Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings (8-6-1) can clinch a playoff berth with a victory, Mitchell Trubisky and the Chicago Bears (11-4) don’t necessarily need to win this game but could benefit from a huge win in a showdown of NFC North teams at U.S. Bank Stadium as the 2018 NFL regular season concludes with Week 17 action on Sunday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at 4:25 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.
For Cousins and the Vikings, it’s simple. Win, and you’re in. The Vikings are attempting to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008 and 2009 — magical seasons led by Brad Childress, Tavares Jackson… and Brett Favre (who can remember the 2009 NFC Championship Game?)
In order to do so and eradicate the demons of last season, Minnesota will need to adapt to the playoff mentality. Head coach Mike Zimmer is already drilling that to his players, as he told reporters during the week:
“For us, playoffs have already started. We know that we have to win this game in order to get into them. There has to be heightened sense of energy and focus and study time. You have to make sure that your bodies are rested and understand it is going to be a physical football game on Sunday.”
Since firing offensive coordinator John DeFelippo — who was on the short list of hot targets for potential head coaching vacancies this upcoming offseason — the team is 2-0, and has gotten much better offensive performances from Cousins, as well as Dalvin Cook. For most of the season it was Adam Thielen and Stefan Diggs carrying the load, but Cook, who battled knee ailments earlier this season, has eclipsed 100 scrimmage yards in each of the last two games, and has 460 total yards in the past four.
Chicago has already clinched the division. With a win, coupled with a Los Angeles Rams’ loss, the Bears will move up to the No. 2 seed and secure a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
Because of what is on the line, it is unlikely head coach Matt Nagy rests starters. All-Pro Khalil Mack and the rest of the Bears’ newly vaunted defense will likely play the full game and attempt to neutralize and shut down Cousins and the Vikings offense like they already did once earlier this season at Soldier Field.