The AFC Champion New England Patriots finally end what was certainly their most tumultuous offseason during Bill Belichick’s tenure as head coach when they open the 2018 National Football League season against an opponent with high expectations in the Houston Texans, who welcome back quarterback Deshaun Watson. The former Clemson University quarterback appeared headed for a Rookie of the Year season last year when an ACL tear in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks ended his season, as Fansided recounts. The loss of Watson ended Houston’s hopes for another playoff run, but they expect to rekindle that drive when they take on Tom Brady and company in a game that will live stream from Gillette Stadium.
The New England offseason got off to a rocky start when Belichick faced, and refused to answer, questions about why he benched his regular starting cornerback, Malcolm Butler, for all four quarters of Super Bowl 52, which the Patriots ended up losing to the Philadelphia Eagles, 41-33. It was a benching that not even Brady could explain, as CBS Sports reported.
Soon after the Super Bowl, Butler left the Patriots as a free agent and inked a five-year, $61.25 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, as SpoTrac reports.
Adding to the controversy, Brady will play the first four games of the season without his favorite target, wide receiver Julian Edelman, who tested positive for a performance enhancing drug and was slapped with a four game suspension, as the Boston Globe reported.
To find out how to watch a live stream of Sunday’s NFL Kick-Off match up between the Houston Texans and the New England Patriots, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
In the Pacific Time Zone that start time will be 10 a.m. Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the game online starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, while NFL fans in Australia can log in to the live stream at 3 a.m. on Monday, September 10, Australian Eastern Standard Time, 1 a.m. Western Time.
To see which areas of the country will have access to the Texans vs. Patriots game, see the following map courtesy of 506 Sports. Areas shaded in pink will be able watch the Houston-New England matchup live stream.
Las Vegas oddsmakers have installed Brady and the Patriots as six-point home favorites, according to NESN, which also notes that the Texans have not won a single game in six tries in the Patriots home stadium, since the inception of the Texans’ franchise in 2002. In fact, in their last nine overall games against Houston, the Patriots have put at least 27 points on the board every time.
Watch a preview of the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots season-opening showdown in the video below, courtesy of the NFL.
With the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots NFL season opener for both teams offered as the CBS national game, a live stream will be available through the network’s CBS All Access subscription plan. But the service features a one-week free trial, and if the trial is cancelled before the expiration of the seven-day period, fans can watch the Houston vs. New England clash at no charge.
But there is another way to live stream the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots NFL Week 1 game for free without a cable subscription. To do so legally, fans can sign up for a free trial of one of the live internet TV streaming packages, which carry local CBS channels, including Sling TV, Fubo TV, or DirecTV Now. All three of those “over the top” internet streaming services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all offer seven-day free trial periods. If the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that free week, fans can watch the Texans-Patriots game streamed live at no charge.
To view the live stream outside of the areas shown on the map above on this page (except in the teams’ home markets) fans will need to pay the subscription fee for NFL Sunday Ticket, a service which also comes with a one-week free trial period.
Fans outside of the United States can watch the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots game live stream with NFL Game Pass, a service which requires an annual subscription fee, but also comes with a first-week free trial offer.