Yeah, it would be awesome if there was some "a la carte" way to get the NFL Network. As a cord cutter, I have zero interest in getting a cable or satellite subscription in the near future, so I probably won't be able to take advantage of any of this stuff. I'd be willing to pay $15 per month for the NFL Network (for the 4 months that the NFL Season runs), just to be able to see the Thursday Night games.
But getting an actual cable or sattelite sub is out of the equation. I play too many video games and spend too much time on the internet to justify a $120 per month cable bill.