The FOX broadcast crew of analyst and Hall of Fame QB Troy Aikman, announcer Joe Buck and sideline reporter Erin Andrews arrived at Winter Park Friday for production meetings to prepare for Sunday's 110thBorder Battle between the Vikings (7-2) and Packers (6-3) at 3:25 p.m. (CT).
Aikman and Andrews offered takes to Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall on this week's opportunity for Minnesota to defend first place in the NFC North standings against Green Bay.
"It's good to be here in Minnesota and getting ready for what is a significant game for this point in the year," Aikman told Wobschall.
Aikman said that opposing quarterbacks are seeing multiple looks from the Vikings defense and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.
"He doesn't get locked into one particular thing, mixes up coverage, brings a lot of pressure once he gets you to third downs, that's where he thrives," Aikman said. "He's not afraid to bring it. You know, covering a lot of these teams around the league, you don't see quite as much of the multiple looks he shows."
Aikman said the Vikings "are playing to their strengths" offensively with Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFL with 961 yards rushing, which is four more yards than he had through the first nine games of his 2012 NFL MVP season.
"Anytime Adrian Peterson is on your team, that's a real strength," Aikman said. "He was terrific last week. He's been terrific this season. I'm amazed at how well he is running the football and how quick and explosive he looks."
Andrews said she has been impressed by Peterson's dynamic return and is looking forward to covering Teddy Bridgewater for the first time.
"We've covered Green Bay the last couple of weeks. We've obviously seen what's happened with them," Andrews said. "We know how huge this is for them, for the Vikings, for the [NFC] North. We're pumped. I'm so excited to do a game at the (University of Minnesota's) stadium."
Andrews also shared her experiences covering the World Series and as co-host on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
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