Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 8 game


“Sunday Night Football” was a rain-soaked interconference affair in Week 7. In Week 8, things will be a lot different for one key reason; it’s being played at an indoor stadium.

The home team in this contest has played at an indoor stadium for decades, but this one opened up in just 2016. That will ensure that there won’t be the same driving rain that fans saw in last week’s Colts-49ers contest. This time, fans should expect the players to be able to competently hold onto the ball.

Both of the teams in this “Sunday Night Football” matchup hail from the NFC and they are both coming off bye weeks. The Cowboys are 5-1 and are perched comfortably atop the NFC East while the Vikings are behind the Packers in the NFC North.

Still, Minnesota (3-3) is fighting for a potential Wild Card spot. Kirk Cousins and Co. will come ready to battle Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in what could be a high-scoring game featuring two strong offenses and defenses that are merely solid.

Below is more about the Week 8 matchup, plus everything to know about how to watch “Sunday Night Football.”

MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. Vikings live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Who plays on ‘Sunday Night Football’ tonight?

  • Matchup: Cowboys at Vikings
  • Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Cowboys (5-1) are traveling to Minneapolis to do battle with the Vikings (3-3). Both teams are well-rested, as they’re each coming off bye weeks, and each squad should be healthy too. That should make this game a dynamic and exciting one between two strong offenses.

Dak Prescott and Dallas have the better scoring unit as theirs is slightly deeper. Prescott nursed a quad injury during his bye, but he’s expected to be fine for this contest. His presence along with the likes of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Dalton Schultz, Cedrick Wilson and Michael Gallup (if healthy) will continue to spark the Cowboys’ great passing attack.

Dallas will also be able to run the ball with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, so it won’t be easy for the Vikings’ defense to slow down their opponents.

Luckily, the Vikings have a solid offense themselves. They’re not quite as deep as Dallas, but Kirk Cousins will be able to make use of Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn in the passing game while Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison create a strong rushing tandem. They should be able to go blow-for-blow with Dallas’ offense — provided that they don’t give Trevon Diggs any opportunities to make an interception.

The Cowboys and Vikings played last season and Dallas emerged with a 31-28 win. Andy Dalton quarterbacked the Cowboys in that game, so this figures to be an even higher-scoring affair than last year’s meeting.

What time is the NFL game tonight?

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 31
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 

The Cowboys and Vikings game will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will be at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Local kickoff time for this game will be 7:20 p.m. The stadium has a roof, so there won’t be anything like the “bomb cyclone” that drenched the Colts and 49ers on “Sunday Night Football” last week.

What channel is “Sunday Night Football” on tonight?

“Sunday Night Football” will be broadcast on NBC, as usual. Al Michaels will be the play-by-play commentator for Cowboys at Vikings. Cris Collinsworth will serve as the in-game analyst with Michele Tafoya in the role of sideline reporter.

Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, Mike Tirico, Chris Simms, Mike Florio, Jac Collinsworth and Maria Taylor will be among the personalities that host NBC’s pregame and halftime coverage of the game.

Streamers will be able to watch this contest by using, the NBC Sports App, Peacock or fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

Meanwhile, viewers in Canada can watch the game on DAZN free with a 30-day trial.

NFL live stream for ‘Sunday Night Football’

All “Sunday Night Football” games are broadcast on NBC, which owns the exclusive broadcast rights for the program. As such, the network’s online platforms — including the NBC Sports app and NBC — are the best places for cable and satellite subscribers to watch the game. The company’s relatively new streaming service, Peacock, also stream the game free.

For cord-cutters, there are plenty of live streaming options for “Sunday Night Football.” Below are all of them.

Dallas Cowboys schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 9 at Buccaneers (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
2 Sept. 19 at Chargers 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
3 Sept. 27 vs. Eagles (Monday) 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
4 Oct. 3 vs. Panthers 1 p.m. ET Fox
5 Oct. 10 vs. Giants 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
6 Oct. 17 at Patriots 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
7 Oct. 24 Bye
8 Oct. 31 at Vikings 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
9 Nov. 7 vs. Broncos 1 p.m. ET Fox
10 Nov. 14 vs. Falcons 1 p.m. ET Fox
11 Nov. 21 at Chiefs 4:25 p.m. ET Fox
12 Nov. 25 vs. Raiders (Thanksgiving) 4:30 p.m. ET CBS
13 Dec. 2 at Saints (Thursday) 8:20 p.m. ET Fox/NFLN
14 Dec. 12 at Washington 1 p.m. ET Fox
15 Dec. 19 at Giants 1 p.m. ET Fox
16 Dec. 26 vs. Washington 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
17 Jan. 2 vs. Cardinals 1 p.m. ET Fox
18 Jan. 9 at Eagles 1 p.m. ET Fox

Minnesota Vikings schedule 2021

Week Date Opponent Kickoff time TV
1 Sept. 12 at Bengals 1 p.m. ET FOX
2 Sept. 19 at Cardinals 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
3 Sept. 26 vs. Seahawks 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
4 Oct. 3 vs. Browns 1 p.m. ET FOX
5 Oct. 10 vs. Lions 1 p.m. ET FOX
6 Oct. 17 at Panthers 1 p.m. ET FOX
7 Oct. 24 Bye
8 Oct. 31 vs. Cowboys 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
9 Nov. 7 at Ravens 1 p.m. ET FOX
10 Nov. 14 at Chargers 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
11 Nov. 21 vs. Packers 1 p.m. ET FOX
12 Nov. 25 at 49ers 4:25 p.m. ET FOX
13 Dec. 5 at Lions 1 p.m. ET CBS
14 Dec. 9 vs. Steelers 8:20 p.m. ET NFL/FOX
15 Dec. 20 at Bears 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN
16 Dec. 26 vs. Rams 1 p.m. ET FOX
17 Jan. 2 at Packers 8:20 p.m. ET NBC
18 Jan. 9 vs. Bears 1 p.m. ET FOX

Sunday Night Football schedule 2021

Week Date Matchup
1 Sept. 9 (Thur.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
  Sept. 12 Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears
2 Sept. 19 Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
3 Sept. 26 San Francisco 49ers vs. Green Bay Packers
4 Oct. 3 New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5 Oct. 10 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills
6 Oct. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
7 Oct. 24 San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts
8 Oct. 31 Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys
9 Nov. 7 Los Angeles Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
10 Nov. 14 Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
11 Nov. 21 Los Angeles Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12 Nov. 28 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
13 Dec. 5 Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
14 Dec. 12 Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
15 Dec. 19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints
16 Dec. 26 Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys
17 Jan. 2 Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
18 Jan. 9 TBD

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