The 2021-22 football season is officially underway, and while the best way to catch all of the games is still on conventional cable, cord cutters can still get in on the action with a few smart hacks.
While the 32 teams took to the field last year in a modified season due to Covid-19, the 2021 NFL season has actually expanded to a 17-game schedule (up from a 16-game regular season). The NFL has also expanded the playoff field from 12 teams to 14 teams, effectively allowing one more wild-card team from each conference (this was first introduced last year).
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the defending Super Bowl Champions and will be looking to repeat as NFL champs this year, led once again by star quarterback Tom Brady. The latest Super Bowl LVI odds have the Kansas City Chiefs on top, with oddsmakers also listing the Bucs, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams as other favorites to contend for the Super Bowl 56 trophy.
How to Watch NFL Games Without Cable
The 2021-2022 NFL season is being broadcast across a number of networks, including CBS, NBC and FOX.
CBS and FOX will air Sunday afternoon games, while you can watch Sunday Night Football on NBC.
Monday Night Football will air on ESPN and ABC. The NFL Network, meantime, will show a select number of Thursday Night Football games.
A simple TV antenna (like this one from Amazon) will get you access to all four major networks in HD quality, along with other local stations in your area. Pay for the antenna once and enjoy “free cable” for as long as you have it installed. Our pick below can be mounted indoors or outdoors and delivers a range of up to 120 miles, to pick up more stations than most basic antennas.