Drew Brees and Tom Brady are two of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks. And while we may or may not see them in this first preseason matchup between the two greats, we’re do want to help you watch the Saints vs. Patriots live stream, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. The game will be airing live nationwide on NFL Network and in the local New Orleans and New England markets on their regional, over-the-air affiliates.
Don’t worry, there are plenty of legal ways to enjoy the Saints vs. Patriots live stream, even if you don’t have cable.
Saints vs. Patriots Live Stream on Sling TV
Sling TV (Yes, they still offer a free, 7-day trial — what are you waiting for?) is a great option for a lot of the preseason games, especially some of the nationally-broadcast NFL preseason games online. Sling TV now carries an NFL Network live stream in its Sling Blue package which will be airing the game live outside of the local markets. If you live in the local TV markets for the Saints or Patriots, the game will be blacked out on NFL Network but will be available free over the air on your local station.
Sling TV, a live streaming service from Dish Network (review here), allows subscribers to watch ESPN and ESPN2 live using their internet connection. The service starts as low as $20 a month with no contract, and it includes over 25 other popular channels like AMC, TBS, TNT, HGTV, CNN, and more. You can watch Sling TV on your TV (using a streaming player like the Roku or Apple TV), smart TV, phone, tablet, or computer.
But what about local broadcasts? Recent updates with Sling allow access to live broadcasts in some markets, but not New Orleans or Boston. Sling is constantly adding more markets, however, so stay tuned throughout the season.
If you’ve never subscribed to Sling before, there is a special offer that might be touchdown of a deal for NFL fans. If you sign up for three months of service, you can get a free Roku 2 for your TV. This is valuable because ESPN has Monday Night Football for another season, meaning those games will be available on Sling, allowing you stream it at a low monthly price.
Saints vs. Patriots Live Stream, On Demand with NFL Game Pass
The NFL is finally getting it: We want more games available to us online. That’s why the league decided to ditch its Game Rewind streaming service and replace it with NFL Game Pass.
The new streaming service provides access to all 256 regular season NFL games on demand and also offers an NFL preseason streaming option to watch the games live online. Game Pass streams all out-of-market preseason games live, excluding games televised in your local market or on national television. So, if you’re a Saints fan in New Orleans, you can’t stream the game live on Game Pass, but one of the many other options listed below might be able to help you out. Those games not included on the Game Pass NFL preseason live stream, however, will be made available on demand shortly after the game. So, if you can turn off the score notifications on your smartphone, you can still enjoy the excitement of this first preseason game.
Game Pass is $99 for the season, but there is a 7-day free trial now by clicking here. An added bonus with the subscription is that every NFL game since 2009 is available to stream on-demand.
Note: Looking for information on the NFL Game Pass International offering? Click here for more details.
Watch Saints-Patriot with an OTA antenna
It’s amazing how many people don’t realize this, but all of your favorite team’s games (in your market, of course) are broadcast over the air for free. And in crystal-clear high definition! If you want to follow your favorite, hometown team (and still live in that home market, of course), you can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned, but extremely effective, over-the-air antenna.
For the Saints-Patriot matchup, the CBS affiliate WBZ Boston is airing the matchup. It’s unclear at this time which affiliate in New Orleans is broadcasting the game.
The remaining NFL Preseason schedule
Saturday, August 13
8 p.m. ET – Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams (ESPN)
Thursday, August 25
8 p.m. ET – Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (NBC)
Friday, August 26
8 p.m. ET – Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Saturday, August 27
8 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Sunday, August 28
1 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
4 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans (FOX)
8 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars (NBC)
More scheduling information can be found here.
And make sure to check out our ultimate guide to streaming NFL games.