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Cardinals vs Bengals Live Stream: How to Watch for Free

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Getty Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow won't play in the preseason opener amid his absence from training camp.

The Cincinnati Bengals take the field for the first time in preseason action since coming up short in Super Bowl LVI as Arizona comes to town on Friday, August 12.

The game (7:30 p.m. ET) will be televised locally on different channels depending on the city: NBC (KPNX-12) in Phoenix, CBS (WKRC-12) in Cincinnati, and either ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW or MyTV in other local markets (full list here).

If you don’t have cable and you live in market, FuboTV and DirecTV Stream are your best options, as they have all the local channels in most markets and both come with a free trial.

If you live out of market, you can watch on NFL+.

Here’s a more complete rundown and some other ways you can watch a live stream of the Cardinals vs Bengals:

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FuboTV: Watch Most Local Channels

You can see what local channels are available in your city here

You can watch a live stream of ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, MyTV (all live in most markets), NFL Network and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV’s “Pro” bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.


Amazon Prime: Watch CBS

This option is just for those who live in Cincinnati or anywhere the game is on CBS

Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of their local CBS station via the Prime Paramount+ channel (“Premium” plan). You can try both Amazon Prime and the Paramount+ Channel at no cost with a free trial right here:

Prime Paramount+ Free Trial

Once you’re signed up for the Prime Paramount+ Channel, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the Amazon Video app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, various smart TV’s, Xiaomi, Echo Show or Echo Spot, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Amazon website.


DirecTV Stream: Watch Most Local Channels

You can see what local channels are available in your city here

DirecTV Stream has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW and MyTV (all live in most markets) are included in every one, and you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free five-day trial:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.


Sling TV: Watch NBC or Fox

You can see what local channels are available in your city here

You can watch a live stream of NBC, Fox (both live in select markets) and 40-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” package, which you can watch for free through August 20:

Sling TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.


Paramount+: Watch CBS

This option is just for those who live in Cincinnati or anywhere the game is on CBS

This is ultimately the same as the Amazon Prime option above, only you’ll watch on Paramount’s digital platforms instead of Amazon’s. You can watch your local CBS channel live via Paramount+ (“Premium” plan), which comes with a free trial:

Paramount+ Free Trial

Once signed up for Paramount+, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the Paramount+ app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung Smart TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Paramount+ website.


NFL+: Watch Out-of-Market

You can watch every out-of-market, non-primetime preseason NFL game via NFL+, which comes with a free seven-day trial and then costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year after that:

NFL+ Free Trial

Once you’re signed up for NFL+, you can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the NFL app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the NFL website.


DAZN: Watch in Canada

Viewers in Canada can watch a live stream of every NFL game (preseason, regular season, postseason), NFL Network and NFL RedZone via DAZN, which comes with a free trial:

DAZN Canada Free Trial

Once signed up, viewers in Canada can watch the Cardinals vs Bengals live on the DAZN app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Samsung Smart TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch the game on your computer via the DAZN website.


Cardinals vs Bengals Preview

The Cincinnati Bengals return to gridiron action for the first time since Super Bowl LVI when facing the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in the preseason.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the team to the franchise’s third Super Bowl appearance last winter, won’t play amid his absence from training camp. Burrow had an appendectomy in July, and the timetable of his return remains unknown.

“Every day has been a very encouraging day for him,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said via The Associated Press. “I’m not going to make a prediction.”

Cardinals starting quarterback Kyler Murray has also been out for part of training camp and won’t play on Friday. Murray tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

“Hopefully, by the end of the week, he’ll feel good enough to cut it loose and keep it rolling,” Kingsbury said via José M. Romero of the Arizona Republic. “But we want to be smart.”

“If he hadn’t been in the same system for a number of years, I would be a bit more concerned. Anytime you’re trying to build your offense and build camaraderie and get the timing down, you’d love for him to be out there,” Kingsbury added. “But everybody deals with something like this. And we’ve kept him locked in mentally, and he’ll continue to do that.”

Both the Cardinals and Bengals look to test out their backups, rookies, and aspiring 53-man roster members. The Cardinals come into the preseason looking to build on last year’s 11-6 season that ended with a thud in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Rams.

Notable Cardinals players looking to make their mark on Friday include running back Eno Benjamin. The third-year back emerged during camp as a player who could break out in 2022. Benjamin didn’t play in 2020, and he only tallied 34 rushes in nine games last season.

“Early on I didn’t know if he could figure it out,” Kingsbury said via AZCardinals.com. “Professionalism and work ethic and understanding his role and all those things. Each year he has just gotten progressively better. He’s one of the hardest workers on the team now. Always upbeat, always into it. Just really come a long way.”

New Bengals receiver Kwamie Lassiter II could keep turning heads in competition with the preseason opener. Lassiter, who went undrafted, impressed in offseason team activities and thus far in camp.

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