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Vikings vs Bengals live stream: How to watch NFL week 1 game online

Vikings vs Bengals live stream
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The Vikings vs Bengals live stream is almost here, and it puts two teams against each other that are looking to regroup after a disappointing 2020 season. Minnesota turns to their veteran quarterback to lead them back to the playoffs, while Cincinnati is hoping this NFL live stream will show their young franchise QB is healthy enough to regain the skills he showed in his rookie year.  

Vikings vs Bengals channel, start time

The Vikings vs Bengals live stream takes place today (Sept. 12).
Time — 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST
• U.S. — Watch on FOX via Sling or Fubo.TV
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

The Bengals are looking for Joe Burrow to pick up from where he left off when he injured his left knee in week 11 last season. Burrow tore both his MCL and ACL in a 20-9 loss against Washington ending his season. 

He is now back and Cincinnati has given him an old, “new weapon.” Ja’Mar Chase, the wide receiver who Burrow hit on nine passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the national championship game when LSU beat Clemson in 2019, was selected by the Bengals with the fifth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.  

The Vikings are hoping their offense reaches the potential many believe it has. Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins is looking to lead pro bowler wide receivers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson as well as pro bowl running back Dalvin Cook back to the postseason after missing the playoffs last year with a 7-9 record. 

Jefferson also took home offensive rookie of the year honors last season catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns.

Inactives are as follows:

Vikings: Kellen Mond (QB), Cameron Dantzler (CB), Anthony Barr (LB), Christian Darrisaw (T), Ben Ellefson (TE), James Lynch (DT), Patrick Jones II (DE)

Bengals: Trae Waynes (CB), Nick McCloud (CB), Tyler Shelvin (DT), Fred Johnson (T), D’Ante Smith (G)

One target who is no longer with the Vikings is tight end Kyle Rudolph who, up until this season, spent all 10 years of his NFL career in Minnesota. He signed with the Giants in free agency. Irv Smith Jr. will be Cousins’ number one tight end target this season.   

The Vikings are 3-point favorites against the Bengals. The over/under is 47 points. 


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Vikings vs Bengals live streams in the US

In the US, Vikings vs Bengals is going to be broadcast on FOX, which is available with most cable packages and on two of our favorite streaming services fuboTV and Sling TV. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on Sunday (Sept. 12).

Week 1 games (all times ET)

Cowboys vs Buccaneers (Th, 8:20 p.m.)
Cardinals vs Titans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Chargers vs Washington (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jaguars vs Texans (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Jets vs Panthers (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Steelers vs Bills (Sun, 1 p.m.)
49ers vs Lions (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Eagles vs Falcons (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Seahawks vs Colts (Sun, 1 p.m.)
Browns vs Chiefs (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Dolphins vs Patriots (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Broncos vs Giants (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Packers vs Saints (Sun, 4:25 p.m.)
Bears vs Rams (Sun, 8:20 p.m.)
Ravens vs Raiders (Mon, 8:15 p.m.)

If FOX, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network have typically been enough to get you all the football you need, you could rely on Sling (which doesn't include CBS, and has RedZone in the Sports Extra add-on). You can get CBS NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

The more comprehensive package comes from fuboTV, as it has all five of the main channels you'll want: CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. That's why it's one of the best streaming services.

It's a case of "you get what you pay for" as Sling Orange & Blue (which you'd need to get ESPN, FOX, NBC and NFL Network) costs $50 per month, while the Fubo TV Standard package gives you all of the above, for $65 per month.

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If you can stand to miss CBS games, Sling TV provides a middle ground. The $50 per month Sling Orange + Blue package has FOX affiliates for this game, as well as local NBC affiliates plus ESPN.View Deal

NFL Sunday Ticket: This game is included in NFL Sunday Ticket, which is available even if you don't have DirecTV.

Vikings vs Bengals live streams for free

If you just want to watch on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app for iOS and Android gives away every NFL game that's broadcast in your local TV market to your smartphone or tablet for free. This appears to include pre-season games, but we can't find specific confirmation for this game.

Yes, that includes Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football. You can also sign into your NFL Game Pass subscription and stream it from the Yahoo app.

With one of our best TV antenna picks you can watch live if — and only if — your local FOX affiliate is showing Vikings vs Bengals.

Vikings vs Bengals live streams in the UK

American football fans across the pond cannot watch Vikings vs Bengals on  Sky Sports, the typical home to more than 100 live games per NFL season. 

The Vikings vs Bengals live stream starts at  6 p.m. BST Sunday evening.

Americans abroad could just use the service of their choice, provided they log in via a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Vikings vs Bengals live streams in Canada

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Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.