Vikings vs Chiefs live stream: How to watch 2021 NFL preseason game online

Vikings vs Chiefs live stream
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It's time for the Vikings vs Chiefs live stream, which features a struggling Minnesota offense trying to find some kind of rhythm before the regular season starts up. Meanwhile, Kansas City plans to rest most of their starters with the exception of one position group for this NFL live stream

Vikings vs Chiefs channel, start time

The Vikings vs Chiefs live stream will broadcast today (Friday, August 27), at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
• U.S. — Watch on NFL Network via Sling or Fubo.TV
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free

Throughout the vast majority of his previous 22 years as an NFL head coach, Andy Reid has applied the same preseason philosophy when it comes to his starters’ playing. The Chiefs head coach has usually revved his starters up to be able to play a full three quarters by the third preseason game. Now, there seems to be a shift in philosophy as Patrick Mahomes may likely sit this one out. Earlier this week, word had him sitting out, while now there's rumblings of him playing (though nobody knows for how long).

When asked about the one-time MVP’s playing time Reid said, “We’ll see how it goes,” as he addressed reporters Monday. “That was a long first half [against Arizona]…I wasn’t anticipating 45 plays.” Mahomes completed 10-of-18 passing for 78 yards last week and threw an interception.

While Mahomes may sit out, the Chiefs’ newly assembled offensive line could still see a good amount of playing time in order to help them build chemistry. “We need to play,” Reid said “and this [game] gives us that opportunity.”

The Vikings don’t have a perennial MVP quarterback, like the Chiefs do, but even without Kirk Cousins playing much in the preseason, Vikings fans would like to see some semblance of an offense before the season starts up. Minnesota has scored just 16 points over their first two preseason games. “We don’t really have much rhythm going on,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the media. Cousins completed 5 of his 7 passes in his debut last week for just 23 yards. No official word yet as to who will be under center for Minnesota Friday night.

The latest tidbit of news, though, regards Kirk Cousins. On Thursday, NFL general counsel Larry Ferazani has said the league is looking to implement a vaccine mandate, which could get Cousins, who is not hiding his lack of vaccination from anyone, to finally get vaccinated. This could also help the Vikings increase their rates of vaccination, as they have one of the lowest rates in the league.

The Chiefs are 4-point favorites as they host the Vikings Friday night. The over/under is 38.5 (moved from 39 earlier this week). The Vikings are +175 underdogs, and the Chiefs are -225 favorites.

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Vikings vs Chiefs live streams in the US

In the US, the Vikings vs Chiefs live stream will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT today (Friday, August 27) on the NFL Network, which is available with most cable packages and on two of our favorite streaming services: Fubo TV and Sling TV.

This week's games (all times ET)

Packers vs Bills live stream (Aug. 28 @ 1 p.m.)
Buccaneers vs Texans live stream (Aug. 28 @ 8 p.m.)
Jaguars vs Cowboys live stream (Aug. 29 @ 1 p.m.)
Patriots vs Giants live stream (Aug. 29 @ 6 p.m.)
Browns vs Falcons live stream (Aug. 29 @ 8 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. Select market will get CBS games via Locast integration, and NFL RedZone is available in the $11 per month Sports Exrta pack for Sling Blue members. You can get CBS NFL games via Paramount Plus, if you want.

A more comprehensive package comes from Fubo TV, as it has all five of the main channels you'll want: CBS (built right in), ESPN, FOX, NBC and the NFL Network. RedZone is available in the $10.99 per month Sports Plus add-on. 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.

Fubo.TV:a 7-day free trial

Fubo.TV: One of the best streaming services with the NFL Network, and the top pick for watching all of the 2021 NFL live streams, Fubo has all of the right network channels and the two cable channels you don't want to go without. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. It's got a 7-day free trial so you don't need to pay up front.

Sling TV

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, local NBC affiliates and ESPN.

NFL Sunday Ticket: No pre-season games are included, so the Vikings vs Chiefs game won't be on NFL Sunday Ticket.

How to watch Vikings vs Chiefs 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 preseason 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 in to 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 Chiefs.

Vikings vs Chiefs live streams in the UK

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

The Vikings vs Chiefs live stream starts at 1 a.m. BST Saturday morning. 

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

Also, the NFL Game Pass can be purchased for $99 and will allow you to live stream 28 preseason football games. This is ONLY for NFL Preseason games. You cannot live stream NFL regular season games using NFL Game Pass.

Vikings vs Chiefs live streams in Canada

Get in, folks, we're going to Da Zone. Or to be more specific, Canadian football fans will need DAZN to watch Vikings vs Chiefs live streams in Canada. DAZN is trying to get GamePass rights, but that has not been announced yet.

DAZN is also the home of live Champions League soccer games. Plus, Canadians get a 30-day free trial of DAZN here.

Vikings vs Chiefs live stream — VPN statement

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.