The New England Patriots are the reigning champ thanks to one of the most historic victories in NFL history, when trailing the Atlanta Falcons 28-3 in the third quarter. While the Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions, a good number of teams have improved their rosters so there’s no telling who will emerge, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching on Free to Air or streaming the game live to a mobile device with a Free trial.
NFL 2017-18 Season Preview
Despite Tom Brady reaching his fortieth birthday, the New England Patriots will enter the new season looking to become the first team since the 2003-2004 Patriots to win back to back Super Bowls, but it will be no easy feat. Every year since 1990, at least four teams make the playoffs that missed out on the action the season before, and 2017-18 should be no different. In addition to the recent success of franchises such as the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and NY Giants, there are several new contenders with a chance to claim the ultimate prize, this includes the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders.
NFL on ESPN of Australia vs Free to Air
ESPN, the original home of the NFL in Australia, will broadcast every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night regular season contest, Live and in HD, along with two marquee Thanksgiving day matches, as well as every playoff game and one of the world’s biggest sporting events, Super Bowl 52 on February 4, 2018, for up to 64 live events.
In Addition to televising these live games, ESPN of Australia (Foxtel) will typically offer these same matches with NFL TV replays airing later that same day.
The NFL Free to Air offering will be broadcast via 7mate, and the Seven Network streaming service will televise up to two live Sunday afternoon games, which generally air starting between 3:00 am and 7:00 am Sydney time on Monday morning, as well as select Sunday Night contests which will be shared with ESPN.
NFL 2017-18 Live TV
- Friday 24 Nov LIVE: Minnesota at Detroit 4.30am (7Mate)
- Friday 24 Nov LIVE: LA Chargers at Dallas 8.30am (7Mate/ESPN)
- Monday 27 Nov LIVE: Buffalo at Kansas City 5.00am (7Mate)
- Monday 27 Nov LIVE: Denver at Oakland 8.30am (7Mate)
- Monday 27 Nov LIVE: Green Bay at Pittsburgh 12.30pm (7Mate/ESPN)
- Tuesday 28 Nov LIVE: Houston at Baltimore 12.30pm (ESPN)
TV fixtures shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Exact games to be shown via 7Mate for week 1 and beyond still to be determined.
NFL Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While you can find Free to Air NFL action on Channel 7, the best prime time coverage will be shown exclusively on ESPN of Australia (Foxtel), to include every Thursday night, Sunday night and Monday night contest airing Live, along with replays of the biggest match-ups on their broadcast schedule.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free live TV trial, which will televise these marquee NFL games online*, as well as offering live NFL streaming to eligible mobile devices through Foxtel Go within minutes of getting started.
AFC Teams to Watch
The AFC Conference in the NFL could well be dominated by two sides, most notably the New England Patriots, who will have be looking to capture back-to-back Super Bowls. The biggest obstacle to their chances appear to be the Pittsburgh Steelers, who along with QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Antonio Brown and RB LeVeon Bell, can put points on the board against the best of them. The Steelers have also improved the defense, adding youth and speed.
NFC Teams to Watch
The Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons headline the NFC Conference. The Packers had a disappointing 2016 season after so much was expected of them, but the big key for them is their second year players. If they can improve off their debut season, combine that with Aaron Rodgers, and you have yourself one dangerous team. The Falcons represented the NFC in the Superbowl, and at one point in the game, they held a seemingly insurmountable 28-3 lead. It was short lived though, as the Patriots fought all the way back to win the game 34-28 in over-time, so it remains to be seen how that affects the Falcons going forward.
Another side tipped to threaten is the Seattle Seahawks, who arguably have one of best rosters in the League from top to bottom; their depth is extraordinary. Russell Wilson looks a major threat for them given he has more strike power to choose from, especially when close to the end zone.