December 9, 2019 7:31 pm

Best sports games streaming this week (Dec. 9)

Best sports games streaming this week (Dec. 9)
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There are cable and satellite subscriptions with compelling add-ons, but sports fans can easily get their fix every week with great games via streaming.

Whether it be marquee NFL matchups, NBA or NHL action, there’s plenty to cover.

For those who primarily use traditional cable deals for sports consumption, cord-cutting is definitely the way to go. Check out our list of best streaming services for sports fans, and read on for more on this week’s best games.

NFL on CBS All Access

This week’s Thursday Night Football game on Amazon Prime Video is the last of the year, and what a treat it should be. Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens look to win their ninth straight game against the visiting New York Jets (8:20 p.m. ET).

Among the games streaming on CBS All Access, sports fans should be most ecstatic to see Sunday’s AFC South clash (1 p.m. ET) between the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill is 6-1 as a starter this year after taking over for Marcus Mariota. He’s ignited the offense in a way Mariota couldn’t, lifting the Titans to an 8-5 mark to date.

This is the first of two matchups between the teams in the final three weeks. Houston has its work cut out after an ugly 38-24 loss to Denver in Week 14. The Texans will hope their dynamic duo of quarterback Deshaun Watson and receiver DeAndre Hopkins can spark them on the road.

NCAA football on CBS All Access

Usually only SEC games are played on this streamer, but Saturday marks a special occasion: the Army-Navy Game.

While most casual fans may scoff at such a seemingly uninteresting matchup, don’t sleep on this one. The rivalry runs deep, as this will be the 120th edition of this annual showdown between service academies.

Navy leads the all-time series with a 60-52-7 record. The Midshipmen (9-2) are big favorites, because they’re actually ranked No. 23 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Army (5-7) hasn’t had as successful of a 2019 campaign. However, the Black Knights very nearly defeated Michigan on the road, and only one of their losses was by more than 10 points.

This has all the makings of a very close memorable entry in a rivalry well over a century old.

NBA on TNT (via YouTube TV/Hulu + Live TV) & ESPN+

Here’s a recommendation: go for YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV if you’re a sports fan who uses cable subscription for little else. It has the best options overall and is a fraction of the cost of a provider contract.

This way, you can still get TNT and its best NBA games. The best contest of the week has to be Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip on ESPN+, when Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard takes on his former team, the Toronto Raptors.

TNT has a doubleheader on Thursday, and the opener is definitely worth checking out when the Boston Celtics host the Philadelphia 76ers at 8 p.m. ET.

Then of course LeBron James is must-see TV always, so the Lakers’ road game against the Miami Heat on Friday (7 p.m. ESPN+) is among the matchups of the week, too.


There’s a whopping 49 games on ESPN+ from the NHL this month, and it’s at a better bargain than ever. Disney has created a bundle with ESPN+, its new streaming platform Disney+ and Hulu for only $12.99 per month.

ESPN+ itself is only $4.99 per month, yet with those other services bundled in, it’s great. And hey, if you’re a hockey fan, all the better for it then!

The puck drops Thursday at 8 p.m. for the Vegas Golden Knights and defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. So far, St. Louis’ defense is going well, as it leads the Western Conference. Although Vegas is only five points back, the early playoff race is tight, so the Golden Knights are eighth in the standings.

Perhaps an underrated showdown is Sunday’s 8 p.m. face-off between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Washington leads the East, while the Lightning are having a serious hangover after being the best team in last year’s regular season. Tampa Bay wouldn’t even make the postseason if the 2019-20 campaign ended today.

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