For the first time since their thrilling NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Minnesota Vikings will take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium. Of course, this is only preseason action, but their matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars should still provide plenty of entertainment for fans of the purple.
So, how can you watch or hear all of the action on Saturday afternoon? Well, we’re here to help you with that.
Just like last week’s game, this week’s Vikings game will be televised nationwide on the NFL Network. Kickoff time from Minneapolis is much earlier than last weekend, as things are scheduled to kick off at noon Central. If your cable provider does not carry the NFL Network, or if you simply don’t have cable or satellite at all, you can watch the game locally on the following networks in the following markets:
- KMSP (FOX/9 - Minneapolis, MN)
- WDIO (ABC/10-13 - Duluth, MN)
- KTTC (CW/10.2 - Rochester, MN)
- KEYC (CBS/12 - Mankato, MN)
- KVRR (FOX/15 - Fargo, ND)
- KNDX (FOX/26 - Bismarck, ND)
- KXND (FOX/24 - Minot, ND)
- KSFY (CW/13.2 - Sioux Falls, SD)
- KGAN (CBS/2 - Cedar Rapids, IA)
- KCCI (MeTV/8.2 - Des Moines, IA)
- KPTH (FOX/44 - Sioux City, IA)
- KGCW (CW/23 - Quad Cities, IA)
- WKBT (CBS/8 - La Crosse, WI)
- KETV (MeTV/7.2 - Omaha, NE)
If you are a Vikings fan in some of the southern reaches of the United States, you can get the Jaguars-centric broadcast on the following networks in the following markets:
- WJAX (CBS/47 - Jacksonville, FL)
- WRDQ (27 - Orlando, FL)
- WCTV (My/6.2 - Tallahassee, FL)
- WJHG (CW/7.2 - Panama City, FL)
- WCJB (CW/20.2 - Gainesville, FL)
- WTVM (ABC/9 - Columbus, GA)
- WSAV (NBC/3 - Savannah, GA)
- WSWG (My/44.2 - Albany, GA)
- WPMI (NBC/15 - Mobile, AL)
- WTVY (My/4.2 - Dothan, AL)
- WIYC (Cozi/48 - Montgomery, AL)
- WTAT (FOX/24 - Charleston, SC)
Whether you’re listening on the Vikings Radio Network or watching on television, you’ll be listening to the play-by-play for this one courtesy of the dulcet tones of Paul Allen and Pete Bercich, as the Vikings are going with a simulcast once again this preseason. You can click on the link above for a full listing of Vikings Radio Network affiliates throughout the midwest.
If you have satellite radio, you can hear the Vikings Radio Network feed on Channel 88 on both the Sirius and XM dials. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online service or their phone app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is on Channel 819.
Ed Hochuli may have hung up his whistle after last season. . .but the GUN SHOW CARRIES ON! Yes, according to the folks at Football Zebras, the officiating crew for Saturday’s game will be led by Son of Gun Show, Shawn Hochuli. This is the younger Hochuli’s first season as a head referee, so he’s getting used to the idea of being in charge. We’ll see tomorrow if he even lifts.
Well, since we’re at U.S. Bank Stadium, the weather isn’t going to be a factor during the game or anything like that. According to the folks at WeatherNation, temperatures at kickoff will be in the mid 80s with no chance of precipitation, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team have the big swivel doors open for Saturday’s contest.
There are a couple of different options for streaming the game online via subscription, notably NFL Game Pass and Fubo.tv. It’s “free trial” season for Game Pass, so do with that information what you will.
As far as other streams are concerned, do NOT. . .and I mean not in any way, shape, or form. . .promote illegal streaming sites on The Daily Norseman. Not in the comments, not in the FanPosts, not in the FanShots, not in the Game Thread, not anywhere. Don’t even hint at them. Trust me on this. If you’re that determined to watch the game via an illegal stream, do a Google search and find it on your own. And feel free to not blame us for any ill effects your computer or device might suffer as a result.
That should be all of the information you need to follow along with all of the action as the Vikings make their return to Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. We’ll have our Game Thread up about an hour before kickoff, as is tradition. Hope to see you here!