How to stream NFL games with a VPN

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How to stream NFL games with a VPN

The 2021 NFL season kicks off on September 9, and whether you’re looking to find the best way to watch NFL Game Pass on your Apple TV or Android TV, or test cord-cutting services that include NFL action, you’ve come to the right place.

On this page you’ll find information on how to securely watch the NFL with a VPN, analyses and predictions for upcoming games, and ongoing odds for the best bet to win the Super Bowl.

Get NFL Game Pass international and stream games live without blackouts

If you’re looking to catch every game of the 2021 NFL season, but don’t have a U.S. cable subscription, NFL Game Pass is your best option.

You can access NFL Game Pass worldwide, but the U.S. version does not allow live streaming of games. Some games are blacked out in parts of Europe as well. Only users who sign up for Game Pass from a non-U.S. and non-Europe location will have live-streaming access to every game, everywhere.

To access NFL Game Pass with a VPN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a non-U.S. location where all games are available. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to NFL Game Pass and sign up.
  4. Sit back and enjoy!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

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NFL blackouts: International Game Pass vs. U.S. Game Pass

What’s the difference between watching NFL Game Pass in Germany, Australia, Canada, or the U.S.? NFL Game Pass is available both inside and outside the States. However, there are key differences every fan needs to know:

The U.S. NFL Game Pass does not offer live streaming of regular-season or postseason games. It provides streams of out-of-market preseason games, on-demand replays of every regular-season game, and the NFL Films archive. There are no blackouts of regular-season games (because none are shown live at all). A seven-day free trial is available.

In most other markets, such as Mexico and most EU countries, the international NFL Game Pass offers all 256 regular-season games plus the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Users trying to watch the NFL in the UK or Ireland are subject to blackouts on some games, and for viewers who want to stream the NFL in Canada, Game Pass is available exclusively through DAZN.

Most international Game Pass subscribers get access to NFL RedZone, the NFL Network, and all NFL Films programming. There’s a seven-day free trial available.

Stream the NFL on services with free trials

One way to get your NFL fix is to explore cord-cutting services that have free trials. These services allow you to explore what works for you without making a financial commitment.

Stream live on DAZN Canada

Price: 20 CAD/month or 150 CAD/year

You can tune in to the 2021-22 NFL season live on DAZN.

You may need to provide a valid Canadian credit/debit card and postal code (e.g., G1X 2W1, V9N 9C5). If you don’t have a Canadian bank account, you can subscribe via PayPal, Apple in-app purchase, or (pre-paid) gift card. A 30-day free trial is available for DAZN.

To watch the NFL live on DAZN:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Canada.
  3. Go to DAZN Canada and sign up.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Learn more about watching DAZN with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the DAZN app on your Android or iOS device.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Watch the games live on Sling TV

Price: 10 USD/month and up

Channels: ESPN, Fox, and NBC

Sling TV provides access to every channel that carries NFL games. A three-day free trial is available.

To watch the NFL live on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Los Angeles. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to Sling TV and sign up for Sling Orange and Blue.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Learn more about watching Sling TV with ExpressVPN.

Note: In order to get Sling TV’s free trial you must use the Sling TV app as opposed to signing up on the website

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Stream the NFL on fuboTV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: CBS, Fox, and NBC

How about another way to catch NFL games? Use the seven-day free trial on fuboTV to watch more football and other sports like MLB and the NHL!

To stream live NFL games with fuboTV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Sign up on fuboTV.
  4. Tune in and enjoy!

Learn more about watching fuboTV with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Live stream on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC

Hulu+Live TV is another way to catch live NFL games and offers a seven-day free trial available. Games shown are subject to regional availability and blackout restrictions. You may need to supply a valid U.S. postal code (e.g., 10012, 48104) and credit card.

To watch live NFL games with Hulu + Live TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Go to Hulu and select a plan.
  4. Tune in to the action!

Learn more about watching Hulu with ExpressVPN.

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Watch on YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN

YouTube offers a variety of channels that carry NFL games and the subscription costs 65 USD/month. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the five-day free trial.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Visit YouTube TV and sign up
  4. Stream the games live!

Note: You may need to submit a U.S. postal code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.)

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Learn more about watching YouTube TV with ExpressVPN.

NFL streaming options for special circumstances

There are a few options that won’t give you access to all the games, but could fit your needs.

Stream AFC Games on Paramount+

Price: 5 USD/month

Channels: CBS

Paramount+ has an ‘Essential’ package that offers a variety of local CBS channels that carry NFL games (specifically featuring AFC teams) and the subscription costs 5 USD/month. If you don’t feel like committing to Paramount+ or only want to watch a specific game, there’s a seven-day free trial.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S. that matches one of the teams in the game
  3. Visit Paramount+ and sign up
  4. On game day visit Paramount+ and find the games under ‘Live TV’
  5. Enjoy the games!

