Bengals vs Jaguars: The Cincinnati Bengals turn around on a short week for a Thursday Night Football primetime showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Joe Burrow and the history-making Ja’Marr Chase stay home for this one after hitting the road for an upset over the Pittsburgh Steelers to move to 2-1.
The 0-3 Jaguars haven’t looked competitive in any game so far and seem like the league’s most significant rebuild as No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence goes through the paces of learning on the fly.
Here’s everything to know about the big AFC showdown.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 30 (8:20 p.m. ET)
TV info: NFL Network
In-market live stream: fuboTV (try it for free).
Radio: Cincinnati – WCKY-AM (1530), Cincinnati – WEBN-FM (102.7), Cincinnati – WLW-AM (700)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Forecast: Cloudy, 79 degrees
Referee: Brad Allen
Opponent Wire site: Jaguars Wire
Last year these two met in Week 4 and flashed some big numbers. Joe Burrow threw for 300 yards with a touchdown and interception while Joe Mixon led the way via 151 rushing yards and a trio of scores, two on the ground, one as a receiver. The Jaguars threw it 40 times compared to just 20 rushes and Gardner Minshew threw for 351 yards and two scores. It was a typical game between two bad teams as the offenses combined to go 6-of-21 on third downs.
The draft’s first pick, Lawrence has very much looked like a rookie. He’s completed just 54.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s having a rough time adjusting, but some bad play-calling isn’t helping (he threw a sloppy, back-footed pick-six after a flex-flicker recently). Those growing pains are sure to keep showing up on Thursday night.
RB James Robinson: Besides Lawrence, the star running back is the big name to know for the offense. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry after a breakout season last year.
WR Marvin Jones: Old friend of the Bengals Marvin Jones leads the Jaguars in receiving and has scored two touchdowns.
WR D.J. Chark: He’s only caught seven of his 22 targets so far, but he’s averaging 22 yards per catch with a pair of scores.
LB Myles Jack: One of the most dangerous defenders in the league won’t be able to do it all on his own, but he could come close.
CB Shaquill Griffin: The big free-agency win for the Jags this offseason will have his hands full with Ja’Marr Chase.
The Bengals will use rookie Jackson Carman at right guard again. Safety Jessie Bates and wideout Tee Higgins are in doubt after missing the first two days of practice. Corner Trae Waynes should finally make his debut, though he’ll probably be on a pitch count.
The Jaguars offensive line hasn’t been great, not by a long shot, which happens to be great news for the Bengals’ front seven. That unit has been on fire to start the season (even without breakout rookie Joseph Ossai). Trey Hendrickson has lived up to his contract so far, D.J. Reader is an underrated force and lesser-known names like Larry Ogunjobi and B.J. Hill have feasted. If they do much the same again, a rookie Jags quarterback is sure to keep making some critical mistakes.
The storyline that made this a primetime game in the first place of course takes center stage here. Both Burrow and Lawrence were gifted with “generational” tags at one point or another and there are those who would still happily debate who would get drafted first if they had been in the same draft class. Burrow is well ahead of Lawrence right now for obvious reasons, but he’s playing with a much, much better roster. That’s why Urban Meyer actually called Burrow for help with Lawrence. Thursday night, they square off in a No. 1 showcase that Burrow should win, provided those around him are consistent again, too.
How to watch NFL games without cable
You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.
The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS.
Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.
Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.
Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on HDTV Antenna
You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance.
Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.
This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Sling TV
If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.
There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.
Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games.
Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.
If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.
With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Hulu
In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.
Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV.
While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games.Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on FuboTV
At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.
In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on YouTube TV
With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month.
Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Paramount Plus
If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.
Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Peacock Premium
Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.
For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.
Watch NFL 2021 Live on Amazon Prime Video
Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.
Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season.
NFL live streams for free
If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that’s broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. Yes, that includes Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app.
With one of our best TV antenna picks you can watch live. Or, you could make your own stream, with a service such as Channel Master or Tablo, connected to your antenna and a DVR box. This allows you to broadcast the stream — either live or recorded — to a set-top box, mobile device or computer just about anywhere in the world.
The cost varies depending on the HD antenna you get and the service you use, but the local channels themselves are free, and you wonꞌt have to jump through any NFL-sponsored hoops.