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The Dallas Cowboys need to get more consistent and they should be able to do that against a Detroit Lions team that has been consistently disappointing this season.
Though the Cowboys have the top offense in the league on paper, they have a habit of losing games with a combination of weak defense and oddly conservative playcalling. On Sunday Night Football last week, much-maligned coach Jason Garrett went with running plays on early downs when the pass seemed to be working much better. This led to a loss to the Vikings and renewed criticism of Garrett for his vanilla play-calling.
Luckily for Dallas, the Lions offense isn’t nearly as dynamic as what they have in Minnesota. While Dalvin Cook ran all over the Cowboys last week, the injury-plagued Lions won’t likely be able to repeat that without starting back Kerryon Johnson on the field. If quarterback Matt Stafford misses another game, the Cowboys should be able to blow out Detroit.
If Stafford does play, this could be a closer contest, but we’ll still give the edge to the Cowboys. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Cowboys vs. Lions, including what to watch for on the field.
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions
- When: 4:25pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 17
- Where: Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
- Streaming: FOX, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Cowboys vs. Lions on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Cowboys vs. Lions live stream: How to watch NFL 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.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26, Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround.
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.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with FOX—which for now means no FOX, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
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.
4) 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)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV.
There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Detroit Lions: Why it matters
Dallas should win this game. It needs to win this game, with its grip on the NFC East slipping to an improving Eagles team.
The Cowboys can potentially separate themselves from the Eagles with a win and set themselves up in better post-season position. The Lions, by contrast, are running out of things to play for. At 3-5-1, and well behind the Vikings and the Packers in the division, one more loss effectively ends Detroit’s season.
It’s getting harder not to blame coaching for some of the losses in Dallas, as the Dak Prescott-led offense continues to impress week after week. With Randall Cobb going over 100 yards last week, the Cowboys now have a trio of dynamic receivers with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup performing very well every game.
On defense, Dallas hasn’t been able to get much of a pass rush going all season, and that continued last week. Despite flashes of brilliance from players like Leighton Vander Esch, this unit has been weak. However, if the offense produces up to its potential, the ‘Boys should find a way to win.
For the Lions, the situation isn’t so nuanced. They don’t do anything well enough to compete. With a 12th ranked offense and a 25th ranked defense, a team that flashed promise early in the year has fallen to the bottom of the NFC North. If Stafford misses another game, it’s hard to imagine a way they can win this game.
It seems that things never go Matt Stafford’s way, and this year, things haven’t been any different. When he does come back to the field, he will return to a team without Kerryon Johnson in the backfield and a defense that can’t stop anything. Outside of the odd bright spot like linebacker Jahlani Tavai, the Lions defense is in need of a serious overhaul. 2019 has been another year feeling like Matt Stafford deserves better.
Look for the Cowboys to win here, and if by some turn of events they don’t, look for the Jason Garrett criticism to get even louder.
- 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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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.