Well, my friends, in less than twenty-four hours we will officially be into the start of the 2020 NFL season. For the Minnesota Vikings, things kick off at home against their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Although these two teams have met on Kickoff Weekend before, this is the first time that will happen in Minneapolis. Of course, there won’t be any fans there for it, because 2020, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be watching.
So. . .how can you follow along with all of Sunday’s action?
This one will be kicking off at that greatest and best time for NFL action to get underway, that being noon Central time on Sunday afternoon. This game will be aired on FOX affiliates around the country, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Chris Myers and Greg Jennings. Yes, former Vikings and Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings. So that should be interesting.
If you are unsure of whether or not you will be receiving this matchup as your primary FOX game, here is the coverage map for this week from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Packers/Vikings game is shown in green.
If you do not fall in the green area and will be making use of the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to watch this one, you can tune the box to Channel 712.
For our men and women serving in uniform overseas, this one will be shown LIVE on the American Forces Network, specifically on AFN Prime Atlantic. Kickoff is slated for 1800Z, which is 1900L for everyone in Central Europe, 2130L for fans in Afghanistan, and 0200L on Monday morning for viewers in Japan and Korea.
Once again, the Vikings Radio Network and all of its affiliates will be bringing you live broadcasts of every Vikings game for 2020. If you’re traveling around an area where there’s an affiliate or you just prefer the radio to the television, check out their site and find the affiliate in your area.
For those with satellite radio, you can find the Vikings feed for this contest on either Sirius Channel 83 or XM Channel 225. If you’re using the SiriusXM app, the Vikings’ permanent home there can be found on Channel 819.
The folks from Football Zebras tell us that the officiating crew for this Sunday’s game will be led by Bill Vinovich. The Vikings saw Vinovich twice in 2019. His crew did the Vikings’ season opener last season as well, a 28-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium. His crew also handled a Vikings/Packers game last season, as they were on the field for the Vikings’ 23-10 loss to Green Bay in Week 16. The Vikings are 5-2 in the Mike Zimmer era with Vinovich on the field.
Obviously the weather won’t be a factor for the actual game itself with it taking place indoors and everything. According to the folks at WeatherNation, it’s going to be a pretty nice day outside, with temperatures in the mid-70s under partly cloudy skies and not a lot of wind. Of course, since there’s no tailgating for the time being (because 2020), that really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, either. Or anyone traveling to and from the game, for that matter.
Since this is a FOX game, there aren’t any legal streaming options on their site or anything for this one. I believe a lot of the cord-cutting services offer some sort of streaming option, and there’s always NFL GamePass if you don’t have any of those. Heck, you can even get Sunday Ticket on your PlayStation or XBox, if nothing else.
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That should be all of the relevant information you need to follow all of the action from U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon between the Green Bay Packers and your Minnesota Vikings. As always, the Game Threads will start flowing approximately an hour before kickoff, so we hope to see you here then.