It’s officially September, which means Sundays will be filled with football once more. The National Football League returns to action with a full slate of games scheduled, including one early matchup that fans are looking forward to. Two teams with playoff aspirations this season will face each other in an early test that may set the tone for their respective seasons. The Cleveland Browns will play the Tennessee Titans in a Week 1 game that will stream live from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT, or 10 a.m. PDT.
For the Cleveland Browns, expectations are high. The Browns have not appeared in postseason play since 2002. According to NFL.com, the team holds the record for the longest streak of seasons without a playoff appearance in the NFL — a trend fans and the team want to see end soon. Their hopes rely on second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield — 2018’s top overall draft pick — to lead the team to their first postseason appearance in 17 years. Their opponents, the Tennessee Titans, haven’t fared much better in the playoffs. They played a pair of postseason games in 2017, which was their only playoff appearance since 2008.
While Mayfield and the Browns will likely be the focus of attention, the Titans oft-injured signal caller, Marcus Mariota, is also a player to watch. Drafted by the Titans second overall out of Oregon in 2015, Tennessee is hoping to create a breakout season for the 25-year-old in his fifth year in the NFL. Mariota has reportedly added about 12 pounds to his frame, according to Titans Online, and the team has added to the offensive line and receiving corps, in a concerted effort to bolster their offensive action.
Fans will be watching to see if Cleveland can live up to their hype. A revamped team and coaching staff put together a 7-8-1 record in 2018, after winning just one game in the previous two seasons combined, per Pro Football Reference. But that was only the second time since 2007 that the Browns had even reached the seven-win mark. Cleveland is hoping this season will show even more improvement in their record.
The Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns game will be available to livestream for free only in certain regions of the U.S. To find out where the game will be available, consult the maps at 506 Sports.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Titans-Browns Week 1 game kicks off at 6 p.m. British Summer Time on Sunday. Down under in Australia, the game gets underway at 3 a.m. on Monday, September 9, Eastern Australia Standard Time, or 1 a.m. Western. In Japan, kickoff will come at 2 a.m. Japan Time on Monday.
This game is offered as a CBS early broadcast, so a livestream will be available through the network’s CBS All Access subscription plan. The service features a one-week free trial, allowing fans to watch the game at no charge.
For fans without a a cable subscription, it is still an option to watch the game for free. 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 internet streaming services require credit card information and subscription fees, but they all also offer seven-day free trial periods, so fans can catch the game being streamed live at no charge.
To view the livestream outside of the areas shown on the 506 Sports map referenced above, 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 game stream live with NFL Game Pass, a service which requires an annual subscription fee, but likewise comes with a one-week free trial offer.