EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings will visit the Eagles at 7:15 p.m. (CT) Thursday to open Week 2.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, followed by three things the Vikings.com editorial staff will be watching for during the game.
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Al Michaels
Analysts: Kirk Herbstreit
Sideline: Kaylee Hartung
FOX 9 (KMSP) also will broadcast the game in the Twin Cities.
The Yahoo! Sports app for smartphones and tablets offers another method for viewing live local and prime-time NFL games.
Play-by-Play: Ian Eagle
Analysts: Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty
KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
Note: The pregame radio show on the Vikings Radio Network will begin at 5 p.m. (CT).
Audio Streaming Option: Catch the audio broadcast on your smart devices through the KFAN channel on the iHeart app.
Catch the Vikings on Tico Sports at WREY "El Rey" 94.9 FM and 630 AM in the Twin Cities and on Tico-Sports.com, elrey949fm.com and Vikings.com.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
Analyst: Isaias Zendejas
National: SiriusXM 88 (also in the app)
Minnesota: SiriusXM 81 or 226/820 in the app
Philadelphia: SiriusXM 83 or 225/825 in the app
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
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NFL+ is available for $6.99/month or $39.99/year and offers the following:
· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
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NFL+ Premium is available for $14.99/month or $79.99/year and offers all the NFL+ features and the following:
· Full game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Coaches film (ad-free)
THREE THINGS WE'LL BE WATCHING
Vikings offensive personnel groupings | By Ellis Williams
Entering this season, Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell stressed the importance of deploying an offense capable of expanding beyond its predominant use of three receivers to thrive with multiple tight ends or running backs on the field together.
Against the Buccaneers in Week 1, the Vikings averaged 9.64 yards per play in 21 personnel (two running backs, one tight end, and two wide receivers). That's a trend that Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips is encouraged by.
"When you get even bigger than 21, whether it's 21 regulating a base defense or you get even bigger where we hit J.J. (Justin Jefferson) on the seam, those types of things, sometimes teams have a limited menu of calls, and you can kind of anticipate one or two things you might get and kind of know where to go with the ball if you can set it up right," Phillips said. "It gives you a lot of advantages, and as teams are watching, they're seeing, 'OK, they do have 13, and 22 and 21 and 11.' We know what we're going to put out there, but they have to be prepared for any of it."
Eleven personnel is the most common grouping across the NFL. The Vikings most frequently used 11 (one running back, one tight end and three receivers) last season and again in Week 1. The team averaged 5.69 yards per play with Jefferson, K.J. Osborn and rookie Jordan Addison on the field.
Of the Vikings 63 offensive plays, 35 were with 11 personnel (55.6%), and 14 were in 21 personnel (22.2%). Both of Kirk Cousins' passing touchdowns came via 11 personnel.
The Eagles defense used three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs on 53 of their 78 plays (67.9%). Philadelphia allowed Patriots quarterback Mac Jones to complete 12 of his 18 first-down throws between the numbers.
Perhaps Cousins and the Vikings will work that area with tight ends T.J. Hockenson and Josh Oliver against Eagles linebackers and safeties.
O-line facing stiff test | By Lindsey Young
Last week I talked about the Vikings offensive line, and we're right back to it for Week 2.
Minnesota's men up front struggled to keep the Bucs pressure at bay, and they'll have just as much – if not more – of a challenge this week at Philadelphia.
Cousins was sacked twice on Sunday for a total loss of 16 yards, and Tampa Bay totaled nine QB hits against the passer. The Vikings also were ineffective in the run game, recording just 41 rushing yards.
Minnesota of course has placed an emphasis on securing the football after giving it up three times against the Buccaneers. One lost fumble occurred directly after a snap, when RG Ed Ingram inadvertently jarred the ball from Cousins' hands; another was a strip sack of Cousins by Bucs S Antoine Winfield, Jr., who was able to scream through untouched on a blitz.
"We were hurting ourselves the whole game, I feel like," said Austin Schlottmann, who replaced Garrett Bradbury after the center left with a back injury. "We've gotta run the ball better – that takes pressure off the passing game, which we've got execute a little better."
Schlottmann is readying to start again Thursday, since Bradbury has been called "day to day" by O'Connell. He and Christian Darrisaw, who left Sunday's game with an ankle injury but later returned, are on this week's Injury Report. Olisaemeka Udoh stepped in for Darrisaw when he exited against the Bucs.
Regardless of who makes up the Vikings offensive line, they'll have to be on their Ps and Qs against a dangerous Philly pass rush.
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Eagles.
Can Vikings limit pain caused by Hurts? | By Craig Peters
The Vikings defense under new Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores showed signs of improvement in Week 1 and will try to continue to do the same on Thursday.
Returning to Philadelphia for a night game in Week 2 in consecutive years, Minnesota must try to keep QB Jalen Hurts from duplicating his success against the Vikings last season. He threw for 333 yards that included a 53-yard touchdown pass and rushed for 57 yards and two scores, launching his effort to win 2022 NFL MVP honors (he finished second in voting behind Patrick Mahomes).
Buccaneers QB Baker Mayfield did enough swashbuckling on the edge to help Tampa Bay finish the upset of Minnesota in Week 1.
Hurts is likely to pose bigger challenges as a passer and runner behind a well-established offensive line that changed one starter from last season's NFC Champions. It will be interesting to see Minnesota's approach to trying to contain Hurts.