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Week 1 was a disaster for the Atlanta Falcons. Philadelphia narrowly averted a crisis, as the Eagles narrowly escaped with a win against an inferior team. They’ll both be looking to put on a much better showing in primetime when the Falcons and Eagles meet for Sunday Night Football.
The Eagles needed 11 fourth-quarter points to put away Washington last week, while the Falcons were simply dominated by the Vikings. Minnesota only had to throw the ball 10 times in their rout of Atlanta.
Atlanta is going to have to make some serious adjustments if they want a better result in Week 2. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has been criticized for forcing the ball to no-name pass catchers like Luke Stocker instead of star wideout Julio Jones. Though QB Matt Ryan threw for 300 yards, he also lobbed two picks.
On defense, Atlanta had no answer for the Vikings’s Dalvin Cook. Thankfully for the Falcons, Philadelphia’s tandem of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders feels less intimidating. Resurgent veteran Darren Sproles led the Eagles in Week 1 with on 47 yards on the ground.
Despite their early struggle, the Eagles have a lot more to smile about going into Week 2. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson seems back to his old self, going for over 150 yards in his 2019 debut. Tight end duo Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert look promising as well.
Though there are some quibbles with Philadelphia’s Week 1 effort, with a weak secondary, soft pass rush, and a slow start, the most important thing is that Carson Wentz looks healthy and ready to dominate the league.
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons
- When: Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8:20pm ET (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
- Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
- Streaming: Sunday Night Football airs exclusively on NBC and is available on any platform that carries the network. Fans have a number of options for streaming the week’s marquee game.
Eagles vs. Falcons live stream: How to watch Sunday Night Football 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.
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)
Devices: Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices
If you have cable, or one of the aforementioned live TV streaming services, you can download the NBC Sports app and watch Sunday Night Football there in HD. If you’re using a web browser, you may need to install the latest version of Adobe Flash and your browser will need to be current enough to support HTML5 Media Source Extensions. You’ll also need a minimum internet connection of 10-plus Mbps. (Here are some tips for faster WiFi.)
Eagles vs. Falcons: Why it matters
It’s easy to write off Week 1 as a fluke, and both teams are hoping the old cliche is true for them.
The Falcons will look to put together a performance worthy of their talent roster. In particular, they need Matt Ryan and running back Davonta Freeman to play up to expectations.
Philadelphia can’t afford to start slow again. They had trouble with the Redskins, and if they give up early momentum to players like Julio Jones, they may find themselves in a hole they can’t climb out of. The Eagles found themselves down by 17 points last week before turning things around. Coach Doug Pederson doesn’t want to let that happen again.
This game is going to tell us a lot about the identity of both of these teams. Does Matt Ryan still have enough in the tank to keep up with the other high flying NFC South offenses like the Saints and the Panthers? Will this Eagles team be able to keep pace with a Cowboys team that looked absolutely dominant last week?
For these two teams, the season might just come into focus under the lights of Sunday Night Football.
- 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.