The preseason schedule for the Minnesota Vikings gets underway on Thursday, as they will make a trip to upstate New York to take on the Buffalo Bills. If you’re wanting to catch the games on television, we’re going to give you all of the information that you need to do that here in this post.
If you’re in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, three of the four games will be carried locally on KMSP-9, the local FOX affiliate. As they’ve done for the past few years, the audio for those broadcasts will be a simulcast with the Vikings’ Entertainment Network, which means that you’ll be getting Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the play-by-play for those contests. The other game will be shown on NBC, meaning that we’ll be getting Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call. At least, I assume that’s who NBC will be using.
There will be other affiliates that will be showing some of the preseason games as well. We will bring those to you prior to each game, as some of them will change.
If you’re unable to catch the games live, you’ll be able to catch various replays of them on the NFL Network. However, as you’ll see, many of the replay times are not exactly conducive to normal viewers, so you’ll have to set the DVR.
With that, let’s take a look at the schedule.
Preseason Game 1 - Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills
Live Broadcast: KMSP-9 (FOX), Thursday, 10 August, 6:00 PM Central time
NFL Network Replay #1: Friday, 11 August, 3:00 AM Central time
NFL Network Replay #2: Wednesday, 16 August, 9:00 AM Central time
Preseason Game 2 - Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
Live Broadcast: KMSP-9 (FOX), Friday, 18 August, 9:00 PM Central time (also broadcast live on NFL Network)
NFL Network Replay #1: Saturday, 19 August, 3:00 AM Central time
NFL Network Replay #2: Saturday, 19 August, 11:00 AM Central time
NFL Network Replay #3: Tuesday, 22 August, 12:00 PM Central time
Preseason Game 3 - San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Live Broadcast: KARE-11 (NBC), Sunday, 27 August, 7:00 PM Central time (nationally featured telecast)
NFL Network Replay #1: Monday, 28 August, 12:30 AM Central time
Preseason Game 4 - Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings
Live Broadcast: KMSP-9 (FOX), Thursday, 31 August, 7:00 PM Central time
NFL Network Replay #1: Friday, 1 September, 9:00 AM Central time
As you can see, a lot of the replays are in the wee hours of the morning or during times when people are generally at work. So, as I said, if you’ve got your DVR, fire it up and catch all the Vikings action that way.