Thanks to the advent of Thursday Night Football, there are four NFL games streaming this month, mostly on Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon will host the first three free streaming games to its massive Prime membership audience. Fans of Thanksgiving football can also catch the Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys with a CBS All Access subscription. Or this might be the perfect time to test out a free, one-month trial.
The initial three November matchups are divisional contests. Those become all the more important at this juncture of the year as division record is a key tiebreaker for the playoffs.
Read on to find out which games stream when and which platforms carry them. Then enjoy some key details regarding each showdown.
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (Amazon Prime Video – Nov. 7, 8:20 p.m. ET)
If anyone said this was going to be the highest-quality November game before Week 1, reactions would’ve ranged from cackles to sideways glances. Stranger yet, Oakland (4-4) will enter ahead in the standings.
Although all five of the Chargers’ losses have been by seven points or less, they once again have fallen victim to a slow start. That’s been their M.O. during Philip Rivers’ lengthy tenure as franchise quarterback. However, L.A. has won two straight to pick up some momentum.
Despite the Hard Knocks exposure and Antonio Brown fiasco, the Raiders are right in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt. That’s largely thanks to their own signal-caller, Derek Carr, who leads the league with a 71.2 completion percentage. He isn’t checking it down all the time, either — he’s averaging a career-best 7.9 yards per attempt.
Coach Jon Gruden’s second stint in Oakland got off to a rocky start last year but looks to be turning around. Week 10 will be a true measure of whether the Raiders are postseason contenders or pretenders against their AFC West rival.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Amazon Prime Video – Nov. 14, 8:20 p.m. ET)
No team has been more disappointing in the NFL this year than the Browns. Two historically productive, young receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. One of the best backs in the league in Nick Chubb. A formidable defensive line led by Myles Garrett.
As if Cleveland hasn’t endured enough woes: quarterback Baker Mayfield has imploded into a sophomore slump. Mayfield has seven touchdown throws to 12 interceptions. He’s forcing the ball, and stubbornly refuses to change his cocky attitude for the betterment of the team.
Oh, and new head coach Freddie Kitchens is floundering and drowning on game days.
Despite losing future Hall of Fame signal-caller Ben Roethlisberger for the 2019 campaign, Pittsburgh has found a way to hang tough at .500 at the midway point. At 4-4, the Steelers improbably have postseason hopes.
The Browns (2-6) probably can afford to lose just one more game, if that, to secure a playoff berth. Even at home and with a massive talent advantage, it won’t be easy for Cleveland to get the “W” here.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Amazon Prime Video – Nov. 21, 8:20 p.m. ET)
This would’ve been the best game of the bunch if Colts starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s health wasn’t in question. He’s week-to-week with a sprained MCL suffered in Week 9.
In Brissett’s place is journeyman backup Brian Hoyer. While he did throw for three touchdowns and positioned Indy for a game-winning field goal attempt that went awry, Hoyer also threw a 96-yard pick-six near halftime of last week’s 26-24 loss to the Steelers.
Hoyer spent 2015 in Houston under coach Bill O’Brien, so there’s familiarity there that the latter can probably exploit. Plus, Texans star Deshaun Watson gives Houston (6-3) a huge edge at the most important position, whether it’s Hoyer or Brissett.
These Colts have overcome the odds to go 5-3 to this point after the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck. They should beat Miami in Week 10, since the Dolphins are essentially trying to lose. However, Week 12 could be the start of Indianapolis’ decline.
Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys (CBS All Access – Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m. ET)
The NFL Thanksgiving tradition puts the brakes on Amazon’s rights to Thursday games for just this one week.
Buffalo (6-2) has been one of the surprises of the year. The team boasts an elite defense that ranks third in total yards allowed and points allowed per game. It’s probably the most optimistic the fanbase has been in over two decades.
But this clash in Dallas is going to be tough, because the Bills will have short rest and will be playing their third road game in four weeks.
That’s not to say the Cowboys (5-3) don’t have difficulties, too. They have among the most difficult schedules in the NFL from Weeks 10 through 16. America’s Team is home against Minnesota before road trips to Detroit and New England. All those opponents figure to take a physical toll on Dallas, and could drop its record to at least 6-5 before Thanksgiving.
Don’t expect a lot of offensive fireworks in this one. Don’t be surprised, though, if the Cowboys pull it out thanks to the running of elite back Ezekiel Elliott.