A new era for the Detroit Lions begins as they welcome new head coach Matt Patricia to take over the reins. The Lions have been competitive in recent years in a tough NFC North division, but Coach Patricia aims to make the Lions Super Bowl contenders. Quarterback play has not been the issue as the Lions have had one of the most consistent quarterbacks over the last decade in Matthew Stafford. The running game and defense have to step up in order for the Lions to jump ahead of Minnesota or Green Bay in the division this year. Can the Lions make that happen in year one of the Patricia era and return to the playoffs?
How can Detroit Lions’ fans watch their team during the 2018 NFL Season? There are many different outlets to choose from for Lions’ fans to not miss a single play of action this season. For fans wishing to save money, online streaming services have made ditching cable providers possible. There are still plenty of opportunities to watch the Detroit Lions Live Stream play live on cable TV for fans that still enjoy their cable service provider. Below is a list of methods Lions’ fans can utilize during the 2018 season.
Detroit Lions 2018 TV Schedule
Week 1: vs. New York Jets on Sept. 10 at 7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN
Week 2: at San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 16 at 4:05 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 3: vs. New England Patriots on Sept. 23 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 5: vs. Green Bay Packers on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: at Miami Dolphins on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 9: at Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 10: at Chicago Bears on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 11: vs. Carolina Panthers on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 12: vs. Chicago Bears on Nov. 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS
Week 13: vs. Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 9 at 4:25 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 15: at Buffalo Bills on Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 16: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
Week 17: at Green Bay Packers on Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. ET on Fox
How to Watch the Detroit Lions live stream on Cable TV
The Detroit Lions will have three nationally broadcasted games this season. A week one contest against the New York Jets will be featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. A week three showdown against Coach Patricia’s former team, the New England Patriots, will be aired on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Lions play their usual Thanksgiving Day game in a nationally broadcasted game on CBS against division rival Chicago.
The 13 regional broadcasts for the Lions this season will all be aired by FOX. Lions’ fans will want to check 506sports.com on a weekly basis to make sure the Lions are being aired in their viewing area.
DirecTV NOW for Detroit Lions live online
The basic package available for DirecTV NOW is the Live a Little Plan for $40/month. The Live a Little Plan provides access to FOX, NBC, CBS, and ESPN. Every game for the Lions will be available for live stream under the basic plan. As long as no local networks are blacked out, Lions’ fans will be in luck the entire season with DirecTV NOW. A one week free trial is available for fans who wish to try it out before committing further.
Sling TV to watch Detroit Lions live stream online
Sling TV has two basic stand-alone basic packages which are each $25/month. The sling orange package provides ESPN. The sling blue package provides FOX, NBC, and NFL Network. These two stand-alone packages can be combined for $40/month which will save subscribers 20% on their service. Sling TV could be an interesting choice for Lions’ fans during the 2018 season. The only two games for the Lions which cannot be watched on the sling blue package are the week one Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets and the Thanksgiving Day national broadcast on CBS against Chicago. A free trial is available for fans who wish to try out the service.
fuboTV for Detroit Lions live with Geo restriction
Lions’ fans who subscribe to fuboTV will have access to CBS, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network for $39.99/month. The only Lions live stream game which will be unavailable is the week one Monday Night Football game since ESPN is not included with fuboTV. A free one week trial is available for those wishing to try out the online streaming service.
Detroit Lions live on PlayStation Vue
The basic package for PlayStation Vue is the Access Plan at $44.99/month and it includes stations such as CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN. Lions’ fans will have access to all of their team’s games with the basic plan since the Lions do not play on NFL Network. PlayStation Vue offers tremendous DVR storage for fans that have a hard time watching the Lions play live. A five day free trial is available for fans who wish to see if the online streaming service is the best fit.
The Best Streaming Service for Lions’ Fans?
This is a tough one, but the online streaming service which presents the most overall value for the Lions is Sling TV. Lions’ fans can theoretically watch their team play for $25/month for nearly the entire season on the sling blue package. With a subscription to sling orange for week one, Lions’ fans can live stream the Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Sling blue can take care of the rest of the season. Even though Sling TV does not provide CBS, the only time the Lions play live on CBS is in a nationally televised game. The lone game to air on CBS can be viewed for free with another method soon to be mentioned.
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket for Detroit Lions live streaming
Lions’ fans who do not live in their team’s viewing area will want to explore DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket as an option. NFL Sunday Ticket is not as flexible as an online streaming service since a two year contract is required and basic rates begin at $35/month. NFL Sunday Ticket is an additional price of $293.94 for the 2018 NFL Season no matter which package is eventually purchased.
Detroit Lions live on Antenna
Lions’ fans who do not wish to have a cable provider or an online streaming service should look into getting an OTA antenna. For Lions’ fans that live within viewing area of the team, an antenna can provide free access to every game except the Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Fans that are subscribed to the sling blue package within Sling TV can catch the one Lion game on CBS for free with an antenna.
Detroit Lions live on NFL Game Pass
If watching the Lions play live is not possible, then NFL Game Pass is a viable option to look into further. Game Pass is $99 for the season and it allows fans to watch a replay of every game once its airing has completed. A free trial is available before committing to the full season.