The Pats, who lost Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington, Shane Vereen and Vince Wilfork in the offseason, will also be without Brandon LaFell (injury), LeGarrette Blount (suspension) and starting center Bryan Stork (injury).
Interestingly enough, the Steelers will be without starters at the exact same three positions, although their absences figure to hurt a bit more. Le’Veon Bell (suspension) tallied over 2,200 total yards last season, Martavis Bryant (suspension) is one of the most dangerous deep threats in the league and Maurkice Pouncey (injury) was graded as the sixth best center by Pro Football Focus in 2014.
The Steelers still have Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, who could give New England’s fairly inexperienced cornerback group fits, but all the absences have Mike Tomlin’s squad as a seven-point underdog.
Kickoff for this one is Thursday, September 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on NBC, but if you can’t get to a television, here’s how to watch online and on mobile:
How to Watch Steelers vs. Patriots Online
If you have access to a cable subscription, you can watch the game online for free through NBC Live Extra. You’ll need to authenticate a cable subscription with a log-in and password — either yours or someone else’s — to access the stream. Frequently asked questions about NBC Live Extra can be found here.
For fans outside of the United States, all NFL games can be streamed live online with a subscription to NFL Game Pass. For fans in the United States, NFL Game Pass allows replays of games to be watched on demand after their completion.
If you’re unable to access a live stream, click here to follow along with the live, updated coverage.
How to Steelers vs. Patriots on Mobile
Mobile users can watch the game on the NBC Live Extra app, which is free to download for your Apple device, your Android or Google device, your Windows device, your Apple TV or your Roku. As is the case with the desktop live stream, you’ll need a cable log-in and password to access the stream on the app.
Finally, users with Verizon wireless can watch all NFL games, as well as the NFL Network, via the NFL Mobile app for free.