We are less than 24 hours away from the start of the action at U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions, ladies and gentlemen. The winner of this one will grab themselves a share of first place in the NFC North at 3-1, and the Vikings are looking for revenge after a couple of tough losses last season.
So, how can you watch and/or listen to all of the action tomorrow afternoon? Well, that’s what we’re here to tell you.
Once again, we will be getting things underway at that greatest of NFL kickoff times, that being noon Central on Sunday afternoon. With this being another all-NFC matchup, the network of choice will be FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities area. If you’re not in the Twin Cities area, here’s a look at the coverage maps from the folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Lions game is represented by the yellow area on the map.
If you’re looking for this one on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’re going to want to tune to Channel 711. The play-by-play team for this week is the same as last week, with Thom Brennaman and Chris “Yep, I’m still Rick’s brother” Spielman.
For our Canadian friends, it appears that this one is going to be shown on TSN2. I’m assuming it will also be on Fox Minneapolis, but when we get closer to game time we can update this.
If you’re watching in the UK, it does not appear that this one is going to be on any of the primary UK stations that feature NFL coverage, so you’ll have to use NFL Game Pass or something. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 PM UK time.
For our men and women serving overseas, for the third time in four weeks, the Vikings will not be shown live on the American Forces Network. Instead, they will be on a replay that will be shown on AFN Sports 2 on Monday at 1100Z. That means a kickoff of 1200L on Monday for folks in Central Europe, 1430L in Afghanistan, and 1900L 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 Channel 81 on either the Sirius or the XM side. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the head referee for this week’s contest will be Bill Vinovich. Vinovich last officiated a game involving the Vikings back in 2015, and it was a good one for Vikings’ fans. . .it was the team’s 20-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers to wrap up the NFC North title for that season.
Once again, the Vikings will be playing indoors. However, your travels to the stadium will likely be much less enjoyable than last week. Weather Underground is forecasting temperatures in the lower 60s, with rain showers starting about an hour before kickoff. Winds will also be coming out of the southeast at about 15 miles an hour.
There are several legal 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.
As we say every year, 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 come here and act as though you are.
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 Detroit Lions 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 fun!