Both coming off wins in their preseason openers last week, the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals will look to continue that momentum on Friday night when they face off at the Superdome.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, here’s a rundown of all your live stream options, which vary depending on if the game is televised in your market or not:
If The Game is Televised in Your Market
First, check to see what local channel the game is on in your area–it will be either ABC, CBS, CW, Fox or NBC. Then, if you sign up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services, you’ll be able to watch a live stream of one, some, or all of those channels, depending on the service.
For example, for fans in Phoenix and New Orleans, where the game is on NBC and Fox, respectively, Hulu with Live TV or FuboTV will both work. But if you’re in Baton Rouge or Shreveport, where the game is on CBS, Amazon Prime is your best option.
Here’s a rundown of all the streaming services, what they include, and how to sign up and watch:
(Note that local channels are available live in select markets)
Local channels included: ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC
In addition to its massive Netflix-like library of on-demand movies and TV shows, Hulu also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, which includes ABC, CBS, CW, Fox and NBC. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of any of those channels on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch the game live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Local channels included: CBS, CW, Fox, NBC
A streaming service that is largely tailored towards sports fans, FuboTV includes CBS, CW, Fox and NBC. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of those channels on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch the game live, FuboTV also comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games and shows up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them. The main FuboTV channel package also comes with NFL Network, which will air a replay of every preseason game.
Local channels included: CBS
If you have Amazon Prime or want to start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime, you can watch all CBS content (both live and on-demand) via the CBS Amazon Channel, which also comes with a 7-day free trial.
Once you’re signed up for both Amazon Prime and the CBS channel, you can then watch a live stream of your local CBS channel on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
Local channels included: Fox, NBC
Fox and NBC are both included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of either channel on your computer via the Sling website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on. “Sling Blue” also comes with the NFL Network, which will air a replay of every preseason game, so you can also watch that way if you miss it live.
If The Game is Not Televised in Your Market
You can watch every out-of-market preseason NFL game online via NFL Game Pass, which costs $99.99 for the season (or four installments of $29.99). Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL app.
The biggest question for the Cardinals heading into tonight’s game is which quarterback is more likely to pin down the spot for the regular season. Projected starter Sam Bradford attempted just one pass in the preseason opener against the Chargers, while rookie Josh Rosen struggled to find a rhythm playing behind the backup offensive line, as he was either pressured or received a bad snap on 11 of his 13 dropbacks. Revenge of the Birds reports that he had an average of 2.13 seconds before he was pressured, which doesn’t bode especially well for the team.
”We need to improve our second offensive line,” head coach Steve Wilks said bluntly.
Rosen is expected to get first-team work against a talented Saints defense on Friday, and it’s not out of the question that he could swing the battle for QB1 in his direction with a strong performance. That’s certainly something to keep a close eye on.
The Saints, meanwhile, are coming off an injury scare during Wednesday’s practice, when defensive end Alex Okafor took a nasty spill. Fortunately, he was able to get up and shake it off.
“It sucks for a guy coming back from the injury that he just came back from,” said Left tackle Terron Armstead. “I know the feeling. Being hit with things back to back, it’s a lot mentally, maybe even more than physically, sometimes.”
Brighter news comes via rookie Marcus Davenport, the first-round draft pick who’s recovering from a groin injury. While Davenport didn’t practice on Wednesday, he did join his teammates on the field, suggesting that his recovery time might be shorter than expected.
“The news we’re hearing is real good, so he’s going to be kind of ramping up and accelerating with regards to getting back on the field,” said head coach Sean Payton. “That’s encouraging.”
Source: Heavy Sports