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These are two of the most interesting bad teams in football. It is hard to imagine either of them going to the playoffs, but the Arizona Cardinals and the New York Giants have both had exciting moments this season. This is largely because we are getting a look at the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2019 draft, Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones.
These rookies haven’t been good enough to buoy their teams to Super Bowl runs in year one, but each signal caller has shown promise, reinvigorating beleaguered fan bases.
The Cardinals got their second win of the season last week. Yes, these two victories have come against the awful Falcons and Bengals, but there is still cause for optimism in Arizona.
Arizona’s offense is starting to click. Murray is learning to make the most of David Johnson, who tends to top the Cardinals offense in the rushing and passing columns. The ageless Larry Fitzgerald has added nice contributions, providing another option for his rookie signal caller.
Unfortunately, however, the Cardinals defense is terrible. The biggest problem is that this team allows opponents to gobble up yards. Opponents have averaged 132.8 yards rushing and 281.2 yards passing against Arizona. They have even allowed 600 yards to tight ends.
With Jones at quarterback, the Giants have lost to good teams and beaten bad teams—sort of what you would expect from a talented but developing rookie QB. Golden Tate and Darius Slayton look like a nice set of receivers, and when Saquon Barkley is healthy, this offense could really be dangerous.
The Giants aren’t the worst team on defense, but it is not a strength either. While New York’s front seven performs well consistently, their secondary often squanders the goodwill built up in their defensive front. This talent-poor unit is doing decently well with what they have, but that likely won’t be good enough a lot of weeks.
This game is a toss-up. The terrible Arizona defense could give the game away, but the Giants have had their problems in that department, as well. If Barkley actually comes back this week and looks good, you might give the edge to the G-Men. If Johnson is the only real running back on the field, then maybe the Cardinals have the slight edge.
We’ll stay away from any firm calls here. Expect a close one that could go either way.
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Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm ET
- Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Cardinals vs. Giants 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.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants 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.)
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.” 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.
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, 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?
Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver: Against good defenses, it is hard to start anyone but David Johnson. Against this bad unit, the wily veteran could be worthy of a flex in some leagues.
Golden Tate, wide receiver: It took Tate a week to get back in the swing of things after a four-game suspension, but he went off last week. If Sterling Shepard doesn’t clear concussion protocol and Saquon Barkley isn’t in top form, the offense could run through Tate.
Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants: Why it matters
This game is a look at the future. While it doesn’t necessarily have any implications for this year’s playoff picture, it will be interesting to see which rookie QB is looking better as they go head-to-head.
The NFC is an incredibly competitive conference, and even ardent fans would have to squint to see these teams making a wild-card run. However, this could be one of the most fun games of the week to watch as we see two teams develop for the future.
It’s hard to call who will come out on top here, and with key injuries putting a number of Giants starters in doubt, we will stay away from any firm predictions.
Look for a competitive game that could go either way.
- 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.