It feels like this Vikings team finally has it figured out.
After a streaky start, Kirk Cousins seems to have the Minnesota Vikings offense under control. Against the Washington Redskins, Minnesota will likely be able to go into cruise control.
For two weeks in a row, Cousins and Stefon Diggs have been on the same page and the results have been impressive. Diggs has caught over 300 yards worth of passes over just two games.
Dalvin Cook remains one of the best backs in the league. After a rare off week against the Eagles, he returned to dominant form against the Lions. Averaging 5.7 yards per carry, Cook rumbled his way to 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Cousins will probably have a few inconsistent games this year, but against a putrid Redskins team, this isn’t going to be one of those bad weeks. The only thing working on this terrible offense is Adrian Peterson, and even so, he is past the time in his career when he can carry a team on his back.
The Redskins can’t even score against bad defenses, but with the Vikings No. 6-ranked D against the Skins’ 24th-best unit, Washington can’t even hope for a break on the other side of the ball.
If Cousins is at the top of his game, this could be one of the most lopsided contests of the year. Even if the offense has an off week, look for Cook to remind us that he is one of the best runners in the NFL.
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Minnesota Vikings vs. Washington Redskins stream
- When: 8:20pm ET, Thursday, Oct. 24
- Where: U.S. Banks Stadium in Minneapolis
- Streaming: Fox, Amazon Prime, NFL Network (free trials with various streaming services)
Vikings vs. Redksins: How to stream Thursday Night Football live
The majority of Thursday night games are simulcast on Fox and NFL Network. This week, you will be able to watch TNF on these two networks and with any streaming platforms that carry them.
NFL Network is where you go if you want to be immersed in pro football. There’s plenty to love about NFL Network, including the ability to watch exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, Inside the NFL, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay once the regular season begins. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the kind of stuff football lovers need in their lives. NFL Network shows most Thursday night games during the regular season, and it’ll exclusively show some of the international games in 2019. Take note, though: NFL Network can no longer be seen via DirecTV Now.
The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the action and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is probably your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan boasts nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling TV, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV—which is something you should have as a companion to Sling.
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live TV directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is certainly your best bet. PlayStation works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
- Cost: $8.99 a month, or $12.99 a month/$119.99 per year (includes Amazon Prime service)
- Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
Amazon Prime Video allows you to stream Thursday Night Football every Thursday this season (starting Sept. 26 through Dec. 12), save for Thanksgiving. It’s also possible (not obvious, but that’s what we’re here for) to watch NFL RedZone through the service.
Other ways to stream Vikings vs. Redskins
The NFL app
Cost: Depends on provider
Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices
If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a sizable favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit nfl.com/watch.
Fantasy Football: Who should I start?
Kirk Cousins: It is time to think of Kirk Cousins as an every-week fantasy consideration. Yes, he has his off weeks, and yes, he throws picks. But, he was the No. 6 overall fantasy player and No. 2 quarterback following last Sunday’s action. Against the awful Redskins, he is a must-start.
Adrian Peterson: AP has had trouble getting into the end zone these last few weeks, but he remains the only starting option in this awful offense. Peterson needs four touchdowns to pass Walter Payton to become the No. 4 all-time scoring rusher. Expect Peterson to feel motivated to put points on the board against this old team.
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Vikings vs. Redskins stream: What to watch for
Every game matters for the Vikings going forward. While this team is rounding into form, they may need a little luck to catch the Packers for the NFC North crown. If Cousins stays consistent, this should be a playoff team, but the path through the Wild Card is much harder than entering the playoffs with a bye and home field advantage.
While the last several weeks have been encouraging in Minnesota, we know that this is a team that tends to take inexplicable losses here and there. Odds are, we see a game or two like that ugly Bears loss in late September. The Vikings need to take care of business against all of the weak teams they play including bottom feeders like Washington.
For the Redskins, the only thing to look forward to is the future, and maybe Peterson running his way past Payton on the all-time rushing TD leaderboard. Things are dire down in the District of Columbia.
Minnesota should cruise here and gets a nice break before they face the Chiefs and the Cowboys in successive weeks and their newfound offensive chemistry is really put to the test.
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