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How to watch today's Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers NFL game: Livestream options, starting time, more

Bryce Young #9 of the Carolina Panthers looks to the sideline during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson will make history today when the Houston Texans face the Carolina Panthers. The game marks the first time the top three draft picks of the year will appear together in one game. 

The Panthers have also made winning a rarity this season. 0-6 coming into Week 8, Young hopes to score his first NFL victory. Stroud and Anderson, whose Texans (3-3) have already gotten a taste of victory this season, are seeking a winning record.

How and when to watch the Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers game

The Week 8 game between Texans and the Panthers will be played Sunday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT). The Week 8 game between the Texans and Panthers will air live on Fox, and stream on the services listed below.

While most cable packages include Fox, it's easy to watch the game if Fox isn't included in your cable TV subscription, or if you don't have cable at all. Your best options for watching are below. (Streaming options will require an internet provider.)

Stream the game on Sling TV for half price

If you have don't have cable TV that includes NBC, ABC, Fox or ESPN, one of the most cost-effective ways to stream live NFL football this year is through a subscription to Sling TV. The streamer offers access to the NFL Network, local NBC, Fox and ABC affiliates (where available) and ESPN with its Orange + Blue Tier plan. Also worth noting: Sling TV comes with 50 hours of cloud-based DVR recording space included, perfect for recording all the season's top NFL matchups.

That plan normally costs $60 per month, but the streamer is currently offering a 50% off promotion for your first month, so you'll pay just $30. You can learn more by tapping the button below.

Top features of Sling TV Orange + Blue tier:

  • There are 46 channels to watch in total, including local NBC, Fox and ABC affiliates (where available).
  • You get access to most local NFL games and nationally broadcast games at the lowest price.
  • All subscription tiers include 50 hours of cloud-based DVR storage.

Upgrade to Sling TV's Sports Extra package

Sling TV has a new offering for the 2023 NFL Season called Sports Extra. This souped-up package is designed for NFL and college football super-fans, with access to NFL Redzone, ESPN, NFL, SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big10 and Longhorn Networks.

There's a great deal on Sling TV Sports Extra going on right now: You can get four months of Sling TV Orange + Blue + Sports Extra for $219. It's the most cost-effective way to stream most NFL games this year.

You can learn more about Sling TV and Sports Extra by tapping the button below.

Watch the Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers game with FuboTV

You can also catch the game on FuboTV. FuboTV is a sports-centric streaming service that offers access to almost every NFL game of the season. Packages include CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone and more, so you'll be able to watch more than just today's games.

To watch the NFL without cable, start a seven-day free trial of Fubo. You can begin watching immediately on your TV, phone, tablet or computer. Fox, so you know, offers Sunday NFC games via "NFL on Fox"; while ESPN is the home of "Monday Night Football." ABC airs some "MNF" games, too. 

In addition to NFL football, FuboTV offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer games. FuboTV starts at $75 per month for the Pro tier (includes NFL Network); the $100 per month Ultimate tier includes NFL RedZone.

Top features of FuboTV:

  • The Pro tier includes 169 channels, including NFL Network; the Ultimate tier includes 289 channels, including NFL RedZone.
  • FuboTV includes all the channels you'll need to watch live sports, including CBS (not available through Sling TV).
  • All tiers come with 1,000 hours of DVR recording.

Watch the Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers game on Hulu + Live TV

You can watch the NFL, including the NFL Network, with Hulu + Live TV. The bundle features access to 90 channels, including both Fox and FS1. Unlimited DVR storage is also included. Watch every game on every network with Hulu + Live TV, plus catch live NFL preseason games, exclusive live regular season games, popular studio shows (including NFL Total Access and the Emmy-nominated show Good Morning Football) and lots more.

Hulu + Live TV comes bundled with ESPN+ and Disney+. It's priced at $77 per month.

Watch local NFL football live with a digital HDTV antenna


If you're cutting the cord to your cable company, you're not alone; in fact, you are in luck. You can still watch the NFL on TV with an affordable indoor antenna, which pulls in local over-the-air HDYC channels such as CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and PBS.  Here's the kicker: There's no monthly charge.

Anyone living in partially blocked-off area (those near mountains or first-floor apartments), a digital TV antenna may not pick up a good signal – or any signal at all. But for many homes, a digital TV antenna provides a seriously inexpensive way to watch college football without paying a staggering monthly fee.  Indoor TV antennas can also provide some much-needed TV backup if a storm knocks out your cable (or your cable company gets in a squabble with a network).

This amplified HDTV antenna, claims to have a 50-mile range and offers 36 channels. It's rated 4.0 stars by Amazon reviewers.

Said one Amazon customer, "When the price of this antenna dropped to $50, it was competitively priced with what you would find on the shelves at your local Radio Shack. If you're considering this product, you're probably already questioning your cable television bill and are looking around for a cheap way to get the Big 3 plus Fox and PBS. This antenna delivered that for us right out of the box."

Watch the Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers game on your phone with NFL+

If you want to catch the game on your phone -- and all the amazing football ahead this season -- check out NFL+. The premium streaming service, starting at $40 per year (or $7 per month), offers access to NFL Network. And yes, that includes games being broadcast out-of-market. To boost your NFL experience even further, you can upgrade to NFL+ Premium with NFL RedZone and watch up to eight NFL games simultaneously. A seven-day, free trial is available.

Top features of NFL+:

  • You get access to all NFL preseason games, including those that are out of market.
  • NFL+ lets you watch stream local and primetime regular season games on your phone or tablet, but not your TV.
  • Includes the NFL Network (and NFL RedZone with NFL+ Premium), so it's a good option for those who are looking to stream football on the go.

2023 NFL Season Week-8 Schedule

The 2023 NFL Season Week-8 schedule is below. All times listed ET. The game you see broadcast locally will depend on your geographical area. 

Thursday, Oct. 26

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. (Prime Video)

Sunday, Oct. 29

  • Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (Fox)
  • LA Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 p.m. (Fox)
  • Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, 1.00 p.m. (Fox)
  • New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m. (Fox)
  • New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
  • New York Jets vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
  • Atlanta Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
  • Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Commanders, 1:00 p.m. (Fox)
  • Cleveland Browns vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m. (Fox)
  • Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
  • Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
  • Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
  • Chicago Bears vs Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Oct. 30

  • Las Vegas Raiders vs. Detroit Lions, 8:15 p.m. (ABC, ESPN)

Storylines we're following in the 2023 NFL season

Important dates to remember: 

  • The 2023 NFL regular season runs today through Jan. 7, 2024. 
  • Playoffs are scheduled for January 13 through Jan. 28, 2004.
  • Super Bowl LVIII is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2024 in Las Vegas.
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff No. 16. Getty Images

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What's up with the 49ers? Brock Purdy silenced naysayers last season when he took over after both QBs Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo suffered season-ending injuries. Coach Shanahan traded Lance and gave Purdy the starting job this season with little trepidation that the last pick of the 2022 NFL Draft had what it takes. The team remained undefeated until back-to-back losses in Weeks 6 and 7. Deebo, Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle have battled injuries all season, but Shanahan is going to need them in the game if he wants to keep Niners fans from pivoting away from Team Purdy to another team.

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