The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings are facing off for Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason, airing on local television. We break down how to watch the matchup, particularly if you’re outside the broadcast region. The Broncos will take on the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. MT.
The Denver Broncos and Minnesota Vikings meet up in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. ET and the game will air on KTVD My20 in Denver and FOX 9 in Minnesota. Given that this is the preseason, we’ll see plenty of unknown and lesser known faces on the rosters. To keep track of who you’re watching checking out the Broncos roster and the Vikings roster.
Denver is trying to improve on a last-place finish in the AFC West with a record of 5-11 in 2020. They have a legitimate QB competition in place between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, who they traded for this offseason, so keep close eyes on how they perform. The Vikings missed out on the playoffs last season, finishing with a 7-9 mark. They’re one of the teams with the lowest vaccination rate against COVID-19 and recently had just one QB available for a few days as the rest of the group, including starter Kirk Cousins, were out due to contact tracing. So there’s no telling who will even be available for this one.
If you aren’t around a TV to check out this preseason contest, you’ll need to dig a little deeper for streaming options. While regular season games are usually available outside the two local markets, preseason games are much more limited. To view this game via live online stream, you’ll need to use NFL Game Pass. If you are not planning on watching every week of the preseason, the service offers a free seven-day trial.
The Broncos are a 2.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook and -145 on the moneyline. The Vikings are a +125 moneyline underdog with the point total installed at 34.5.
The Denver Broncos (0-0) will visit U.S. Bank Stadium to face the Minnesota Vikings (0-0) in Week 1 of 2021 NFL preseason on Saturday, Aug. 14 in Minneapolis.
The preseason showdown, which is scheduled to kickoff at 2:00 p.m. MT, will be nationally televised on NFL Network. Football fans can stream the game using FuboTV (try it free).
The contest will also air locally on KTVD-20. Steve Levy (play-by-play) and Brian Griese (analyst) will call the game for 9News with Rod Mackey reporting from the sideline.
Drew Lock will start at quarterback for the Broncos and Kirk Cousins is set to start at quarterback for the Vikings.
Lock is competing for the starting job with Teddy Bridgewater, who started his career with Minnesota in 2014. Bridgewater will be among 12 players and coaches facing their former team when the Vikings host the Broncos on Saturday.
Minnesota owns an 8-5 all-time record against Denver in preseason games. Next week, the Broncos will face the Seattle Seahawks on the road. To view Denver’s complete preseason schedule, click here.
To kick off their preseason slate, the Broncos are in Minnesota to face the Vikings after a series of joint practices. While the extent of the work each team’s starters will receive is uncertain, the team and fans alike will be able to get a look at the quarterback competition in real game action for the first time. Head Coach Vic Fangio said incumbent starter Drew Lock will get the starting nod vs. Minnesota, while Teddy Bridgewater will get those honors next week vs. Seattle. The Vikings’ defense is led by a crew of players with Pro Bowl selections to their names, including safety Harrison Smith, linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks and defensive end Danielle Hunter — and they added NFL 2010s All-Decade Team cornerback Patrick Peterson to the team this offseason. That squad should give Lock a good test, though the team may choose to rest some of players. It will also be worth watching wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in his first game action since his rookie season; he’s consistently been explosive and tough to cover throughout training camp.
On the other side, we may see outside linebacker Von Miller back in a game for the first time since 2019. Fangio said Wednesday that he had yet to determine whether Miller would play Saturday. He and other members of the front seven, including Shelby Harris and Bradley Chubb were able to get good pressure on Vikings quarterbacks, including Kirk Cousins, during the joint practices. This first game will also present us with the opportunity to possibly see the highly anticipated Broncos’ secondary all together. While Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson will almost surely miss the game as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury that kept him out of both joint practices, two-time Pro Bowler Adam Thielen will be a good challenge for the likes of Ronald Darby, Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan.
And finally, this opener will probably include a good dose of action for Broncos rookies, including draft picks like cornerback ePat Surtain II, running back Javonte Williams and offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz.
It may not be the real thing just yet, but there’s more than enough interesting storylines to watch on Saturday.