As the NFL season continues to tighten up and we enter into week 4, anything can happen as upsets and meltdowns become more inevitable. With a crowded schedule of NFL games, you might be wondering which games you can, and should be watching this week. Today I’ll help make that decision a little easier for you by showing you some of the top match ups of the week, along with where each game will be broadcasted.
Let’s get started!
Week 4 NFL Schedule
First, let’s take a look at the complete NFL week 4 schedule and see what time and channel each game will air on. (Don’t forget that every game, with the exception of Monday Night Football on ESPN, will air over-the-air, so no subscriptions required!):
NFL Broadcast Schedule by Location
Now let’s take a look at which games you will get access to, based on your location, using your OTA Antenna.
CBS: Thursday Night Football
Featured Matchup: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – CBS, 8:25 PM ET
CBS and NFL Network split the TNF match-ups each season, so it’s great when you can catch them for free over-the-air before they switch to the walled garden that is the NFL Network. Tonight’s match-up between the Ravens and the Steelers is one you can catch with your OTA antenna.
CBS: Early Sunday Games
Featured Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals – CBS, 1:00 PM ET
This is going to be a make or break game for both the Chiefs and the Bengals; albeit for different reasons. For the 1-2 Chiefs, this game could correct the course and reverse a two-game losing streak. For the 3-0 Bengals and current AFC North leaders, this could prove to the rest of the league they’re the real deal and a play-off contender. We’ll see who wants it more this Sunday.
FOX: Early Sunday Games
Featured Matchup: New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills – Fox, 1:00 PM ET
After defeating the Washington last week, the Giants are riding high and standing tall on their 3-0 record; but a hungry Buffalo could prove to play spoiler to their thus-far perfect season. The Bills crushed the Dolphins last week and they will be looking to do the same to their in-state rival this week.
FOX: Late Sunday Games
Featured Matchup: Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – Fox, 4:25 PM ET
The one question on everyone’s mind is “Can anyone beat the Green Bay Packers?” The Wisconsin team has been absolutely dominate this season, but nothing is more dangerous than being #1. Although the 49ers will be coming into this game with a less than stellar record, their record against Green Bay for the last three meetings has been 3-0. If the Packers aren’t careful, history could repeat itself (but I seriously doubt it).
NBC: Sunday Night Football
Featured Matchup: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints – NBC, 8:30 PM ET
Speaking of critical games, this Cowboys/Saints matchup has all the makings of a comeback classic or a heartbreaking defeat. The Saints have opened this season with a 0-3 record while their rivals, the Cowboys, have had considerably better success. Although Dallas is the favorite going into this match-up, anything can still happen in the rivalry game; especially with Brees behind center (that is, assuming his rotator cuff is up to the task).
ESPN: Monday Night Football
Featured Matchup: Detroit Lions vs. Seattle Seahawks – ESPN, 8:30 PM ET
Monday night games are only available on ESPN, which means taking a hard look at Sling TV as well is a must for any die-hard NFL fan. Can’t wait to see if Russell Wilson continues to get Jimmy Graham involved; and how will Seattle go about stopping Megatron? Guess we have to wait until Monday to find out.
The Many Ways to Watch Football Without Cable
Now that we have a good idea of what to watch this weekend, let’s talk about how to watch each matchup. As you may have noticed, almost all of our top games this week will air over-the-air on broadcast networks. That means if you have an OTA antenna you should be set to watch all the grid-iron action.
Should you be unfortunate enough to fall outside of the market of our matchups for the week, or you are a die-hard who needs to access very specific games no matter your location, have no fear because there is still a way to watch them. With NFL Game Pass you will be able to watch any NFL game after it airs. Sure you won’t be able to watch it live; but with plenty of live games to keep you occupied, the wait won’t be too agonizing.
If you’re interested in NFL Game Pass, a subscription will only set you back $99 (far cheaper than a month of cable) and it comes with a lot of extra features. You can start your subscription with a free 7-trial; so there’s nothing to lose, and you have everything to gain.
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