How to stream NFL games with a VPN

Updated: November 30, 2021

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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. While prices can vary by region, Game Pass is running a Thanksgiving special for 1 USD to watch all this week’s games.

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 games 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 games 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!

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

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 and up

Channels: Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN

YouTube offers a variety of channels that carry NFL games and the subscription costs 65 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. zip code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.). 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 a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

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 airs Thursday Night Football all season long and it costs 13 USD/month (or 119 USD for an annual membership). 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 in to 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, which can get as low as 75 USD for the season. 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 13 games

After the Thanksgiving games there are 28 teams in action, including a few games on the schedule that stand out in each time slot (all times EDT):

Thursday Night Football: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints – December 2, 8:20 p.m.

The Cowboys are in a state of disarray with the inconsistency of their offense (thanks in part to injuries to Ezekiel Elliott and CeeDee Lamb, plus Amari Cooper’s presence on the Covid reserve list), and a defense that gambles for turnovers and has come up empty lately. Dallas still has far more firepower than the Saints, but New Orleans plays a smart, disciplined game and possesses a strong defense. The Saints are tough on even the best teams, and they’re catching the Cowboys at a vulnerable moment.

Top early game: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Cincinnati Bengals – December 5, 1:00 p.m.

The Chargers and Bengals are flooded with offensive talent, but it’s impossible to know what you’ll get from them in any given week. Cincinnati is coming off an impressive win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this is also the team that lost to a Mike White-led New York Jets squad. Los Angeles put up 47 points on a respectable Cleveland Browns defense, then scored six points the next week. This is the ultimate matchup of wild cards.

Top late game: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – December 5, 4:25 p.m.

Although the Steelers’ horrendous quarterback play is holding them back, this is still a marquee rivalry, and Pittsburgh could claw back into the wild-card picture with a win. Lamar Jackson is coming off a brutal four-interception game, and a similar performance would be disastrous against a Steelers defense with a number of top playmakers. Baltimore will be favored, but games between these two clubs tend to be close.

Sunday Night Football: Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs – December 5, 8:20 p.m.

Very quietly the Broncos are on a roll and the Chiefs’ supremacy in the AFC West is coming under threat. Kansas City’s defense has improved significantly in recent weeks—in part due to the addition of Melvin Ingram—but Denver has a tough running attack and dynamic trio of receivers. Quarterback play could be an issue for the Broncos, though, as Teddy Bridgewater is playing through injury and Drew Lock is a turnover machine.

Monday Night Football: Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots – December 5, 8:15 p.m.

Early in the year it looked like the gap between these two teams was massive, but the Patriots have steadily improved as rookie quarterback Mac Jones has gotten up to speed and their defense has tightened up. Meanwhile, the Bills have shown flashes of brilliance, but have also put in bewilderingly poor performances on a few occasions. Buffalo may still have the edge, but a New England win would put Bill Belichick’s team in prime position to snag the AFC East crown—and possibly a #1 seed in the AFC.

NFL award race leaders

MVPTom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This category is still competitive, but Brady gets the nod thanks to the pass yardage totals he’s putting up—and the efficiency of the Buccaneers’ offense he’s leading. The 44-year-old is on pace to shatter his personal yards-per-game record, and demonstrate his dominance over Father Time for yet another season. If Colts running back Jonathan Taylor continues his torrid pace he’ll be a threat to nab this award, but it generally goes to quarterbacks.

(Preseason pick: Patrick Mahomes)

Offensive Player of the YearJonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

The best candidate for this award would be Derrick Henry, but the big running back’s injury puts it up for grabs. Taylor seems like a worthy candidate considering he leads the league in yards from scrimmage and he’s come on strong lately with 1017 total yards and 14 touchdowns in his last seven games.

(Preseason pick: Davante Adams)

Defensive Player of the YearMyles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

No one has done more to blow up opposing offenses than Garrett, who leads the league in sacks and quarterback hits. The edge rusher simply cannot be blocked by one man, and sometimes even two aren’t enough to slow him down.

