This should have been the game of the year. But, unfortunately, it won’t be.
Even the most optimistic estimates around Patrick Mahomes’ knee injury have him missing about three weeks of action. Though he could come back sooner, he certainly won’t be ready to go as his Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Green Bay Packers.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore did alright against the Denver Broncos last week, giving the Chiefs enough offensive spark to win. But, with Moore facing off against Aaron Rodgers, don’t expect a repeat here.
It is hard to see where the yards will come from for the Chiefs to best the Packers with Mahomes on the sidelines. While Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are special players, they will be severely limited if Moore once again only completes about half of his passes.
While LeSean McCoy has been productive for Kansas City, his 46 yards per game on the ground isn’t going to win this in the trenches against Green Bay. The Chiefs seem hopelessly outgunned.
The Chiefs couldn’t be getting the Packers at a worse time. Green Bay has finally mastered the new offense and Aaron Rodgers seems back to his old self. With Rodgers putting up a stat line like 429 yards and five touchdowns, it looks like coach Matt LaFleur’s new scheme is working is optimizing every opportunity—and last week’s stat line came without injured star receiver Davante Adams.
The Packers defense is also sneakily good. The unit was ranked seventh in Defensive DVOA entering Week 7. This D isn’t a sack machine, so you don’t always see it in the state lines, but this is a nice group. Inside linebacker Blake Martinez’s goal-line stand toward the end of the first half last week is an example of how this defense can make a difference. The same goes for a big stop of RB Josh Jacobs in the red zone forcing a turnover on downs later in the game.
Green Bay’s defense may remain underrated in this game, as it will likely once again be playing much of the game in garbage time. Kansas City’s weak unit, by contrast, should be exposed by perhaps the greatest QB in football.
Aaron Rodgers and company should cruise here. We would even give them the edge with a healthy Mahomes. The Packers might be the most balanced team in the NFL, and the Mahomes-less Chiefs shouldn’t even pose a threat.
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Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs stream
- When: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8:20pm ET (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
- Streaming: Sunday Night Football airs exclusively on NBC and is available on any platform that carries the network. Fans have a number of options for streaming the week’s marquee game.
How to stream Sunday Night Football online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Devices: Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices
If you have cable or one of the aforementioned live TV streaming services, you can download the NBC Sports app and watch Sunday Night Football there in HD. If you’re using a web browser, you may need to install the latest version of Adobe Flash and your browser will need to be current enough to support HTML5 Media Source Extensions. You’ll also need a minimum internet connection of 10-plus Mbps. (Here are some tips for faster Wi-Fi.)
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, wide receiver: Fantasy owners have been waiting for MVS to have his breakout game, and it finally came last week. KC’s defense should let Rodgers’ receivers eat all game long.
Travis Kelce, tight end: You don’t love the Chiefs offense here against a solid Packers D, but Green Bay does give up yards. Even with Moore throwing the ball, Kelce should get some targets and maybe even score in garbage time.
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs stream: What to watch for
This one is key for both teams, so it’s a shame that Mahomes will be on the sidelines. Rodgers and company want to continue holding off a surging Vikings team that seems to be fixing its early season problems and won Thursday night to improve to a borderline-dominant 6-2.
Kansas City doesn’t have much competition in-division, but if it drops the next two to the Packers and Vikings while Mahomes is out, things could get rough. While the Chiefs should still win the AFC West, sinking to three or four games behind the Patriots, Colts, or Texans would make a playoff road game likely.
The Packers will likely start to build a buffer between themselves and much of the NFC with a win here, and with a pretty soft schedule the rest of the way, the Pack could be in great shape heading into the playoffs.
Despite Mahomes’ injury and Kansas City’s defensive struggles, you could still imagine these teams facing off again in the Super Bowl. But, this week, KC will just look to limit the damage.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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