Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream: How to watch NFL week 15 online today

(L to R) Joe Burrow and Tom Brady will face off in the Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream
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Today's Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream is a quarterback matchup many have been waiting for as Tom Brady and the Bucs plays host to Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Last week, the 45-year-old Brady didn’t have much luck against a young signal caller and the 26-year-old Burrow should prove to be a much tougher opponent in this NFL live stream.

Bengals vs Buccaneers channel, start time

The Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream airs today (Sunday, Dec 18).
Time — 4:25 p.m. ET / 1:25 p.m. PT / 8.25 p.m. GMT / 7:25 a.m. AEDT
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) or Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)
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Cincinnati has righted the ship. After a rocky start and revamped offensive line not living up to offseason hype, Burrow and the Bengals (9-4) have rattled off five straight wins. A feat they weren’t even able to accomplish on their way to an AFC Championship last season. Cinci never won more than three-in-a-row last year.

Joe Burrow is putting together another stellar season, now his fourth in the league. He enters this game 3rd in the NFL in passing yards, 2nd in passing touchdowns and 6th in passer rating. Over the Bengals’ five game win streak, he’s thrown 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions.  Last week, in a 23-10 win over the Browns, he hit Trenton Irwin and Ja’Marr Chase for touchdowns. Chase matched his season high with 10 catches and 119 yards in the win.

The Buccaneers (6-7) are coming off the most lopsided loss of the Brady-era in Tampa since they lost to the Saints 38-3 in 2020. The Bucs fell to Brock Purdy and the 49ers last week, 35-7. The 22-year-old Purdy who was the last pick in this past NFL Draft, took the Bucs’ defense for two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

Surrendering 35 points is well out of character for this Buccaneers defense. On average, they allow just 19.5 points-per-game, 9th best in the league and give up the 10th fewest yards-per-game this season. In the passing game, Burrow and company will have their work cut out for them as Tampa has the 6th best passing defense.

The Bucs are the only first place team in the NFL with a sub-.500 record. So even though this season hasn’t been pretty for them, they are still in the playoffs as of right now. The Panthers and Falcons are both hot on their heels trailing in the standings by just game. To this point the Bucs hold the tie breaker over the Falcons, but not the Panthers.

The Action Network (opens in new tab) still has the Bengals as 3.5-point road favorites against the Buccaneers.

Bengals vs Buccaneers Inactives:

Bengals: Mike Hilton (CB), Jalen Davis (CB), D’Ante Smith (OL), Jackson Carman (OL), Hayden Hurst (TE), Trey Hendrickson (DE)

Buccaneers: Genard Avery (OLB), Jamel Dean (CB), Julio Jones (WR), Carl Nassib (OLB), Kyle Trask (QB), Vita Vea (DL), Tristan Wirfs (T)


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Bengals vs Buccaneers live streams in the US

In the U.S., the Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream is going to be broadcast on CBS, which is available with most cable packages and on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV.

The game starts at 4:25 p.m. ET / 1:25 p.m. PT today (Dec. 18)

If FOX, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network have typically been enough to get you all the football you need, you could rely on Sling (which doesn't include CBS, and RedZone is available with the Sports Extra add on). You can get your local CBS NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

The more comprehensive package comes from fuboTV, as it has all five of the main channels you'll want: CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. That's why it's one of the best streaming services.

It's a case of "you get what you pay for" as Sling Orange & Blue (which you'd need to get ESPN, FOX, NBC and NFL Network) costs $55 per month, while the Fubo TV Standard package gives you all of the above, for $70 per month.

Oh, and if you're OK with just watching the Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream on mobile devices (phones and tablets), it's also available on the $4.99 per month NFL Plus.

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Bengals vs Buccaneers live streams in the UK

American football fans across the pond cannot watch Bengals vs Buccaneers on Sky Sports (opens in new tab), the typical home to more than 100 live games per NFL season. 

The Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream starts at 9.25 p.m. GMT tonight.

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Bengals vs Buccaneers live streams in Canada

Get in, folks, we're going to Da Zone. Or to be more specific, Canadian football fans will need DAZN (opens in new tab) to watch Bengals vs Buccaneers live streams in Canada. 

DAZN is also the home of live Champions League soccer games. 

Bengals vs Buccaneers live streams in Australia

Aussies will find the Bengals vs Buccaneers live stream on ESPN or Seven, via either Kayo Sports (opens in new tab) or Foxtel (opens in new tab)

Kayo starts at $25 per month (opens in new tab) with the Kayo One Package offers a 7-day free trial to kick the tires. 

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Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.