox, but Fox is only available on a handful of areas. Sling’s $35-a-month Orange package includes ESPN. You can combine the two plans for $50 per month. Read our Sling TV review.
Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football for the upcoming season. It will show one preseason game on Thursday, August 25 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans. For millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no additional cost. It costs $9 per month for non-Prime members. Read our Amazon Prime Video review.
You’ll only be able to watch three preseason NFL games with DirecTV Stream. Its $70-a-month basic entertainment package includes CBS, Fox and ESPN, but none of its plans include the NFL Network. You can use his channel search tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our DirecTV Stream review.
All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trials, allow you to cancel at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our guide to live TV streaming services.