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How to stream Panthers vs. Rams in Week 1 NFL action

Carolina and Los Angeles will rely on their offensive stars to make a difference in a matchup between two NFC contenders.


Brenden Gallagher


This Sunday’s matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Los Angeles Rams pits two incredibly effective offenses against each other. The outcome of the game is going to depend on which team can run its offense on their terms.

The Panthers had incredible success running the ball last year. Carolina’s leading rusher, Christian McCaffrey, was one of the most effective ball carriers in the league, averaging five yards per attempt. It doesn’t help the Rams that they ranked dead last in rushing yards allowed per attempt in 2018. The Panthers will likely try to run the ball down the Rams’ throats.

Los Angeles has had an incredibly effective passing game over the last several years. Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods have all proved to be effective outlets for the Jared Goff led passing attack under Rams coach Sean McVay.

Both teams have star defensive players who will aim to interrupt the plans of these dynamic offenses. Rams sack master Aaron Donald has the power to disrupt a game all by himself. Carolina’s defense is stout in its own right. Led by punishing linebacker Luke Kuechly, the Panthers front seven could wreak havoc if given the opportunity. One key play from either defense could swing what is likely to be a close, high scoring game.


Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Rams

  • When: Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1pm ET
  • Where: Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Streaming: FOX, NFL Sunday Ticket

There are a number of options for watching Panthers vs. Rams on streaming platforms that carry FOX. 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.

Panthers vs. Rams live stream: How to watch NFL online

1) Sling TV

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Sling TV

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 packagesSling 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 TVYouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.


2) FuboTV

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Fubo TV

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.)


3) PlayStation Vue

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Playstation Vue

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.


4) Hulu with Live TV

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Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)

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

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YouTube TV

YouTube TV is a great option for college football fans, including ESPNand FS1. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


6) NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket

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.

Panthers vs. Rams: Why it matters

Both of these teams could make a run at the Super Bowl if things break the right way. The Rams went to the big game last year, only to lose to the New England Patriots. The Panthers lost a Super Bowl of their own in 2016. If one of these teams can run the game plan of their choosing effectively against a tough opponent, this game could be the start of a strong season.

All things considered, the Rams probably have the edge. If their passing game can’t get going, Todd Gurley might be able to carry the team to victory. If the Panthers can’t run the playbook of their choosing, Cam Newton’s nagging injuries could limit adjustments he might like to make.

A win or a loss here won’t make or break the season for these two teams. Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, Carolina and LA will remain playoff contenders. But, the more dynamic team will be a little better set up to burn through the regular season and establish themselves as a leader in the NFC.

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