We are a mere twenty-four hours away from the final road game of the 2018 NFL regular season for your Minnesota Vikings, as they’ll make the trip to the Motor City and Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions. We know that you want to follow all of the action from Detroit on Sunday afternoon, and there are numerous ways for you to do just that. Let’s detail all of those ways right here.
This game will be getting underway at the only really proper time for NFL kickoffs, and that’s noon Central time on Sunday afternoon. This game will be on FOX affiliates across the United States, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities area. If you’re wondering whether or not your market is in the primary broadcast area for this one, here is the map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Lions game is represented by the yellow area.
If you’re looking for the game on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, you’ll want to point the box to Channel 712. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, this game will not be shown on any of the regular broadcast outlets for the NFL in your country. You’ll have to use a service like NFL Game Pass to see this one, which will kick off at 6:00 PM UK time.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the folks from AFN have decided that, in the spirit of the holiday season. . .
That’s right. . .no live broadcast, no Monday replay, no nothing of this one. I don’t understand how they do that. . .I mean, the Packers/Jets game is at least getting a replay, and that game doesn’t mean squat to anybody.
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 106. The game will also be broadcast on XM Channel 231, but be advised that it will be the Lions’ feed, not the Vikings. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
Per the good folks at Football Zebras, Sunday’s game will be officiated by the crew led by Walt Anderson. This will be the first Vikings game of the year for Anderson’s crew. The last time the Vikings saw Walt Anderson was their game against the Los Angeles Rams last season at U.S. Bank Stadium, a game in which they emerged with a 24-7 victory.
The game will be played in the cozy, indoor confines of Ford Field, which means weather won’t be affecting the actual game itself. If you’re planning on tailgating or anything like that before the game, it might get a little messy according to our friends from WeatherNation. They’re showing temperatures leading up to game time right around the freezing point, with a steady stream of light freezing drizzle. If you’re driving, there’s a good chance that the roads are going to be a mess when it’s time to head home, so be careful.
There are several other 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 Ford Field 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!