Patriots vs Chargers live stream: How to watch NFL week 8 game online

Mac Jones and Justin Herbert will play in the Patriots vs Chargers live stream
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Today's Patriots vs Chargers live stream features two teams coming off very different games. New England is fresh of a 54-point performance while Los Angeles is hoping the bye week is all they needed to clear their heads after a six-point performance in Baltimore. Mac Jones leads the Pats against Justin Herbert's Chargers in this NFL live stream.

Patriots vs Chargers channel, start time

The Patriots vs Chargers live stream airs today (Oct. 31)
Time — 4:05 p.m. ET / 1:05 p.m. PT / 9:05 p.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV or Paramount Plus
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

The Patriots (3-4) are fighting to get to the .500 mark for the first time since week two and they can accomplish that with a win in L.A. on Sunday.  If momentum is a factor then there is probably no better momentum than a 54-13 win over the Jets. 

Rookie quarterback Mac Jones threw for 307 yards in the win marking the first 300-yard game of his career. He also completed 24-of-his-36 passes with two touchdowns. Jones was well supported on the ground with Damien Harris rushing for 106 yards and two scores of his own. 

Overall, Jones has emerged as the top rookie quarterback in his QB-Heavy draft class. The15th overall pick has posted a 92.8 passer rating this season, out performing top picks like Trevor Lawrence (75.5) and Zach Wilson (63.5) who were taken first and second overall respectively.

The Chargers (4-2) took a 34-6 road loss to the Ravens, then had to sit through the six hour cross-country flight home and a bye week with that taste in their mouth. It was their worst loss since a 45-0 stomping at the hands of the Patriots on December 6th of last year.

Justin Herbert and the L.A. offense will look to get back on track as they were rolling before Baltimore, averaging 35 points-per-game during a three-game win streak. Running back Austin Ekeler was also putting a fine season together for himself before running into the Ravens. Ekeler ran for just seven yards on six carries two weeks ago.

The Chargers are 6-point favorites against the Patriots. The over/under is 49.

The inactives are as follows:

New England Patriots: TE Devin Asiasi, OT Yasir Durant, S Brandon King, DE Ronnie Perkins, RB J.J. Taylor, CB Shaun Wade

Los Angeles Chargers: RB Joshua Kelley, FB Gabe Nabers, OT Trey Pipkins, QB Easton Stick, S Mark Webb

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Patriots vs Chargers live streams in the US

In the US, today's Patriots vs Chargers 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 4:05 p.m. ET / 1:05 p.m. PT Sunday (Oct. 31)

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:a 7-day free trial

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.

Paramount Plus

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.

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

Patriots vs Chargers 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 Patriots vs Chargers.

Patriots vs Chargers live streams in the UK

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

The Patriots vs Chargers live stream starts at 9:05 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.

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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.