We are now, officially, 24 hours away from the real start of the 2019 NFL season, and we’re going to start off with what should be a good one between the Atlanta Falcons and your Minnesota Vikings from U.S. Bank Stadium. We want to make sure that everybody has the ability to follow along with all of the action in this one, and that’s what we’re going to do with this post. Television, radio, whatever it may be, we’ve got it all here for you.
So, let’s get at it, shall we?
Your kickoff time for this one is the time that has been scientifically proven* to be the best time for a National Football League game to begin, that being noon Central on Sunday afternoon. This all-NFC matchup will be broadcast by FOX, which is KSTP-9 in the greater Twin Cities area, and your broadcast team will consist of Thom Brennaman and Chris “Yep, still Rick’s brother” Spielman.
If you’re outside the Twin Cities area, below is the coverage map courtesy of the good folks at 506 Sports. The Falcons/Vikings game is in blue.
If you have the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package. . .and it is a Free Preview Weekend for it. . .you’ll want to point the box to Channel 710.
For Vikings’ fans in the United Kingdom, the game is not going to be shown live on any of the channels that broadcast NFL games. You’ll have to use NFL GamePass to (legally) watch the game where you’re at.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the game is also not going to be shown live on the American Forces Network. There will, however, be a replay of the game, should you want to watch it, airing on AFN Sports. The replay will start at 0500Z, which is 0700L for viewers in Central Europe, 0930L for everyone in Afghanistan, and 1400L 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, you can find the Vikings’ feed on either Sirius Channel 83 or XM Channel 226. If you’re using the SiriusXM online app, the Vikings’ permanent home there remains on Channel 819.
According to the folks from Football Zebras, the officiating crew for Sunday’s contest will be headed up by Bill Vinovich. Vinovich, who you may remember as the hero of the 2018 NFC Championship Game, last officiated a Vikings game in Week 12 of last season, as his crew handled the Vikings’ 24-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football at U.S. Bank Stadium.
As we know, the game itself isn’t actually going to be affected by weather in any way, being indoors and what not. If you’re planning on tailgating or anything before the game, the weather should be pretty good for it, according to the folks from Weather Underground. Temperatures in the tailgating hours will be in the mid-50s, with temperatures reaching about 60 by kickoff.
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, which is linked above.
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 of the 2019 NFL regular season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and your 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.