There are more options than ever for watching National Football League games, whether they're the traditional Sunday-afternoon matches on CBS and Fox, Sunday Night Football on NBC, Monday Night Football on ESPN, or Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC, and the NFL Network. And let's not forget the Thanksgiving Day games, Saturday games scheduled for later in the season, games on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

Keeping up with all the ways to watch football—from new streaming services to the ever-growing array of game-ready devices—has become a formidable challenge. We're here to help.

There are a few things to note. One is that some live local channels aren't available on all streaming services in all markets. You'll need these channels to watch games in your area, so review the channel lineups before subscribing to a service. Also, thanks to the NFL's deal with Verizon, many NFL games aren't available on smartphones and tablets even though the streaming services themselves are.

So check out our list below of all the game-watching options. That will let you shift your attention where it really matters: Whether to go with the chicken wings or the nachos at halftime.

DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket via Streaming

DirecTV still has a deal with the NFL for the exclusive rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, which offers every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. But once again DirecTV is letting those of us who can't install a satellite dish get the football package via a streaming service. That includes college students, anyone living in an apartment, condominium, or townhouse, and even private homes where an obstruction prevents satellite TV reception. NFL Sunday Ticket.TV To Go streams out-of-market games to a computer, phone, or tablet for $280 (or $70 per month for four months). NFL Sunday Ticket.TV Max ($380, or $95 a month for four months) has everything in the To Go plan, plus the NFL Red Zone Channel and DirecTV Fantasy Zone Channel. College students can get a discounted price of $99—$25 per month—for the season.

Sling TV

Getting sports channels such as ESPN used to be one thing that kept people tied to their traditional cable TV packages. Not anymore. Sling TV's Orange package, at $20 per month, includes ESPN and ESPN2, so you can get Monday Night Football. The $25-a-month Sling Blue package includes the NFL Network's Thursday night games, plus games on Fox and NBC in select markets. So the best bet is to combine the two for $40 a month—a $5-a-month discount—and then add NFL Red Zone as part of the Sports Extra pack for another $10 a month. Sling still lacks CBS, but it's available on a wide array of devices, including Mac and PC computers, Android and iOS mobile devices, plus Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming media devices, some smart TVs, and through Xbox One game systems.

fuboTV Premier

This $35-a-month streaming service is all about sports, and it has added the NFL Network just in time for the kickoff of the NFL season. It also offers NFL games from CBS, Fox, and NBC in some markets as part of the 65-channel package. NFL RedZone can be added as part of the Sports Plus add-on pack, which costs an extra $9 a month.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now, the company's satellite-TV-without-the-dish streaming service, doesn't yet offer the NFL Sunday Ticket or the NFL Network. But CBS is being added in some markets, so for a price starting at $35 a month, you can get local games from CBS, Fox, and NBC, plus ESPN 1 and 2 and Fox Sports in markets where they're available. Spring for the $60-per-month "Go Big" step-up package of about 80 channels, and you'll also get CBS Sports for scores, news, and stats. You can access DirecTV Now on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku, plus Android and Apple smartphones.

Hulu With Live TV

Priced at $40 a month, Hulu's newest service, Hulu With Live TV, provides access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC local broadcasts in some markets, so you'll have to check to see what's available in your area. You can also get CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports, but the NFL Network and NFL RedZone aren't available right now. Hulu With Live TV is available on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV streaming players, and Xbox game systems. Roku isn't currently supported, but the company says it will be.

YouTube TV

This new streaming service has nearly 50 channels, including all the major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—plus the ESPN networks and Fox Sports. Right now YouTube TV has limited device support, mainly Chromecast devices, Android TVs, and AirPlay for Apple TV, and it's only available in some major markets. More devices will be supported in the future, the company says.

PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers a streaming TV package starting at $40 per month, though its 60-plus-channel Core package, which adds local sports, the NFL Network, plus ESPNews and ESPN U is $45 in those cities that offer live local broadcast. Subscribers can also get NFL Red Zone, a compendium of Sunday touchdown plays, for an extra $10 a month. In markets where local channels are available, you can get NFL games on the CBS, NBC, and Fox broadcast channels, including Sunday Night Football. PlayStation Vue is also available on PlayStation, Android TVs, streaming players such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, and Android and iOs phones and tablets.

CBS All Access

Priced at $6 a month, the CBS All Access streaming service offers access to live local Sunday and Thursday night NFL games on CBS via computers, tablets, and streaming players, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku. (Like any other services, though, you can't get NFL games on mobile phones.) There's also a $10-a-month commercial-free plan, but live TV, including NFL games, still comes with advertisements.

NFL Mobile on Verizon

One of the best deals in football—provided you're a Verizon customer—is the company's free NFL Mobile service. (Verizon dropped the $5-per-month fee last year; it's now included in your plan.) Every game isn't available, but the service lets Verizon customers stream many local and national NFL games from Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, NFL on Fox, and NFL on CBS to your phone. You still have to pay $2 a month to add NFL Red Zone, which features every touchdown from every game on Sunday.

Amazon Prime

Last year Twitter offered 10 streaming NFL games. But this year, Amazon swooped in with more cash than Twitter was willing to spend and gained the rights to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games, plus one on Christmas Day, for Amazon Prime subscribers. It's a nice option for cord-cutters who can no longer get local games on CBS, Fox, and NBC or those who don't have access to the NFL Network.

Free Over-the Air TV

With the rising cost of pay-TV plans, more of us are kicking it old school by using an antenna to pull in free local broadcasts. That means you can get local games on CBS, Fox, and NBC without paying a dime, still probably the best deal out there. If you're thinking about giving it a shot, check out some of our free antenna advice.

NFL Game Pass

Can't get free over-the-air TV signals and you've cut the cable cord? NFL Game Pass lets you watch the games right after the original broadcast ends. Priced at $100 for the season, the streaming service—which basically replaces NFL Game Rewind—lets you watch replays of all the regular season games, plus live, out-of-market preseason games and games from prior seasons. The service is supported on multiple devices, including Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, computers, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming media players, and Xbox and PlayStation game consoles.

Network Apps

Maybe you subscribe to a pay-TV service but want to be able to watch football when you're on the go. There are a lot of options. Here are a few network apps you should try, though they all require authentication:

• Fox Sports Go. Just as with NBC’s app, you’ll need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use this Fox TV Everywhere app, which offers live coverage of local-market games. You can watch NFL games on your laptop or tablet and some streaming devices, but not on a phone. And you get access only to the channels in your TV lineup. 

NBC Sports Extra Live. The app for NBC’s streaming service will let you watch NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, four playoff games, and the Super Bowl through your tablet, computer, Apple TV, or Roku.

• WatchESPN. ESPN’s mobile app brings Monday Night Football, 10 ESPN channels, and shows like SportsCenter to your streaming device. Monday Night Football isn’t available for streaming on phones. As with the others, you'll need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use the app.

It's clear there are more ways than ever to catch NFL games this season, whether you're nestled comfortably into the cushions on your couch or you're on the move with a mobile device. If you intend to watch most of the gridiron action on your TV, keep a lookout for our coming article on giving it a football-season tuneup.