In a little more than twenty-four hours, the eyes of the National Football League audience will be on Soldier Field in Chicago, as the Minnesota Vikings will take on their NFC North rivals, the Chicago Bears. We’re here to let you know how you can keep track of all the action of Monday Night Football no matter where you might be.
Given that this is a prime time contest, things will be kicking off from Chicago on Monday night at 7:30 PM Central time. No coverage map of this week’s game is necessary, because it’s going to be on ESPN. . .and, you know, it’s the only game happening on Monday night.
For our Canadian friends, this one will be on TSN 1, as well as several other networks in the TSN family. It sort of varies, from what I can gather.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, this one will be broadcast on Sky Sports. It’s going to be a pretty late night. . .or early morning, depending on how you handle it. Kickoff for this one will be at 1:30 AM Tuesday morning UK time.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, for just the second time this year the Vikings will be live on the American Forces Network. (The only other time was the season opener, which was also on Monday Night Football.) Kickoff time is 0130Z on Tuesday morning. That means you’re looking at a 0230L kickoff in Central Europe, 0500L in Afghanistan, and 0930L in Japan and Korea.
If you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one, 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. You will also have the option of listening to the Westwood One national feed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be led by Jerome Boger. Boger was the lead official for two Vikings’ contests in 2016. One went well. . .the Vikings’ 22-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. The other one? Not so much. . .the Vikings’ 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15.
The folks from Weather Underground are forecasting some very unseasonable weather for Chicago in October. Temperatures at kickoff time will be in the upper 70s under partly cloudy skies, with winds coming from the northeast at around 10 miles/hour.
This game will be available on the WatchESPN app.
There are also 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, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.
Please do not come here and promote illegal streams for people to watch games on. You know those guys that show up in the content section on game day and post the things with the big, annoying graphics that say “WATCH NFL FREE HERE?” Those people get banned. The same thing will happen to you, regardless if you have 10 comments here or 1,000 or 10,000. You’re not a hero for finding a way to watch the game illegally, so please don’t do it.
That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from Soldier Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the action!