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The Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans are lucky there are worse teams in the NFL. Otherwise, everyone would be talking about how bad they are.
Tennessee played so poorly last week in their shutout loss to the Broncos that Marcus Mariota was yanked from the game in favor of Miami castoff Ryan Tannehill. While Tannehill was technically better, if he’s the answer, you don’t want to know the question.
Though Mariota has certainly had enough time to develop and hasn’t become a star, there are other problems with this Titans team. The offensive line is terrible. They’ve already allowed 29 sacks this year. Arthur Smith’s offensive play calling has been predictable and ineffective, relying on the run and wasting young receiving talent.
Though the offense has been awful, the defense has been surprisingly strong. The Titans are allowing fewer than 16 points per game. This defense isn’t perfect, sometimes struggling to bring interior pressure, but they aren’t the problem.
Los Angeles’s offense is equally bad. Philip Rivers looks like a shell of his former self, throwing bad picks and looking frustrated at his diminishing skills. Like Mariota, Rivers has been further hampered by bad offensive line play and subpar passing options. An underperforming Keenan Allen surely welcomes the return of Hunter Henry in the passing game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Steelers last week.
The Chargers defense is significantly worse than Tennessee’s. The Chargers have a bottom-ten pass defense and a bottom-ten rush defense. Even when facing a one-dimensional team like the Steelers, they just can’t stop other teams’ strengths: James Conner and Benny Snell (who?) had huge days against them on the ground last week.
While this game could go either way, the Titans’ defense gives them the edge. However, the Chargers have a higher ceiling at quarterback, so don’t be surprised if they take this one.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans
- When: Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4:05pm ET
- Where: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
- Streaming: CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Chiefs vs. Texans 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.
Chargers vs. Titans 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.
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 Chiefs vs. Texans, 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 about 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 Chargers vs. Titans.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Hunter Henry, Tight End: Even when Rivers has bad games, he puts up yards. Back from injury, Henry is a great option for teams that lost Seattle’s Will Dissly to injury.
Derrick Henry, Running Back: From a fantasy perspective, this passing game is all over the place. Henry, however, should have a great game, running it down the throats of a bad defense after a rare off-week.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans: Why it matters
It’s probably time to forget the playoffs for these teams. While it is statistically possible that these squads could catch up to much better teams in their division, it is increasingly unlikely.
These games matter for the future. Specifically, these teams need to figure out what to do at quarterback. Is it time for Philip Rivers to prepare his Hall of Fame speech? Is the Marcus Mariota era (finally) over in Tennessee? These questions will be answered in the coming weeks as each of these squads think about what comes next.
For the moment, this is one of those games that could go either way. Outside of the quarterback position, the Titans are a more complete team, but Tannehill and Mariota have both proven capable of losing winnable games before.
- 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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Brenden Gallagher is a politics reporter and cultural commentator. His work has been published by Motherboard, Complex, and VH1. He’s the co-founder of Beer Money Films, an indie production company. Based in Los Angeles, he works in television drama as a writers assistant.