The Green Bay Packers might be the best team in the NFL and the Los Angeles Chargers might be the most disappointing.
Green Bay faced the Chiefs in primetime last week, and despite the absence of Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City put up a fight. Though backup Chiefs QB Matt Moore kept things interesting, that game reminded us just how good Aaron Rodgers is. Featuring some of his best throws of the year so far, Rodgers tossed for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Aaron Jones had an unreal game, catching 159 yards worth of passes and adding another 67 yards on the ground.
Rodgers really hasn’t had the receivers to match his talent this year, but that hasn’t mattered as he has done what he can and let Jones do the rest.
On defense, the Smiths, Za’Darius and Preston, continue to lead a strong Packers unit. Za’Darius had another two sacks last week, putting him at eight on the year. Though Rodgers and Jones are getting the ink this week, the Packers defense remains a top ten unit.
Everything is going well in Green Bay while the wheels are falling off in Los Angeles. For years, the Chargers were “almost” there, but this season, LA feels like a shadow of its former self. Though the team won last week, it was only by one point against a Bears team with no real offense. The running game was pathetic, and Rivers only managed 200 yards passing in the squeaker.
This narrow win came on the heels of three consecutive losses to league bottom-feeders, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and Denver. Ryan Tannehill threw for over 300 yards on this team that might be worse on defense than on offense despite emerging stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
Overall, the Chargers feel like a team that is ready to move on. There may have been a Super Bowl window for Philip Rivers, but it has firmly closed. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay puts together its most dominant win of the season against a team that will need to do some deep soul searching in the offseason.
Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1pm ET
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Packers vs. Chargers on streaming platforms that carry CBS. 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.
Packers vs. Chargers 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 with 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.”
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 the Chiefs vs. Texans, 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)
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 to watch the Patriots vs. Browns.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Aaron Jones, Running Back: Assuming he’s back after the shoulder injury he sustained Sunday night, Jones remains the only reliable fantasy option in this offense. Picking which receiver will be fantasy relevant feels like playing whack-a-mole when Rodgers seems to choose his targets based on matchups and not talent.
Hunter Henry, Tight End: This offense hasn’t been reliable on the ground or through the air lately. Henry is the only really consistent part of this attack. Though he only had 47 yards last week, the Bears remain a tough defense despite their record. Henry will see better days.
Green Bay Packers vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Why it matters
This Packers team feels destined for greatness. Matt LaFleur’s offense really seems to be working for Rodgers, and last year’s underwhelming performance looks to be in the rear-view mirror.
Though there are plenty of talented teams in the NFC, the 49ers, Saints, and Packers are a cut above the rest. Looking at these three teams, playoff seeding could come down to a race to the finish between Rodgers and Saints QB Drew Brees. Every game matters and all three of these teams want to keep stacking up wins.
This Chargers team needs to think about rebuilding, and at this point, their week-to-week existence is about draft position and figuring out what pieces of the train wreck are salvageable.
Green Bay should roll here. It’s hard to see more than a couple losses remaining on their schedule. The division and even the Super Bowl is starting to feel like Aaron Rodgers’ to lose.
- 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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