After suffering through the bye week, it is game day, folks! We have to wait for Sunday Night Football before the Minnesota Vikings take the field, but they’ll do so this evening to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8 action. We want to make sure that everybody can follow along with the action, so we’re putting all of the relevant information you need here in one place.
It’s going to be a late start for the Vikings tonight. . .it is Sunday Night Football, after all. . .so kickoff for this one is going to be happening at 7:20 PM Central time. The game will be broadcast on NBC, with the play-by-play being handled by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.
I’d put up a map, but, you know. . .it’s on NBC. You have NBC. It’s KARE-11 in the Twin Cities and your local NBC affiliate pretty much everywhere else.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live (because, really, what choice do they have). The game will be shown on AFN Sports 2 with the festivities getting started at 0000Z on Monday morning. That means a start time of 0100L on Monday morning for viewers in Central Europe, 0300L on Monday morning for everyone on Arabian Standard Time, and 0900L on Monday morning for fans 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 2021. 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.
If you’re going to be using satellite radio, you can get this week’s game from either Sirius Channel 211 or XM Channel 225. There will also be a “national” broadcast from Westwood One on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Channel 88. Those channels will bring you the Vikings Radio Network feed. If you’re using the Sirius XM app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is on Channel 820.
According to Football Zebras, the officiating crew for this one will be led by Scott Novak. The last time the Vikings saw Novak’s crew was also in a prime time contest, as his crew handled the Vikings’ 19-13 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last season on Monday Night Football.
Yes, the game is going to be indoors, so the elements will not be affecting the game on the field in any way. If you’re going to be traveling to or from the game, it’s going to be a bit brisk according to our friends at WeatherNation. Temperatures at kickoff will be in the mid-40s with winds coming out of the northwest at around 10 miles an hour, and by the time you’re ready to leave U.S. Bank Stadium the mercury will have dropped below 40 degrees.
With this game being on NBC, you’ll be able to watch all of the action by heading over to the NBC Sports website. You can also get the game on NFL GamePass, or by checking out a service such as Fubo TV.
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As we’ve been tracking all week, the line on this game has shifted significantly in recent days. As it stands right now, the Vikings are a 3-point favorite in this one, with the over/under sitting at 51 points. For the most up-to-date numbers, you can check out our friends at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Following the game, we will be offering not one, but two live post-game shows. Vikings Report with Drew and Ted will be offering up their live show with Drew, Ted, and Chris, while our friends from Climbing the Pocket will have a live post-game show for your viewing pleasure as well. The Vikings Report show will be on their YouTube channel and getting a post here with a video embed, while the Climbing the Pocket show will be on their YouTube channel as well as the Daily Norseman FaceBook page.
That should be pretty much everything you need in order to follow along with all of the action from the season-opening clash between the Dallas Cowboys and your Minnesota Vikings from U.S. Bank Stadium. We’ll have Open Threads for each quarter, with the first one dropping approximately an hour before kickoff, so we hope to see you here then!