The Minnesota Vikings have Super Bowl aspirations, and after coming one game shy of playing for a championship in their home stadium, they are looking to get back there.
The Vikings prepare to host quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 1 showdown of NFC squads on Sunday.
The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox in select areas (coverage map here). If the game is on in your market and you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in all 32 NFL markets). You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox (live in 17 NFL markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
Watch on Your Phone: NFL Mobile
Streaming of in-market and prime-time games can be watched on phones via the NFL Mobile app.
If the Game is Out of Your Market
SundayTicket.TV allows you to watch a live stream of games that are out of your market and aren’t nationally televised. The service is available for people who live in residences that can’t get satellite (apartments, condos, etc.), as well as residents of San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York City. You can check here to see if you’re eligible.
Additionally, most college students may watch out-of-market games via SundayTicket U.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Sunday Ticket website, or you can watch on your phone, tablet or other streaming device via the NFL Sunday Ticket app, which is free to download on many different devices.
Watch On-Demand: NFL Game Pass
If you’re fine watching games on-demand, another option is NFL Game Pass Domestic, which allows you to watch replays of every NFL game for a fee of $99.99 for the season. No live games are available under this service, but you’ll be able to watch them following the conclusion of games for the day.
Once signed up, you can watch games on-demand on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
If You’re Outside the United States & Mexico
If you’re not in the United States, surrounding territories, or Mexico, you can watch NFL games live via NFL Game Pass International. The cost of the package depends on which country you’re in.
Once signed up, you can watch games on your computer via the NFL Game Pass website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NFL Mobile app, which can be downloaded for free on a handful of different devices.
Despite injuries to several key players last year, Minnesota came within one blowout loss in Philadelphia from doing something no franchise had ever done before. Out are Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Bradford and Case Keenum, and in is Kirk Cousins.
Cousins signed a three-year, $85 million contract as a free agent this offseason. One of the most important aspects regarding Cousins’ decision to sign with the Vikings was the ability to contend for a championship now. The Washington Redskins were never prepared to commit to Cousins, but general manager Rick Spielman and the rest of the Vikings’ front office were.
The Vikings also get an important piece on offense back, as second-year running back Dalvin Cook looks to provide a jolt and explosive presence out of the backfield. Cook, replaces Jerick McKinnon – who coincidentally signed as a free agent with the 49ers in the offseason, but will miss the 2018 season because of a non-contact ACL injury he suffered in practice last week – and gives the Minnesota offense another pass-catcher to add to their plethora of pass-catchers.
Breakout star Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs form one of the league’s best tandems at wide receiver. In addition to Kyle Rudolph, who figures to be a touchdown machine if Cousins’ previous chemistry with Jordan Reed is any indication, Minnesota might have the best collection of receiving talent in the NFL.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is undefeated as a starting quarterback in the NFL. The former New England Patriot won all six of his starts with the 49ers down the stretch last season. In total, Garoppolo is 7-0, completing 67.3% of his passes with 2,250 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions in his brief career thus far.
Second-year head coach Kyle Shanahan has more to work with in his second year, but a tough test awaits his team on Opening Weekend.