Just how bad are the Redskins? On Sunday, we are going to find out.
For the last few weeks, for the last year, and for much of the last two decades, the New England Patriots have been at the top of the NFL and the Washington Redskins have been towards the bottom. Don’t expect that to change on Sunday.
There was hope that rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins would give Washington a jolt, but he was just as ineffective as Case Keenum in last week’s embarrassing loss to the Giants. Both QBs completed about half their passes and combined for four picks.
The Washington defense picked off Daniel Jones twice, but other than cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who had both interceptions, no other Washington defensive stat line stands out.
In Washington, things are bleak. And the only real question is whether or not they will pick first or second in next year’s draft.
The Patriots are as good as ever. For a change of pace, the strength in New England this year has been the defense. New England ranks 1st in DVOA through 4 weeks and has only given up 27 points total so far this season.
It isn’t that the Pats look unbeatable. New England has its fair share of problems. A subpar group of wide receivers and tight ends left Tom Brady hamstrung last week, as the QB only threw for an uncharacteristic 150 yards.
New England’s injury-plagued offensive line is also unimpressive. Even though Brady wasn’t sacked in the game, he was often on the run. The O-line hasn’t been great at run blocking either. Without a star runner in the backfield, it seems that rushing won’t be a strength this year.
But, all of this will matter a lot more later in the season. In a few weeks, the Pats will begin one of the toughest stretches imaginable with successive games against the Ravens, Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, and Chiefs.
For now, however, there isn’t much to worry about. The only questions are how many touchdowns New England will put on the board and how few points the ‘Skins will score.
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New England Patriots vs. Washington Redskins
- When: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1pm ET
- Where: FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Patriots vs. Redskins 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.
Patriots vs. Redskins 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 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.)
- 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.)
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.
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 Browns vs. Ravens, 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 Browns vs. Ravens.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Tom Brady, Quarterback: Brady should bounce back this week, but don’t think that means every New England skill player is an automatic start. The Patriots offensive leaderboard looks different almost every week, and the QB really hasn’t fallen into a particular rhythm. Obviously, we expect a good week from New England, but it is hard to tell who besides Brady will benefit.
NO ONE: One of the league’s worst offenses stacking up against the NFL’s best defense was never appetizing. Given the QB turmoil in DC, it is an open question if this team will score any points at all.
Patriots vs. Redskins: Why it matters
On the surface, there couldn’t be a more meaningless game. But, every win matters for the league’s best teams and every loss counts for the worst.
Washington needs to figure out just how bad they are. Will they get the number one overall pick and will any of the current coaching staff or management be there when it happens?
New England hasn’t faced amazing competition so far. Other than the Bills, the Pats have played the league’s worst teams. That doesn’t change this week. However, if they can stack wins ahead of that brutal stretch later in the season, they will be glad they took care of business early on.
- 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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