How to watch the NFL on YouTube TV

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Note: This article will be updated once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and schedules come out.

Live streaming service YouTube TV is a great resource for people looking to watch the National Football League (NFL) without a cable subscription. NFL games can be watched on national networks CBS Sports, ESPN, FOX Sports, and NBC Sports Network, which are all available on YouTube TV.

This ensures that YouTube TV subscribers can live stream NFL games, as well as access other football content. They’re also able to record shows to watch whenever it suits them using YouTube TV’s excellent Cloud DVR offering. 

Further NFL games and content are shown on Amazon Prime Video, NFL Network, and NFL RedZone. However, it’s not possible to access NFL Network on YouTube TV, nor can subscribers watch NFL RedZone on YouTube TV. And furthermore, some NFL games may be affected by local blackouts.

In addition to providing access to live sports channels, YouTube TV also provides national news networks, such as ABC, BBC America, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, and NBC. Subscribers can also watch several entertainment and lifestyle channels like AMC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, and Travel Channel. NFL fans on the lookout for additional sports can also watch the Golf Channel, MLB Network, and NBA TV. Further content is available through extra entertainment, foreign language programming, news, and sports channel add-ons. YouTube TV costs $64.99/mo., with additional content options available to purchase on top of this monthly subscription fee.

This article will explore how to watch NFL content on YouTube TV and specifically where to catch every game from every team throughout the season.

YouTube TV plan and sports channels compared

 YouTube TV
$64.99/mo.
Sling TV Blue + Orange
$45/mo.
fuboTV 
$54.99/mo.
Hulu + Live TV
$54.99/mo.
CBS Sports
ESPN
FOX Sports
NFL Network  
NFL RedZone +$15 (Sports Extras)+$10.99 (Sports Plus) 

Like its closest competitors in the live streaming market, YouTube TV is a good resource for catching broadcasts of local NFL teams’ games. However, YouTube TV’s NFL Network coverage and YouTube TV’s NFL RedZone provision is not available. These NFL-specific channels are available through Sling Blue + Orange or fuboTV. 

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Can I stream every NFL game on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV subscribers can watch plenty of NFL action, but they won’t be able to stream every game from the league. That’s because the YouTube TV’s NFL Network service is not available, and YouTube TV’s NFL RedZone coverage is non-existent. Furthermore, some games may be affected by national blackouts.

Fans of franchises that compete in the American Football Conference (AFC) will usually be able to catch their team in action on CBS Sports. While FOX Sports typically broadcasts games from the National Football Conference (NFC). Both of these networks are included in every YouTube TV subscription.

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The NFL’s big-ticket weekly broadcasts will usually be accessible to YouTube TV viewers. Thursday Night Football is typically shared between FOX Sports, Amazon Prime Video, and NFL Network. Sunday Night Football is broadcast on NBC Sports. And Monday Night Football airs on ESPN. 

All of this means that YouTube TV’s subscribers are well placed to catch major weekend action from the league. They can watch Sunday afternoon NFL games in their local area on CBS Sports and FOX Sports and catch Monday night broadcasts on ESPN. They can also watch the majority of Thursday night games throughout the season.

However, any games that are broadcast on Amazon Prime Video and NFL Network, as well as those that are affected by national blackouts, will not be available through YouTube TV.

Can I stream my favorite NFL team on YouTube TV?

YouTube TV enables subscribers to watch teams in their local regions through streams on CBS Sports, ESPN, and NBC Sports Network. However, the NFL has viewing restrictions in place that may see local games affected by blackouts. 

The chart below details which channel broadcasts every NFL team’s games.

 YouTube TV$64.99/mo.
Arizona Cardinals
FOX Sports
Atlanta Falcons
FOX Sports
Baltimore Ravens
CBS Sports
Buffalo Bills
CBS Sports
Carolina Panthers
FOX Sports
Chicago Bears
FOX Sports
Cincinnati Bengals
CBS Sports
Cleveland Browns
CBS Sports
Dallas Cowboys
FOX Sports
Denver Broncos
CBS Sports
Detroit Lions
FOX Sports
Green Bay Packers
FOX Sports
Houston Texans
CBS Sports
Indianapolis Colts
CBS Sports
Jacksonville Jaguars
CBS Sports
Kansas City Chiefs
CBS Sports
Los Angeles Chargers
CBS Sports
Los Angeles Rams
FOX Sports
Miami Dolphins
CBS Sports
Minnesota Vikings
FOX Sports
New England Patriots
CBS Sports
New Orleans Saints
FOX Sports
New York Giants
FOX Sports
New York Jets
CBS Sports
Oakland Raiders
CBS Sports
Philadelphia Eagles
FOX Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers
CBS Sports
San Francisco 49ers
FOX Sports
Seattle Seahawks
FOX Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FOX Sports
Tennessee Titans
CBS Sports
Washington Redskins
FOX Sports

The final cut

Once subscribed to YouTube TV, viewers can watch NFL action throughout the season from the comfort of their sofa or on-the-go via their favorite device. YouTube TV has NFL fans well covered by enabling them to stream live games on CBS Sports and NBC Sports Network, which typically carry broadcasts from the AFC and NFC. 

YouTube TV also includes ESPN in its channel lineup, which enables viewers to catch Monday Night Football and tune into all the network’s analysis, commentary, and highlights throughout the week. Another option is for YouTube TV users to use an antenna like HDHomeRun to stream sports from their local region. 

YouTube TV costs $64.99/mo. but provides a seven-day free trial for new users to test the service out. This enables potential subscribers to try the service over a football weekend to see for themselves how many live NFL games they’re able to watch. An added extra is YouTube TV’s Cloud DVR feature, which provides unlimited recording space for up to 9 months. So, in theory, a YouTube TV subscriber could record every game throughout the NFL season and watch it whenever it suits them.