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Chargers vs Washington live stream: How to watch NFL week 1 game online

Chargers vs Washington live stream
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The Chargers vs Washington live stream is about to begin, and it has Justin Herbert looking to continue his maturation against an experienced defensive head coach. Ron Rivera and Washington will look to stifle the young Chargers’ QB in this NFL live stream.

Chargers vs Washington channel, start time

The Chargers vs Washington live stream takes today Sunday (Sept. 12).
Time — 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV or Paramount Plus.
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

After Phillip Rivers and the Chargers decided to part ways a year ago, Los Angeles was trying to avoid a lull at the quarterback position that often happens when a long-time franchise QB leaves town. It appears, thanks to Justin Herbert, they will. 

The sixth overall pick in the 2020 draft enters the 2021 season looking to build off a great rookie performance that saw Herbert complete 66.6% of his passes for 4,336 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. 

He took home the hardware for the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, but his team finished just 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year and the sixth time over the last seven seasons. New head coach Brandon Staley takes over looking to help Herbert and the rest of the Chargers make it back to the postseason. 

Washington is trying to repeat as NFC East champions this season as they replace veteran quarterback Alex Smith with another veteran in Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 38-year-old will look to give the offense some consistency while Ron Rivera’s defensive line, led by Montez Sweat and Chase Young, try to live up to the hype surrounding them heading into the season. 

Washington is currently 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is 44.5. 


How to watch Chargers vs Washington live stream from anywhere

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Chargers vs Washington live streams in the US

In the US, Chargers vs Washington is going to be broadcast on CBS, which is available with most cable packages and on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV

Week 1 games (all times ET)

Cowboys vs Buccaneers (Th, 8:20 p.m.)
Cardinals vs Titans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jaguars vs Texans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jets vs Panthers (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Steelers vs Bills (Sun, 1 p.m.)
49ers vs Lions (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Eagles vs Falcons (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Seahawks vs Colts (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Vikings vs Bengals (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Browns vs Chiefs (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Dolphins vs Patriots (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Broncos vs Giants (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Packers vs Saints (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Bears vs Rams (Sun, 8:20 p.m.)
Ravens vs Raiders (Mon, 8:15 p.m.)

The game starts at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Sept. 12).

You can get your local CBS network's NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

The NFL game broadcast rights have stayed similar season over season. CBS gets AFC games on Sunday afternoons, FOX has the NFC games, NBC has Sunday Night Football and some Thursday night football, while ESPN has Monday Night Football. Amazon Prime Video has some Thursday Night Football games, while the NFL Network will continue to offer a bunch of games throughout the year. 

So, that makes it really easy to recommend where cord-cutters should turn to watch the NFL season: Fubo TV. Built for all things sports, Fubo has all three of those local broadcasters, plus ESPN and NFL Network. That's why it's one of the best streaming services.

Sling TV doesn't have CBS (not without AirTV at least), so while that's one of our favorite services, it's not ideal for football fans.

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with FOX, and the top pick for watching all of the 2021 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.View Deal

Paramount Plus combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. Get access to Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight. And more great stuff is on the way, including Frasier and Criminal Minds revivals.View Deal

NFL Sunday Ticket: This game is included in NFL Sunday Ticket, which is available even if you don't have DirecTV.

Chargers vs Washington live streams for free

If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. This appears to include pre-season games, but we can't find specific confirmation for this game.

Yes, that includes Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app.

With one of our best TV antenna picks you can watch live if — and only if — your local CBS affiliate is showing Chargers vs Washington.

Chargers vs Washington live streams in the UK

American football fans across the pond cannot watch Chargers vs Washington on  Sky Sports, the typical home to more than 100 live games per NFL season. 

The Chargers vs Washington live stream starts at  6 p.m. BST Sunday evening.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Chargers vs Washington live streams in Canada

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DAZN is also the home of live Champions League soccer games. Plus, Canadians get a 30-day free trial of DAZN here.

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.