How late is too late to get back on track? Historically, when a team starts 0-3, that is a death knell for your season. There isn’t a lot to love in the Denver Broncos’ performance so far this season, but if the team is going to turn things around, it might be against the Gardner Minshew–led Jacksonville Jaguars.
Following years of admirable service as a backup in Philadelphia, Nick Foles was supposed to get a real chance in Jacksonville. However, an injury has derailed those plans. Minshew looked surprisingly decent last week, but whether he can lead this team for the long haul remains to be seen.
Much of the Jaguars success last week came thanks to their defensive performance. The Jags tallied nine sacks during their domination of Marcus Mariota. Yes, it would be nice to get more going on offense, but any game where Calais Campbell runs wild is going to be a long one for the opposing team. Campbell record three sacks in Week 3.
While the Jaguars probably want to see more from their offensive weapons, a decent day may be enough to beat the Broncos. During three games, Joe Flacco notched as many touchdowns as interceptions and has yet to throw over 300 yards in a game.
Then, to make matters worse, the offensive line has played poorly. Flacco was sacked six times last week, and with the vaunted “Sacksonville” defense re-emerging in Jacksonville, this could be a rough week.
Defense was supposed to be the strength in Denver, but through three weeks, the team hasn’t created any turnovers or sacks.
The one bright spot for the Broncos last week was their running game. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman both had nice efforts and totaled 144 yards on the ground between them. The Jaguars do tend to play low-scoring games, so that is one pathway to victory for Denver, albeit an unlikely one.
Overall, the Broncos are in disarray and the Jaguars feel on the verge of putting something interesting together in Foles’ absence.
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
- When: Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4:25pm ET
- Where: Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Broncos vs. Jaguars 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.
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars live stream: How to watch NFL online
1) 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, NBCSN, and FS1—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, as of Sept. 26, Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2 amid ongoing contract disputes. But there is a workaround for watching Fox…
How to use AirTV with Sling
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.”
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 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-$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.
- 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.)
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?
Phillip Lindsay, Running Back: Even in a platoon with Royce Freeman and against the tough Jaguars D, Lindsay is still the best option on this offense. After a quiet first two weeks, he got going last week with 81 yards and 2 TDs. While he may not see quite that production again, he is a surefire RB2 option.
Defense/Special Teams: We don’t have a large sample size from Gardner Minshew, so it’s OK to be bearish on this offense. However, a resurgent Sacksonville plus a bad Denver O-line could equal fantasy gold.
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Why it matters
This looks like a lost season for the Broncos, but if they drop to 0-4, we can be sure that is the case. Big changes are coming in Denver, so the outcome of games that should be winnable help determine what those will be.
For the Jaguars, this game is vital. Though the Jags are in third place in the AFC South at 1-2, they could very well dig themselves out of this small hole. The Colts and Texans look good, but they’re not unstoppable. If Minshew continues to find his footing in this offense and the Jaguars defense is truly back to its former self, it’s possible this team could stay in the mix.
To sum up, whichever team loses this game is going to have a tough road ahead. It’s hard to see a lot of wins on the Broncos schedule if they can’t come up with one here. Most daunting, Denver still has to see the Chiefs twice. The Jaguars’ schedule is more forgiving, but if they can’t best the Broncos, the Panthers and Saints won’t be easy in the coming weeks.
It’s odd calling a 0-3 vs. 1-2 matchup exciting, but in some ways, everything is on the line for these two struggling teams.
- 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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