We’re a little more than 12 hours away from kickoff at Ford Field, as the Minnesota Vikings will take to the road once again to battle the Detroit Lions in an NFC North battle. We want to make sure that you’re able to follow along with all of the action on Sunday afternoon, so we’re going to put all the information on how you can do that here in one place.
Kickoff time for this one is slated for the best possible time for NFL kickoffs, that being noon Central time on Sunday. This game will be carried by the FOX family of networks, which is KSTP-9 in the greater Twin Cities area, and the play-by-play will be handled by Brandon Gaudin. . .who I’m reasonably sure I’ve never heard of. . .and Chris “Say, did you know that I’m Rick’s brother” Spielman.
If you’re outside of the Twin Cities area and are unsure whether or not you’ll be getting this game, here’s the coverage map from the folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Lions matchup is highlighted in green.
If you’re going to be using the DirecTV Sunday Ticket Package to watch this one, you’re going to point the box to Channel 710.
For our friends in the United Kingdom, this one will not be shown on any of the channels that broadcast NFL games over there. You’ll have to use NFL Game Pass.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live on AFN Sports 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 1800Z, which works out to 1900L for viewers in Central Europe, 2130L for fans in Afghanistan, and 0200L on Monday morning for everyone in Japan and Korea.
If you’re going to be traveling, if you simply prefer radio to television, or if you’d like to try to sync the radio feed up with the television broadcast, you can find a Vikings Radio Network affiliate in your area. Just click on the link to find the full list of partners across the Midwest.
If you prefer satellite radio, or if you’re too far outside of the Vikings Radio Network area to get the game there, you can tune to Sirius Channel 127 to get the feed from the Vikings Radio Network. If you have an XM Radio, you’ll be forced to go with the Lions Radio Network feed on XM Channel 230. If you’ll be using the SiriusXM online app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
Football Zebras informs us that the officiating crew for this week will be led by Brad Rogers. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, that’s because this is his first year as a head referee, and only his third year as an NFL official overall. According to Pro Football Reference, this is the first time he’s been involved with the Vikings in either of those capacities.
Obviously, with this game being played at Ford Field, the weather will not be a factor during the game itself. If you’re going to be involved with any pregame festivities, the weather should be okay for it according to our friends at WeatherNation. Temperatures will be in the mid-40s, climbing to around 50 by kickoff time, and no precipitation is forecast.
In order to stream this game in legal fashion, along with a lot of other non-football stuff, you can check out Fubo.tv for over 100 channels of live, streaming sports. They also have a free seven-day trial so that you can check out the service for yourself.
The other legal streaming alternative is NFL GamePass.
As always, we won’t be tolerating links to illegal streaming sites here at The Daily Norseman. Don’t post them or even hint at them. If you want an illegal stream that badly, do the search for it yourself. . .somewhere else.
That should be everything you need to keep track of all the action from Ford Field on Sunday afternoon between the Vikings and the Lions, folks. We hope to see a bunch of you here for the Game Threads as well, with the first one coming up on the site at right around 11:00 AM Central time.