It’s the first NFL RedZone Sunday for the 2021 season as football returns and fans can prepare to sit on their couches for seven consecutive hours of commercial-free football. RedZone returns for another season as the Sunday wave of football opens up at 1 p.m. EST with some high-profile games, including: Seahawks vs. Colts, Eagles vs. Falcons, Steelers vs. Bills and Cardinals vs. Titans. Then in the late afternoon slot, we’ve got: Browns vs. Chiefs, Dolphins vs. Patriots, Broncos vs. Giants and Packers vs. Saints. It’s an exciting time, but does involve fans tracking down the best way to actually get RedZone on their TVs for this season. Tracking down NFL RedZone can be a little bit tricky, as it’s not including with many basic cable packages and is usually an add-on for streaming services. However, some services, like fuboTV, do offer NFL RedZone as part of its free trial, giving viewers plenty of ways to watch for the 2021 season. Here’s a rundown of your options as we get ready for the first Sunday of the NFL season.
How to watch NFL RedZone (Week 1 | Sunday, Sept. 12)
How to watch NFL RedZone on TV: NFL RedZone channel (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.)
Live stream options: FuboTV – FuboTV is a solid all-around option for those looking to get rid of cable, offering a wide range of channels. It’s also one of the best options for any and all sporting events. The base fuboTV plan costs $59.99 per month, with the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package running for an extra $10.99 per month.
How to watch for free: FuboTV does offer a free seven-day trial, which includes NFL RedZone.
Sling– Sling is another cable-cutter option and is cheaper at $30 a month for their “Sling Blue” package, which includes NFL Network. However, fans also need to sign up for the “Sports Extra” package to get access to NFL RedZone. However, that package will be available for free for the first month for new customers. Sling also has a free trial, but does not grant access to RedZone through it.
What is NFL RedZone?
RedZone is a special gameday broadcast from NFL Network that is commercial-free and carries viewers through all the games on Sundays. Hosted by either Andrew Siciliano or Scott Hanson (depending on which version of the channel you get), RedZone runs from 1 p.m. EST on Sundays through the final afternoon game, constantly switching between broadcasts to show the most exciting parts of each game — especially when a team has entered the titular red zone.
More coverage via the Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs chose to keep 10 offensive lineman after rosters were trimmed to 53 for the start of the season this week, and four of them have experience playing in their past two trips to the Super Bowl.
All four of them are now backups, too.
After their front was embarrassed by Tampa Bay in February, dashing the Chiefs’ chances at back-to-back Lombardi Trophies, general manager Brett Veach went to work. He traded for two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., signed the premier free-agent left guard Joe Thuney, drafted the consensus No. 1 center prospect Creed Humphrey and made sure that Lucas Niang — who opted out of his rookie season — was ready to go for this season.
Five new offensive linemen to protect Patrick Mahomes, an upgrade that was glaringly necessary when put into this context: Nick Allegretti, Andrew Wylie and Mike Remmers were brought back as depth pieces after starting in the Super Bowl, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif returned as a backup after starting their Super Bowl win over San Francisco.
“I think you can’t have enough of those guys, first of all. We know that,” coach Andy Reid explained, “and they’re good players. Then there is the competition amongst them, so that’s also a plus.”
Of course, there are other keys to success for Kansas City this season. Mahomes needs to continue to flourish with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the rest of his playmakers, and a young defensive backfield needs to hold its own this season.
But whether the Chiefs win a sixth consecutive AFC West title could come down to that most unglamorous position group, and whether they live up to some soaring expectations despite being thrown together just this past summer.
Brown and Thuney have experience, starting 122 games between them, but nobody manning the other three spots on the offensive line has started a single regular-season game.
Compare that to the Chiefs’ group of backups, which have combined for 258 starts — most of them with the Chiefs — and those four impressive starts in the Super Bowl.
“I’ve started a number of rookies in there and they’ve done a good job,” Reid said. “Sure, you like to have experience, but again, I’ve had success with rookies, too, so it’s kind of individually based in how they step up and communicate and how willing the veteran players are to share with them their experiences.”
As the Chiefs begin preparing for their season opener against Cleveland on Sept. 12, here are some other things to know:
ABOUT THAT SECONDARY
Charvarius Ward and L’Jarius Sneed are back to start at cornerback in the base defense and Mike Hughes, who was the Vikings’ first-round pick in 2018, is expected to be the other starter when the Chiefs go to a nickel package. But the key is safeties Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu, who have plenty of experience and playmaking ability.
WHAT A RUSH
The Chiefs knew they needed to put more pressure on the quarterback this season, but rather than sign another defensive end with their limited salary cap space, they got creative by moving defensive tackle Chris Jones to the outside.
The move appeared to pay off in preseason with Jones getting plenty of pressure opposite Frank Clark. But the real reason it has worked is free-agent acquisition Jarran Reed, who has replaced Jones at defensive tackle without missing a beat.
IT’S A WIDE, WIDE WORLD
The Chiefs allowed Sammy Watkins to walk in free agency, though it was no great loss given how much the veteran wide receiver was hurt. They tried to add depth by drafting Cornell Powell in the fifth round, but he was cut this week, so the Chiefs are rolling with Hill and holdovers Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle and Daurice Fountain.
TOP TIGHT ENDS
Kelce won’t be alone in the tight end room this season. Nor will he be alone on the field. The Chiefs chose to keep four at the position, including Blake Bell, rookie Noah Gray and quarterback-turned-wide receiver-turned-tight end Jody Fortson.
In fact, the Chiefs used all four at once in a goal-line package in their preseason finale. Scored a touchdown, too.
The Chiefs face one of the league’s toughest schedules this season, but it is front-loaded with playoff contenders.
Their game against the Browns is a rematch of their divisional-round game, and their Week 2 trip is to another divisional playoff team in Baltimore. The Chiefs return home to face the Chargers, likely their toughest AFC West opponent this season, then face the Eagles before an AFC championship rematch against the Bills on Oct. 10.