Sometimes you get to first place by being dominant. Sometimes you get there by just being good enough. Credit should be given to the Green Bay Packers for starting the season at 5-1, but several very narrow victories have shown that this team may not be quite as good as their record. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders have won some tough games and started off with a difficult schedule. They look better than anyone expected.
The Packers have a good defense, but the offense is still coming together. Aaron Rodgers’ passing totals aren’t up to their usual standards, and the Pack has had to rely on its strong running game to win matchups.
In the last two weeks, the Packers have seen Jamaal Williams rush for a 104 yards averaging 7.4 yards per carry last week and Aaron Jones go for 104 yards and four touchdowns the week before. While these numbers are impressive, there may need to be more balance in the offense going forward.
The defense, however, is good all around. Linebackers Preston and Za’Darius Smith are both in the top 10 sack leaders on the year to date, leading what looks like a top 10 unit.
Oakland doesn’t always click on offense either, as the team lacks depth at receiver. But with running back Josh Jacobs averaging 87 yards per game, they have done enough to win some.
It isn’t sexy, but the Raiders’ unexpected success has been on the offensive and defensive lines. The O-line held strong against a great Bears front seven last week and let Derek Carr do his best. On defense, the line has been very good against the run, making up for less-than-stellar secondary play.
Of course, the Packers have the edge here. But it may not be as easy a game as it looks. With the Raiders looking good against the run, Rodgers and his new offense will need to take a step forward if they want to overcome this solid Oakland team.
Don’t necessarily expect an upset here, but this could be a close one.
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Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 1pm ET
- Where: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Packers vs. Raiders 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.
Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders 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 with 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.)
3) 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 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.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26 Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround…
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. 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 the Packers vs. Raiders, 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 to watch the Packers vs. Raiders.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback: For most teams, Rodgers is an automatic start, but he has underwhelmed at times this season as he adjusts to a new offense. Oakland’s stout run defense should force Rodgers to challenge the Raiders secondary and put up the kind of numbers we expect from him.
Joshua Jacobs, running back: With Derek Carr under center, it is hard to make fantasy stars out of Raiders wide receivers. Jacobs, however, has been one of the most consistent running backs in the league. Even against a good defense, he should produce this week.
Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders: Why it matters
Both of these teams are in competitive divisions. Though Green Bay’s win over the Lions gives them a little breathing room atop the NFC North, a loss or two could allow Detroit or Minnesota to catch up.
Sharing a division with the offensive juggernaut that is the Chiefs is tough. Despite their recent struggles, the Raiders are likely playing for a wild card. This team doesn’t have elite talent, so they have to take advantage of good teams that they match up well against.
This is not a terrible matchup for Oakland. The Raiders’ solid run defense and Green Bay’s inability to put up wild passing yardage mean this game is in reach.
Don’t bet the farm on a Raiders upset, but also don’t be surprised if this is a competitive bout.
- 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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