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Dolphins vs Patriots live stream: How to watch NFL week 1 game online

Dolphins vs Patriots live stream
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The Dolphins vs Patriots live stream pits Tua Tagovailoa against New England’s first rookie quarterback to start a season under Bill Belichick. Mac Jones will look to make his first impression a good one in front of his coach and Pats fans in this NFL live stream

Dolphins vs Patriots channel, start time

The Dolphins vs Patriots live stream takes place on today (Sept. 12).
Time — 4:25 p.m. ET / 1:25 p.m. PT / 9:25 p.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV or Paramount Plus.
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

The two young quarterbacks both had a veteran in front of them when they were drafted into the league. Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa was behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is now with Washington and Mac Jones was aware at the time was selected with the 15th overall pick in April that there was a good chance he’d be behind one-time NFL MVP and last year’s starter, Cam Newton. 

While the Dolphins waited to give Tua the starting job to week six, the Patriots are giving Jones the job right out of camp and even went so far as to release Newton. Since Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay last season, Jones will be the second opening day starter Belichick will have in as many years. 

Obviously, the Patriots are looking to Jones be their next franchise quarterback and have brought in a boatload of new receivers to put him in a position to have success. The Pats added veteran wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne as well as tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

The inactives are as follows:

Patriots: Ronnie Perkins (LB), J.J. Taylor (RB), Devin Asiasi (TE), Yodny Cajuste (T ), Shaun Wade (CB), Quinn Nordin (K)

Dolphins: Trill Williams (CB), Noah Igbinoghene (CB), Preston Williams (WR), Elijah Campbell (DB), Greg Little (T)

Jones will need these weapons if he is going to face this Dolphins secondary. Last season Miami finished in the NFL’s top seven for both opponent passer rating and completion percentage and most importantly no team had more interceptions than the Dolphins’ 18 last season. Ten of those picks came courtesy of cornerback Xavien Howard who led the NFL with 10 I.N.T.s last year. 

The Patriots are 3-point favorites against the Dolphins. The over/under is 43.5. The 2021 NFL season marks the league’s first 17-game regular season schedule. 


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Dolphins vs Patriots live streams in the US

Week 1 games (all times ET)

Cowboys vs Buccaneers (Th, 8:20 p.m.)
Cardinals vs Titans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Chargers vs Washington (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jaguars vs Texans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jets vs Panthers (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Steelers vs Bills (Sun, 1 p.m.)
49ers vs Lions (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Eagles vs Falcons (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Seahawks vs Colts (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Vikings vs Bengals (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Browns vs Chiefs (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Broncos vs Giants (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Packers vs Saints (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Bears vs Rams (Sun, 8:20 p.m.)
Ravens vs Raiders (Mon, 8:15 p.m.)

In the US, Dolphins vs Patriots 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 4:25 p.m. ET / 1:25 p.m. PT on Sunday (Sept. 12).

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: 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.View Deal

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.View Deal

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

Dolphins vs Patriots 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 Dolphins vs Patriots.

Dolphins vs Patriots live streams in the UK

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

The Dolphins vs Patriots live stream starts at 9:25 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.

Dolphins vs Patriots live streams in Canada

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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.