Don’t look now, but the 2022 NFL season is right around the corner. Training camps opened in July, preseason games began in August, and the official NFL season itself kicks off Sept. 8. Each team plays three preseason games before trimming their final roster of 53 players to start the season. The final nationally televised game of week one features the Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders at 4:25 p.m. on NFL Network.
Here’s what you need to know to watch NFL preseason games without cable.
The NFL Network will air most nationally televised preseason games, while CBS, Fox, ESPN and Prime Video will air a few other national games. Local networks, including CBS, NBC and Fox, air the rest of the games.
Looking ahead to the regular season, CBS (and Paramount Plus) and Fox air games on Sundays, ESPN airs Monday Night Football, Prime Video airs Thursday Night Football, and NBC (and Peacock) airs Sunday Night Football.
Here’s the remaining NFL preseason TV schedule for the last day of Week 1 (all hourly ET), plus a preview of Week 2, with nationally televised game shows in bold.
Sunday August 14
- Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. on NFL Network
Thursday August 18
- Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8 p.m. on ESPN
Friday August 19
- Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers, 8 p.m.
- Houston Texans at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m. on NFL Network
Saturday August 20
- Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
- Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
- Washington Commanders at Kansas City Chiefs, 4 p.m. on NFL Network
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Tennessee Titans, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.
- Las Vegas Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins, 7 p.m.
- San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.
- Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m. on NFL Network
Sunday August 21
- Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
- Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8 p.m. on Fox
Monday August 22
- Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN
For the full preseason schedule, check out NFL.com.
Four of the top five live TV streaming services carry NFL Network – all except DirecTV Stream. All five carry ESPN and Fox, and all but Sling TV carry CBS. For games on CBS and Fox, keep in mind that not all services carry all local networks, so check each one using the links below to make sure they carry CBS and Fox in your area.
YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes NFL Network as well as CBS, Fox and ESPN. Plug your zip code into its home page to see what local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.
Hulu with Live TV costs $70 per month and includes the four channels needed to watch NFL preseason games. Click the “See channels in your area” link on its homepage to see which local channels are offered in your postcode. Read our Hulu review with Live TV.
Sling’s $35 per month Blue plan includes NFL Network and Fox, but Fox is only available in a handful of regions. Sling’s $35 per month Orange plan 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 a preseason game on Thursday, August 25 between the San Francisco 49ers and 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 will only be able to watch three NFL preseason games with DirecTV Stream. Its basic $70-a-month entertainment package includes CBS, Fox, and ESPN, but none of its plans include NFL Network. You can use its channel finder to see what local channels are available where you live. Read our DirecTV Stream review.
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime, and require a strong internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our guide to live TV streaming services.