We are less than 24 hours away from the Minnesota Vikings returning to action, ladies and gentlemen. This week, the purple come back home to U.S. Bank Stadium, and will be facing the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 NFL action. The Vikings are coming off of their tie against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field last week, while the Bills have started their season with two consecutive losses.
So, how can you follow along with all of the action from Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon? Well, that’s what we’re here to help you figure out.
This week’s game will kick off at the one most appropriate time for NFL football, that being Sunday afternoon at noon Central time. Because the Vikings are hosting an AFC team this week, this is one of the two weeks this season (as of now) that they’re scheduled to appear on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities. For some reason, CBS has decided to send their “A-team” of announcers, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, to give us the play-by-play for this one, which was nice of them, I guess.
If you’re outside of the Twin Cities area, here is the coverage map of this week’s game from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bills game is the primary matchup in the area colored in red.
If you’re looking for this game on your DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package, you can find it on Channel 709.
At this point, I’ve pretty much given up on finding decent Canadian television listing for NFL games. There used to be a couple of pretty good sites out there, but it appears that they’ve both pretty much shut down.
For our friends in the United Kingdom, this one is not going to be airing live on any of the usual outlets for NFL action over there. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM UK time if you’re using something like NFL GamePass.
For our men and women in uniform overseas. . .well, you’re out of luck this week. Not only will the American Forces Network not be showing the Bills/Vikings game live, they won’t even be giving it the courtesy of a replay. I get that it happens sometimes, but it seems to happen to the Vikings a lot.
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 (which, I’ll admit, has been a life saver for me the last two weeks as I’ve been traveling), you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 105 or XM Channel 232. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
According to the good folks at Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be led by Alex Kemp. This is Kemp’s first season as an NFL referee, as he served as a Side Judge from 2014 to 2017 before getting the promotion prior to this season.
Well, since the game is going to be indoors, the weather won’t be affecting the game itself or anything. For any pregame festivities that you might be partaking in, the weather should be pretty much perfect according to our friends at WeatherNation. High temperatures on Sunday will reach into the upper 60s, with fairly light winds throughout the day.
As this is a CBS game, you can stream it for free if you have CBS All-Access.
Otherwise, 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 Buffalo Bills 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!