Thanksgiving NFL streaming guide 2021: How to watch football games online right now

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is all about the three F’s: family, food and football. This Thanksgiving, the Detroit Lions will host their divisional rival, the Chicago Bears; the Dallas Cowboys will host the Las Vegas Raiders; and the New Orleans Saints will conclude the evening by hosting the Buffalo Bills. With all that action happening, you’re going to want to head into the holiday with a game plan for how to watch all the NFL games on Thanksgiving. Thanks to a new deal on NFL Game Pass subscriptions, your selection of choices just got better -- and cheaper.

NFL Game Pass offers streaming access to replays of every single regular season NFL game, plus NFL Originals and NFL Programs. Usually priced at $100 per NFL season, NFL Game Pass is currently available for just $50. It's a great option for fans looking to keep up with every possible NFL football game this season.


Many NFL games air on cable television, but if you've already cut that cable cord or plan to be away from home for Thanksgiving, NFL streaming is the way to go. No matter your NFL needs, there’s no denying that the right streaming service is a total game changer. BET has curated a list of the best streaming services to catch NFL games on this Thanksgiving, including Paramount+, Hulu, NFL Game Pass and FuboTV, plus the devices that can help you watch every NFL game live on your TV.


Get your TV NFL-ready with the Roku Express 4K Plus


The Roku Express 4K Plus offers a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to NFL streaming gadgets. Among the streaming hardware giants, the $39 Roku device boasts the most options and apps, including Hulu, Prime Video and Apple TV. It's Apple AirPlay-compatible as well, enabling you to connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV. (You can learn more about Roku here.)

➡️ $39 at Amazon

NFL streaming box for Apple fans: Apple TV 4K


Apple devotees, or anyone with an Apple One subscription bundle, should consider watching NFL live streams on an Apple TV 4K. The updated device is equipped with Dolby Vision; a new-and-improved, Siri-enabled remote; and SharePlay, which lets you enjoy the game with a group of pals. After the games wrap, you can take advantage of Apple Arcade gaming or stream a movie from your favorite service.

➡️ $170 (regularly $179) at Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K


Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a streaming device that will appeal to anyone with an Alexa-enabled home. Say goodbye to pouring through channel menus. You can switch back and forth between games with the device's voice remote ("Alexa, turn on Sunday Night Football"). It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, plus access to thousands of channels (some free).

➡️ $25 (regularly $50) at Amazon

Here's where to watch NFL football online in 2021

There are a number of streaming services that offer NFL football, though not every service will offer every game. Here's where you can watch NFL games on Thanksgiving 2021.

NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass is a no-brainer for many die-hard football fans. Priced at $100 at the start of the season, NFL Game Pass is now available for $50 for the remainder of the 2021 campaign (or $10 a month). The package offers streaming access to replays of every single regular season NFL game, plus NFL Originals and NFL Programs.



Stream the big Thanksgiving games live with a subscription to Hulu + Live TV. For $65 monthly, Hulu + Live TV offers unlimited access to all local and national NFL games, and last month, the streaming service announced subscribers can now access NFL Network — a channel with year-round football content. Watch live NFL preseason games, exclusive live NFL regular season games, studio shows and a variety of original NFL-centric series.

For an additional $10 per month, fans get Hulu's sports add-on package with NFL RedZone. It offers seven hours of Sunday Night Football action every week.



FuboTV is a sports-centric option with access to every NFL game, all season long.

In addition to football, FuboTV also offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer games. A la Roku, NFL Network is included in the basic package, starting at $65 per month, while NFL RedZone costs an additional $11 per month.


Paramount +

For $10 a month, Paramount+ offers limited access to the NFL. A premium Paramount+ subscription includes live access to your local CBS affiliate station, which means you can catch all the Sunday afternoon games, and the Raiders vs. Cowboys game this Thanksgiving.

(BET and Paramount+ are both subsidiaries of ViacomCBS.)


Sling TV

Sling TV, essentially a low-priced collection of local and cable TV channels offered over streaming, has some limited NFL streaming capabilities. Any NFL games airing on local FOX or NBC channels and Monday Night Football on ESPN are included in the basic package, starting at $10 for the first month, $35 monthly thereafter. You can catch both the Bears vs. Lions and the Buffalo Bills vs. the New Orleans Saints games this Thanksgiving through Sling TV.


NFL app

Want to catch an NFL live stream for free online? Download the free official app of the NFL and enjoy live local and primetime games on your smartphone, in addition to highlights, breaking news and more.


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