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video

Price: 13 USD/month

Amazon Prime Video will be carrying Thursday Night Football all season long and it costs13 USD/month. You have plenty of time to see how the service works thanks to its 30-day free trial, and of course an Amazon Prime subscription includes more than just video streaming.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Visit Amazon Prime and sign up
  4. Sign in to Prime Video on Thursdays to watch the games!

Learn more about streaming Amazon Prime Video with ExpressVPN.

Note: Buying an Amazon Prime subscription requires a U.S. credit card

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Tune into Sunday Night Football on Peacock

Price: 5 USD/month

Using Peacock you can watch NBC’s Sunday Night Football all season long (plus one of the Thanksgiving games), and it costs 5 USD/month. The schedule of all the games can be found here.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Visit Peacock and sign up.
  4. Sign in to Peacock on Sundays to watch the games!

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

More Game Pass Information

If you’re looking for more information before committing to a Game Pass subscription, here are some answers to some of the questions you may have:

Is NFL Game Pass UK the same as International Game Pass?

In a word, no. Regional broadcasting rights in the UK and the Republic of Ireland mean certain games are subject to blackout restrictions.

This applies even if a subscriber from the UK or Ireland is in another part of the EU. Existing EU Portability Regulations require UK and Ireland blackout restrictions to apply no matter where in the EU the subscriber is.

Can I watch NFL Game Pass in Europe?

EU viewers who subscribe to NFL Game Pass from most locations other than the UK or Ireland should have access to all games live, although limited blackouts may apply if such users try to watch from the UK or Ireland.

Where is the cheapest location to get NFL International Game Pass?

NFL international Game Pass prices vary from region to region, but South American locations tend to offer the lowest prices. For information about specific countries, contact ExpressVPN Support.

Subscription refunds are valid up to seven days from the purchase date. Free trial refunds are valid up to three days after the trial ends. More details can be found on the NFL Digital Care site.

Which devices can I watch International NFL Game Pass on?

NFL Game Pass works on the following devices. To set up ExpressVPN on your device, follow the corresponding link below:

How to solve NFL Game Pass International streaming problems

Don’t let a troublesome connection knock you out of bounds! If you encounter any issues while streaming the NFL, contact ExpressVPN Support for immediate assistance.

Top NFL Week 3 games

While all 32 teams are in action, there are a few Week 3 games on the schedule that especially stand out (all times EDT):

Thursday Night Football: Carolina Panthers vs. Houston Texans – September 23, 8:20 p.m.

The Panthers have looked surprisingly effective in the early going—especially on the defensive side of the ball—and they should continue to roll against a Texans team that lost starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to injury. Although Houston has exceeded expectations so far, its roster is talent-deficient, and rookie quarterback Davis Mills didn’t impress in his Week 2 cameo.

Top early game: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – September 26, 1:00 p.m.

Even after losing to the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs are still heavy favorites to win the AFC West, but if anyone can give them a run for their money it’s the Chargers. Justin Herbert and the offense have experienced some tough breaks in the early going, but Los Angeles has playmakers on both sides of the ball and won’t make things easy for Patrick Mahomes and company.

Top late game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams – September 26, 4:25 p.m.

No one would be shocked if these teams end up meeting in the NFC Championship. Each has dynamic offenses, defensive stars, and impressive schematics that let them play up to their talent. Matt Stafford has looked excellent in a Rams uniform, but Tom Brady has been borderline perfect so far. Whoever escapes this game with a win will be looking like the real deal.

Sunday Night Football: Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – September 26, 8:20 p.m..

Aaron Rodgers has an impressive combination of a long memory and a petty nature so it’s always fun to see him get revenge on the local team that passed on him in favor of Alex Smith back in 2005. Rodgers has 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions in eight career games against the team he grew up supporting, and he could go off again—even if he isn’t off to the best start in 2021.

Monday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys – September 27, 8:15 p.m

The NFC East is looking wide open, and this game could go a long way towards determining the outcome, even this early in the season. The Eagles are looking surprisingly dangerous behind Jalen Hurts’ dual-threat attack, while the Cowboys’ two-headed rushing combination of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard is helping them move the ball and stay balanced.

NFL award race leaders

MVPTom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even though Brady turned 44 in the offseason he doesn’t look any less dynamic this year. His nine touchdowns lead the NFL and he has the Buccaneers’ offense looking like a well-oiled machine. It certainly helps that he has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski to throw to, but Brady’s play has been borderline flawless.

(Preseason pick: Patrick Mahomes)

Offensive Player of the YearDerrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

After a mediocre Week 1 performance, Henry put a hurting on the Seattle Seahawks, showing that he’s still capable of monster games. Not only is he just behind Christian McCaffrey on the yards-from-scrimmage leaderboard, he’s also catching far more passes than usual, which could indicate he’s becoming more versatile in his sixth season.

