After what seems like a damn eternity, we're finally just 24 hours away from the Minnesota Vikings finally taking the field once again. They will host the Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, and we have all of the different ways that you can follow all of the action right here for you, whether it's on television, on the radio, or on the internet.
We're finally back to a noon Central time kickoff for Vikings football. . .and, unless they get flexed or something, that will be the start time for every game for the rest of the season. Being an all-NFC affair, this one will be shown on FOX, and the announcers will be Mike Goldberg and Brendon Ayanbedejo. You can check out the maps from The 506 to see if you are in the regular broadcast area for this week's game.
If you are outside of the regular broadcast area and will be watching the game via the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package, you will be able to find the game on Channel 708.
Our Canadian friends will be able to see this one via CTV Winnipeg, Fox Detroit, or Fox Minnesota. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information.)
For folks in the United Kingdom, this game will actually be broadcast on Sky Sports, with kickoff at 6 PM local time. (Thanks to NFL UK for the info.)
This week's game will also be featured on the American Forces Network, more specifically on AFN Sports, as it was voted this week's Fan's Choice Game of the Week. Kickoff time is 1900L for folks in Central Europe, 2130L for those in Afghanistan, and Monday morning at 0200L for everyone in Japan and Korea.
If you're traveling or just prefer to hear the Minnesota Vikings' announcers over the FOX crew, you can tune into the Vikings Radio Network. Per NFL rules, the game will not be on the site for KFAN-FM 100.3 (the Vikings' flagship station), but here is the full list of stations that will allow you to see if you have an affiliate in your area.
If you have satellite radio, you have avenues there as well. If you have a Sirius radio, you can hear the Vikings on Channel 138. If you have an XM Radio, you can tune to XM 232. If you have access to the SiriusXM Online app or access to SiriusXM Online through the internet, you can find the Vikings' feed on Channel 817.
According to FootballZebras.com, the crew for this week's game will be led by John Parry. Pete Morelli, who still sucks unlike any official in the league, will be screwing up the game between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
There are a couple of different methods available for legally streaming this week's contest. First, because this game is on Fox, is to stream it through Fox Sports Go. (There are some caveats to that. . .Awful Announcing covers them all right here.) If you live overseas, you can legally stream the game through NFL Game Pass. That's what I'm using, and it's pretty sweet.
As far as other streams are concerned, do NOT. . .and I mean not in any way, shape, or form. . .promote illegal streaming sites on The Daily Norseman. Not in the comments, not in the FanPosts, not in the FanShots, not in the Game Thread on Sunday, not anywhere. Don't even hint at them. Trust me on this. If you're that determined to watch the game via an illegal stream, do a Google search and find it on your own. And be sure to enjoy your malware.
That should be all of the info needed to follow along with the action from the TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, folks. We'll have the Open Thread up here about an hour before kickoff for you to hang out in as well.