The Denver Broncos (2-3) will be playing the Los Angeles Chargers tonight on "Monday Night Football." The only catch: You won't be able to watch this NFL game over-the-air on ABC -- it's being shown on ESPN and ESPN Desportes.
Want the best way of watching the game without a cable subscription (and without a trip to your local sports bar)? Your friends at CBS Essentials have put together a guide for watching this Monday football game, plus all the rest of the "MNF" broadcasts this NFL season. Here's what you need to know.
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Watch all out-of-market NFL games: DirecTV Stream ("Choice" tier), $80/mo. for first 5 months (new users only)
Watch MNF on ESPN without cable: Disney+ and ESPN+ bundle, $14 monthly
The 2022 NFL regular season is scheduled to run over 18 weeks, and include 272 games in total. For more on how to watch every NFL game of the season, check out our more comprehensive.
When does the Denver Broncos - Los Angeles Chargers game start?
kicks off Monday, Oct. 17 at 8:15 p.m. EDT (5:15 p.m. PDT) on ESPN and ESPN Deportes when the Denver Broncos (2-3) face off against the Los Angeles Chargers (3-2). The game will not air on ABC.
(For the complete 2022 NFL season schedule, check out this guide put together by our sister site, CBS Sports.)
How to watch the Denver Broncos - Los Angeles Chargers game
If you've already got a cable package that includes ESPN, you should be all set to watch the Denver Broncos - Los Angeles Chargers game.
Otherwise, if you're looking for a way to stream all the NFL games this season, including out-of-market Sunday games, we think the best way to go is DirecTV Stream with 2022 Sunday NFL Ticket Max. The Choice streaming package, just $80 per month for the first five months ($90 per month thereafter), offers access to all the major networks that air NFL games, including ESPN. Plus, it includes access to 2022 Sunday NFL Ticket Max, which lets you stream any football game, regardless of where you live. (Plus, you can watch up to 8 Sunday games at once.)
How to watch 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN
ABC and ESPN are included in most cable packages and in plenty of deluxe streaming subscriptions with a live TV component, including DirectTV Stream, Fubo TV, Hulu + Live TV and Sling TV. If you have a cable package but aren't sure if it includes ESPN, you can try signing in with your TV provider here.
DirecTV Stream isn't cheap, but it offers all the networks you'll need for the 2022 NFL season, including ESPN, ABC and ESPN Deportes. Subscribers to the DirecTV "Choice" tier and above get access to CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN, plus regional sports networks and no-extra-cost access to 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket Max, a plan that streams every live out-of-market Sunday game (and usually runs $395).
Right now, DirectTV Stream is offering $10 off your first five months, meaning you'll only have to pay $80 for the "Choice" tier with 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket Max through football season.
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.
In addition to NFL football, FuboTV offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer games.
YouTube TV offers streaming coverage and pricing similar to Hulu+ Live TV's, with the added bonus of a cable TV-esque channel grid. A basic subscription costs $65 a month. It's currently being offered (to new users only) for $55 a month for the first three months.
Sling TV is a live-TV streamer. For the NFL season, Sling's "Orange & Blue" tier will get you almost all of the networks you need to watch every game -- including ABC and ESPN -- and at a relative bargain of $50 a month. Note: The "Orange & Blue" tier will not get you CBS games, or Amazon Prime Video's "Thursday Night Football."
Still interested? Sling offers new users half off their first month of any package, including the "Orange & Blue" tier.
ESPN+ will simulcast some of ESPN's "MNF" games, but it includes access to very few live NFL games. During the 2022 NFL season, ESPN+ will exclusively broadcast one single game: Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on October 30. (The game will take place at Wembley Stadium in London at 9:30 a.m. ET.)
This means, if you truly want to the ability to stream every single game of the season, you'll need access to ESPN+ -- at least for the month of October. The $7 per month streaming service does not currently offer a free trial.
Another way you can gain access to ESPN+ is through the Disney+ bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu's most basic ad-supported plan and ESPN+ for $14 a month. If you're wondering what else you can watch with the Disney+ bundle, check out our guide onand .
How to watch 'Monday Night Football' on your phone: NFL Plus
If you want to watch NFL games, including "Monday Night Football," exclusively on your mobile device or tablet, NFL+ has you covered. Starting at $5 per month or $30 annually, an NFL+ subscription gives you mobile or tablet access to live local and primetime regular season and postseason games, live game audio for every game and more.
How to watch Sunday football for free without cable: Amplified HD digital TV antenna: $29
If you want to catch NFL games without paying for a cable or streaming subscription, an indoor HD digital TV antenna is the way to go. For just $26 (the lowest price we've seen it at, by the way), it'll deliver any live-aired, free-TV NFL games in your area, plus all the other over-the-air content available in your area. Just connect the antenna to your set, and watch. It's the 20th-century TV-viewing experience with 21st-century technology.
The best TVs for watching football in 2022
We've found the best TVs for watching NFL football (based on user reviews) including TV from top brands such as Samsung, LG, and Sony. Keep reading to see the best deals on the best TVs you can get for the 2022 NFL season.
