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How to stream ‘Boys vs. Bears on Thursday Night Football
Two teams with the same record and very different offenses lock horns on Thursday night.
The Dallas Cowboys need to keep winning. Luckily, this week, they have to find a way to do that against Mitch Trubisky and the Chicago Bears.
Despite having the No. 1 offensive DVOA for almost the entire season (they only recently slipped to No. 2 thanks to the amazing play of the Baltimore Ravens), the Dallas Cowboys have an unimpressive 6-6 record. If they were in one of the NFC’s tougher divisions, their playoff hopes could be dashed. Lucky for the Boys, the rest of the NFC East happens to be worse than they are.
It’s hard to find two weaker teams than the Giants and the Redskins, and the Eagles’ season just went from bad to worse with a loss to the Dolphins. But, despite all of the help from their division rivals, the Cowboys are only one game ahead of the Eagles.
Even with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett’s amazing ability to lose games, this should be one matchup that Dallas can win. While Chicago managed to best the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, it will be difficult for the Bears to put up enough points to beat the Cowboys.
As for watching the action online, here’s everything you need to know to live stream Cowboys vs. Bears, including what to watch for on the field.
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears
- When: 8:20pm ET, Thursday, Nov. 28
- Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
- Streaming: Fox, Amazon Prime, NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch Cowboys vs. Bears online
The majority of Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox and NFL Network. This week, you will be able to watch TNF on these two networks and with any streaming platforms that carry them.
What is NFL Network?
NFL Network is where you go if you want to be immersed in pro football. There’s plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, Inside the NFL, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay once the regular season begins. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the kind of stuff football lovers need in their lives. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and it’ll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, NFL Network is a worthy investment.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NBCSN (where many Premier League matches appear), NFL Network, and local channels. (Sling Blue customers in select markets get NBC, where some matches appear; see if yours has it here.) If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from La Liga, Ligue 1 and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
You can also catch Fox games with AirTV—which is something you should have as a companion to 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.
- 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 probably 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 boasts 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 will allow 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.)
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: $8.99 a month, or $12.99 a month/$119.99 per year (includes Amazon Prime service)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
Amazon Prime Video allows you to stream Thursday Night Football every Thursday this season (starting Sept. 26 through Dec. 12), save for Thanksgiving. It’s also possible (not obvious, but that’s what we’re here for) to watch NFL RedZone through the service.
Other ways to stream Thursday Night Football
The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a sizable favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
Cowboys vs. Bears stream: What to watch for
After blowing a very winnable game against the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving, this Cowboys team needs to get back on track.
It was the same old story for the Dallas Cowboys last week, as nagging issues in all phases of the game undermined a productive offensive performance from Dak Prescott, who threw for 355 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Once again, the Boys managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.
Despite the fine stat line from Prescott, bad protection kept him rushed (hence the interception and an ugly turnover that doesn’t show up in the stat line). Though the Dallas defense got to the quarterback, poor secondary play and a linebacking corps sorely missing Leighton Vander Esch rendered that pressure worthless. Bills receiver Cole Beasley looked like an all-star, going for 110 yards and a TD.
Special teams has been particularly bad in Dallas this year, and last week was no exception. Brett Maher missed two field goals, leading the team to flirt with cutting him. Every week, some new aspect of this unit finds a way to fail, undermining the offense. While this whole coaching staff could be fired at the end of the season, at the very least, this special teams needs an overhaul.
There isn’t as much to say about the Bears at this point in the season because they aren’t playing meaningful football despite their decent record. Last week, Chicago had its best offensive performance of the year, with QB Mitch Trubisky playing with surprising competence. They still only put up 24 points.
The pieces are there for this Bears team to succeed. Anthony Miller has emerged as a nice compliment to Allen Robinson at receiver. David Montgomery looks good at running back despite the fact that most teams don’t fear the Bears’ passing game. The sixth-ranked Chicago defense would be getting a lot more attention if the offense was better.
Despite these positives, the Bears 6-6 record is a little better than their on-field product. Against good teams, Trubisky is a liability that can’t be overcome. Most of their losses don’t even feel competitive.
Look for the Cowboys to win here. If they can’t, this should finally be the end of the road for Garrett, who it seems is always about to be fired.
- 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.