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Both the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams need to get their acts together.
In a stacked NFC North, it is unlikely that the Bears are going to the playoffs, but they do need to figure out if this team can win with Mitch Trubisky under center. The Rams have taken a few unexpected losses this season, and while last year’s Super Bowl finalist is not in danger of missing the playoffs entirely, they do sit behind the Seahawks and the 49ers in their division.
Jared Goff just hasn’t been himself this year in Los Angeles, and that problem came to a head last week against Pittsburgh. Converting only 1 of 14 third downs, the Rams managed just 12 points (a touchdown, field goal, and safety) in a 17-12 loss.
Chicago looked somewhat promising early in the season despite its limited quarterback play. The idea was that their defense and running game could overcome Trubisky’s deficiencies. The defense has remained stout (8th in Defensive DVOA) and the running game has improved, but most weeks, it hasn’t been enough. The Bears only narrowly beat Detroit even with Lions backup quarterback Jeff Driskel filling in for Matt Stafford.
Let’s see if either of these teams can use this week to turn things around. Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Bears vs. Rams, including what to watch for on the field.
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Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams
- When: 8:20pm ET, Sunday, Nov. 17 (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
- Where: LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
- 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.
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)
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 an internet connection of at least 10 Mbps. (Here are some tips for faster Wi-Fi.)
Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams stream: What to watch for
Last week, the Chicago Bears showed how they can win games. The defense played well enough to keep the score low while the running game grinded and Trubisky protected the ball. Even so, the game was close.
Bears fans have been glad to see David Montgomery emerge as a dependable running back in recent weeks, but he can only do so much. Most weeks, Trubisky’s 173 yards through the air wouldn’t have been enough. In a loss the week before, he only threw for a pathetic 125 yards.
Chicago does have a chance here because the Rams have been dysfunctional in their own right. Jared Goff hasn’t been as bad as Trubisky, but he hasn’t been himself either. Last week, he threw for 243 yards and two interceptions. In addition, his receivers have been banged up and Todd Gurley just isn’t the world-beater he once was.
Despite their weakened offense compared to a year ago, the Rams are the most complete team of these two. A tough division has masked the fact that LA is still a pretty good team. With the fourth-ranked defense by DVOA, led by the always dangerous Aaron Donald, this team can still beat anyone if things go their way
The bottom line is that while Goff has had some bad games, the Rams are the better team than the Bears. Unless they have another terrible outing, look for the Rams to find a way to win and keep their playoff dreams alive.
- 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.