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Chiefs vs Chargers live stream is tonight: How to watch Thursday Night Football online

Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert will face off in the Chiefs vs Chargers live stream
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Tonight's Chiefs vs Chargers live stream features two teams that have had their struggles this season. Kansas City started out the year going 3-4 while questions started to swirl about whether or not the league had figured out Patrick Mahomes. Since then the Chiefs have won six straight. 

The Chargers meanwhile started out the season hot going 4-1. L.A. then went the month of November without recording back-to-back wins, before winning their last two.  Both the Chiefs and Chargers hope this NFL live stream is another step to putting their struggles well behind them.

Chiefs vs Chargers channel, start time

The Chiefs vs Chargers live stream is tonight (Dec. 16)
Time — 8:20 p.m. ET/ 5:20 p.m. PT / 1:20 a.m. GMT
• U.S. — Watch on FOX or NFL Network via Sling or Fubo.TV, or on Amazon Prime
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports NFL
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The Chiefs (9-4) are one of the hottest teams in the NFL and that success is mostly because their defense has been dominant. Kansas City has held opponents to under 18 points in six straight weeks and less than 10 points over the last three games. Defensive end Alex Okafor is coming off a sack and a half performance against the Raiders in the Chiefs' 48-9 win last week, while safety Tyrann Mathieu came up with his third interception of the season. 

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is coming off his best game in weeks, however both his last two "good games" have come against the Raiders. Since November 14, Mahomes has thrown seven touchdowns, all of them have come against Vegas. In his other two games over that span, he's thrown two interceptions and no touchdowns. 

The Chargers (8-4) are hoping to get the same kind of production from Justin Herbert that they did back in week three, when L.A. beat the Chiefs 30-24. Herbert threw the game winning touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 32 second left in the game for the Chargers to take the 30-24 victory. The score was just one of Herbert's four touchdown passes on the day. 

Los Angeles is hoping this game will result in their third straight win, matching their longest winning streak of the season. Last week, L.A. beat up on the Giants with a 37-21 win. The Chargers led the game 37-7 early in the fourth quarter before allowing 14 fourth quarter points. 

The Chiefs are 3-point favorites against the Chargers. The over/under is 54. 

Chiefs vs Chargers Inactives: 

Chiefs: Shane Buechele (QB), L’Jarius Sneed (CB), Kyle Long (OL), Prince Tega Wanogho (OT), Zayne Anderson (DB)

Chargers: Easton Stick (QB), Asante Samuel Jr. (CB), Alohi Gilman (S), Larry Rountree III (RB), Breiden Fehoko (DL)

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Chiefs vs Chargers live streams in the US

In the US, Chiefs vs Chargers is going to be broadcast on FOX and NFL Network, which are available 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 Thursday (Dec. 9). It's also on Amazon Prime Video.

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 has RedZone in the Sports Extra add-on). You can get 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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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.

Sling TV

If you can stand to miss CBS games, Sling TV provides a middle ground. The $50 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has FOX and NFL Network for this game, as well as local NBC affiliates, and ESPN.

Amazon Prime subscribers get free access to the Chiefs vs Chargers game as part of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video without ever needing to pay extra. 

The 11 TNF games can be streamed through Prime Video and Twitch, and they will also be the exclusive streamer for a Saturday regular season game in the second half of the season.

NFL Sunday Ticket: The Chiefs vs Chargers live stream is one of the games that DirecTV subscribers can watch via NFL Sunday Ticket.

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.

Chiefs vs Chargers live stream for free

If you just want to watch Chiefs vs Chargers on your phone or tablet, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market for free. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app. 

As part of the Thursday Night Football coverage deal with Amazon, the Patriots vs Falcons game will also stream for free on Amazon-owned Twitch.

Chiefs vs Chargers live streams in the UK

You can also catch the Chiefs vs Chargers live stream across the pond, though it is at the late hour of 1:20 a.m. local GMT on Friday morning. Yes, those in the U.K. will want Sky Sports for watching NFL games in the U.K., where it airs on Sky Sports NFL. It will also feature more than 100 live games this season.

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.

Chiefs vs Chargers live streams in Canada

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

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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.