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Cord Cutting Guide to the 2017 NFL Season: Week 1

After what seems like a lifetime of waiting, the NFL 2017-18 season has begun. Out of the gate there is a certain sense of elation, anticipation, and joy that makes the opening week all the more special.

If you want to start off your 2017 NFL season right, then now is probably the right time to get all the necessary tools in place to watch NFL without cable. For the first week of football, you won’t need a whole lot but later in the season that may change.

To find learn all the tricks in the book – mastering the best ways to watch watch the NFL all season without purchasing cable, check out this in-depth NFL cord cutting guide.

To begin with, lets take a look at who is playing and on what stations.

NFL TV Schedule Week 1

* Times in EST

Thursday, Sept. 7

  • Kansas City vs. New England, 8:30 PM NBC

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • New York Jets Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 PM FOX
  • Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 PM, FOX
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans, 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins , 1:00 PM, FOX
  • Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 PM, CBS
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, 1:00 PM, FOX
  • Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 PM, CBS
  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 PM, FOX
  • Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 PM, FOX
  • New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 PM, NBC

Monday, Sept. 11

  • New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota, 7:10 PM, ESPN
  • Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, 10:20 PM, ESPN

Using an Antenna to Watch Football

As you may have noticed, the vast majority of NFL games during the first week of football will air on broadcast television networks; which means all you’ll need is an over-the-air antenna to tune in. OTA antennas provide immense value, are capable of 1080 HD, and can easily purchased online or in stores.

You might have also noticed that a lot of the games listed above air on the same networks, at the same time. What that means for you, the OTA enthusiast, is that only one of those games will be available on your local broadcast.

Now the game you will have access too will entirely hinge on where you live. So if you live close to Atlanta, odds are you’ll end up getting the Falcons on TV. The TV schedules have not been posted yet, but you can always check out 506sports to see a detailed breakdown of which game will air in your area.

Streaming Week 1 of the NFL Season

The only two games that you won’t be able to watch with an OTA antenna are the Monday Night Football games airing on ESPN. In order to watch those games, you’ll need a subscription to an online streaming service that carries ESPN. Here are a few popular services that carry ESPN.

Sling TV

  • Required Plan: Orange
  • Price: $20 a month

PlayStation Vue

  • Required Plan: Access
  • Price: $40 a month

DirecTV Now

  • Required Plan: Live a Little
  • Price: $35 a month

Each service has their own positive and negative attributes, so be sure to check out the reviews for each one.

Make your predictions: Who do you think will go all the way this year? The Patriots look pretty poised for domination in my opinion. Even without Edelman…

Let us know what you think in the comments below or sound off on social media.

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