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How to Watch Panthers vs Commanders Game Online for Free

Baker Mayfield

Getty Baker Mayfield makes his Carolina Panthers debut on Saturday, August 13.

Three top-two quarterbacks will take the field when Washington and Carolina meet in preseason action on Saturday, August 13, in the nation’s capital.

The game (1 p.m. ET) will be televised locally on different channels depending on the city: FOX (WJZY-46) in Charlotte, NBC (WRC-4) in Washington, DC, and either ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW or MyTV in other local markets (full list here). It will also be televised on NFL Network in the Chiefs and Bears markets.

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 Panthers vs Commanders:

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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 Panthers vs Commanders 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.


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 Panthers vs Commanders 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 Panthers vs Commanders 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.


Amazon Prime: Watch CBS

This option is just for those who live in Greensboro, Norfolk, 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 Panthers vs Commanders 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.


Paramount+: Watch CBS

This option is just for those who live in Greensboro, Norfolk, 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 Panthers vs Commanders 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 Panthers vs Commanders 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 Panthers vs Commanders 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.


Panthers vs Commanders Preview

Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz, and Sam Darnold all went in the top two of their respective drafts.

All three will play in the preseason opener between the Washington Commanders and Carolina Panthers. All three quarterbacks didn’t last with their original teams, and they all enter this season with much to prove.

Wentz, who once gave Washington trouble as a quarterback for NFC East rival Philadelphia, suits up for the Commanders with hopes to restore his career. The Eagles traded Wentz in 2021 to the Indianapolis Colts, which traded him to Washington this year.

Commanders quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese likes what he sees in Wentz so far. The former No. 2 pick in 2016 has impressed with his deep ball and connection with Commanders receivers.

“He’s locked into details He wants to know and he wants to communicate it so that we’re all on the same page,” Zampese said via CBS Sports’ Kyle Stackpole. “That’s obvious from the time we started when it was just he and I. And then as we get the players into the building, you see the communication and going back to talk through a rep after it’s already been done, to come to a greater understanding so that when we go to the next time, you can anticipate it a little bit more, and you get better balls, better looks, better spots.”

Mayfield also gets a fresh start this year in Carolina after the Cleveland Browns trade him after four seasons with the team. Unlike Wentz, Mayfield faces a serious competitor for the starting job in Sam Darnold.

Ironically, Mayfield went first in the 2018 draft followed by Darnold at No. 2 with the New York Jets. Darnold didn’t pan out with the Jets, and the team traded him to Carolina in 2021. Darnold’s play with the Panthers last season didn’t merit the team passing on Mayfield in the trade market.

Who will start the preseason opener hasn’t been announced.

“Not yet. We’re working through all that. We’ll meet today and kinda have that, but both quarterbacks will have a chance to play,” Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper.

Washington and Carolina notably have rookie quarterbacks who will also get their first-ever NFL game action on Saturday. The Commanders have fifth-round pick Sam Howell from North Carolina, and the Panthers have third-rounder Matt Corral from Ole Miss.

Saturday’s game also marks the debut for Washington as the Commanders after ditching the Redskins mascot and playing as the Washington Football Team.

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