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When the Giants “host” the Jets in the NFL preseason opener for both squads in their shared home stadium, there will be plenty of new faces on both sidelines. The Jets showcase a new head coach in Adam Gase and a potential new star running back in Le’Veon Bell, while the Giants have a brand new first-round quarterback pick in Daniel Jones. For the two teams in this New York/New Jersey rivalry, there should be plenty of storylines for fans to enjoy on Thursday night.
Here’s everything you need to know to find a Jets vs. Giants live stream to see which team and players get off to a fast start in the NFL preseason.
New York Jets vs. New York Giants
- When: Thursday, Aug. 8, at 7pm ET
- Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Streaming: NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)
How to watch the Giants vs. Jets online
The Giants vs. Jets game is one of a few nationally televised preseason matchups that will be shown live in Week 1, but even if you’ve cut the cable cord or you want to watch it on your mobile device, there are plenty of ways to accomplish that. But first, you’ll need to get acquainted with NFL Network.
What is NFL Network?
NFL Network is, simply, where you go if you want to be immersed in pro football. There’s plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, Inside the NFL, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay once the regular season begins. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the sort of stuff football lovers will geek out over. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and it’ll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.
Giants vs. Jets live stream: How to watch NFL Network
- Cost: $54.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- 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 boasts 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 will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
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)
If you want to watch the Giants vs. Jets online via Sling TV, you’ll need to be subscribed to either Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month). Both of those packages include 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.)
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 5-day free trial)
- 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 TV 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 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.
Other ways to watch NFL Network online
1) The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a big favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
Giants vs. Jets: Why it matters
While longtime veteran and two-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning is expected to keep his Giants starting quarterback job for the time being, it’ll be interesting to see what Daniel Jones, picked No. 6 overall in the 2019 draft, manages to do in the preseason as Manning’s backup. Jones will probably get a substantial portion of playing time during the exhibition season, but unless Manning gets injured in the preseason, Jones likely will start the year on the bench. That doesn’t mean fans who are hungry for somebody not named Manning to be starting can’t get excited about Jones’ potential. When he eventually does take over, though, he’ll have to play without former Giants star receiver Odell Beckham, who has moved on to the Browns.
As for the Jets, they have an exciting second-year quarterback in Sam Darnold coming off a solid rookie season in 2018. His performance, given the team’s 14-34 combined record over the past three years, wasn’t enough to save coach Todd Bowles’ job. Adam Gase—who was fired from Miami after the 2018 season—takes over. He’ll try to change the team’s culture by importing successful players from successful organizations, like Le’Veon Bell (Steelers) and linebacker C.J. Mosley (Ravens), to turn the Jets into a winner.
Neither of these squads is expected to make the playoffs this year, but the preseason always offers some hope. The Giants vs. Jets game shouldn’t be any different.
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