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The Minnesota Vikings have three home games remaining among their final four contests of the year, and all three of them are against NFC North division rivals. The party starts this Sunday, as the Vikings host the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. A win in this one pushes the purple that much closer to a return to the postseason, so I know that everyone is going to want to have their eyes and ears on this one.
How can you do that? Well, allow us to tell you.
We are back to the best time of all for a National Football League kickoff, that being noon Central time on Sunday afternoon. This all-NFC contest will be carried on the FOX family of networks, which is KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Thom Brennaman and Chris Spielman (who, if you’re scoring at home, is still Rick Spielman’s brother). If you are unsure whether or not you are in the primary broadcast area for this week’s game, here is the coverage map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Lions game is represented by the yellow area.
If you’ll be using the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to watch this one, you’ll have to point your receiver to Channel 712.
Unfortunately for our friends in the United Kingdom, this game will not be airing live on any of the channels that generally carry live NFL broadcasts. You’ll have to get your coverage from somewhere like NFL Game Pass.
For our men and women in uniform serving overseas. . .well, you’re out of luck, too. The American Forces Network will be showing 12 of the 16 NFL games in some capacity this weekend, and the Vikings/Lions game is one of the four that are not being shown. Not live, not on replay, not at all. It’s a small consolation, but Green Bay fans are getting hosed this week, too, and that never happens.
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 82 or XM Channel 227 to get the feed from the Vikings Radio Network. If you’ll be using the SiriusXM online app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.
Per the list of assignments put out each week by Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this Sunday’s game in Minneapolis is being led by Walt Anderson. Anderson has not worked a Vikings game yet this season. Strangely, the last Vikings game that Anderson’s crew officiated also involved the Vikings and the Lions, as his crew called the Vikings’ 27-9 victory last December at Ford Field.
It’s another indoor game, so obviously the weather won’t be affecting any of the on-field action. If you’re thinking about any sort of pre-game festivities, our friends at WeatherNation are bringing a forecast that doesn’t look too bad. Temperatures are going to be sitting at right around freezing pretty much all day on Sunday with a bit of a breeze out of the west. Though there is some snow in the forecast, it looks like it’s going to hold off until the evening.
If you need a way to legally stream this one, 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’s all the info you need to be able to follow Sunday afternoon’s action from U.S. Bank Stadium between the Detroit Lions and your Minnesota Vikings, folks. If you’ll be coming by for the Open Threads, we’ll have the first one up and ready to go at approximately 11:00 AM Central time.