We are getting ready for the seventh regular season NFL game at U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Minnesota Vikings are preparing to host the Indianapolis Colts in a game that is vital to their postseason ambitions. There are plenty of different ways to follow along with all the action from Minneapolis, so let’s go over all of them for you.
The start time for this one is that most wonderful of all NFL kickoff times, that being 12:00 PM Central time. With the Colts being an AFC team, this one will actually be televised on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities area. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the main broadcast area for this matchup, here’s the map courtesy of the good folks from 506 Sports. The Vikings/Colts game is represented by the green area.
Since this game is on CBS, we get a real treat. . .at least in my opinion we do. The play-by-play duo for this one will be the team that, for my money, is the best in the NFL. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon will be in the booth at U.S. Bank Stadium, which should improve the experience for everyone.
If you’re going to be looking for the game on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’ll have to set your box to Channel 708.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this week’s game. . .that’s nice of them. . .but they will not be showing it live. Instead, it will be shown in replay form on Monday, with a start time of 1000Z. That means a kickoff of 1100L in Central Europe, 1430L for everyone in Afghanistan, and 1900L for fans 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’re going the satellite radio route, you can find the Vikings feed on Sirius Channel 113 or XM Channel 231. The Colts feed can be located Sirius Channel 136 (no XM feed for Colts fans this week). For those using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 817.
Courtesy of Football Zebras, we can tell you that the officiating crew for this week’s game will be headed by Jerome Boger. Boger has been a head referee since 2006, and was last involved with the Vikings earlier this season, as his crew handled the Vikings 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers back in Week 3.
Game’s going to be indoors, folks, and if the forecast is any indication I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess that the big doors at U.S. Bank Stadium are going to be closed. The outdoor temperature at kickoff is forecast to be a bright, balmy -13 degrees, and if you’re going to be tailgating before this one starts, you can probably knock about ten more degrees off of that. Throw in the wind chill, and you’re looking at the -30 degree range. So, if you’re traveling to the game, dress warm. Layers are important.
With this game being on CBS, you can stream it legally online by using CBS All-Access, which you can find out all about by clicking this link here. For folks overseas, as we’ve mentioned before, there’s always NFL GamePass.
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.
That’s all of the information you should need to be able to follow along with the Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts from U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. We’ll have the Open Thread up and running at around 11:00 AM Central time, and we hope that we get plenty of you here for it.