In a little more than twelve hours, we will be seeing the Minnesota Vikings play their final game before their bye week. They will be hosting their NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions, at U.S. Bank Stadium, and could use a win to get them into the bye at 5-3-1 in what is shaping up to be a tough NFC North race.
The Vikings have never beaten the Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. If you want to know how to follow along with all of the action as they attempt to change that, we have all that information for you right here.
This game will be aired on FOX affiliates across the nation. That means KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, and the kickoff time will be at noon Central. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Thom Brennaman and Chris “Yes, I am still Rick’s brother” Spielman. If you’re not sure if you’re in the broadcast area for this one, you can check out this coverage map from the folks at 506 Sports. The Lions/Vikings game is shown in blue.
If you’re looking for this one on your DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, point your box at Channel 710.
For everyone in the United Kingdom, this one will not be on any of the usual NFL broadcast partners over there, so you’ll have to find something like NFL Game Pass to watch this one. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM UK time.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, this game will actually be shown live on the American Forces Network! Specifically, it will be on AFN Prime Atlantic, and kickoff is scheduled for 1800Z. That means a kickoff time of 1900L for everyone in Central Europe, 2230L for fans in Afghanistan, and 0300L on Monday morning for viewers 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).
For those that have satellite radio, you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 83. If you have XM Radio, you can hear the game on XM Channel 225. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to our friends at Football Zebras, this game will be officiated by Satan himself, Pete Morelli. The last time the Vikings were forced to deal with the worst official in the National Football League was back in Week 2 of last season, as his crew officiated the Vikings’ 26-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
As you’ve figured by now, the weather won’t affect the game itself since it’s indoors. If you’re planning on engaging in any sort of pre-game fun and festivities, you might not find it very enjoyable. Our friends at WeatherNation are calling for temperatures in the low-to-mid 30s leading up to Sunday’s contest, as well as a “wintry mix” of precipitation. It’s not winter yet, but Sunday will serve as a reminder that it’s right around the corner.
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.
Since it has recently been brought up, I want to make it perfectly clear that streams from Reddit or other places are not. . .I repeat, not. . .legal. If you’d like to argue about that, you can argue it somewhere else, because the moderators won’t listen to that garbage. Until Reddit, or anywhere else, has a deal with the National Football League, those streams are illegal and not welcome to be put up on this site. If you want to use them, go find them on your own and don’t be plastering them in the comments section here unless you’d rather not be in the comments of the Game Thread. . .or any other thread. . .here at DN.
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 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!