One good week can change everything—but it can’t fix all of your problems. Both the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders have had big problems so far this season. Quarterback play has been subpar for both teams, for instance. Then, the rest of the Bears offense has been unproductive, and Oakland’s defense can’t stop anything.
But, even with their deficiencies, both teams sit at second place in their divisions after a quarter of the season.
There is no denying that the Bears have a great defense. The top-five unit is holding teams to an average of 12 points per game, for example. Despite key injuries, the Chicago D got to Kirk Cousins a six times while also holding the Vikings to just 40 yards on the ground.
Offense in Chicago, however, is a problem. Mitch Trubisky struggled, then ends up sidelined with an injury. Chase Daniel got the Bears a win, but he only threw for 195 yards. If the Bears defense isn’t dominant, then it is hard to imagine that being enough to win.
In Oakland, however, Chicago isn’t facing a complete team. The Raiders have not been able to generate a passing attack: The team signed Antonio Brown for a reason. Oakland’s No. 1 passing option is tight end Darren Waller, who has been impressive, but he can’t do it by himself.
On defense, the Raiders are good enough. The team will miss Vontaze Burfict, who has finally been suspended for dirty play. While the unit played fine against the Colts, they couldn’t generate a sack and gave up plenty of yards along the way. In fact, the team has struggled to generate pressure all season.
As a result, the edge here goes to the Bears, who have been dominant on defense. Otherwise, with both teams, you really don’t know what you’re going to get from week to week.
Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
- When: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1pm ET
- Where: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, California
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Bears vs. Raiders 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.
Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders 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.)
While select Football games are no longer on Sling, you can still catch them with AirTV.
AirTV solves one of the 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.
- 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)
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.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver: Last week, fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief as Chase Daniel was still able to get Robinson to seven catches for 77 yards. While No. 1 wideouts sometimes disappear when backups step in, Daniel seems to have a connection with Robinson.
Darren Waller, Tight End: So far, Waller has been the only constant for the Raiders passing attack. Likewise, he should continue to be a go-to option as Derek Carr feels the pressure of the Bears D. In short, if he has to dump the ball off quickly, Waller is a likely target.
Chicago Bears vs. Oakland Raiders: Why it matters
Mediocre offensive teams like the Bears and the Raiders need every win they can get, since it’s hard to imagine either team winning a shootout against the league’s best offenses. As a result, for both teams, this is something of a must-win.
While the Packers look more in sync with each passing week and the Chiefs continue their AFC dominance, the playoff hopes for these teams will likely run through the wild-card round.
One game often makes the difference between a wild-card berth and staying home in January. This feels like one of those games.
If the Bears defense plays up to its usual level, Derek Carr may struggle to get his offense going. However, if it comes down to a ground battle between the Bears’ David Montgomery and the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs, we give the edge to Oakland.
Since this could be a low-scoring game, we won’t guarantee you’ll find it exciting, but this matchup between two fairly even teams could come down to the wire.
- 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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