There’s a big one coming on Sunday, as the Minnesota Vikings will make their annual trip to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. Both of these teams are sitting at 2-1, and the loser of this one will drop to 0-2 against the NFC North just four games into the 2019 season, which would be a difficult hole to dig out of. Not impossible, but difficult.
We want to make sure that everyone knows how they can follow along with all of the action from Chicago on Sunday, and there are a few changes from what we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks. So, let’s get at it.
For the first time this season, the Vikings will not be kicking off at noon Central on Sunday. This week, they’re a part of the late slate of games, which means that kickoff won’t happen until 3:25 PM Central time on Sunday.
This game will also not be on FOX. Instead, this all-NFC matchup. . .for some reason. . .is going to be on CBS, which is WCCO-4 in the Twin Cities. The play-by-play will be handled by the #1 team from CBS, consisting of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo (because he didn’t make the cut at the golf tournament he was playing in).
If you’re outside of the Twin Cities viewing area, here is this week’s coverage map, courtesy of the folks from 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bears game is shown in red.
If you’re viewing this one with the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package, be sure to point your receiver to Channel 715.
For our readers in the United Kingdom, this game will be shown live on Sky Sports Action. Kickoff is slated for 9:25 PM UK time on Sunday.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live on AFN Sports. Kickoff is scheduked for 2125Z, which translates to 2225L in Central Europe, 0055L Monday morning in Afghanistan, and 0525L Monday morning 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 108. If you have an XM Radio, you’ll be stuck with the Bears Radio Network feed on 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 folks at Football Zebras, this week’s game between the Vikings and the Bears will be officiated by the crew led by Brad Allen. This is Allen’s sixth season as a head referee, and the Vikings saw him twice last season. . .both on the road, both in losses. His crew handled the 38-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football last season, as well as the 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
This is where things could, potentially, get a little interesting, according to our friends at WeatherNation. The Chicago area is going to get a lot of rain over the weekend, and that will likely continue through Sunday’s game. The weather at kickoff is calling for a 20% chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms. Skies will be mostly cloudy with temperatures around 70%, high humidity, and winds coming out of the southeast at around 10 miles/hour.
There are several legal streaming methods for this week’s game. You can get this one through CBS All-Access, or 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 Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon between the Vikings and the Bears, 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 2:30 PM Central time.