We are now less than 24 hours away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Minnesota Vikings will take the field in Week 3 hoping to get back on the winning track. They will take on the first of their four AFC West opponents this season when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.
How can you follow along with all of the action? Well, that’s precisely what we’re here to tell you.
For the third week in a row, a Vikings game will start at that greatest of all times for a National Football League kickoff, that being at noon Central time on Sunday. The game will be shown 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 Dick Stockton and former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth.
If you’re outside of the greater Twin Cities viewing area, here is this week’s coverage map courtesy of 506 Sports. The Raiders/Vikings game is show in orange.
If you are going to be using the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to watch this one, you’ll want to point your receiver to Channel 711.
Our friends in the United Kingdom will not be able to get this one live on any of the usual channels over there that handle NFL broadcasts. Your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will not be showing the game live, either. There will be a replay that will start at 0730Z on Monday morning. That’s a kickoff time of 0830L for everyone in Central Europe, 1100L for viewers in Afghanistan, and 1530L for fans 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 146 or XM Channel 231 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.
Thanks to the folks from Football Zebras, we can tell you that the officiating crew for Sunday’s game will be led by Jerome Boger. The Vikings last saw Boger and his crew a little less than a year ago, as his crew handled the Vikings’ 27-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Once again, the weather in the Twin Cities will have no effect on the game itself, as all of the action will be taking place indoors. For tailgating purposes, it should be just about as perfect as it can get, according to our friends at WeatherNation. Temperatures leading up to game time will be in the upper 50s, and there will be partly cloudy skies and winds from the northwest at 5-10 miles/hour.
If you’re a part of the cord-cutting crowd, you can always 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 all of the information you need to keep track of all the action between the Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings from U.S. Bank Stadium. The Open Thread for the first quarter will be up about an hour before kickoff, and whether you’re watching on TV, listening on the radio, or legally streaming the action, we hope that you can find a way to join us.