So your team just won a hard-fought game on Sunday night. The guys are hoping for some rest before their next big matchup when they take a casual glance at the schedule: Thursday Night Football! On four days rest, you’re up against a team that had the last eleven off. Will you be able to hang? These games can either be big ones like Cowboys vs Eagles or lackluster like Lions vs Falcons.

For the fan, though– Thursday Night Football keeps our heads in the game just when we start to forget about our ailing Fantasy teams. Make sure you’ve got your team locked in because you’d better believe those points on Thursday count! But if you’re not a cable subscriber, you might have a tough time streaming Thursday Night Football unless you use one of the options below.

Watch NFL Games Live Without Cable with DIRECTV NOW

Thursday Night Football has a complicated streaming schedule. If the game is on NBC, CBS or ESPN  you can stream it live with DIRECTV NOW’s service. If it’s only on the NFL Network, check out Sling TV below. But for those other networks, DTV has all of those channels and more including ESPN, Fox News and HGTV too. You get a 7 day free trial so there’s no reason to delay. Streaming TNF live without cable has never been easier. If you’re an AT&T Unlimited customer the lowest priced package is only $10 a month! Crazy.

Try DIRECTV NOW Free for 7 Days

Watch TNF Live with Sling TV

Here’s a great option when the game is on the NFL Network. Sling TV is a new alternative to Cable that allows you to subscribe to several channels for a mere $20, including TNF.  NBC and NFL Network are both on Sling. You get ESPN too so it’s really a great deal. TNF is always streaming on Sling these days unless it’s on CBS in which case you’ll need All-Access. It gives you live television so you can watch online just like you would on a traditional television. Head over there now to check it out and sign up for the free seven day trial.

Try Sling TV Free for 7 Days

UPDATE:  Amazon is now officially live streaming Thursday Night Football games online! They get 10 games this year and all you need is a prime subscription. If you’ve ever considered getting one but haven’t yet, now is the time. Sign up for a 30-Day free trial and start watching Thursday Night Football online now.

Watch TNF on Amazon Prime

Is there an Official Thursday Night Football Live Stream?

Thursday Night Football has one of the most confusing broadcast schedules. It’s on several different networks throughout the year. But luckily every single TNF game is on NFL Network too, which many people have in their cable package but it’s also on Sling (but not DTVN yet) for cord cutters!

Here’s the official Thursday Night Football schedule:

  • Sept 14: Texans @ Bengals – (NFL Network)
  • Sept 21: Rams @ 49ers – (NFL Network)
  • Sept 28: Bears @ Packers – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Oct 5: Patriots @ Buccaneers – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Oct 12: Eagles @ Panthers – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Oct 19: Chiefs @ Raiders – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Oct 26: Dolphins @ Ravens – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Oct 29: Vikings @ Browns – (NFL Network)
  • Nov 2: Bills @ Jets – (NFL Network)
  • Nov 9: Seahawks @ Cardinals – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Nov 16: Titans @ Steelers – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Nov 30: Redskins @ Cowboys – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Dec 7: Saints @ Falcons – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Dec 14: Broncos @ Colts – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)
  • Dec 16: Bears @ Lions – (NFL Network)
  • Dec 16: Chargers @ Chiefs – (NFL Network)
  • Dec 23: Colts @ Ravens – (NFL Network)
  • Dec 25: Steelers @ Texans – (NFL Network, CBS, Amazon)

Thursday Night Football is on three different networks this year. CBS, NBC and NFL Network (home of Red Zone). CBS, to its credit has announced that all NFL games on their air will be available to stream online, including Thursday Night Football, for free, without any authentication needed. The NFL Network is another story, however. You’ll most likely need a traditional cable subscription to get the most out of Thursday Night Football on that network. Check out the schedule to see which games are airing on which network this year. As a rule, the high profile (eg “good”) games are on CBS and the throwaways are typically on NFL Network.

Is Thursday Night Football on Netflix or Hulu?

No. Netflix and Hulu have not mastered the art of live sporting events, including TNF just yet. Perhaps one day we’ll see NFL games on Netflix or Hulu but that does not look to be in the cards for the foreseeable future.

Verizon Customers can Stream Thursday Night Football Games for Free

If you’re a Verizon mobile customer you should have an app on your phone right now called “NFL Mobile”. Did we just blow your mind? Open that up and you should have access to all Thursday Night Football games anywhere, anytime from your phone or tablet. This is a free service for all Verizon customers so if you’re already using them you’re golden like Tate.


Don’t Watch Thursday Night Football Online Illegally

If all of the above are unavailable to you there’s always the option of straight up piracy. We can’t recommend this course of action for any show, including Thursday Night Football because there tend to be viruses, malware and at the very least– horrible quality streams out there. You probably don’t want to watch your Seahawks through a VPN, on an illegal, non-HD, buffering Russian stream do you? Maybe you’re willing to sacrifice quality and legality for access but be sure to check out the above options first to make sure you’re not needlessly stealing.