We’re getting down to the wire of the NFL season and December is when things get really interesting. Who plays when? Which games have playoff implications? Who’s on track for a top draft pick? How can I watch? Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered.
Here are all the games that will be played at 1pm ET in Week 15 on Sunday, Dec. 15, ranked from must-watch late-season action to the most irrelevant snoozers.
Some games are carried on CBS and others air on FOX, and we’ll tell you what game plays on which channel. But, remember to consult the coverage maps to find out what’s on TV in your region. NFL Sunday Ticket is the only way to make sure you have access to every game and NFL Red Zone is the only way to check out two or more games on this list at the same time.
How to stream Sunday’s NFL action
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, FS1, Fs2, and NBCSN—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 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 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 access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
4) 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)
5) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
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.
The NFL Week 15 Sunday early games: Preview, playoff implications, odds, and how to watch
Here’s the best, worst, most important, and coldest of Sunday’s 1pm ET NFL action.
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Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
A few weeks ago, this game wouldn’t have seemed so exciting, but the surging Titans are suddenly in the wild card conversation. They could actually take the AFC South crown from the Texans in this game. Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry walloped the Raiders last week, and with Houston’s defense looking terrible in recent weeks, this could be one of the closest and most consequential matchups of the week.
Playoff implications: These teams currently have the same record at 8-5 and the winner will find themselves at the top of the AFC South and the other might be on the outside of the playoffs looking in with only two weeks left in the season.
Betting line: William Hill has the Titans as 3-point favorites.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Drew Lock is looking like the answer in Denver and this might just be a competitive game. You still like the Chiefs to win here, as they have also played better in recent weeks and have the stronger roster from top to bottom. But, this is not the Broncos team of a few months ago. Denver just gut-punched Houston 38-24 and might just keep this one interesting.
Playoff implications: The Chiefs are in no danger of losing the AFC West, but there is room for them to move up or down the playoff seeds, depending on how the other projected division winners perform.
Betting line: The Chiefs are a 10-point favorite according to William Hill.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
We’re not saying that you have any reason to want to watch these two teams play football, but until the Eagles and Cowboys stop trying to give away the NFC East crown, the games they play matter. Washington’s straight-ahead approach has at least kept the team competitive in recent weeks: they have won two of their last three, and even kept it close with Green Bay. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles mess this up.
Playoff implications: Either the Eagles or Cowboys will win the NFC East, no matter how hard they try not to.
Betting line: William Hill has the Eagles as 5.5-point favorites.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
This could be a tough NFC North matchup for a Packers team that just isn’t that talented on offense outside of guys named Aaron. Aaron Rodgers really could have used better receivers this year and has often had to rely on the running of Aaron Jones to deliver wins. It’s funny to say it about a second seed team, but Green Bay is flawed. That being said, Mitch Trubisky has had a rough season, and Chicago has only stayed competitive because of their top-tier defense.
Playoff implications: With two games or less separating the 49ers, Packers, Vikings, Seahawks, and Saints, we could see the NFC playoff picture shuffle numerous times in the next couple of weeks. Though the Bears are technically in the hunt, they would need miraculous meltdowns by Minnesota, Seattle, and Los Angeles to earn a wild card slot.
Betting line: The Packers rate a 4-point advantage from William Hill.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
This matchup would have seemed more interesting earlier in the year before we knew Cam Newton would miss the season and Ron Rivera would be fired. Right now, the Panthers are even worse than their 5-8 record, and things may still get worse.
Playoff implications: The Seahawks all but have a wild card slot locked up. If the 49ers drop any more games, the Seahawks could still win the NFC West. Look out for their head to head matchup to end the season.
Betting line: The ‘Hawks are 6-point road favorites, according to William Hill.
Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
It’s a philosophical question as to what’s a worse game to watch, a lopsided rout featuring one good team or a race to the bottom featuring two terrible teams. This will certainly be an example of the latter. Credit where credit’s due to Brian Flores though: He has made this Dolphins team better than they have any right to be with the league’s least talented roster. Don’t be surprised if Miami upsets a Giants team that has already all but packed it in for the year.
Playoff implications: lol
Betting line: The Giants are 3-point favorites, according to William Hill.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
If David Blough is the answer, we don’t want to know the question. The Detroit Lions are playing terrible football. Unless Jameis Winston throws multiple picks—not out of the realm of possibilities—look for Detroit to fall to a seventh loss in a row as a weak Bucs team is gifted another win. Woof.
Playoff implications: More like “draft order implications.”
Betting line: William Hill has the Bucs as 4-point favorites.
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals
The projected number two AFC playoff seed, playing against a one-win team, should be one of the most lopsided matches of the week. However, if the Pats struggle to put points on the board, as they have in recent weeks, it might be evidence this team is fading. Don’t expect an upset here, but if Cincy puts up more of a fight than you expect, that will be yet another harbinger of a tough postseason ahead for New England.
Playoff implications: The Pats have allowed Baltimore to take the top seed and home-field already, and if they slide any further, we could see the Buffalo Bills take the AFC East crown. But, this is the Bengals we’re talking about here. Cincinnati currently holds the number one pick in the draft and they will likely keep it that way.
Betting line: The Patriots are solid 10-point favorites according to William Hill.
- 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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