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Washington vs Cowboys live stream is tonight: How to watch Sunday Night Football online

Taylor Heinicke and Dak Prescott will face off in the Washington vs Cowboys live stream
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Tonight's Washington vs Cowboys live stream catches Dallas in a spot where they can lock-up the NFC East and win their fourth game in a row. Washington on the other hand will fight to keep their microscopic playoff chances alive in this NFL live stream.

Washington vs Cowboys channel, start time

The Washington vs Cowboys live stream is tonight (Dec. 26)
Time — 8.20 p.m. ET / 5.20 p.m. PT / 1.20 a.m. GMT
• U.S. — Watch on NBC via Sling (opens in new tab) or Fubo.TV (opens in new tab)
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports NFL (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

The Washington Football Team (6-8) is heading into Dallas for this weekend’s primetime matchup on very short rest. After placing more than 20 players in COVID protocol, the NFL decided to move the Football Team’s week 15 matchup with the Eagles from Sunday to Tuesday night. Despite the change, Washington was still shorthanded as their starting quarterback Taylor Heinicke and back-up Kyle Allen were still in protocol by Tuesday’s kickoff. Garrett Gilbert started for Washington just three days after being signed off their practice squad.

Washington hopes this week allows them to get back on track in the playoff hunt, but they will need a lot of help to do that. As if beating a 10-win Dallas team at home wasn’t enough, Washington also needs the Eagles to lose at home to the Giants, the Vikings to lose to the Rams and the Saints to lose to the Dolphins to just get back on pace for a shot at the final wild card spot in the NFC.

The Cowboys (10-4) have been far and away the class of the NFC East this year, so it’s no surprise they are one win away from wrapping up their third division title in six years. Not that they needed anymore confidence going into this matchup, but the Cowboys beat Washington just three weeks ago, 27-20. A game that Dallas lead 24-0 at half-time.

One thing that has been puzzling to Cowboy fans is the performance of running back Ezekiel Elliot. The three-time pro bowler is going threw another up-and-down year and hasn’t put together a 100-plus yard game since week five. Against this Washington team a few weeks back, Elliott averaged just 3.8 yards-per-carry. Meanwhile, second-string running back Tony Pollard continues to help the offense. He’s averaging 7.6 yards per carry over his last two games.

The Cowboys are 9-point favorites against Washington. The over/under is 46.

Washington vs Cowboys Inactives:

 Washington: Curtis Samuel (WR), William Jackson III (CB), Jamin Davis (LB), Brian Johnson (K), Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR), Garrett Gilbert (QB), Corn Elder (CB)

Cowboys: Will Grier (QB), Israel Mukuamu (S), Kyron Brown (CB, Tyron Smith (LT)


How to watch Washington vs Cowboys live stream from anywhere

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Washington vs Cowboys live streams in the US

In the U.S., the Washington vs Cowboys live stream is going to be broadcast on NBC, which is available with most cable packages and on two of our favorite streaming services fuboTV and Sling TV

The game starts at 8.20 p.m. ET / 5.20 p.m. PT Sunday (Dec. 26) 

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 $50 per month, while the Fubo TV Standard package gives you all of the above, for $65 per month.

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If you can stand to miss CBS games, Sling TV (opens in new tab) provides a middle ground. The $50 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has NBC affiliates for this game, as well as local FOX affiliates plus ESPN.

NFL Sunday Ticket: This game is not included in NFL Sunday Ticket (opens in new tab), as no night-time games are included this week. Check out our How to get NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV guide for more details.

Washington vs Cowboys live streams for free

If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab) 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 NBC affiliate is showing the Washington vs Cowboys live stream.

Washington vs Cowboys live streams in the UK

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

The Washington vs Cowboys live stream starts at 1.20 a.m. GMT Monday morning. 

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

Washington vs Cowboys 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 Washington vs Cowboys live streams in Canada. 

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

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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.