Football season officially is upon us. And while so much about the game has changed over the years, probably nothing has been expanding as fast as the methods with which we watch the games. Whether it's on a phone or a tablet, or on a television set, or on a computer monitor, there really is no reason to ever say "I just can't watch the games I want to watch."

The question, then, is to choose the best way to watch the 2018 NFL season — especially if you're a cord-cutter and have ditched cable or satellite for good.

So we've got a bevy of options here for you. From an old-school (but hardly old-fashioned) over-the-air antenna, to streaming services, to dedicated NFL-only services. There's a way for everyone to watch NFL games in 2018.

Here's what you need to know.

Watch NFL games with an over-the-air antenna

If you're really pared down and don't do this streaming video thing, you can still watch NFL games via the broadcast channels. All you need is a decent over-the-air antenna (pointed the right direction, of course), and a TV in which to plug it.

Fox and CBS still have the main schedules of NFC and AFC day games. So as long as your location isn't subject to a blackout (which, yes, is still a thing in 2018), you should be able to watch games with an antenna.

Same goes for the Sunday night games on NBC.

And if you really want to get fancy, spend a few bucks on a good over-the-air streaming box — it lets you take the signal from a single antenna and share it (via an app) to multiple televisions in your home.

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NFL games on broadcast channels via a streaming app

Most of the streaming services have access of some sort to local broadcast channels. It absolutely varies by location, though, so you'll need to check with your favorite streaming service to see if they carry your local channels.

NFL Network and Redzone

The NFL Network is, of course, the NFL's network. And in 2018 you'll find the preseason games broadcast on it, as well as the Thursday night games.

The NFL Network is available on the following streaming networks:

PlayStation
Vue
DirecTV
Now
Sling
TV
Hulu
Live
YouTube
TV
Philo Fubo
NFL Network x x x X

Additionally, NFL Redzone is available as an add-on package for Fubo TV for $8.99 a month, and on PlayStation Vue for $10 a month.

NFL games on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch

The NFL and Amazon renewed their partnership through 2019, and that means you'll once again be able to watch Thursday night games on Amazon Prime Video.

That means you'll need to be an Amazon Prime member, of course. If you're not one already, you can sign up here.

And this isn't locked down to the Amazon Fire TV devices, either. You'll also be able to watch on any other device that has the Amazon Prime Video app.

And because Amazon owns the Twitch streaming network, you'll also be able to watch games there as well.

ESPN

Let's not forget about ESPN! The premiere sports network is available on all the major streaming services. And that means you'll have access to the all-important Monday night games.

PlayStation
Vue
DirecTV
Now
Sling
TV
Hulu
Live
YouTube
TV
Philo Fubo
ESPN x x x x x

And if you've got access to ESPN, you also have access to Watch ESPN, for those times you're not in front of a TV.

NFL GamePass

And if none of the above tickles your fancy, you could pony up $99 for NFL GamePass, which gets you every damn game that's being played all season long. Just not necessarily live. You will, however have access to live preseason games that are out of market. So there's that. If you're not as concerned about watching the games live, this isn't the worst option in the world.

It's available on Windows, iOS and Android, as well as on Xbox One, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. And it works with Chromecast, too.

Sign up for NFL Game Pass

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