We’ve almost made it to the final game of the 2018 NFL regular season, and our favorite football team is in a must-win situation as the Minnesota Vikings will line it up on Sunday afternoon against the 2018 NFC North champs, the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are officially into the 2018 NFL playoffs with a win, regardless of what any other team does, and they know what’s on the line in this one. Is it going to be enough to get themselves a victory?
Well, you’ll know if you’re following along with all of the action, and we’re here to tell you just how to do that.
This game, as we’ve gone over numerous times, will kick off slightly later, with the festivities set to get underway at 3:25 PM Central time. This game will be on FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities, and the play-by-play will be handled by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Normally I’d be annoyed by that, but the last time Buck and Aikman were at U.S. Bank Stadium for a Vikings game it went pretty well, so I won’t gripe too much.
If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the broadcast area for this week’s game, here is the map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bears game is represented by the red area.
If you’re using your DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package to find this one, you’re going to want to turn to Channel 717.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, this game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action. Kickoff is slated for 9:25 PM UK time.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live. . .yes, I’m as surprised as you are. . .on AFN Sports. Coverage will get underway at 2100Z, which is a 2200L start time in Central Europe, 0130L on Monday morning for everyone in Afghanistan, and 0600L on Monday morning for fans 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 113 or XM Channel 231. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
Football Zebras informs us that the officiating crew for this week’s crucial contest is led by Clete Blakeman. The Vikings haven’t seen Blakeman since 2016, when his crew officiated the Vikings’ 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Obviously, this game is being played inside, which means that weather won’t be a factor there. If you’re planning on doing any sort of partying before things get underway, do what you can to stay warm. According to our friends from WeatherNation, the temperatures won’t get above freezing all day on Sunday, but at least it looks like the winds won’t be too bad.
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 U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears 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!