Amazingly, incredibly, astoundingly, we have finally made it to Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season for the Minnesota Vikings. The purple will play host to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, and if you want to follow along with all of the action, we’re here to tell you how to do precisely that.
This game will be kicking off at the only really appropriate time for regular season NFL football, that being noon Central time on Sunday. This game is going to be broadcast on FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the local broadcast area for this game, here is the first map of the year from the folks at 506 Sports.
The Vikings/49ers game is in the red area, so there’s actually a really good chance that your local FOX affiliate is carrying this game. In the event that they’re not, the game can be found on the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package on Channel 710. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis.
For our Canadian friends. . .well, I’m having trouble finding a decent source for Canadian television listings. If you have a lead on one, please let me know.
If you’re watching this one from the United Kingdom, it appears that this game is going to be aired on Sky Sports. Kickoff time in the U.K. is 6:00 PM U.K. time.
For our men and women serving overseas, this game will. . .not be aired live on the American Forces Network. That’s a damn shame. . .and, frankly, for AFN, par for the proverbial course. They will be showing a replay on Monday, 10 September, at 0600Z. That means a kickoff time of 0700L for viewers in Central Europe, 0930L for everyone in Afghanistan, and 1400L for everyone 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).
If you’re going to be listening via satellite radio, you can have the Vikings’ feed on Sirius Channel 81 or XM Channel 226. 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 duties this week will be done by the crew headed up by Clay Martin. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s probably because this is his first season as an NFL referee after spending three seasons as an Umpire on officiating crews. So, hopefully he’ll get off on the right foot here.
Well, this game is going to be taking place indoors, so obviously the weather won’t affect Sunday’s contest in any way. As far as tailgating is concerned, there shouldn’t be any issues, according to the folks from WeatherNation. The weather is going to be almost fall-like in the Twin Cities on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies and a high temperature in the low 70s, so the suds should be flowing during the pre-game. . .uhh, “ceremonies.”
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 San Francisco 49ers 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!