It’s the night before the third consecutive big road matchup for the Minnesota Vikings in their quest to wrap up the NFC North. This weekend, they’re making a trip to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte to do battle with the Carolina Panthers. We’re going to give you all of the information you need in order to be able to follow along with all the action right here.
Once again, since the Vikings were not flexed, this game will start at that greatest of all times for NFL football to get underway, which is noon Central on Sunday afternoon. While an all-NFC matchup like this would ordinarily be on FOX, this week’s game will be on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities. For this one, we’re also getting the CBS announcing “A-Team” of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, which should be fun for everyone.
If you’re not in the Twin Cities area, here’s how you can find out whether or not the Vikings/Panthers game is the primary CBS game in your area. If you’re in the red area, congratulation! Your local CBS affiliate will have this one.
If you need to use the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to watch this one, you can point your box to Channel 706.
For our friends from north of the border, this one will be on numerous CTV stations, including CTV Alberta, BC, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg.
Unfortunately for everyone watching from the United Kingdom, this one will not be shown on any of the usual networks that broadcast NFL games over there. You’ll have to use a service like NFL Game Pass, and kickoff will happen at 6:00 PM local.
If you’re one of our military men and women serving overseas. . .first of all, thanks for reading, and second of all, the American Forces Network will actually be showing this one LIVE on AFN Sports! (I guess they’ve finally decided that the Vikings are worth airing.) Kickoff is scheduled for 1800Z, which means a start time of 1900L for everyone in Central Europe, 2230L in Afghanistan, and a bright and early 0300L Monday 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 Sirius Channel 113. If you have an XM radio, you’re going to be stuck with the Panthers’ feed on XM Channel 82, as XM generally only has the feeds for the home teams on Sundays. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
The folks at Football Zebras inform us that the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be led by Terry McAulay. The last time that the Vikings had a game called by McAulay and company was a good end to a bad year, as his crew handled the Vikings’ 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears in the final game of the 2016 regular season.
While it appears that the precipitation is going to stay away from the Charlotte area during the game on Sunday, it looks like it’s going to be a bit of a chilly one for the South. According to the folks from Weather Underground, temperature at kickoff is forecast to be right around 40 degrees, with winds coming out of the west at between 5-10 miles/hour.
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 Bank of America Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers 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!