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The last time the Colts played the Falcons in 2015, a hobbled Andrew Luck watched in a T-shirt as Adam Vinatieri drilled a game-winning field goal. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones put up big numbers in a losing effort on the road.
Some things never change.
On that day Matt Hasselbeck led Indianapolis, and this time, Jacoby Brissett has the gig at quarterback following Luck’s abrupt retirement last month. Is Brissett good? Sunday will go a long way toward finding out. The Falcons are in many ways the perfect baseline for NFL competency. Everything works, but less well than it should and for whatever reason, this team is just different on the road: Less effective and more susceptible to disappearing for three quarters only for Ryan to fling the pigskin in garbage time toward a respectable final score. (See: Week 1.)
Despite a thrilling Sunday night win over Philly for the Falcons, the Colts are home favorites and field the better roster by a hair. Both teams feature dynamic offensive weapons. Here’s everything you need to know about streaming the game, including what to watch for on the field.
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Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts
- When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1pm ET
- Where: Indianapolis
- Streaming: CBS
There are a number of options for watching the Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts 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.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Indianapolis Colts live stream: How to watch NFL online
- 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.)
2) 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: $5.99 per month for streaming with ads, $9.99 per month for the ad-free version
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android and Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, select smart TVs, Xbox, PS4, and the CBS app.
CBS All Access is the network’s answer to Netflix and Hulu. With it, you’ll be able to live stream CBS and the 2019 Grammy Awards. Plus, there are 10,000 episodes of CBS television to binge, including hit shows The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, and NCIS. You’ll also be able to stream CBS All Access exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery.
- 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.
6) 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.
Falcons vs. Colts: Why it matters
Is it win-or-go-home time already? It’s only Week 3 but for Atlanta and Indianapolis, two 1-1 teams that should be battling for the postseason in December, this isn’t an outing you can afford to drop. This begins a three-game tour of AFC South opponents for the Falcons, who play the Titans and Texans next. We’ll know whether Dan Quinn can get off the coaching hot seat on the other side. For the defensive-minded coach, it’ll be his offense that settles it. Ryan hasn’t had this much talent in more than 10 years as Atlanta’s QB: Breakout first-round receiver Calvin Ridley lines up opposite the league’s most uncoverable receiving threat in Jones. And with Mohamed Sanu now in the slot, the 2019 Falcons come fully loaded with underneath routes designed to keep the chains churning.
The Colts, however, have more talent roster-wide The question is whether Brissett can keep getting better. This is an offense designed to get its playmakers open, but eventually, the tape study neutralizes the smoke and mirrors that come with designed gimmicks for T.Y. Hilton. Can Brissett get better at hitting receivers as they break their routes? Can he improve his timing and anticipation? You can’t beat Matt Ryan as a game manager.
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Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.