For the first time since December 20th of last year, and for the first time in front of fans since December 29th of 2019, the Minnesota Vikings will take the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon for their preseason opener against the Denver Broncos. Training Camp is now, officially, over for both of these teams, and this is the next step in their preparations for the 2021 NFL season.
How can you follow along with all of the action from the Twin Cities tomorrow? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Kickoff for this one is scheduled for a little bit later in the afternoon, with things at U.S. Bank Stadium officially kicking off at 3:00 PM Central time. The game is being broadcast nationwide on the NFL Network as part of a quadruple-header of live NFL action. If your cable or satellite provider does not have the NFL Network, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the following local affiliates:
- KMSP (FOX/9 - Minneapolis, MN)
- WDIO (ABC/10-13 - Duluth, MN)
- KTTC (CW/10.2 - Rochester, MN)
- KEYC (FOX/12.2 - Mankato, MN)
- KVRR (FOX/15 - Fargo, ND)
- KFYR (FOX/5.2 - Bismarck, ND)
- KMOT (FOX/10.2 - Minot, ND)
- KSFY (ABC/13 - Sioux Falls, SD)
- KCCI (H&I/8.3 - Des Moines, IA)
- KGCW (CW/23 - Quad Cities, IA)
- WLAX (FOX/25 - La Crosse, WI)
- WEUX (FOX/48 - Eau Claire, WI)
- KETV (ABC/7 - Omaha, NE)
If you’re closer to Broncos territory, you’ll be able to see the broadcast featuring Steve Levy and Brian Griese on the following stations:
- KTVD (My/20 - Denver, CO)
- KKTV (CBS/11 - Colorado Springs, CO)
- KJCT (ABC/8 - Grand Junction, CO)
- KTVX (ABC/4 - Salt Lake City, UT)
- KWBQ (CW/19 - Albuquerque, NM)
- KKTQ (ABC/16 - Cheyenne, WY)
- KTWO (ABC/2 - Casper, WY)
- KOTA (ABC/3 - Rapid City, SD)
- KDLT (FOX/46 - Sioux Falls, SD)
- KPTM (FOX/42 - Omaha, NE)
Hey, I guess if you’re in Omaha you get to pick. Nice. Thanks to the good folks from 506 Sports for that list of affiliates.
If you miss the live broadcast on the NFL Network, it will be replayed on Monday, 16 August, at noon Central and it appears that’s the only replay of it. Set your DVR or what have you.
I don’t know how the NFL Network broadcast will handle the play-by-play for this one, whether they’ll give the Vikings’ guys the audio for the whole thing or if they’ll give each booth one half of the contest. If it’s the Vikings’ guys, the second half of the game usually features commentary on damn near everything except what’s actually happening on the field.
If you do not have access to a television, you can find the game on the radio courtesy of the Vikings Radio Network. With KFAN-FM (100.3) serving as the flagship, the Vikings Radio Network has affiliates all over the Upper Midwest. Be sure to check the site to see if there’s an affiliate in your area.
If you have satellite radio, you’ll be able to hear the Vikings Radio Network feed on SiriusXM NFL Radio, which is Channel 88 on both the Sirius and XM sides of the house. If you’re using the SiriusXM app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 820.
The gang at Football Zebras informs us that the officiating crew for Saturday’s game will be led by Alex Kemp. This is Kemp’s fourth season as a head referee, and the Vikings went 1-1 in games he called for them last year. He was the referee for the team’s 28-11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2 as well as their 28-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Week 8.
This game will be played in the glorious confines of U.S. Bank Stadium, so the weather isn’t actually going to affect the game. However, it looks like the team could open the big doors to the stadium if the forecast from our friends at WeatherNation is any indicator. Temperature at kickoff will be somewhere in the low-to-mid 80s with sunny skies and a light breeze out of the southeast.
Your best bet for streaming as it stands right now is a free trial of NFL Game Pass. They’re doing the 7-day free trial thing if you want to look into it. You could also look at something like Fubo.tv for your streaming needs.
As always. . .and I know people are going to complain about it anyway. . .please don’t go around promoting free streams here at The Daily Norseman. Don’t even hint at them, really. Not here, not in the FanPosts or the FanShots, not anywhere else. Accounts that promote such things will go into the ban pile immediately.
Open Thread Info
With this being a preseason game, there will be an Open Thread. I don’t know if we’ll do one for each quarter, but we’ll likely have one for each half. Once the regular season comes around we’ll get back to quarterly Open Threads.
Starting on Saturday, and for pretty much every Minnesota Vikings game this season, yours truly will be joining Drew and Ted from the aptly-named Vikings Report with Drew and Ted to do a postgame show that is all the way LIVE. We hope that you’ll join us. . .I’ll make every effort to post the video here shortly after the game recap goes up.
That should be all of the info you need to follow along with all of the action from U.S. Bank Stadium tomorrow afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. After lo these many months, we have officially made it back to Minnesota Vikings football.