The Houston Texans will host the Detroit Lions in preseason action at NRG Stadium on Saturday.
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s a rundown of how to watch the Lions vs Texans online without cable, with the live streaming options being dependent on where you reside:
If The Game is in Your Market
First, you’ll want to know what channel the game is on. It’s on Fox in Detroit and ABC in Houston, and it will be on either ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW or MyTV in other cities.
Then, if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of one, some or all of these channels (in select markets) on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV or other streaming device via one of the following live-TV streaming services:
PS Vue — which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch — offers four different live-TV channel packages, all of which include Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and MyTV (all live in select markets; view channels in your area).
You can start a free five-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Lions vs Texans on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PS Vue comes with cloud DVR.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, including ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS & CW (all live in select markets; view channels in your area).
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Lions vs Texans on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
Fox, CBS, NBC and CW (all live in select markets; view channels in your area) are among the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. ABC isn’t included with FuboTV, so fans in Houston will want to use a different option.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Lions vs Texans on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
If The Game is Out of 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 you can pay four installments of $29.99).
You can start a free trial of NFL Game Pass right here, and then if the game is outside of your market, you can watch the Lions vs Texans on your computer via the Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL app.
If You’re in Canada: DAZN
Viewers in Canada can watch every preseason, regular season and postseason NFL game live online via DAZN, a digital streaming service that also includes NFL Network, NFL RedZone, Premier League soccer, Champions League soccer, boxing and other live sports for $20 per month or $150 per year.
You can sign up for a free one-month trial of DAZN right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Lions vs Texans and every other NFL game on your computer via DAZN.com, or on your phone, tablet, smart TV, Roku, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the DAZN app.
Lions vs Texans Preview
The Texans dropped their preseason opener to the Green Bay Packers 28-26 on Thursday. The team held starting quarterback Deshaun Watson out of the contest in the interest of preserving him for the regular season and fellow signal-caller AJ McCarron sat with an injured thumb, leaving every offensive snap to Joe Webb III, the only other quarterback on the roster.
The 32-year-old went 25-of-40 for 286 yards, a touchdown, and a pair of interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 47 yards on six carries.
“Joe competed hard,” O’Brien said, according to HoustonTexans.com. “Joe is really what we are looking for in a Houston Texan. He’s a smart, tough, dependable guy. He doesn’t get a whole lot of reps at quarterback. He went in there and competed hard. Like everybody, he had his share of plays he wishes he could have back. We wouldn’t have been in the game without Joe Webb. He competed all the way through. He’s a great guy.”
The Texans trailed 28-10 heading into the fourth quarter, when Davis guided the team to a trio of scoring drives.
“Obviously, no turnovers. It’s hard to come back when you turn the ball over, things like that,” Webb said, per HoustonTexans.com. “Continue to execute. Go back to practice and get better. Go back and watch film. You’ll most definitely know when you watch film, get aggressive on your coaching, and you’ll know exactly what you need to improve on.”
The Lions got pummeled by the New England Patriots 31-3 in their preseason debut on Thursday, amassing just 93 yards of offense to the Patriots’ 459.
Lions starting quarterback Matthew Stafford and Patriots starter Tom Brady didn’t participate.
“Obviously, you saw a set of competition last week and those players are unique to who they are,” head coach Matt Patricia said ahead of a slate of join practices with Houston, according to DetroitLions.com. “We’ll get an entirely different set of players this week to compete against. So, if you look at it from a standpoint of competing against ourselves, competing against the Patriots, competing against Houston, you really get three good sets of evaluation with different types of players.”
Patricia noted his interest in seeing how his squad fares against one of the league’s best dual-threat quarterbacks in Watson.
“The part I’m really obviously intrigued for, knowing Coach (Bill) O’Brien and everything he does, is just the difference with the quarterback,” Patricia said, per DetroitLions.com.
“I think it just makes a whole difference of how you have to do everything defensively, whether it’s the pass rush, the run game, just basic defensive fundamental and assignments.”