(Preseason pick: Myles Garrett)

Offensive Rookie of the YearMac Jones, Dallas Cowboys

While Ja’Marr Chase is building his case as an explosive playmaker with the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s hard not to be impressed by what Jones is doing for the Patriots. Behind the rookie signal caller’s growing confidence and efficiency, New England has won six consecutive games by a combined score of 211-63. The young quarterback’s accuracy and poise has been essential to that dominance, and he’s only getting better.

(Preseason pick: Trevor Lawrence)

Defensive Rookie of the YearMicah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

No one eligible for this award has had a more multifaceted affect on their team than Parsons. The linebacker has been particularly adept at rushing the passer—he has nine sacks and ranks in the league’s top-5 in quarterback hits—but he’s also contributed in coverage, helping the Cowboys’ defense achieve a competence it couldn’t find last season.

(Preseason pick: Micah Parsons)

Comeback Player of the YearDak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Prescott was on his way to an outstanding season in 2020 before an ankle injury robbed him of 11 games, and he’s picking up right where he left off. The veteran is leading an incredibly dangerous offense and even some recent inconsistency has done little to knock him from the perch as the frontrunner for this award.

(Preseason pick: Odell Beckham Jr.)

Coach of the YearKliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals

Coming into the season, Kingsbury was a common pick to be the first coach fired thanks to the inconsistency of the Cardinals under his stewardship and the tough road he faced in the NFC West. If he takes Arizona to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 despite Kyler Murray‘s injury issues this award could be in his future.

(Preseason pick: Brandon Staley)

Key storylines of the NFL season

What is going on with the Kansas City Chiefs?

The Chiefs entered the season as Super Bowl favorites thanks to a seemingly unstoppable offense that added star tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to help with its pass protection issues. Despite the presence of Patrick Mahomes, the team has scuffled immensely in the season’s first half thanks to a Swiss cheese defense and an offense that can’t get any production out of skill players not named Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill.

The Arizona Cardinals are for real…right?

Coming off a mediocre 8-8 season, the Cardinals were widely projected at the start of the year to be the fourth-ranked team in the NFC West. Shockingly Arizona is the last undefeated team in the league, and nothing about their success seems particularly unsustainable. They even clobbered the NFC West favorite Los Angeles Rams by 17 points in Week 4 to put themselves in the driver’s seat in arguably the league’s toughest division. The reasons for skepticism continue to shrink for Kyler Murray’s squad…so long as he can stay healthy.

Will Matthew 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.

How’s the longer season going to affect the competitive picture?

The NFL is moving to a 17-game campaign in 2021, which will make the road to playoffs even more difficult. All the extra games are likely to lead to more injuries around the league, which could mean that the deepest teams will go the farthest. The increased physical toll could also make life harder on older players, helping teams with more youth.

Who’s going to win the Super Bowl?

At season’s start, the Kansas City Chiefs looked to be prime contenders thanks to the presence of Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and his elite weapons, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. They started slow, but seem to be finding their groove. The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers also look like a good bet with the legendary Tom Brady at the helm, as well as a top-flight defense and a laughably easy schedule through to the season’s end.

Beyond the teams who made the Super Bowl last year are a couple of clubs with unstoppable offenses—the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. The Bills look particularly dangerous when they possess the ball, while the Packers have surprised with sturdy defensive efforts. Both teams have had their ups and downs, but remain among the league’s best. The Baltimore Ravens’ combination of a dominant dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson and a sturdy defense gives them a shot. The AFC South seemed unlikely to produce a true contender at the beginning of the season, but the Tennessee Titans have a sterling record and the Indianapolis Colts have been cruising thanks to the old-school formula of a strong defense and dynamic rushing attack. The New England Patriots also deserve a mention thanks to their ability to shut down opponents and continued improvement of rookie quarterback Mac Jones.

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, and the Arizona Cardinals have made the most of Kyler Murray’s impressive gifts. Even the San Francisco 49ers could make some noise with solid defense, a soft schedule, and picture-perfect play-calling from Kyle Shanahan.

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

TeamChampionship Probability 
Green Bay Packers17%
Arizona Cardinals13%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers12%
New England Patriots10%
Kansas City Chiefs9%
Baltimore Ravens8%
Buffalo Bills8%
Tennessee Titans4%
Dallas Cowboys3%
Cincinnati Bengals3%

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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