The 49ers are on top of what might be the most competitive division in football. Last week, the Los Angeles Rams took their second loss while the San Francisco 49ers took care of business against the up-and-down Browns. The result: San Francisco is the best in the NFC West.
This doesn’t feel like a fluke, either. The Rams are not perfect, despite their high-powered offense. Jared Goff is prone to off weeks even with his vaunted receiving corps. During some games, Goff’s slow starts have forced the Rams to rely on passing and limit star running back Todd Gurley.
Then on defense, the Rams have trouble getting pressure. They only generated one sack against Russell Wilson last week, and they made Jameis Winston look like a star the week before. The secondary has been uncharacteristically soft recently, which is not good if you are giving opposing QBs time to throw.
The Rams are still elite, but if they don’t adjust, the 49ers could hand them their third-straight loss. San Francisco has one of the NFL’s best defenses, as they demonstrated during the Browns game. The Niners made Baker Mayfield look terrible last week, limiting him to 100 yards.
San Francisco doesn’t have a perfect offense, but with Matt Breida bruising from the backfield and George Kittle finding his way to the end zone every week, they get the job done.
Another win for the 49ers isn’t a guarantee. If the Rams’ passing game is in top form, it will be hard for Jimmy Garoppolo and company to keep up. However, if the San Francisco defense has their way with Goff, look for the Niners to extend their undefeated streak.
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers
- When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 4:05pm ET
- Where: LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Rams vs. 49ers 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.
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers 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, 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.)
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.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
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, 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.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Gerald Everett, Tight End: Teams will be rushing to start Everett after last week, when he caught seven passes for 136 yards. Embrace the gold rush: Everett is getting more targets every week, so it looks like he is part of the long-term plan in LA.
Matt Breida, Running Back: Breida has developed into an every week must-start back this season. He’s averaging 85 yards per game. Considering his season low was in Week 1, his numbers have been even better the last few weeks.
Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers: Why it matters
Every division game in the NFC West is deeply important. With these two teams and the Seahawks all looking like playoff teams and the NFC North looking equally strong, one of these teams will likely miss the playoffs.
This means that any divisional loss could come back to haunt these teams despite their elite units.
It’s hard to predict who will come out on top here. It’s a matter of whether the Rams’ offense or the 49ers’ defense controls the day.
We give the slight edge to the Rams, who will be desperate to stop their two-game skid and are playing at home, but don’t be shocked if the Niners improve to 5-0.
- 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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