(Preseason pick: Davante Adams)

Defensive Player of the YearChandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals’ defense isn’t going to set any records as a unit, but the contribution Jones is making is downright special. He manhandled well-regarded tackle Taylor Lewan in Week 1 and his five sacks lead the league. Now in his 10th season, Jones has over 100 career sacks and doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

(Preseason pick: Myles Garrett)

Offensive Rookie of the YearMac Jones, New England Patriots

Even though Jones doesn’t impress with his physical tools, he’s given the Patriots a competent presence behind center, and come close to leading them to a 2-0 record. Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields have higher ceilings than Jones, but neither has matched his consistency thus far.

(Preseason pick: Trevor Lawrence)

Defensive Rookie of the YearAsante Samuel Jr., Los Angeles Chargers

This is a wide open category, but Samuel Jr. deserves credit for stepping into the Chargers’ starting defense and looking solid from the get-go. The 21-year-old is undersized, but he’s played the ball well, notching an interception and three passes defended in his first two NFL starts.

(Preseason pick: Micah Parsons)

Comeback Player of the YearChristian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

McCaffrey is a one-man offense unlike any other when healthy, and he’s produced at an All-Pro level thus far despite missing 13 games last season. If he stays on the field it will be hard to deny him this award, and he may win one or two more if he continues to drive the Panthers’ offense the way he has through the first two weeks.

(Preseason pick: Odell Beckham Jr.)

Coach of the YearJon Gruden, Las Vegas Raiders

If Gruden is in this spot at the end of Week 18 it would be something of a shocker, but his work thus far is beyond reproach. The Raiders have taken down the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in their first two games, and could continue to roll against a Miami Dolphins team that had their lunch eaten by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

(Preseason pick: Brandon Staley)

Key storylines of the NFL season

Could this be a legendary rookie quarterback class?

So far just Trevor Lawrence and Mac Jones have earned starting spots, but that pair— combined with Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance—has the potential to change the balance of power in the NFL. It’s easy to get too excited about rookie quarterbacks, who have a tendency to bust, but between Lawrence’s all-around game, the dual-threat possibilities that Fields and Lance present, and the in-pocket competence of Jones, there’s a lot to like here. Wilson is probably the biggest wild card, but he’s got all the tools to thrive if the Jets’ offense can improve around him.

Will Matt Stafford’s move to Los Angeles shake up the NFC?

For years the Rams were flooded with talent on both sides of the ball, but seemed to be held back by Jared Goff’s limitations as a passer. Although Stafford’s record in Detroit is far from spotless, his arm strength is remarkable and he’s expected to pile up wins now that he’s plying his trade for a more successful franchise guided by offensive wizard Sean McVay.

Is this the end of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay?

For parts of the offseason it looked like Rodgers had played his last game in a Packers jersey, but he’s back for at least one more run. It’s hard to imagine him playing for another team, but that’s looking probable so the 2020 MVP’s campaign with Green Bay should be appreciated. It will take a Herculean effort on his part to end his time with the Packers on a championship note, but it’s far from impossible.

Who’s going to stop the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

The Buccaneers have a well-balanced roster and a legendary quarterback, and are coming off a season that saw them get better and better as they gelled on the way to a Super Bowl title. Now the New Orleans Saints figure to pose far less resistance in the NFC South with Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees hanging up his cleats. Tampa Bay is no lock to repeat, but the team is in a good spot.

Who’s going to win the Super Bowl?

Even early in the season there are a few teams that look like clear contenders to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Kansas City Chiefs are at the top of that list thanks to the presence of Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and his elite weapons, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. It would also be unwise to rule out the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the legendary Tom Brady at the helm as well as a top-flight defense.

Beyond the teams who made the Super Bowl last year are a couple of clubs who had unstoppable offenses—the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, although both face-planted out of the gate in Week 1. The Cleveland Browns’ combination of a dominant rushing attack and a sturdy defense gives them a shot, and the same could be said for the Baltimore Ravens.

Another place to look for a contender would be the NFC West—the most stacked division in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams have a balanced roster that got a major upgrade at quarterback in the form of Matthew Stafford, the San Francisco 49ers are led by perhaps the best offensive mind in the game in Kyle Shanahan, and the Seattle Seahawks have Russell Wilson leading the charge and a new offensive philosophy that could open up their potential through the air.

Here are the championship probabilities of the top 10 teams as calculated by FiveThirtyEight:

TeamChampionship Probability 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers16%
Kansas City Chiefs13%
Los Angeles Rams9%
Buffalo Bills8%
San Francisco 49ers6%
Baltimore Ravens6%
Denver Broncos4%
Cleveland Browns4%
Arizona Cardinals4%
Seattle Seahawks3%

What are the key dates for the 2021 NFL season?

NFL 2021 season dates
NameDateLocation
NFL DraftApril 29 – May 1, 2021Cleveland, Ohio
Regular seasonSeptember 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022U.S.
PlayoffsStart date: January 15, 2022U.S.
Pro BowlFebruary 6, 2022Paradise, Nevada
Super Bowl LVFebruary 13, 2022Los Angeles, California

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