It won’t be long now before the Thanksgiving Day festivities are officially underway in Detroit, ladies and gentlemen, as the Minnesota Vikings will head into Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions for the second consecutive Thanksgiving. The Vikings dropped a tough one last year, and they’ll be looking for revenge this season. The Vikings can also, effectively, salt away the NFC North with a victory.
So, how can you follow along with all of the action tomorrow? That’s what we’re here to help you with.
This game is going to kick off just a slight bit earlier than what we’re used to, with game time set for 11:30 AM Central. This game will be on FOX. . .everywhere. Seriously, you won’t need the NFL Sunday Ticket package or anything else. Just turn on your local FOX affiliate, and the game will be there.
Unfortunately, because this is the only game on FOX today, the play-by-play will be handled by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. I guess that, on this Thanksgiving, we can be thankful that we’ve avoided them for this long. (We did have Aikman for one game while Buck was off ruining baseball.)
For our friends north of the border, you’ll be able to see this game in Canada on TSN or CTV Two.
If you’re tuning in from the United Kingdom, this game is going to be broadcast on Sky Sports. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM UK time.
Our men and women serving overseas will actually be able to see this one live on the American Forces Network. Kickoff is set for 1730Z, which means a start time of 1830L for everyone in Central Europe, 2200L for viewers in Afghanistan, and a nice, early 0230L Friday morning start for folks 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 82 on either your Sirius or XM dial. There will also be a national broadcast courtesy of Westwood One on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Channel 88. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to this week’s assignment list from Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this contest will be led by Tony Corrente. Corrente’s last involvement with the Vikings came almost a year ago, as his crew officiated the Vikings’ 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football the week after Thanksgiving last season.
Well, this one is going to be indoors, so weather isn’t going to be a factor. If you’re going to be in Detroit for the game, it’s going to be a little on the cool side, as Weather Underground tells us that the high temperature for Thanksgiving in Detroit is forecast to be somewhere in the upper 30s.
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, 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 Ford Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions on Thursday morning/afternoon. 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!