Texans vs Lions live stream: How to watch Thanksgiving NFL game online

Texans vs Lions live stream
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Texans vs Lions channel, start time

The Texans vs Lions live stream is on Thanksgiving day (Nov. 26) at 12:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 a.m. PT. It's broadcast on CBS.

The Texans vs Lions live stream — or at least all Lions home games — are a Thanksgiving tradition, even though the team hasn't been running on all cylinders for a while. In this NFL live stream, the visiting Texans are favored (slightly) to win, and we can see why.

It's not just that the Lions' (4-6) roar isn't intimidating. And it's not like the Texans (3-7) have a better record. It's about momentum. The Lions come into this game after getting blanked 20-0 by the Carolina Panthers, whereas the Texans convincingly beat the Patriots, 27-20, in week 11.

Oddsmakers currently favor Houston by 3 points, so this could be a close one. 

To make matters worse for the Lions, that loss to the Panthers saw Carolina beat them without Teddy Bridgewater (their starting quarterback). Lions QB Matthew Stafford got sacked five times during that demoralizing outing. 

Making matters even worse? The Lions just don't have good luck on turkey day. The team sports a 37-41-2 record in Thanksgiving games, and they've lost their last three, with the two most recent L's coming in back to back years against the Chicago Bears.

Here’s how to watch the Texans vs Lions live stream. 

How to watch Texans vs Lions live stream with a VPN

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Texans vs Lions live streams in the US

In America, Texans vs Lions is going to be broadcast on local CBS affiliates, which are included on most cable TV packages and available on one of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV. Game time is 12:30 p.m. ET/ 9:30 a.m. PT, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Sling TV, our other favorite live TV service, won't be enough to help, as its array of NFL game-hosting networks — FOX, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network — lacks CBS and NFL RedZone.

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 $45 per month, while the Fubo TV Standard package gives you all of the above, for $59.99 per month.

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Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with FOX, and the top pick for watching all of the 2020 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.

NFL Sunday Ticket: Texans vs Lions is one of the games that DirecTV subscribers can watch via NFL Sunday Ticket (provided that you're not living in the market of either team). Sunday Ticket streams live games in their entirety to televisions, computers, Android and iOS devices, and game consoles.

You can also get NFL Sunday Ticket as a stand-alone service — but only if you live in an area that doesn't get DirecTV service.

Texans vs Lions live streams for free

If you just want to watch on your phone (and CBS in your area has this game), the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android will let you watch Texans vs Lions live streams for free, as they've got every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free

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 Texans vs Lions.

Texans vs Lions live streams in the UK

Fans of American football across the pond do get Texans vs Lions on Sky Sports NFL, the standard method for watching NFL games in the U.K.  Sky Sports features more than 100 live games this season. It starts at 5:30 p.m. local BST.

If you're an existing Sky customer, you can get all of that with the Sky Sports Complete Pack, for £39 per month

If you're not looking to spend that much, you can get a less comprehensive Sky Sports pass from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes range from £9.99 to £33.99.

Texans vs Lions live streams in Canada

Get in, folks, we're going to Da Zone. Or to be more specific, Canadian football fans will need DAZN to watch Texans vs Lions live streams in Canada. 

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

Sean Captain is a freelance technology and science writer, editor and photographer. At Tom's Guide, he has reviewed cameras, including most of Sony's Alpha A6000-series mirrorless cameras, as well as other photography-related content. He has also written for Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired.