We're about 24 hours away from kickoff between the Minnesota Vikings and the Carolina Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. We hope that you've enjoyed our coverage this week so far. We know that you're going to be looking for a way to follow along with all of the action tomorrow, and we're going to give you all of the ways that you can do just that.
Once again, kickoff is scheduled for noon Central time, and once again the game will be on FOX. Your announce team for this week is the tandem of Chris Myers and Ronde Barber. You can take a look at the maps from The 506 to see whether or not you're in the primary viewing area for this week's game. (Sorry, Louisville, you're getting the Washington at Indianapolis. . .ummm, "contest.")
If you're not in the primary viewing area and will be looking for the game on your DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you'll have to tune the box to Channel 712.
If you're up in Canada, the only channel you're going to be able to find this one on is Fox Minneapolis. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information.)
Viewers in the United Kingdom are going to have to find this one on NFL Game Pass. (Thanks to NFL UK.)
This game may or may not be featured on the American Forces Network, as it appears as though they're back to three games for the early slots on Sunday. As of now, the games for the early slots are Eff Those Guys at Pittsburgh (AFN Sports) and San Diego at Baltimore (AFN Xtra), with the game on AFN Prime Atlantic yet to be determined. Kickoff for the early games is 1800Z, which is 1900L in Central Europe, 2230L in Afghanistan, and Monday at 0300L for folks 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.
Per the folks from Football Zebras, this week's officiating crew will be headed up by Brad Allen. Pete Morelli, who continues to be employed despite being the NFL's worst referee, will be in Pittsburgh for the aforementioned Eff Those Guys/Steelers game. Sorry, Pittsburgh fans. Expect to get screwed.
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 TCF Bank 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.