The games don't count, but they give football fans a first glimpse of what teams will look like for the 2022 NFL season.
Don’t look now, but the 2022 NFL season is just around the corner. Training camps opened in July, preseason games started in August and the official NFL season itself kicks off on Sept. 8. Each team plays three preseason games before it cuts down to its final, 53-man roster to begin the season. The New York Giants and New England Patriots kick things off on Thursday night: The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network.
Here’s what you need to know to watch NFL preseason games without cable.
Mac Jones and the New England Patriots play their first NFL preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Michael Reaves/Getty Images
When does the NFL preseason begin?
The Hall of Fame game last week between the Raiders and Jaguars was technically the first preseason game of the year, but most teams have their first game coming up with games slated for Thursday through Sunday this weekend.
How can I watch NFL preseason games?
The NFL Network will televise 21 preseason games over the next three weeks, while CBS, Fox, ESPN and Prime Video will show one national game apiece. Local networks, including CBS, NBC and Fox, carry the rest of the games.
Looking ahead to the regular season, CBS (and Paramount Plus) and Fox carry the games on Sundays, ESPN shows Monday Night Football, Prime Video shows Thursday Night Football and NBC (and Peacock) shows Sunday Night Football.
Here’s the NFL preseason TV schedule for week 1 (all times ET), with nationally televised games in bold.
Thursday, Aug. 11
- New York Giants at New England Patriots, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 12
- Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, 6 p.m. on NFL Network
- Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.
- Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals, 7:30 p.m.
- New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m.
- Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m. on NFL Network
Saturday, Aug. 13
- Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
- Carolina Panthers at Washington Commanders, 1 p.m.
- Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills, 4 p.m. on NFL Network
- Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
- Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
- New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans, 8 p.m.
- Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos, 9 p.m. on NFL Network
- Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers, 10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14
- Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:25 p.m. on NFL Network
For the full preseason schedule check out NFL.com.
Four of the five major live TV streaming services carry NFL Network — all but DirecTV Stream. All five carry ESPN and Fox, and all but Sling TV carry CBS. For the games on CBS and Fox, keep in mind that not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries CBS and Fox in your area.
All televised preseason games for $65 a month
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes NFL Network along with CBS, Fox and ESPN. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.
All televised preseason games for $70 a month
FuboTV’s Family plan costs $70 a month and includes NFL Network, CBS, Fox and ESPN. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.
Hulu with Live TV
All televised preseason games for $70 a month
Hulu with Live TV costs $70 a month and includes all four channels needed to watch NFL preseason games. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.
Carries NFL Network, ESPN and Fox for $50 a month
Sling’s $35-a-month Blue package features NFL Network and Fox, but Fox is available in only a handful of areas. Sling’s $35-a-month Orange package includes ESPN. You can combine the two plans for $50 a month. Read our Sling TV review.
Amazon Prime Video
A single preseason game for $9 a month
Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive home to Thursday Night Football for the upcoming season. It will show one preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 25 between the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans. For millions of Amazon Prime subscribers, the Prime Video channel is already included at no extra cost. It costs $9 a month for non-Prime members. Read our Amazon Prime Video review.
Carries CBS, Fox and ESPN for $70 a month
You’ll be able to watch only three NFL preseason games with DirecTV Stream. Its basic, $70-a-month Entertainment package includes CBS, Fox and ESPN, but none of its plans include NFL Network. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our DirecTV Stream review.
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live-TV streaming services guide.