Cowboys vs Rams Livestream: How to Watch NFL Week 5 Online Today

Week 5 of the NFL season will have two Sunday games on Fox during the late afternoon window, and both will feature an NFC East team taking on an NFC West team. The 3-1 Cowboys and 2-2 Rams will face off in a fight, while the undefeated The Eagles will visit the Cardinals 2-2 in the other. Both games are planned for 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. PT) on Fox.

The Cowboys-Rams game will be televised nationally, as well as broadcast on local television in the Dallas and Los Angeles areas (according to 506 Sports). You can watch Fox on live tv broadcast services, but there may be times when you are blocked due to an internet location issue or just want an extra layer of privacy for streaming. There is an option that does not require subscribing to something like NFL Sunday Ticket Where NFLMoreor search the Internet for a basic website: you can use a virtual private network, or vpn.


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Here’s how you can watch the game from anywhere in the US with a VPN.

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Quarterback Cooper Rush, in Cowboys uniform, ends up throwing a football

With Dak Prescott still injured, backup Cooper Rush will once again lead the Cowboys against the Rams on Sunday.

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Cowboys vs. Rams: When and where?

For Week 5 of the NFL season, the Cowboys take on the Rams at 4:25 p.m. ET (1:25 p.m. PT) on Sunday. The game is scheduled to take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., home of the Rams.

How to watch the Cowboys vs Rams game online from anywhere using a VPN

If you are unable to view the game locally due to incorrectly enforced blackout restrictions, you may need another way to watch the game and this is where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to prevent your ISP from throttling your game day speeds by encrypting your traffic. Plus, it’s a great idea when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and connections.

With a VPN, you can virtually change your location on your phone, tablet, or laptop to access the game. So if your ISP or mobile carrier has blocked you with an IP address that says incorrectly your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can fix this problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, unobstructed zone. Most VPNs, like our Editors’ Choice, ExpressVPNmake it really easy to do.

Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in all countries where VPNs are legal, including the United States and Canada, as long as you have a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You need to make sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even when VPNs are legal, the streaming service can terminate the account of anyone it believes is circumventing properly applied blackout restrictions.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN for people who want a reliable and secure VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 per month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% and get three months free — the equivalent of $6.67 per month — if you get an annual subscription.

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Stream the Cowboys vs Rams game live in the US

This week’s Cowboys vs Rams game is on Fox, so in addition to a VPN, you’ll need a live tv streaming service which carries a local Fox affiliate that airs the game. The cheapest service is Sling TV Blue.

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Of the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $35 per month. Note that Sling is currently running a promotion where the first month of service is half price ($17.50) for new subscribers.

An important caveat: In our experience, local Fox affiliates will only be available if your billing address is within one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered by the Sling Agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off opting for one of the alternative services listed below.

Many others live tv streaming services also broadcast local Fox stations, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also offer more channels, including football-specific channels like Fox, ESPN, NFL Network, and/or RedZone. Discover our guide to live tv streaming channels for more details.

Quick Tips for Stream Cowboys vs. Rams Using a VPN

A program guide shows the Cowboys vs. Rams game.

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  • With four variables in play – your ISP, browser, video streaming provider, and VPN – experience and success can vary.
  • Sling Blue is only an option if and when the ability to get local Fox affiliates is active on your account. You may want to verify that your billing address is eligible for this option before committing your credit card.
  • This game will be broadcast in most countries, by 506 Sports, so you’ll be able to use most ExpressVPN locations as long as they also have a local Fox station affiliated with Sling TV. We tested this game via Dallas, so you’ll definitely be able to watch it there.
  • If you don’t see your desired location as the default option for ExpressVPN, try using the “search for a city or country” option.
  • If you’re having trouble getting the game after turning on your VPN and setting it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log into your streaming service subscription account and make sure that the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address registered in your account. Second, some smart TVs – like Roku – don’t have VPN apps that you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you’ll need to install the VPN on your router or whatever mobile hotspot you use (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with Smart TV services, after installing a cable network’s sports app, you will be asked to verify a numeric code or click on a link sent to your registered email address for your Smart TV . This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, as both devices will appear in the correct place.
  • And remember, browsers can often give away location despite using a VPN, so make sure you’re using a privacy-focused browser to connect to your services. We normally recommend Brave.

Margie D. Carlisle