The Cincinnati Bengals host the Los Angeles Rams this weekend at Wembley Stadium as part of the NFL London tour – and you can watch all the bone-crunching action live, without paying a penny, on the BBC, wherever you are in the world.
The British Broadcasting Corporation will be screening the third NFL London Game 2019 live on Sunday 27th October. The NFL show starts at 16:30 GMT (11.30am ET), with kick-off slated for 5pm (12pm ET).
The two-and-a-half-hour BBC broadcast will be aired live on the BBC Two TV channel, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sports website and app. The show will be presented by Nat Coombs with expert analysis by ex-NY Giants defensive Osi Umenyiora.
With both high-scoring teams all about the offence, Bengals vs Rams is shaping up to be a thriller. Both teams have played seven games this season, but while Super Bowl runners-up the LA Rams have a decent 4-3 record, their opponents are yet to score their first win of the season.
Not only will Bengals v Rams be the first game to be played at Wembley this year, it’ll be the first time that Rams head coach Sean McVay squares off against new Bengals boss Zac Taylor – McVay’s quarterback coach last year.
Will the Bengals’ leaky defence prove their downfall? Here’s how to stream the game live, from anywhere in the world and watch for yourself….
Watch Bengals vs Rams live in the UK
If you’re in the UK, it’s good news – you can watch the game live on BBC Two, the BBC iPlayer online streaming service and the BBC Sport website and app. The broadcast is free to UK-based users with a UK TV licence. Kick-off is at 5pm GMT (12pm ET).
The BBC will also broadcast the fourth NFL London Game 2019 – Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars on 3rd November. And once again, the BBC will broadcast the 54th Super Bowl live. This season’s climax – the 50th in the modern era – will be played at Miami Gardens in Florida and will mark the 100th year of the National Football League.
If you’re outside the UK, you can still catch all of the action live for free. Just get yourself a VPN. We’ll explain how below…
Watch Bengals vs Rams anywhere in the world using a VPN
If you’re working abroad or away on holiday, you can still access the BBC’s live NFL coverage from (almost) anywhere on the planet. You’ll need a VPN to make sure you’re not geo-blocked.
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your TV service provider will think that you’re in the correct country – and allow you to watch the Bengals vs Rams live stream.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live NFL London games, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is well worth considering.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the race. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
You can find a full list of the world’s broadcasters with rights to show live NFL here.
Watch Bengals vs Rams live in the USA
NFL fans in the United States are spoilt for choice when it comes to live, over-the-air football games. Problem is, NFL has spread the rights across a number of channels including NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network. Those wanting to see the season in its entirety will need to buy into all of these networks.
The second option would be to cut the cord and go for an NFL Game Pass. At just $99 for a season, it’s a bargain. But there’s a catch: the Stateside version of the NFL Game Pass only allows you to watch replays of games. To watch the games live, you would need a VPN and the Pro version of the international NFL Game Pass (£143.99/ $180 per season).
The best bet for US fans is to go for a live TV streaming service. But which one is best? Here’s what you need to know…
It’s not the cheapest option, but the PlayStation Vue Core package ($54.99) offers the carries all the channels NFL fans require: NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network. You can even add the Red Zone for an extra $10 per month.
Sling TV’s combined Orange and Blue package ($40 per month) provides access to ESPN, Fox, NBC and NFL Network. You don’t get CBS, though, so it’s not ideal if you’re mainly interested in Sunday night AFC games.
YouTubeTV ($50 per month) is only available in selected US cities but carries nearly all of the networks showing NFL games live. The only channels absent are NFL Network and Red Zone.
Hulu with Live TV ($44.99 per month) grants access to NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. The NFL Network is MIA, though.
For $54.99 per month, Fubo gets you get access to NBC, Fox, CBS and the NFL Network – but not ESPN.
Need to know when your local NFL team is playing, and on what channel? Click here for the complete schedule.
Bengals vs Rams game tickets
Head over to StubHub and you’ll find seats popping up all the time between now and kick off.
There are still Bengals vs Rams tickets for the 27th October NFL London game at Wembley, 5pm.
And plenty more tickets available for Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars, also at Wembley. It kicks off at 2.30pm.
Always fancied watching a live American Football game? Head over to Ticketmaster and grab yourself some NFL London experience. Tickets start at £43 per person. Premium seats start at £249 and hospitality packages are available for all games.View Deal
Premium and hospitality seats come with exclusive access to bars and boxes at the two venues as well as food and some of the best seats in the house. Head over to Ticketmaster and Eventbrite too for more details.
NFL schedule – Week 8 highlights
Sunday 27th October
Rams v Bengals – 5pm GMT
Falcons vs Seahawks – 5pm GMT
Bills v Eagles – 5pm GMT
Lions v Giants – 5pm GMT
Texans v Raiders – 8.25pm GMT
Patriots v Browns – 8.25pm GMT
Monday 28th October
Chiefs v Packers – 12.20am GMT
Tuesday 29th October
Steelers v Dolphins – 12.15am GMT
Click here for a full list of NFL 2019 – 2020 fixtures.