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Game Preview: Vikings at Eagles

EAGAN, Minn. — For the second consecutive week, the Vikings (1-2-1) will travel to face a defending division champ.

Minnesota will visit Philadelphia to face the Eagles (2-2) in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game that will be broadcast nationally by FOX.

Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. (CT).

The Eagles are coming off a 26-23 road OT loss against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Rams 38-31 in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Minnesota enters Week 5 ranking fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (327.3) through four games. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1,387 yards, the third-highest total in the NFL. Cousins is one of four QBs (Drew Brees, Jared Goff and Matt Ryan) league-wide to rank in the top 10 in completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns.

WR Adam Thielen is off to a record-breaking start, recording 40 receptions (second in the NFL) for 473 yards (second in the NFL), setting new franchise marks for the most through the first four weeks of a season in both categories. Thielen and Stefon Diggs join Steelers WRs Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster as the only WR duos in the league to each rank in the top 15 in receptions.

The Vikings defense, which ranks 21st in yards allowed (381.5 per game) in 2018, has held opponents to a rate of 31.1 percent on third downs, which is the fifth-best rate in the NFL.


FOX (KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Play-by-Play: Joe Buck

Analyst: Troy Aikman

Sideline Reporter: Erin Andrews



Play-by-play: Larry Kahn

Analyst: Hank Bauer

Sideline Reporter: Troy West


KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK-AM 1130

Play-by-play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman and Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 1:30 p.m.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 63-station, five-state Vikings Radio Network.


Sirius: 127 or Streaming 819 (MIN); 83 or Streaming 825 (PHI)

XM: Streaming 819 (MIN); 225 or Streaming 825 (PHI)


WR Adam Thielen's 40 receptions rank second all-time in NFL history for the most receptions through the opening four games of a season behind Saints WR Michael Thomas (42 in 2018).

Thielen is the only player in the NFL to have more than 100 receiving yards in every game in 2018.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter and Bears DE Khalil Mack are the only two players in the NFL to record at least 1.0 sack in all four games to start the season. Hunter's four-game streak sets a new career high for consecutive games with a sack.

In Week 3 vs. Buffalo, TE Kyle Rudolph caught his 17th touchdown pass dating back to the start of the 2016 season, tied with Packers TE Jimmy Graham for the most in the NFL among all TEs.

Since the start of the 2017 season, S Harrison Smith has six interceptions and 3.5 sacks. He is the only player in the NFL to have at least four interceptions and at least 3.0 sacks in that span.

QB Kirk Cousins' 1,387 passing yards set a new Vikings team record for most passing yards through the first four games of a season, which was previously held by Daunte Culpepper in 2001 with 1,123 yards.

WR Aldrick Robinson, who signed with the Vikings on Sept. 17, caught two touchdown passes at Los Angeles in Week 4 on 16 and 17-yard receptions.


Vikings WR Adam Thielen has four consecutive games with five-plus receptions and 100 or more yards, which is tied for the most in Vikings history and tied for the seventh-longest streak in NFL history.

NFL's longest streak of games with five-plus receptions and 100-plus receiving yards:

1) Calvin Johnson, 8 (Nov. 4 - Dec. 22, 2012)

2t) Demaryius Thomas, 7 (Oct. 5 - Nov. 16, 2014)

2t) Michael Irvin, 7 (Sept. 17 - Nov. 6, 1995)

4) Isaac Bruce, 6 (Oct. 1 - Nov. 12, 1995)

5t) Anquan Boldin, 5 (Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, 2005)

5t) Patrick Jeffers, 5 (Dec. 5, 1999 - Jan. 2, 2000)

7t) Adam Thielen, 4 (Sept. 9, 2018 - )


Vikings Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo coached the Eagles QBs from 2016-17, helping Philadelphia win Super Bowl LII.

Vikings Vice President of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman, Coordinator of Rehabilitation/Assistant Athletic Trainer Tom Hunkele and Assistant Athletic Trainer Rob Roche all spent time with the Eagles prior to joining the Vikings.

Vikings legend Bud Grant played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1951-52. Grant was selected 14th overall by the Eagles in the 1950 NFL Draft but spent 2 seasons playing for the Minneapolis Lakers before deciding to play for the Eagles in 1951.


Vikings QBs Coach Kevin Stefanski (St. Joseph Prep) and Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo (Radnor High, in Northwest Philly) both have deep ties to Philadelphia. Their dads were influential in Philadelphia sports, Ed Stefanski as GM of the 76ers (2007-11), and Gene DeFilippo as AD at Villanova (1993-97).

Vikings Co-Offensive Line Coach Andrew Janocko is a native of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and attended Clearfield Area HS before playing football at the University of Pittsburgh.


Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and Eagles QB Nick Foles were teammates at Michigan State in 2007 before Foles transferred to Arizona.

Eagles WR Kamar Aiken and Vikings RB Latavius Murray were teammates at UCF from 2008-10.

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and CB Xavier Rhodes join Eagles LB Nigel Bradham (2008-11), CB Ronald Darby (2012-14), and DE Josh Sweat (2006-09) as former Florida State Seminoles in the game.

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter played with Eagles CB Jalen Mills while at LSU. Mills and Hunter were a part of the same recruiting class both arriving on campus in 2012.

Vikings S George Iloka and Eagles RB Jay Ajayi were teammates at Boise State in 2011.



Kirk Cousins: 7 games, 177-of-275 passing, 2,122 yards, 16 TDs, 5 INT, 99.7 rating, 4-3 record


Danielle Hunter: 2 games, 8 tackles, 1.0 sack, 2 TFL, 1 QB hit

Sheldon Richardson: 1 game, 4 tackles, 1 FF, 2 QB hits

Xavier Rhodes: 2 games, 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF

Andrew Sendejo: 3 games, 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 TFL


CB Xavier Rhodes recorded four tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and an interception in the most-recent regular-season matchup between the two teams at Philadelphia (Oct. 23, 2016).

QB Kirk Cousins has three career games with 300-plus passing yards against the Eagles — all as a member of the Redskins. Cousins has posted 2-2 record, a 12-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 112.0 passer rating in his four career games at Philadelphia.


Weather delayed the 2010 matchup between the two teams, pushing it from Sunday to Tuesday. The Vikings won the game at Philadelphia 24-14. QB Joe Webb made his first career start and led the Vikings to victory.

The Vikings won the first 7 games of the series.

The Vikings scored 28 points in the fourth quarter of the game on Dec. 22, 1985, to help them overcome a 23-point deficit, the second-largest deficit overcome in Vikings franchise history.