NFL Week 5 Schedule: Kick-off Times, How to Watch, Live Stream, TV Channels

The first quarter of the NFL season is in the history books and how the remainder of the campaign will unfold is anyone's guess as the league scrambles to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In Week 4, the NFL was forced to postpone the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers after several members of the Titans organization tested positive for COVID-19, while the matchup between the New England Patriots trip and the Kansas City Chiefs was postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday night after Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive.

In separate memos this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills stressed the importance of adhering to the league's strict health protocols.

"The preseason and the first three weeks of the regular season proved that strict adherence to the mandatory protocols ... make it possible to play football in a safe and responsible environment," Goodell said.

Sills added: "It is critically important that we do not grow complacent in our rigorous application of measures proven to be impactful: always wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing and practicing healthy hand hygiene."

Week 5 begins on Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady make the first of five primetime appearances this season when they travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Thursday Night Football with both teams looking to improve to 4-1.

The other two primetime games of the week see the Seattle Seahawks—one of the six teams still undefeated—host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, before the New Orleans Saints welcome the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. The latter game, however, could be moved to Indianapolis as New Orleans braces for Hurricane Delta. The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the Saints and the NFL had made contingency plans to relocate the game to the Colts' Lucas Oil Stadium if needed, but ESPN reported on Wednesday night the Saints remain confident they would play at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday.

In early afternoon games on Sunday afternoon, the Steelers host the Philadelphia Eagles looking to improve to 4-0, while the Kansas City Chiefs seek a fifth straight win when they welcome the Las Vegas Raiders in an all-AFC West affair and the Atlanta Falcons look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host the Carolina Panthers. Meanwhile, the Houston Texans, who are also 0-4, kick off the post Bill O'Brien era with a home game against AFC South rivals Jacksonville Jaguars.

One of the most storied NFL rivalries headlines the late afternoon slate, with the Dallas Cowboys welcoming NFC East rivals New York Giants. The Giants are one of just four teams to have lost every game so far, while the Cowboys are 1-3 but such is the state of the NFC East that they remain only one game behind the Eagles. Elsewhere, the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts both look to extend their winning streaks to four consecutive games, while the Patriots look to rebound from two straight losses when they host the Denver Broncos.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Week 5.

Week 5 TV Schedule (All times ET)

October 8

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears—8:20 p.m., FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime

October 11

  • Los Angeles Rams @ Washington Football Team—1 p.m., FOX
  • Buffalo Bills @ Tennessee Titans—1 p.m., CBS
  • Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers—1 p.m., FOX
  • Arizona Cardinals @ New York Jets—1 p.m., FOX
  • Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs—1 p.m., CBS
  • Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans—1 p.m., CBS
  • Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens—1 p.m., CBS
  • Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons—1 p.m., FOX
  • Miami Dolphins @ San Francisco 49ers—4:05 p.m., FOX
  • New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys—4:25 p.m., CBS
  • Indianapolis Colts @ Cleveland Browns—4:25 p.m., CBS
  • Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots—4:25 p.m., CBS
  • Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks—8:20 p.m., NBC

October 12

  • Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints—8:15 p.m., ESPN

TV coverage

FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime carry Thursday Night Football, with NBC and ESPN broadcasting Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football respectively. The Sunday afternoon games are split across CBS and FOX Sports.

Live stream

Live stream is available through the four broadcasters' digital platforms, which include apps on Apple and Android devices as well as via connected TVs. Similarly, NFL Network's game pass will be available via connected TVs and on mobile devices.

A live stream will also be available via fuboTV and DirecTV, with Amazon Prime carrying a live stream of each Thursday Night Football game.

Fans can also live stream via NFL Game Pass, which is currently offering annual subscription for free, with no credit card details required for sign up.

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott, #21 of the Dallas Cowboys, runs with the ball during a game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. The two NFC East rivals meet on Sunday afternoon in Week 5 of the NFL season. Ronald Martinez/Getty