The two best teams in the NFC clash in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when Jared Goff leads the undefeated Los Angeles Rams (8-0) against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (6-1) in a matchup of MVP candidates and nearly identical scoring offenses (33 for the Rams vs. 33.4 for the Saints) as Week 9 action continues on Sunday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 4:25 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
Hulu With Live TV:
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox (live in 17 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.
If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.
Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices
The Rams are led by All-Pro running back and MVP candidate Todd Gurley. Gurley has already assured most fantasy owners a playoff berth this season, but Gurley is flirting with historic touchdown levels; he is on pace to tie LaDainian Tomlinson’s NFL record for touchdowns (31) in a season, set in 2006 — when Tomlinson won MVP. Gurley, hilariously, refused to score against the Green Bay Packers last week, a score that might ultimately cost him the record.
On offense, Los Angeles will be operating at almost full capacity as well. Goff’s favorite target wide receiver Cooper Kupp (knee) was removed from the injury report and will play on Sunday.
General manager Les Snead also added pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. in a trade deadline deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams gave up a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick for a player who has recorded only two sacks and hasn’t start this season. Still, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, a defensive linemen guru, will have another toy to play with.
New Orleans’ 30-20 win in Minnesota against the Vikings last week was both a sweet serving dish of revenge and an eye-opening game. It’s obvious, at this point, the Saints are the No. 2 team in the NFC pecking order behind the Rams.
It wasn’t all good, though. 2018 first-round pick defensive end Marcus Davenport sustained a toe injury, and it was revealed this week he will reportedly miss multiple weeks. Davenport’s play has been vital to the Saints’ success, as they will have difficulty defending up front without him.
Brees, after a disastrous opening-season loss, has led the Saints to six consecutive wins since. He has thrown for 1,990 yards, 14 touchdowns and just one interception, while adding two rushing touchdowns — each in the same game, including the game-winner in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 23.
After flirting with limited practices this week, Michael Thomas (shoulder) and running back Alvin Kamara (illness) were full participants on Thursday and Friday respectively. Kamara and Thomas will both be good to go against the Rams in Week 9.