This should have been the game of the year. But, unfortunately, it wont be.
Even the most optimistic estimates around Patrick Mahomes knee injury have him missing about three weeks of action. Though he could come back sooner, he certainly wont be ready to go as his Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Green Bay Packers.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore did alright against the Denver Broncos last week, giving the Chiefs enough offensive spark to win. But, with Moore facing off against Aaron Rodgers, dont expect a repeat here.
It is hard to see where the yards will come from for the Chiefs to best the Packers with Mahomes on the sidelines. While Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are special players, they will be severely limited if Moore once again only completes about half of his passes.
While LeSean McCoy has been productive for Kansas City, his 46 yards per game on the ground isnt going to win this in the trenches against Green Bay. The Chiefs seem hopelessly outgunned.
The Chiefs couldnt be getting the Packers at a worse time. Green Bay has finally mastered the new offense and Aaron Rodgers seems back to his old self. With Rodgers putting up a stat line like 429 yards and five touchdowns, it looks like coach Matt LaFleurs new scheme is working is optimizing every opportunityand last weeks stat line came without injured star receiver Davante Adams.
The Packers defense is also sneakily good. The unit was ranked seventh in Defensive DVOA entering Week 7. This D isnt a sack machine, so you dont always see it in the state lines, but this is a nice group. Inside linebacker Blake Martinezs goal-line stand toward the end of the first half last week is an example of how this defense can make a difference. The same goes for a big stop of RB Josh Jacobs in the red zone forcing a turnover on downs later in the game.
Green Bays defense may remain underrated in this game, as it will likely once again be playing much of the game in garbage time. Kansas Citys weak unit, by contrast, should be exposed by perhaps the greatest QB in football.
Aaron Rodgers and company should cruise here. We would even give them the edge with a healthy Mahomes. The Packers might be the most balanced team in the NFL, and the Mahomes-less Chiefs shouldnt even pose a threat.
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Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs stream
- When:Sunday, Oct. 27 at8:20pm ET (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
- Streaming:Sunday Night Football airs exclusively on NBC and is available on any platform that carries the network. Fans have a number of options for streaming the weeks marquee game.
How to stream Sunday Night Football online
If youre a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and youre a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, includingFubo Latino and Fubo Portugus.FuboTVs basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, youll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubos Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone.(Heres the complete.)
- Cost:$44.99 per month
- Hulu devices:Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels:ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check yourlocal availability here)
Hulu with Live TVincludes sports programming among its offerings, includingESPNandFS1, and as a subscriber to the service, youll getfree access toHulus sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list ofHulu Live TV channels.)
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- : Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV,, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- : NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channelslike three ESPN channels and NBCSNand its still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages.Sling TV also offers a special for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Heres a complete guide to and our .)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Slings biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dotwrote in its AirTV review, Its practically magic.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. Youll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesnt actually physically show them to you.
But AirTVwhich has no monthly feeserves to strengthen one of Slings biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services likeHulu with Live TV,YouTube TV, andPlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels. While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- , iOS and Android devices
- : NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If youd like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that its also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, youll get to choose from four tiers of channelsall but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks.You can see the fulllist of PlayStation Vue channelshere. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and theres also unlimited cloud DVR.
- Cost:$50 per month
- YouTube TV devices:Google Chromecast,Roku,Apple TV,Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels:NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code hereto check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for college football fans, includingESPN and FS1. (Take a look at the full list ofYouTube TV channelshere.)
Devices:Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox, iOS and Android devices
If you have cable or one of the aforementioned live TV streaming services, you can download the NBC Sports app and watchSunday Night Footballthere in HD. If youre using a web browser, you may need to install the latest version of Adobe Flash and your browser will need to be current enough to support HTML5 Media Source Extensions. Youll also need a minimum internet connection of 10-plus Mbps. (Here are some tips forfaster Wi-Fi.)
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, wide receiver:Fantasy owners have been waiting for MVS to have his breakout game, and it finally came last week. KCs defense should let Rodgers receivers eat all game long.
Travis Kelce, tight end: You dont love the Chiefs offense here against a solid Packers D, but Green Bay does give up yards. Even with Moore throwing the ball, Kelce should get some targets and maybe even score in garbage time.
Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs stream: What to watch for
This one is key for both teams, so its a shame that Mahomes will be on the sidelines. Rodgers and company want to continue holding off a surging Vikings team that seems to be fixing its early season problems and won Thursday night to improve to a borderline-dominant 6-2.
Kansas City doesnt have much competition in-division, but if it drops the next two to the Packers and Vikings while Mahomes is out, things could get rough. While the Chiefs should still win the AFC West, sinking to three or four games behind the Patriots, Colts, or Texans would make a playoff road game likely.
The Packers will likely start to build a buffer between themselves and much of the NFC with a win here, and with a pretty soft schedule the rest of the way, the Pack could be in great shape heading into the playoffs.
Despite Mahomes injury and Kansas Citys defensive struggles, you could still imagine these teams facing off again in the Super Bowl. But, this week, KC will just look to limit the damage.
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