Fans will get their second look at the 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, as the team is set to take on the Green Bay Packers in a Week 2 preseason matchup at Lambeau Field.
Kickoff is scheduled for 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 Pittsburgh, where the game is on CBS, Amazon Prime is your best option. For fans in Green Bay or Milwaukee, where the game is on NBC, Hulu with Live TV or FuboTV are your best options.
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: 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: 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: 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.
Steelers Wire reports that the Pittsburgh squad will be missing several of its key players heading into today’s game. Quarterback Landry Jones has confirmed that he won’t be playing. Guard Ramon Foster is still out with a knee injury and the jury is still out on whether center Maurkice Pouncey will be able to play against Green Bay. The team struggled to find their momentum at times during their preseason opener, but sources close to the team say that a week of practice has done them a ton of good.
Then there is QB Ben Roethlisberger, who gave fans a scare on Tuesday when he hit his head during a drill. He’s currently in concussion protocol, and will sit out the game tonight.
“It happened so fast. I saw his head whip back,” said right tackle Marcus Gilbert. “I’ve got to see the film to see what happened. That’s my guy. No one wants to see anything happen to him, especially in a practice like this, coming to work and going and not tackling.”
ESPN reports that Roethlisberger was already ruled out for tonight’s game, along with fellow veteran Jones. Pittsburgh rookies Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs will instead get the bulk of the playing time. As for the severity of Roethlisberger’s injury, head coach Mike Tomlin is confident that he’ll be ready come the official season.
“Man, he’s been awesome,” said Tomlin. “Been really sharp, not only in terms of what he does, just how he’s communicating and helping and aiding in the development with the people that are going to be working alongside him. It’s been a very positive experience.”
The Packers, like the Steelers, are coming off a preseason victory. The former triumphed over the Tennessee Titans, while the latter took down the Philadelphia Eagles. Top draft pick Jaire Alexander will be a big story for many, as he missed the preseason opener and will be making his Packers debut. Expect him to get a decent amount of playing time, so that the coaching staff can get a better feel on his skills.
It’s unclear whether quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start, but given that Brett Hundley, DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle are all competing for the back-up spot, its likely we’ll be seeing more of them today. All three players showed promise against the Titans, particularly Hundley, who showed speed and grace in his preseason debut. The biggest question mark so far is Kizer, and it’ll be interesting to see whether head coach Mike McCarthy plays him in an attempt to iron out his kinks against Pittsburgh.