We are just hours away from getting the 2021 NFL season officially started, as the Minnesota Vikings and the Cincinnati Bengals are getting set to kick things off from Paul Brown Stadium. The fans will be back in the stands and we’re finally going to get to see some of the Vikings’ stars back on the field for the first time since last January.
How can you follow along with all of the action from Cincinnati? Well, let us tell you!
This game will kick off at the time that four out of five dentists agree is the best time for NFL action, that being noon Central time on Sunday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on FOX, with Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston handling the call. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re in the local broadcast area for this one, here is the weekly map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bengals game is represented by the yellow area.
If you’ll be using the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to find the game, you’ll want to point the receiver towards Channel 710.
For our men and women in uniform overseas, you aren’t going to be able to see this one live, but it will be shown on a replay at 1400Z on Monday, 12 September. That translates to a 1500L kickoff for everyone in Central Europe, 1600L for those locations that are on Arabia Standard Time, and 2200L 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, it appears that the Sirius and XM sides of the house are both on the same channels (finally) when it comes to NFL football, which is nice. You’ll have to point the dial to Channel 383 to hear the feed from the Vikings Radio Network. If you’re using the Sirius XM app, the Vikings’ permanent home there is on Channel 820.
According to the folks at Football Zebras, your officiating crew for this week’s game will be led by Adrian Hill. Hill’s crew actually handled the Vikings’ last two games of the season in 2020, as his crew was in charge of the loss in New Orleans and the win at Detroit that closed out last season. So, this will be the third straight Vikings’ game that Hill and his crew have called. That’s a bit weird, isn’t it?
This game will be played in the elements, and according to our friends at WeatherNation, it’s going to be a warm one. Temperatures at kickoff are forecast to be in the low-to-mid 80s under mostly sunny skies and winds coming out of the southwest at around 10 miles/hour. The Vikings will be wearing their purple jerseys for this one so the heat may end up being a factor more than it usually might.
Since this is a FOX game, you can watch this one on FOX Sports online by logging in with your TV provider credentials. You can also get the game on NFL GamePass, or by checking out a service such as Fubo TV.
As far as illegal streaming, I won’t belabor the point like I usually do. Don’t promote illegal streams here or you’ll be banned. Do not pass “Go,” do not collect $200.
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 Cincinnati Bengals and your Minnesota Vikings from Paul Brown 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 for the first game that matters this season!