Football season is back! For NFL fans, this means gearing up for another action-packed season of Sunday Night Football on NBC.
This year‘s Sunday Night Football kicks off with a classic NFC East rivalry matchup – the Dallas Cowboys vs the New York Giants. With star players like Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and Giants RB Saquon Barkley, this primetime game is sure to entertain.
But how can you watch if you‘ve cut the cord? Don‘t worry, you can easily stream Sunday Night Football on your Firestick, Fire TV, or other device without cable.
In this guide, I‘ll show you multiple ways to live stream Sunday Night Football, provide a preview of the Cowboys/Giants game, offer setup tips for Firestick, and more. Let‘s get started!
An Introduction to Sunday Night Football
First, let‘s quickly recap what makes Sunday Night Football so popular.
Sunday Night Football airs weekly Sunday evenings during the regular NFL season. It‘s broadcast nationally on NBC and features their top production quality and commentators.
Some key facts about Sunday Night Football:
- Airs since 2006, becoming the premier weekly primetime game
- Ratings hit over 20 million viewers on average per week
- Expert commentary from Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
- Enhanced graphics, highlights, analysis
- Marquee matchups between top teams/rivals
Given the primetime slot and prominence of the broadcast, Sunday Night Football has become the weekly event for any NFL fan.
Now let‘s look at the matchup for the first game of the 2023 season – Cowboys vs Giants.
Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants Preview and Analysis
For this year‘s opener, we get a classic NFC East divisional matchup on Sunday, September 10:
Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants
Kickoff: 8:20pm EST on NBC
Here is a preview of the matchup and key storylines:
The Cowboys finished last season 12-5 and won the NFC East division. However, they lost QB Dak Prescott for several games due to injury. Prescott is back healthy this year, which is huge for Dallas‘ offense. He‘ll be able to connect regularly with top receivers CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and Dalton Schultz. On defense, the Cowboys boast elite pass rusher Micah Parsons who notched 13 sacks as a rookie.
For the Giants, their big story is RB Saquon Barkley returning to full health after 2 injury-riddled years. With his explosive running and pass catching abilities, a healthy Barkley completely changes New York‘s offense. Second-year head coach Brian Daboll had a top-5 defense with the Bills so expect improvements on that side of the ball. QB Daniel Jones needs to show major progress this season to keep his starting job.
Dallas and New York split their matchups last season 1-1. This is anyone‘s game, but I give a slight edge to the Cowboys due to their overall talent. However, the Giants do have an advantage in the trenches on both offense and defense.
My prediction: Cowboys win a close one, 28-24. Dallas‘ playmakers on offense will barely outmatch New York‘s feisty defense.
No matter who you‘re cheering for, this first Sunday Night Football matchup should entertain from start to finish!
Now let‘s move on to streaming options…
Comparing Streaming Services for NFL Games
As a cord-cutter, you want to know the best streaming services that allow you to watch live NFL games. Here is an overview comparing top options:
|Peacock||Premium $4.99/month||Included with Premium plan, streams on most devices, additional NFL content||Need Premium for SNF, some platform gaps|
|fuboTV||$69.99/month||Offers NBC, NFL Network, tons of sports channels, unlimited DVR||Higher cost, mostly for dedicated sports fans|
|YouTube TV||$64.99/month||NBC and many sports channels, unlimited DVR, wide device support||Pricier, limited streaming locations|
|Sling TV||Starting at $35/month||Lower cost, customize channel add-ons||No NBC, DVR costs extra|
|Hulu + Live TV||$69.99/month||Good channel lineup, 50 hour DVR included||No NFL Network, costlier|
I‘ll expand more on these streaming services in the next sections. But the table gives you an "at-a-glance" view of the major pros and cons of each platform.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Stream on Firestick
Many streaming services have apps you can install directly on your Firestick or Fire TV. This makes it super convenient to start streaming NFL games.
Here is a step-by-step guide to get set up:
Install Streaming Service App
- From your Firestick/Fire TV home screen, select the "Search" option
- Type in the name of the streaming service app, like "Peacock"
- Select the app from the search results
- Choose "Download" or "Get" to install the app
- Once installed, you can access the app from the Firestick home screen
I recommend first installing Peacock since it offers NBC‘s Sunday Night Football with a Premium plan.
Sign up for a Streaming Subscription
Once the app is installed, you need an active subscription to stream live sports.
- Open the app you installed, such as Peacock
- Follow the prompts to create an account and sign up for a subscription
- For services like fuboTV, you‘ll answer questions about your channel package
- Enter your payment information to start your subscription
You can take advantage of free trials from many services to test them out first.
Stream Sunday Night Football
Once signed up, you can now stream live NFL games in the app!
- Open the app on your Firestick and login
- Browse or search for NBC and Sunday Night Football
- Select the Cowboys vs Giants game or any other NFL matchup
- Start streaming live or watch highlights on demand
- Use the remote to pause, rewind, or control the stream
And remember you can stream to your mobile devices using the same login info. Enjoy the games!
Additional Tips for Streaming NFL Games
Here are some extra pro-tips I‘ve learned from years of streaming NFL games without cable:
Use an OTA antenna to access local channels like NBC for free. Connect it to your Firestick for more streaming options.
Invest in a quality VPN like ExpressVPN or NordVPN if you experience blackouts or want to stream internationally.
Test your internet speed to confirm it‘s sufficient for live HD streaming. I recommend at least 25 Mbps download speed.
Consider upgrading to Firestick 4K if you have a 4K TV. This ensures the best picture quality.
Use headphones to not disturb others and hear commentators clearly. Bluetooth headphones work great.
Restart apps or your Firestick if you experience lag, buffering, or streams cutting out.
Let me know if you need any other NFL streaming advice! I‘m always happy to help fellow cord cutters.
How to Stream NFL on Mobile Devices
In addition to watching games at home, you may want to stream on the go on your phone or tablet.
The major streaming services like Peacock, fuboTV, YouTube TV all offer mobile apps for iOS and Android. Simply download the app and login with the same credentials used on your Firestick.
You can then access live NFL games as long as you have an internet connection. Data usage applies unless you‘re on WiFi.
I recommend downloading apps over WiFi before heading out to avoid using up data. Some other mobile streaming tips:
- Connect headphones for the best audio without disturbing others
- Enable auto screen lock to save battery life
- Adjust video quality to prioritize smooth streaming on the go
- If lagging, turn off other apps running in the background
Streaming on mobile allows you to catch NFL games anywhere!
The Future of Streaming NFL Games
While streaming NFL games today is more accessible than ever, new technologies will continue enhancing the experience:
4K video: Higher resolution allowing more immersive viewing, especially for live sports
Virtual reality: Next-level immersion with VR apps that make you feel like you‘re in the stadium
Volumetric video: Players and key moments rendered in 3D using advanced cameras
Personalization: AI-driven customization and interactivity for each viewer
New distribution models: Games offered direct-to-consumer or via unconventional bundles
Integrated data: Real-time stats, predictive analytics, and augmented overlays
As digital transformation accelerates across the NFL, fans will reap the benefits through an ever-improving game streaming experience.
While we can‘t predict everything, expect many more innovations that make you feel closer to the NFL action!
I hope this guide gives you everything you need to successfully stream NFL games on your Firestick or other device.
With the rise of streaming services like Peacock, excellent options exist to watch NFL live without expensive cable.
Feel free to reach out with any other questions you have about streaming NFL games. I‘m always happy to share the tips and tricks I‘ve learned as an avid football fan!
Let‘s get excited for the return of Sunday Night Football with what should be an excellent matchup between the Cowboys and Giants. Enjoy the game!