Watch Lions vs. Chiefs on NBC without cable for Thursday Night Football.

Watch Lions vs. Chiefs on NBC without cable for Thursday Night Football.

Get Ready for the 2023 NFL Season: Where to Watch the Opening Game


The much-anticipated 2023 NFL season is about to begin, and football fans all over the country can’t wait to see their favorite teams battle it out on the field. The opening game will feature the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Detroit Lions in Kansas City. Led by the talented Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are once again the favorites to make it to the AFC Championship game. On the other hand, the Lions, who narrowly missed the playoffs last season, are expected to be strong contenders in the NFC North. With exciting players like quarterback Jared Goff, wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, and rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs, the Lions have the potential to put up a powerful offense.

As the kickoff to the 2023 season, this Thursday’s game between the Chiefs and Lions will be televised on NBC and streamed on Peacock, starting at 5:20 p.m. PT (8:20 p.m. ET). Most Thursday night games throughout the season will be exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video, making it an essential platform for football enthusiasts. However, if you don’t have access to cable or satellite TV, there are plenty of live TV streaming services that offer NBC and other channels to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.

How to Watch the Opening Game

If you’re looking to enjoy the game without a cable or satellite TV subscription, live TV streaming services are the way to go. Fortunately, all of the five major streaming services, including Peacock, offer NBC as part of their channel lineup. In addition to these options, you can also stream the game live on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.

Peacock Premium:

  • Opening night and Sunday Night Football for $6 a month

For just $6 per month, Peacock’s Premium plan provides access to all the NBC games, including the opening game and Sunday Night Football throughout the season. It’s a great way to catch all the action while enjoying additional content available on Peacock. Read our Peacock review here.

YouTube TV:

  • Carries NBC for $73 a month

YouTube TV costs $73 per month and includes NBC in its channel lineup. By entering your ZIP code on YouTube TV’s welcome page, you can check the availability of local networks in your area. Read our YouTube TV review here.

Hulu Plus Live TV:

  • Carries NBC for $70 a month

Hulu Plus Live TV is another option that offers NBC in most markets. Currently priced at $70 per month, Hulu Plus Live TV will jump to $77 per month starting in October. To see if local channels are available in your area, you can enter your ZIP code on their live news page. Read our Hulu with Live TV review here.

DirecTV Stream:

  • Carries NBC for $75 a month

With DirecTV Stream’s basic $75-per-month Entertainment package, you can access NBC in most markets. Their channel lookup tool allows you to check the availability of local channels in your area. Read our DirecTV Stream review here.


  • Carries NBC for $75 a month

Fubo, priced at $75 per month, includes NBC in most markets. To find out if local channels are available where you live, visit their website. Read our FuboTV review here.

Sling TV Blue:

  • Carries NBC for $40 or $45 a month

Sling TV’s Sling Blue package offers local NBC stations but only in select markets. The monthly price varies depending on your location, either $40 or $45. Read our Sling TV review here.

All of the live TV streaming services mentioned above provide free trials, flexible cancellation policies, and require a stable internet connection. It’s worth noting that the availability of specific channels may vary depending on your location. Therefore, it’s always best to check for local channel availability before subscribing.

For football enthusiasts, the 2023 NFL season promises to be a thrilling one, with multiple streaming options available to ensure you never miss a game. Whether you choose Peacock, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream, Fubo, or Sling TV Blue, you can enjoy the opening game between the Chiefs and Lions and follow your favorite teams throughout the season. Get ready to cheer for your team, indulge in some tailgating snacks, and enjoy the excitement of NFL football!

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