We are officially less than 24 hours away from kickoff of this weekend’s contest at U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings have yet another shot to wrap up the NFC North with a victory and can keep their hopes alive for home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs over Mike Zimmer’s former team.
So, how can you go about keeping track of all the action on Sunday afternoon? Well, that’s the information we’re here to give you.
Once again, the Vikings are kicking things off at noon Central on Sunday afternoon. For the second week in a row, the game will be on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities area. The play-by-play duties for this one will be handled by Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.
For those of you that aren’t in the Twin Cities area, here’s a look at this week’s coverage map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bengals game is represented by the red area.
If you’re outside of the primary coverage area and are looking for the game on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’ll want to point your receiver to Channel 707.
For those trying to locate the game on channels from north of the border, CTV is showing it on five different CTV channels: Alberta, BC, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg.
Across the pond in the United Kingdom, none of the regular outlets for NFL broadcasts will be airing this one live, so you’ll have to use a service like NFL Game Pass. Kickoff in the UK is scheduled for 6:00 PM local time.
Out men and women in uniform overseas will be able to see this one live on the American Forces Network. (It’s like AFN has suddenly realized that the Vikings are, like, good or something.) This one will be on AFN Sports, and kickoff is set for 1800Z. That means a 1900L kickoff in Central Europe, 2230L in Afghanistan, and Monday morning at 0300L for everyone 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 Sirius Channel 135 or XM Channel 226. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
The weekly assignments post from the good folks at Football Zebras tells us that the officiating crew for this week will be headed up by Walt Coleman. It’s been a little while since Coleman’s crew was involved with a Vikings’ game. The last time the Vikings saw him was in the 2016 regular season opener, when they defeated the Tennessee Titans by a score of 25-16.
This one, for the first time in over a month, a Vikings’ game will be taking place in the climate-controlled confines of U.S. Bank Stadium. If you’re planning on heading to the game and/or tailgating tomorrow, make sure to keep warm. According to the folks from Weather Underground, there’s no chance of precipitation, but it’s gonna be a bit nippy out there. Temperatures at kickoff are only expected to reach the mid-20s.
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 U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday 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!