Fresh off a surprising run to an NFC West title last year, the Los Angeles Rams begin preseason play Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 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, depending on whether the game is 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.
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.
Even if it is just one exhibition game in the middle of summer, it is hard not to like what Robert Griffin III and Lamar Jackson did in limited time when they stepped onto the field as Baltimore Ravens for the first time last week.
How the Ravens’ backup quarterback situation unfolds with RGIII and Jackson remains an intriguing storyline as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 of NFL Preseason.
The Ravens opened their early preseason slate last week with a narrow 17-16 victory against the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
RGIII, arguably, looked as sharp as he’s looked since his rookie season, going 7/11 for 58 yards, TD, and nine yards on three rushes. Jackson went just 4/10 for 33 yards with a TD and an interception and ran for 25 yards on eight rushes; he also used his legs effectively and was able to escape the pocket, showing off the mobility that made general manager Ozzie Newsome and the rest of the front office value him on draft day.
Going into this season, there have been questions about starting quarterback, and former Super Bowl 47 Most Valuable Player, Joe Flacco and his job security following Baltimore’s noted offseason acquisitions and draft picks. While RGIII is likely to be the primary backup to start the season, there are rumblings, thanks to head coach John Harbaugh, Jackson will play some snaps under center at some point this season.
Los Angeles heads into the new year with a fresh outlook.
Attempting to build on a 11-5 campaign and NFC West title last year, the organization re-set the running back market by giving Todd Gurley a four-year, $60 million contract extension with $40 million guaranteed, as well as trading for New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks, extending him for five years and $81 million, to team up with Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods on the outside.
We shall see how long the Rams’ offensive starters play on Thursday. We shall also see how the revamped defense plays, too. The additions of Pro Bowlers at defensive tackle with Ndamukong Suh, and cornerback with Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, have LA thinking Super Bowl already.
The Ravens and Rams also teamed up for a friendly, joint practice this week, where Los Angeles’ D shined.