65" Samsung Q90A QLED 4K smart TV
Here's a great deal to get you started: This 65-inch Samsung QLED (Q90A, 2021) is on sale at Samsung for a whopping $600 off.
No matter what stream of the game you're watching, this QLED TV lets you watch the game in upscaled 4K resolution thanks to its machine-based learning AI. It's even smart enough to recognize and enhance on-screen dialogue, making it easier to hear all the NFL commentary during games.
The smart TV also features apps, streaming services and advanced controls. Plus, it's compatible with most voice assistants.
65" Samsung 'The Frame' smart TV
Transform your TV into a piece of art when you're not watching football. Samsung's 'The Frame' smart TV has a built-in motion sensor that activates your device to display your favorite pieces of art in 4K resolution whenever you enter the room. No matter if you're admiring Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning" or jamming along to Carrie Underwood's Sunday night football intro, this QLED TV produces 100% color volume in the DCI-P3 color space, which is the format for most cinema screens and HDR movies for television. (Translation: Colors on this TV will be more vivid and true-to-life.)
You can save on the larger 75-inch 'The Frame' at Samsung now.
75" Samsung 4K smart TV
Watch NFL stars battle it out in gorgeous color and luminosity with this 75-inch Samsung 4K TV. The TV features low lag rates and minimized blur, so you'll always be able to keep up with the plays. The 4K smart device also provides tailored recommendations for streaming and live TV with an on-screen guide.
55'' Samsung QN85A 4K Neo QLED
Your TV should sound like you're in the stadium. The Samsung 4K Neo QLED includes top-of-the-line features, including a premium audio technology called object-tracking sound (OTS). With OTS, your television analyzes the action on screen and tries to replicate a surround-sound experience without any external speakers. The Samsung 4K Neo QLED also features a built-in Alexa assistant.
65" Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV
The 65-inch Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV features a cognitive processor meant to deliver intense contrast with pure blacks, high peak brightness and natural colors. Thanks to its Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, the screen is the speaker. This smart TV comes with access to Google TV, and works with most voice assistants.
75" Amazon Fire TV Omni series 4K smart TV
This 75-inch Amazon Fire TV offers a 4K UHD display and enhanced color and clarity thanks to Dolby Vision. The TV also supports voice control with Amazon Alexa. It's high-quality picture and large size make this TV a solid choice for football fans.
32" Toshiba (720p) with Fire TV
At just 32 inches, this budget-friendly Toshiba TV is suited for small spaces like bedrooms or offices. It runs Amazon's Fire TV platform, so you can stream new shows from Hulu, Netflix and more without plugging in extra equipment. You can also watch live TV on this device.
50" TCL 5-Series with 4K resolution
See every game in all its glory with this 50-inch TCL set. The 4K TV features QLED technology, 4K resolution and Dolby Vision. All those features together improve the sharpness, brightness, color and contrast of an image.
Amazon Fire 4-Series TV 55" 4K TV with Alexa built in
A mid-size television, 55 to 65 inches along the diagonal, is the ideal size for many living rooms. The best viewing distance for a 55-inch 4K TV, such as this model, is between 4.5 and 7 feet. That leaves enough space for people to get up and walk by for more snacks from the gameday spread.
LG 86" LED 4K UHD Smart webOS TV
If you just need more screen, this 86-inch LG should fill up your space. It has a 4K UHD resolution and works with Alexa and Google Assistant. This large TV is sure to show you every inch of the big game. Plus, it's relatively affordable.
TCL 55" QLED 6-Series with 4K resolution
Buying your first TV so you can watch the Super Bowl on a big screen? If you're already used to a certain interface, switching can be tough, especially if you're not particularly tech savvy. Fans of the super-simple Roku platform should look for a TV -- like this TCL model -- with a built-in Roku system. Plus, the picture quality of this 6-Series model is stunning for the money.
Best streaming devices for watching the 2022 NFL season
Roku devices, Amazon Fire Sticks and more ways to stream the 2022 NFL season are on sale now.
Roku Express 4K+
Among the streaming hardware giants, the Roku Express 4K+ boasts the most options and apps, including NFL-friendly streaming services such as Hulu, YouTubeTV and FuboTV. It's Apple AirPlay compatible as well, enabling you to connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV. (You can .)
Apple TV 4K
Apple devotees, or anyone with an Apple One subscription bundle, should consider watching NFL live streams on an Apple TV 4K. The device is equipped with Dolby Vision, a new-and-improved Siri-enabled remote and SharePlay, which enables you to enjoy the game with a group of pals. After the games wrap, you can take advantage of Apple Arcade gaming or stream a movie from your favorite streaming service.
Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is a streaming device that will appeal to anyone with an Alexa-enabled home. Say goodbye to pouring through channel menus. You can switch back and forth between games with the device's voice remote ("Alexa, turn on the AFC Championship..."). It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, plus access to thousands of channels, some of which are free.
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