Q. TV Answerman, I live in Boston and a friend of mine from Baltimore is coming into town next weekend (Sunday, October 22). He’s a big Ravens fans. Is there anyway to order the Ravens-Vikings game from DIRECTV on the NFL Sunday Ticket without buying the entire season? The entire season is too rich for my blood. –Betty, Boston.

Betty, as you note, the entire season of DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket is expensive. If you purchase the package now, it will cost a whopping $281. And that price doesn’t include some extras like access to the Red Zone channel.

But I have good news for you. There is a way to watch the Ravens-Vikings game without buying the entire season.

The bad news: It’s not cheap, either. But here’s how it works.

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On Sunday (October 22), if you go to DIRECTV’s channels in the 700s (where the Sunday Ticket games air), you can use your remote to order just that day’s games, which will include the Ravens-Vikings game.

The cost for one day only is $49.99, but you would get the Sunday Ticket, every single game, for the entire day. You also get access to the Red Zone channel, the Fantasy Zone channel, and the Player/Tracker alerts.

To order by remote, you will need your set-top connected to the Internet. If your set-top is not connected, you can call DIRECTV at 1-531-5000 to order by phone.

There is no requirement to subscribe to the Ticket beyond the week you order. So if you really, really want to watch the Ravens-Vikings game, this is a decent alternative, although the $49.99 addition to your monthly bill may still smart a bit.

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