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Want to watch the Minnesota Vikings play the Chicago Bears? Here’s everything you need to stream Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET game on Fox.
The Vikings head to Soldier Field knowing that a win over the Bears on Sunday, along with a loss for the San Francisco 49ers, could see them snatch second seed in the NFC.
Minnesota have already secured a playoff spot after clinching the NFC North, and look likely to field regular starters for this matchup. One player who won’t be involved, however, is right tackle Brian O’Neill who has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a partially torn Achilles sustained during last weekend’s defeat to the Green Bay Packers.
A losing run of nine straight games has ensured the Bears are well out of the picture for the playoffs, with their disappointing season currently placing them at No. 2 overall pick for the 2023 NFL Draft. Kickoff in Chicago is set for 12pm CT (1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT) on Fox.
The game will be shown on TV in the Minnesota and Chicago areas (according to 506 Sports) on services, but there may be cases where you’re blocked because of an internet location glitch or just want an added layer of . There is an option that doesn’t require subscribing to something like or , or searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a virtual private network, or .
Here’s how you can watch the game from anywhere in the US with a VPN.
The Vikings are expected to start Oli Udoh in place of the injured Brian O’Neill.
For Week 18 of the NFL season, the Bears host the Vikings at 12 p.m. CT (1 p.m. ET, 10 a.m. PT) on Sunday. The game is set to take place at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.
If you find yourself unable to view the game locally due to , you may need a different way to watch the game and that’s where using a VPN can come in handy. A VPN is also the best way to stop your ISP from throttling your speeds on game day by encrypting your traffic, plus it’s a great idea for when you’re traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network, and you want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.
With a VPN, you’re able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the game. So if your internet provider or mobile carrier has stuck you with an IP address that incorrectly shows your location in a blackout zone, a VPN can correct that problem by giving you an IP address in your correct, nonblackout area. Most VPNs, like our , make it really easy to do this.
Using a VPN to watch or stream sports is legal in any country where VPNs are legal, including the US and Canada, as long as you’ve got a legitimate subscription to the service you’re streaming. You should be sure your VPN is set up correctly to prevent leaks: Even where VPNs are legal, the streaming service may terminate the account of anyone it deems to be circumventing correctly applied blackout restrictions.
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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It’s normally $13 a month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 49% plus get three months of access for free — the equivalent of $6.67 a month — if you get an annual subscription.
Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
This week’s Vikings-Bears game is on Fox, so in addition to a VPN set to an area carrying the game (see tips below) you’ll need a that carries a local Fox affiliate that’s broadcasting the game. The least expensive such service is Sling TV Blue.
Among the live TV streaming services that carry local Fox stations, the cheapest is Sling TV Blue at $40 a month.
One important caveat: In our experience, Fox local affiliates will only be available if your billing address is in one of the 18 metropolitan areas covered in Sling’s agreement. If you’re outside of one of these areas, you’re probably better off going with one of the alternate services listed below.
Numerous other carry local Fox stations as well, namely YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, DirecTV Stream and FuboTV. They all cost more than Sling TV, but they also carry more channels, including football-specific channels like Fox, ESPN, NFL Network and/or RedZone. Check out our for details.
For every game, we use a combination of ExpressVPN and either Paramount Plus (for CBS games) or Sling TV Blue (for Fox games). Using the maps on 506 Sports, we determine which servers are nearby and connect to one, then launch the streaming service and tune to the local CBS or Fox affiliate. If the channel comes through, it’s successful and we report the results above. We also screenshot the relevant program guide listing (see above) on either the local CBS affiliate’s website or Sling TV.
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