The New England Patriots (10-5) have clinched their 10th consecutive AFC East championship, and they look to take their victory lap against an AFC East rival, the New York Jets (4-11) at Gillette Stadium at Foxboro, Mass as the 2018 NFL regular season concludes with Week 17 action on Sunday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
If you have Amazon Prime or 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 the game on your computer via the Amazon website, or you can watch on your tablet or streaming device via the Amazon Video app.
This service is available live in all 32 NFL markets.
CBS (live in 28 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including CBS (live in 29 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch 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).
Watch on Your Phone: NFL Mobile
Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.
If the Game is Out of Your Market
SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.
Additionally, most college students may watch out-of-market games via SundayTicket U.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.
Watch On-Demand: NFL Game Pass
If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.
Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
If You’re Outside the United States & Mexico
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
New England secured another division title last week when they obliterated the Buffalo Bills at home; the Miami Dolphins made things a whole lot easier by being upset by the Jacksonville Jaguars as well, meaning the Patriots were going to clinch and backdoor their way into the playoffs regardless. It was the 16th total in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era dating back to 2001. The only two years in which the Patriots failed to win the division were 2002 (9-7; missed out because of the Jets) and 2008 (11-5); missed out because of the Dolphins, and also failed to secure a wild card berth despite 11 victories).
Multiple reports surfaced Saturday all pointing to the same conclusion: the Jets are ready to can head coach Todd Bowles after four disappointing seasons. Bowles, with an offense led by Ryan Fitzpatrick — who had a career year — and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, finished 10-6 in his first year with the team back in 2015 before consecutive 5-11 seasons in 2016 and 2017. If the Jets win on Sunday, a tall task, it would be Bowles’ third straight 5-11 season, if not, it would actually be the low point of his tenure.
Per Pro Football Focus, Sam Darnold has been the highest graded quarterback over the past three weeks of the season. Despite Darnold combining to throw for 764 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception, the Jets are 0-3 in each of his starts.
Darnold hasn’t much in the way of consistency in regard to weapons this season, which makes the four-year contract extension given to Quincy Enunwa all the more positive. Enunwa has battled injuries all season, but remains the top target in Darnold’s arsenal, and an optimistic potential No. 2 option moving forward for Gang Green to grow with their 2018 first-round pick.
Safety Patrick Chung and the Patriots will be ready for Darnold on Sunday:
“He’s gotten better. He’s gotten better. It seems like he’s calmed down a little bit. He’s making the right throws, he’s making good decisions, he’s doing it really fast and he’s athletic enough to make plays. I mean, he’s definitely come along.”
The Patriots still have a lot to fight for this week, including potentially home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs and possible first round bye. With a win and Kansas City loss, New England clinches home field again.