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Bills vs Lions live stream: How to watch 2021 NFL preseason game online

Bills vs Lions live stream
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It’s time for the Bills vs Lions live stream, which presents two teams coming off of very different offseasons. Tonight’s NFL live stream will be the first look at a very different Detroit squad. 

Bills vs Lions channel, start time

The Bills vs Lions live stream kicks off at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT today (Friday, August 13).
• U.S. — Watch on NFL Network via Sling or Fubo.TV
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Buffalo is hoping for a lot more of the same from a 2020 season that saw them win a playoff game for the first time since 1995. Meanwhile Detroit fired their coach and traded away their franchise quarterback in the hopes that a fresh start will bring a bevy of wins to a restless fan base.

Matthew Stafford was the Lions’ starting quarterback for each of the last 12 seasons. Now he’s in Los Angeles and Jared Goff is in the motor city as the Lions new signal caller. Friday night will be his first time playing in front of Detroit fans and learning his new offensive system. 

While Goff is getting his feet wet in the preseason, so is new Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell. Campbell played 10 seasons in the NFL as a tight end for the Giants, Cowboys and Lions. He recently revealed that he drinks 40 ounces of coffee every morning while adding four shots of espresso to that boiling barrel of java, so if his offense is anything like his coffee order it will be high octane! 

And since today's game is seen as the start of a new era, we're expecting the home crowd to be extra amped. That said, high expectations could lead to a negative reaction were things to not go well.

Josh Allen is coming off a season that put him in the MVP conversation with the Bills. However he will not play in the Bills preseason opener. Instead Bills fans get their first look at former Bears’ quarterback Mitchell Trubisky who will get the start and play a significant amount or time in his new offense.

Lions host the Bills as 1-point favorites. The over/under is 37. 


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Bills vs Lions live streams in the US

In the US, Bills vs Lions is going to be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT today (Friday, August 13) on the NFL Network. It's available with most cable packages and on two of our favorite streaming services: fuboTV and Sling TV.

Other pre-season NFL games this week (all times ET)

Cowboys vs Cardinals (Friday @ 10 p.m.)
Browns vs Jaguars (Sat. @ 7 p.m.)
Jets vs Giants (Sat. @ 7:30 p.m.)
Texans vs Packers (Sat. @ 8 p.m.)
Chiefs vs 49ers (Sat. @ 8:30 p.m.)

If FOX, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network have typically been enough to get you all the football you need, you could rely on Sling. Select market will get CBS games via Locast integration, and NFL RedZone is available in the $11 per month Sports Exrta pack for Sling Blue members. You can get CBS NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

A more comprehensive package comes from Fubo TV, as it has all five of the main channels you'll want: CBS (built right in), ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. RedZone is available in the $10.99 per month Sports Plus add-on. 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 some games, Sling TV provides a middle ground. The $50 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has FOX affiliates for this game, as well as local NBC affiliates plus ESPN.View Deal

NFL Sunday Ticket: No pre-season games are included, so the Bills vs Lions game won't be on NFL Sunday Ticket.

Bills vs Lions live streams in the UK

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

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

Also, the NFL Game Pass can be purchased for $99 and will allow you to live stream 28 preseason football games. This is ONLY for NFL Preseason games. You cannot live stream NFL regular season games using NFL Game Pass.

The Bills vs Lions live stream starts at 12 a.m. BST Saturday morning.

Bills 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 Bills 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.

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.