Week 16 will end, as Monday Night Football fans will be thrilled to know, with the most consequential and potentially the best game of the week.
NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, will face off with quite a bit on the line.
Though the Packers have been at the top of the NFC North for most of the season, Rodgers and company haven’t looked as dominant as their record suggests. A soft offense lacking in receiving options, plus a defense that’s quietly slipped to 17th in DVOA, might leave you wondering how they’ll fare in the playoffs.
The Vikings have recovered from their early-season streakiness to become one of the best offensive teams in football. Minnesota put up 39 points last week; Kirk Cousins finally has all his favorite receiving targets on the field together.
Perhaps the stage is set for the Vikings to beat the Packers and seize control of the NFC North, as Minnesota is playing better on both sides of the ball recently. But then again, Dalvin Cook, the Vikings’ star running back, left the field with an injury last week. These teams are close enough in talent that Cook’s absence could make the difference in this hotly contested matchup.
Not only is this one of the most important games of the week, as a win for either team could help their playoff seeding, it’s also one of the hardest to predict.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Vikings vs. Packers, including what to watch for on the field.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
- When: 8:15pm ET, Monday, Dec. 23
- Where: US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Streaming: Monday Night Football airs exclusively on ESPN. You can stream ESPN on a number of streaming platforms.
Packers vs. Vikings live stream: How to watch MNF online
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
How to use AirTV with 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 and YouTube TV. Those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $54.99 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.)
3) 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)
4) AT&T TV Now
- Cost: $50-$135 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
AT&T TV Now is a bonus for AT&T wireless customers, especially for those who happen to be soccer fans. It provides instant access to more than 45 channels, including local channels. That means NBC as well as NBCSN for Premier League action, Fox as well as FS1 and FS2 for MLS, Bundesliga, the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, and even Liga MX offerings, and ESPN and ESPN2 for its array of soccer and other sports programming. It even offers free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR for up to 20 hours of TV recording per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.
Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings live stream: What to expect
Before Cook was injured, it felt like this game was leaning the Vikings’ way. Now, this feels like a toss-up. While the Vikings have been the more complete team, especially in recent weeks, Aaron Jones is healthy and Dalvin Cook isn’t.
If you just look at the Packers’ record, there doesn’t seem to be reason for concern. But a weak slate of opponents masks a less than stellar performance down the stretch. The Packers have won nine of their last ten games. However, victories over teams like the Redskins, Lions, and Bears came by a touchdown or less. Their 37-8 loss to the 49ers was brutal.
The Vikings have faced a tougher schedule than the Packers overall. They’ve also blown out some bad teams on their way to a 8-2 record over the same stretch. It’s hard to fault the Packers for drawing an easier schedule, but they have struggled in ways that a 10-3 team really shouldn’t. In the last thirteen weeks, Kirk Cousins has only thrown three interceptions. Their offensive struggles are truly a distant memory.
Though the Packers don’t look like the best team in the NFC North, they could certainly still win this game. Green Bay’s offense doesn’t have much more than Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, but that has been enough most weeks this season. In every game, one of them seems to go over 100 yards to carry the Pack to victory.
No matter what happens this week, the Packers will likely hang onto the NFC North title. The Packers would need to lose out to relinquish the division crown, and they finish the season against the hapless Lions. But, a loss here could cost the Packers their bye and solidify the Vikings’ claim to the higher wild card slot.
That would mean that these two teams would then likely meet in the playoffs to do it all over again in a few weeks.
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- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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