With the Minnesota Vikings going way, way on the road this week to take on the Cleveland Browns, following along with all of the action won’t be quite the same this week as it is most weeks. In order to help you sort through the potential confusion, we have all of the ways that you can follow along with this week’s action right here.
Television and Streaming Info
The kickoff time for this one is going to be quite a bit earlier than what we’re used to, as the festivities are set to get underway from Twickenham Stadium at 8:30 AM Central on Sunday morning. The game will be covered by CBS, and the announce team will be the same as the one that did last week’s game, with former Gumbel to Gumbel star Greg Gumbel and former NFL quarterback Trent Green doing the honors.
If you live in the Twin Cities area, the game will be carried locally on the CBS affiliate, WCCO-4. If you’re a Vikings fan in the Cleveland area, their local CBS affiliate is WOIO-19.
If you do not live in the Twin Cities area, your only other opportunity to see the game on television is to turn to the NFL Network if you have it available. You’ll have to check your local listings to determine what channel that is on your cable box, but I can tell you that it’s Channel 212 on your DirecTV dial.
As far as streaming the game, you can stream it through the CBS website if you have CBS All-Access. It appears you can get a one-week trial of CBS All-Access by going to their site, so you could, presumably, get the trial for one week and cancel before you get charged for anything.
There are several other subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are Fubo.tv, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, as always, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass. I initially thought that the folks from Yahoo! Sports would be streaming this one like they did for the Week 3 game between Baltimore and Jacksonville, but that turned out not to be true.
Even with the lack of television options for this week’s game, do not come in here with your garbage illegal streaming options. Promoting or sharing illegal streams gives you a really good chance of getting banned, and the appeals process basically consists of you being reminded that you were told not to promote illegal streams on the site. So, you know, don’t do that.
For our friends in Canada, this one will apparently be on the CTV Network. I am unsure if our Canadian friends can stream this on the CTV website or not. There’s a decent chance, I suppose.
For Vikings fans in the United Kingdom, this one is going to be live on BBC Two. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 PM UK time.
If you’re one of our fighting men or women serving overseas. . .well, apparently the American Forces Network has decided that they won’t be showing this one. At all. Not even on a replay. It doesn’t make a damn bit of sense to me, but that’s what the graphic on their FaceBook page shows and there is at least one comment from the AFN folks confirming that the game won’t be on. Please take a moment to register your disgust, if you so desire.
If you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one. . .and it sounds like there’s quite a few people that this might be the case for. . .you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).
If you’re going to be listening via satellite radio, you can have the Vikings’ feed on Channel 81 on either the Sirius or the XM side. There will also be a “neutral” Westwood One feed that you can find on either Sirius Channel 93 or XM Channel 225. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
The good folks from Football Zebras tell us that the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be led by long-time referee Jeff Triplette. Triplette’s crew handled two Vikings’ games last season with mixed results for the purple. They were the crew for the team’s 31-13 over the Houston Texans in Week 5, as well as the crew for the team’s 38-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 16.
According to Weather Underground, tomorrow’s game might be a bit on the cool side for folks in attendance. Not “cold,” necessarily, but “cool.” There is some light rain forecast for the early morning hours, but by the time kickoff rolls around things will have settled down. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 50s, with winds coming out of the north at around 10 miles/hour under mostly cloudy skies.
That’s all the information we’ve got for you about how to follow this week’s contest between the Minnesota Vikings and the Cleveland Browns from Twickenham Stadium in London, England. Hopefully most of you will be able to find some way to follow all of the action. As usual, we’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up and running at approximately 7:30 AM Central, one hour before kickoff.