We're less than 24 hours from kickoff at Raymond James Stadium for this weekend's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you're trying to figure out how to follow along with all of the action, we've got all the ways that you can do that right here in one post.
Kickoff for this one is set for the best time of all for NFL kickoffs, that being 12 noon Central time. This game will be on FOX, and the announcer team for this one will be Justin Kutcher and David Diehl. If you want to see whether or not you are in the regular broadcast area for the game, you can check out the maps from the good folks at 506 Sports. Sorry, Louisville. . .looks like you get the Chicago/New England game this weekend.
If you are outside of the normal viewing area and will be tuning in via the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package, you're going to want to tune to Channel 708.
Canadian viewers can find this weekend's game on either FOX Minnesota or TSN2. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information.)
Viewers in the United Kingdom will have to watch this game via NFL Game Pass. (Thanks to NFL UK.)
This weekend's game will not be featured on the American Forces Network, as their two featured games in the early time slot will be Seattle at Carolina (AFN Sports) and Baltimore at Cincinnati (AFN Prime Atlantic).
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 228, but you'll be getting the Buccaneers' announcers (XM generally only has the home team feed for whatever reason). 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 head referee for this weekend's game will be Craig Wrolstad, whose work I'm not entirely familiar with. Pete Morelli will be officiating the game in London this week, and with any luck will lose his passport so he won't be able to affect any Vikings games this season.
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.
And that should give you all the information you need in order to track all of the action from Raymond James Stadium on Sunday afternoon. As usual, the game thread will be up about an hour before kickoff, and we hope that even if you can follow the game in some other way, you'll join us there as well.