Just 24 more hours until the Minnesota Vikings and the Oakland Raiders kick things off from the O.co Coliseum in northern California, ladies and gentlemen. There are a few things that are slightly different with the Vikings heading out to the West Coast, so if you're wondering how you can follow along with the action on Sunday afternoon, we've got everything you need right here.
Since the Vikings are out on the West Coast this week, kickoff is not going to take place until 3:05 PM Central time. One thing that hasn't changed is the game being broadcast by FOX, which means you're once again looking for KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities. If you're outside of the Twin Cities area and wondering if you're going to be in the main broadcast area for the game, here is the map courtesy of the folks from 506 Sports. The broadcast area for Vikings/Raiders is in orange.
Things are a little more scattered because FOX isn't doing a doubleheader this week, so the places in the orange are only doing the late game on FOX. That means, as far as the early games are concerned, you're sort of stuck with whatever CBS is showing in your area. In the Twin Cities area, and most of the Upper Midwest, it appears that's going to be the Chicago/St. Louis game. Yes, a game between two NFC teams is going to be on CBS to balance coverage out a bit.
In the booth, the Vikings' official unofficial announce team of Chris Myers and Ronde Barber are going to be on the call for this one. This will be the third Vikings' game that the two of them have called in the last four weeks. Tune in early to see what kind of "news" Myers breaks about Adrian Peterson this week.
If you're outside of the coverage area and are going to be watching the game through the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, this game will be on Channel 713.
For our Canadian friends, your only source for this one is going to be Fox Minnesota. (Thanks to A Rouge Point for that information, as always.)
For our friends in the United Kingdom, this game is going to be shown on Sky Sports, with kickoff scheduled for 10:05 PM local time. (Thanks to NFL UK, as always.)
For our men and women serving overseas, the American Forces Network has seen fit to give this week's game live coverage! (I'm sure the fact that it's a late game helps.) Kickoff is scheduled for 2100 GMT, which is 2200L in Central Europe, 0130L on Monday morning in Afghanistan, and 0600L on Monday morning in Japan and Korea. (If you're in Japan or Korea, take a day of leave on Monday. Why not? You've earned it!)
If you can't get to a television, or if you'd rather just listen to the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich, the Vikings Radio Network is here for you. Here is a full list of affiliates around the Upper Midwest to help you out. Once again, this does not mean that the online sites for those stations will be streaming the game. . .NFL rules say that they can't.
If you're going the satellite radio route, you can find the Vikings' feed on Sirius Channel 112. If you have an XM Radio, you're stuck with the Raiders' feed on Channel 226. If you're using the SiriusXM Online App, you can get the Vikings on their permanent online home, Channel 817.
According to the folks at Football Zebras, the officiating duties for this game will be handled by the crew led by Tony Corrente. He's been in the league since 1999 and was the official for last year's NFC Championship Game. He's also not Pete Morelli, so he's perfectly alright by me.
CCNorseman did a post during the preseason about legal streaming of NFL games. It outlines the only outlets for legal streaming of NFL action. If you're overseas, there's NFL GamePass to subscribe to as well.
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 that should be all the info you need to follow along with the action from O.co Stadium tomorrow, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have the Open Thread up tomorrow approximately an hour before kickoff, just after the inactives come out.