The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the 2012 NFL season's biggest surprises with a 5-2 record and in a dogfight for the lead in the NFC North. Christian Ponder and his teammates play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
Tampa Bay almost upended New Orleans last week, but an illegal touching penalty wiped out what might have been the game-winning touchdown. The Buccaneers spent big on free agents during the offseason, bringing in big ticket players like Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks. A 2-4 start qualifies as a disappointment, but this is a team capable of surprising.
Thursday's game will be broadcast by the NFL Network, but fans in the local market will be able to see it even if they do not have a subscription to the cable channel. The league's broadcast contract calls for primetime Thursday and Monday games to be shown on local broadcast affiliates, while the cable broadcast itself it blacked out.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 8:20 p.m. ET
Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota: KARE 11
Tampa Bay: WTVT FOX 13
UK: Sky Sports
NFL.com offers live "look ins" at the game.
Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required).
NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA.
Vikings: KFAN-FM 100.3 / KTLK-AM 1130
Buccaneers: US 103.5 FM