Once again, we're a little more than 24 hours away from game time for the Minnesota Vikings, as they will travel to Detroit to take on the Detroit Lions in an NFC North division matchup. If you're trying to figure out how you can follow all of Sunday's action, we have all of that information right here for you.
For the first time in quite a while, the Vikings will be kicking off at a time other than noon Central time, as their game this week has been flexed to 3:25 PM Central time. The game will still be on FOX, and the announcing team will be the duo of Chris Myers and Ronde Barber. . .which, while not great, is a far damn cry from what we were stuck with the last time these two teams faced off. (That, if you'll recall, was the Mike Goldberg debacle.) You can check the map from the folks at The 506 to see if you're in the primary viewing area for this weekend's contest. (Good news, Louisville. . .you get this weekend's game!)
If you're outside of the local viewing area and are looking for the game via the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you'll have to point your dish to Channel 717.
Our Canadian friends will be able to find this weekend's game on either Fox Minneapolis or Fox Detroit. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information.)
Folks over in the United Kingdom will be able to find this week's game on NFL Game Pass. (Thanks to NFL UK for that information.)
This week's game will be featured on the American Forces Network on AFN Prime Atlantic. Kickoff is set for 2125Z, which is 2225L for folks in Central Europe, Monday at 0155L for everyone in Afghanistan, and 0525L for viewers 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 92. If you have an XM Radio, you can tune to XM 227, but you're going to be stuck with the Lions' announcers as XM only has the home team feeds. 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.
Well, according to the folks from Football Zebras, we can dodge the bullet no longer, folks. After not having to see him for thirteen games, this week's Vikings game will feature the NFL's worst referee, Pete Morelli. As such, expect the Vikings to be violated more frequently and in more different ways than the new guy at Shawshank Prison.
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 Ford Field 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.