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How to Watch, Listen & Stream Vikings at Lions in Week 18

EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (7-9) will visit the Lions (11-5) at noon (CT) Sunday in Week 18.

It will be the 125th overall meeting between the division foes.

Minnesota is 80-42-2 all-time against Detroit, which has claimed the NFC North.

The Vikings have only played two games decided by two scores this season, splitting those contests with the Packers.

Minnesota will try to avenge a 30-24 loss to Detroit in Week 16.

The 2023 Vikings have tied the 2021 Vikings, 2015 Ravens and 1994 Giants as the only four teams in the past 30 seasons to play in 14 one-possession games within a season since the 2-point conversion was introduced in 1994.

The Giants squad went 9-5; the Ravens were 5-9. The 2021 Vikings finished 6-8, the same mark the current squad has with two games remaining.

Here are all the ways to catch the action, followed by three things the editorial staff will be watching for during the game.


FOX (KMSP in the Twin Cities)

Play-by-Play: Joe Davis

Analyst: Daryl Johnston

Sideline reporter: Pam Oliver



People in the red areas shown on the map from will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the Vikings app or Vikings mobile site (Safari browser only). The Yahoo! Sports app for smartphones and tablets offers another method for viewing live local and prime-time NFL games.


KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline reporter: Ben Leber

Note: The pregame radio show on the Vikings Radio Network will begin at 10 a.m. (CT).

Audio Streaming Option: Catch the audio broadcast on your smart devices through the KFAN channel on the iHeart app.


Catch the Vikings on Tico Sports at WREY "El Rey" 94.9 FM and 630 AM in the Twin Cities and on, and

Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios

Analyst: Isaias Zendejas


Play-by-Play: Joshua Appel

Analyst: Mark Carrier


Minnesota: SiriusXM 162 or 381/Or in the app

Detroit: SiriusXM 81 or 226/Or in the app


Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.


Start your free trial of NFL+ today to watch Vikings preseason games live or on-demand.

NFL+ and NFL+ Premium provide all the action when you are on the go. It is available in the NFL app and at

NFL+ is available for $6.99/month or $49.99/year and offers the following:

  • Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
  • Live local and prime-time regular-season and postseason games on your phone or tablet
  • Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season
  • NFL Films' on-demand content, ad-free

NFL+ Premium is available for $14.99/month or $99.99/year and offers all the NFL+ features and the following:

  • Full game replays across devices (ad-free)
  • Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
  • Coaches film (ad-free)


Vikings offensive line bouncing back | By Ellis Williams

Each week, guard Dalton Risner speaks passionately about his preparation for the Vikings upcoming opponent. Risner, who spent the first four years of his career with the Broncos before signing with the Vikings in September, said he's focused on helping the offensive line bounce back against the Lions.

"This is the first time in my career that in Week 18, I've had a shot to be in the playoffs," Risner said. "Even though we may be 7-9 and it might take a few extra things to go our way. There's always something to play for, but this time it's a little bit more for me in Week 18, so very grateful for that perspective."

Risner's consistent message juxtapositions with the season the Vikings offense line has endured. At times this season, the Vikings were in the top 10 in essential metrics like yards per carry and ESPN's Pass or Run Block win-rate. In Week 15, running back Ty Chandler became the first (and only) Viking to eclipse 100 rushing yards. But there have been struggles, too.

Vikings quarterbacks were hit a combined 14 times last week against the Packers. Minnesota rushed for a season-low 17 yards on 11 attempts the week before against the Lions.

In the regular-season finale, Risner and the offensive line can bounce back by opening rushing lanes for Chandler and Alexander Mattison and keeping quarterback Nick Mullens clean.

"I have so much respect for [Lions Head Coach Dan] Campbell and the program he's running. The defensive lineman that they got, it starts with [Aidan] Hutchinson and all the way across the board," Risner said. "They've got a lot of great players. We played them two weeks ago so it's not like a ton's gonna change. We know they're a good football team. We know that we can handle them, but we got to respect him as well."

Finishing with pride | By Lindsey Young

The Vikings have a 3-percent chance of making the playoffs – but they need an immense amount of help.

Rather than worry about various scenarios, though, the team is focused first and foremost on taking care of business Sunday at Detroit and, if it ends up being Minnesota's final game of the season, being able to hang its hat on a complete game. The Lions may already have secured a division title, but the Vikings have a final opportunity to slow Detroit's momentum and get a head start – at least mentally – on next year's division race.

Justin Jefferson emphasized the above sentiment when speaking with media members Wednesday.

"All we can control is winning this game this week. We can't really think about this season or what has been going on, what hasn't been going our way. We've just gotta focus. We've just gotta come prepared and be ready to play," Jefferson said. "Not one game [have we had] both sides of the ball just be on. That's kind of what we're working towards, is to have a full, good team win. I feel like we haven't had that this whole year."

Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell echoed Jefferson's messaging but specifically pointed to Minnesota's Week 17 game against the Packers. The Vikings certainly don't want to close the curtain on the 2023 season with that taste in their mouths.

"[We are] coming off a performance where we weren't proud of much of anything at U.S. Bank Stadium," O'Connell said. "We felt that. We own that. What are we going to do about it? Are we going to understand the moment and go have a great week of preparation, then have that show up on the field Sunday?

"I know two or three other games will matter in determining if it is our last game of the season or not, but we still do have an opportunity and it all starts with handling our business … this week," O'Connell added.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Jan. 7, 2024.

Can blitz "get home" on road? | By Craig Peters

The Vikings defense has recorded one sack and six quarterback hits in consecutive home games against the Lions and Packers.

While sacks are not the end-all, be-all for collective defensive success, they can swing momentum within a series and affect a quarterback's level of play or an offense's approach.

Lions QB Jared Goff isn't among the easiest to sack because he's pretty fast at getting the football out to playmakers and because Detroit's offensive line is usually a strength for that team. Opponents have sacked him 29 times this season, a sack percentage of 4.8, which ranks third in the NFL this season behind Josh Allen (3.75) and Patrick Mahomes (4.33). Goff's rate is up from 3.8 percent in 2022 but well below the 6.6-percent clip in 2021, which was his first season with the Lions.

Vikings backup QB Joshua Dobbs, by the way, has been sacked 30 times this season (17 in eight games with Arizona and 13 in five with Minnesota) for a sack percentage of 7.9.

The Vikings have blitzed heavily, with Next Gen Stats calculating the rate at a league-leading 49.1 percent, but that has yielded a pressure rate of 35.0 percent, which ranks 19th.

The Lions, meanwhile, have blitzed 32.6-percent of the time (10th highest in the NFL this season) but have been credited with a pressure rate of 38.9 percent (ninth).

Already without D.J. Wonnum because of a quadriceps injury suffered against the Lions in Week 16, Minnesota will try to find opportunities for Danielle Hunter, who has a career-best 15.5 sacks but was stymied by extra attention from Detroit and Green Bay in the past two weeks.