We are just a few hours away from kickoff of the first meaningful game in front of fans at U.S. Bank Stadium since December of 2019. Yes, the Minnesota Vikings will finally get to play their home opener as they battle their nemesis from the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Seahawks. If you need to know how to follow along with all of today’s action, we’ve got all of the info you need right here.
For the second week in a row, the Vikings are a part of the late afternoon window with a kickoff scheduled for 3:25 PM Central time on Sunday afternoon. This game will be aired on FOX, with Kevin Kugler and Mark Sanchez on the call for today’s action. If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the local broadcast area for this one, here’s the weekly map from the folks at 506 Sports. The Seahawks/Vikings game is represented by the blue area.
If you’re using the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package to watch this one, you’ll have to point your receiver to Channel 717.
If you’re one of our men and women in uniform serving overseas. . .well, you’re out of luck this week. The American Forces Network has decided that the Seahawks/Vikings game isn’t worthy of being aired. Not live, not on a replay, not at all.
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 77 or XM Channel 228. 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.
Football Zebras informs us that the officiating crew for this week will be led by Clay Martin. The Vikings have not seen Martin in a while, as according to Pro Football Reference he did not handle any Vikings’ games in 2020. The last time the Vikings did see him was a good one for the purple, as his crew handled the Vikings’ epic 27-23 comeback victory over the Denver Broncos in November of 2019.
This game will be played indoors, obviously, so the weather is not going to affect the game. If you’re going to be taking part in any pre-game activities, our friends at WeatherNation are calling for a pretty nice day for it. Temperatures leading up to kickoff will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s with a light breeze out of the southwest.
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 Seattle Seahawks 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!