In Week 16 of action in the National Football League, the big day is Saturday and not Sunday, which means that we’re right around 24 hours away from kickoff of this NFL weekend. In an effort to keep their barely flickering playoff hopes alive, the Minnesota Vikings will head to Lambeau Field for their second matchup this year with the Green Bay Packers.
How can you keep tabs on all the action this holiday weekend? Well, that’s what we’re here for.
Even though the game will be taking place on Saturday, the kickoff time is still the best time, and that’s Noon Central. The game will be broadcast on FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities area. If you’re not in the Twin Cities area, there’s still a pretty good chance you’re in the primary broadcast area for this week’s game, according to the folks from 506 Sports. The Vikings/Packers game is represented by the red area.
If you’re going to need to make use of the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to find this week’s game, you’ll have to tune the box to Channel 711.
The play-by-play team for this one will be Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, so if your holiday plans didn’t already involve jamming an icepick into your auditory canal, be sure to leave some time in your holiday weekend for that and the subsequent trip to the emergency room before kickoff.
For our Canadian friends, the website for CTV shows this game as being available on numerous CTV affiliates across the Great White North.
For everyone in uniform overseas serving in the Armed Forces, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live on AFN Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for 1800Z, which means a 1900L start for everyone in Central Europe, 2230L for viewers in Afghanistan, and 0300L on Sunday morning 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 136 (no XM broadcast for the Vikings this week). The Packers feed can be located Sirius or XM Channel 82. For those using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 818.
Per the weekly update from Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this week’s game is led by Jeff Triplette, who is second only to Pete Morelli in terms of general horribleness at his job. His crew handled a Vikings’ game earlier this season, as they were a part of the Vikings’ 31-13 win over the Houston Texans in Week 5.
Looking at the forecast from Weather Underground, it looks like the tundra is going to be lightly frozen at best. Temperatures are forecast to inch their way just above the freezing mark by halftime, and the winds should be fairly light, coming out of the west at around five miles per hour.
Since this week’s game is on FOX, there is no legally provided stream available on the internet anywhere. For anyone overseas, once again you can get your NFL fix from NFL Game Pass.
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That’s all of the information you should need to be able to follow along with the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers from Lambeau Field on Saturday. We’ll have the Open Thread up and running at around 11:00 AM Central time, and if you’ve got some time during your holiday festivities, stop on by and join us for a while.