It's getting closer to football time, ladies and gentlemen, as the Minnesota Vikings get ready to take on the Atlanta Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. There are plenty of different ways for you to be able to take in the action, and we're going to detail those for you right here.
This is one of only two games this season for the Vikings that is scheduled (at the present time) to start at a time other than noon Central. Kickoff for this one will be at 3:25 PM Central time, and the game will be shown on FOX. It isn't going to be the featured late game on FOX (that distinction goes to the Philadelphia Eagles/San Francisco 49ers game), but the game will be shown in a decent chunk of the country according to the folks from The 506. That includes the Louisville, Kentucky area. . .can't imagine why.
Your announcers for this one will be the same folks that called last week's Vikings game. . .Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, and Jennifer Dell.
If you are outside of the normal viewing area and will be watching the game via the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package, you will find this one on Channel 713.
Our friends north of the border will be able to see the game on either TSN2 or CTV Winnipeg. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information.)
If you are in the United Kingdom, you will have to catch the game on NFL Game Pass. (Thanks to NFL UK.)
This game will be shown on the American Forces Network, specifically on AFN Prime Atlantic. Kickoff time for this one will be 2125L in the United Kingdom, 2225L for folks in Central Europe, 0055L on Monday in Afghanistan, and 0525L for those in Korea and Japan. If you're going to be watching on a ship at sea. . .sorry, you're going to have to do your own math.
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. 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 the Football Refs website, this week's officiating crew will be headed up by Bill Vinovich. They don't have their full list of referee assignments up yet, but Pete Morelli's name isn't on it yet, which I can only hope means the NFL has come to their senses and fired him.
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.