Tomorrow, when everyone’s getting ready to sit down around the table to engage in the first day of gluttony, the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions are going to be taking to the turf at Ford Field to start the Thanksgiving Day triple-header of football action. There won’t be any other games going on during this one, but we’re still here to help everyone find the action and follow along in a few different ways. So, let’s get to it, shall we?
Things at Ford Field are going to kick off slightly earlier than usual tomorrow, with things getting underway at 11:30 AM Central time. Also, despite the fact that this is an all-NFC affair, the game is going to be televised on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities area, and not on FOX. The play-by-play team for this one will be the CBS “A” team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
Not sure if you’re in the broadcast area for this one? You are. Seriously, turn on CBS. The game will be there. I wouldn’t lie to you about this.
The folks from Sports on Canadian TV haven’t updated their listings yet. When they do, we’ll have the info for our friends north of the border in this space.
For our friends in the United Kingdom, NFL UK says it’s on something called “Pick.” I have no idea what that is. Whatever that is, the game starts at 5:30 PM UK time.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, after the American Forces Network completely blew the Vikings off last week for reasons I’m not sure of, this game will be shown live. It will be shown on AFN Sports with a start time of 1730Z. That means kickoff is at 1830L for everyone in Central Europe, 2200L for fans in Afghanistan, and a bright and early 0230L Monday kickoff for folks in Japan and Korea.
For everyone that’s going to be listening on the radio, you can find an affiliate in your area that’s a part of the Vikings Radio Network. If you do not have an affiliate near you, another alternative would be to check out the TuneIn online radio service. If you can’t find a Vikings Radio Network affiliate in your area, Westwood One is going to be broadcasting the game as well, so you can check for one of their affiliates nearby.
If you’re going the satellite radio route, you can find the Vikings feed on either XM Channel 83 or Sirius Channel 83. The Lions feed can be located on XM Channel 82 or Sirius Channel 82. You can also find the Westwood One feed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88 (on both networks), and for those of you that like your football broadcasts en Español, you can tune your dial to Sirius or XM Channel 157. For those using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 817.
According to Football Zebras, the head referee for this week’s game at Ford Field is Carl Cheffers. He’s been a head referee in the NFL since 2008. He has not been involved in a Vikings game since 1 December 2013, when his crew officiated the Vikings’ 23-20 victory over the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome.
Game’s going to be indoors, folks. If you’re traveling to Detroit for the game, things won’t be too bad. Temperatures will be in the mid-40s and the rain should stop in the early hours of the morning.
Since this game is being shown on CBS, they are also streaming it legally on their website, which you can get to through this link right here at the appropriate time. For everyone overseas, there is NFL Game Pass for your football viewing pleasure.
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, 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 feel free to not blame us for any ill effects your computer or device might suffer as a result.
We plan on having the Open Thread for this one up at approximately 10:30 AM Central, one hour before kickoff, as we always do. If you have time during your holiday, come on over and spend a little bit of your Thanksgiving football viewing time with us, won’t you?