Patriots vs Bills live stream: How to watch NFL week 18 online right now

(L, R) Mac Jones and Josh Allen will face off in the Patriots vs Bills live stream
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It's time for the Patriots vs Bills live stream, where playoff implications are on the line. But this NFL live stream still doesn't feel like it will have large stakes at play, not while Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest on the field. Hamlin collapsed, and was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital. Hamlin, still in critical condition, is now breathing on his own.

Patriots vs Bills channel, start time

The Patriots vs Bills live stream is today (Sunday, Jan. 8).
Time — 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AEDT
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) or Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab) 

This game did not feel exactly concrete, despite the reports that there has been no  discussion of it not being played as scheduled. Now that we're on game day, it feels more likely.

The Bills can no longer lock up the AFC's No. 1 playoffs seed. This is due to the  Chiefs stomping the Raiders 31-13 on Saturday. 

A New England win here, though, gets that team into the playoffs, but if that upset doesn't happen, they'd need the Jets to beat the Dolphins, the Browns to beat the Steelers and the Jaguars to beat the Titans. One of those three (Jacksonville beat Tennesee, 16-20) has already happened. The Browns win seems like the most difficult to happen. 

The last time these teams met, the Bills crushed New England, 24-10, at Foxboro. Josh Allen posted impressive passing stats (22-33, 233 yards and 2 TD), while Mac Jones (22-36, 195 yards, 1 TD) couldn't keep up. The Action Network (opens in new tab) has the Bills as 7.5-point favorites, with a -115 moneyline.

The inactives are as follows:

New England Patriots: S Joshuah Bledsoe, RB Kevin Harris, CB Jalen Mills, DT Sam Roberts, S Brenden Schooler, TE Jonnu Smith, CB Shaun Wade

Buffalo Bills: CB Christian Benford, OG Ike Boettger, S Jared Mayden, OT Justin Murray, LB Baylon Spector, TE Tommy Sweeney

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Patriots vs Bills live streams in the U.S.

In the U.S., the Patriots vs Bills 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 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Jan. 8)

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 Patriots vs Bills live stream on mobile devices (phones and tablets), it's also available on the $4.99 per month NFL Plus.

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Patriots vs Bills live streams in the UK

American football fans across the pond can watch Patriots vs Bills on Sky Sports (opens in new tab), the typical home to more than 100 live games per NFL season. 

The Patriots vs Bills live stream starts at 6 p.m. GMT on SkySports NFL.

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

Patriots vs Bills 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 Patriots vs Bills live streams in Canada. 

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

Patriots vs Bills live streams in Australia

Aussies will find the Patriots vs Bills 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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Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.