Game Preview: Vikings vs. Eagles

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings are returning home to U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday after picking up their first road win of 2019, a 28-10 victory over the Giants in New York.

Minnesota is hosting Philadelphia for the first time since 2013 after playing road games in Philadelphia in the 2016 and 2018 regular seasons as well as the NFC Championship that followed 2017.

Both teams enter Sunday’s game with a 3-2 record.

The Eagles opened the season with a 32-27 home win over Washington, then dropped games at Atlanta (24-20) and against Detroit (27-24). Philadelphia followed with an impressive 34-27 win at Green Bay and zoomed past the Jets 31-6 in Week 5.

Dalvin Cook ranks second in the NFL with 542 rushing yards and with 742 yards from scrimmage.

Philadelphia’s run defense is the stingiest in the NFL, having allowed a paltry 63.0 rushing yards per game.

Minnesota’s defense entered Week 6 ranked fourth in yards allowed per game (292.4) and fifth in points allowed per game (14.6). The Vikings are tied for second in the NFL with 31 tackles for loss.

TV BROADCAST

NATIONAL TV: FOX (KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert

Analyst: Charles Davis

Sideline Reporter: Pam Oliver

LOCAL RADIO

RADIO: KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 10 a.m. (CT)

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

SATELLITE RADIO

Sirius: PHI 134 or Streaming 825; MIN 82 or Streaming 819

XM: PHI Streaming 825; MIN 227 or Streaming 819

STAT OF THE WEEK

Through his first 20 career games, Dalvin Cook has totaled 2,106 yards from scrimmage, which is the third-most by a Vikings player in his first 20 games and trails only 2,228 by Adrian Peterson and 2,107 by Chuck Foreman. Cook’s total ranks 29th among all NFL players in their first 20 games.

NORSEMAN NOTES

Dalvin Cook and Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey have each recorded 500-plus rushing yards and 200-plus receiving yards in the first five games of 2019, becoming the first players to do so since former Giants RB Tiki Barber.

In the eight games that Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski has called the plays, Cook has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage six times.

Kyle Rudolph (392 career receptions) needs two catches to pass receiver Sammy White for seventh place on the Vikings all-time list.

The Vikings defense has allowed one rushing touchdown in 2019, which ranks as the second-fewest in 2019 behind only San Francisco (zero). Minnesota also ranks fifth in rushing yards allowed per play (3.59).

Through five games, the Vikings have allowed just 28 combined points in second halves, which ranks second in the NFL behind the Patriots (24).

Danielle Hunter is tied for first in the NFL with seven tackles for loss.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Eagles.

VIKINGS-EAGLES CONNNECTIONS

Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant played two seasons for the Eagles (1951-52). Grant was Philadelphia’s 14th overall pick in the 1950 NFL Draft. He played two seasons for the NBA’s Minneapolis Lakers before heading to the NFL.

Eagles safety Andrew Sendejo (2011-18) and cornerback Craig James (2018) played for the Vikings. James also played two seasons at the University of Minnesota.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Kevin Stefanski attended St. Joseph Prep and the University of Pennsylvania. His father, Ed, was GM of the 76ers from 2007-11.

Minnesota assistant offensive line coach Andrew Janocko is from Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Pittsburgh.

Minnesota T Riley Reiff (Parkston), Eagles LB Nate Gerry (Sioux Falls) and TE Dallas Goedert (Britton) are from South Dakota.

Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz was a graduate assistant with the Golden Gophers in 1990.

Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin (Sauk Center) and wide receivers coach Carson Walch (Elgin) are from Minnesota. Walch garnered All-American honors at Winona State.

COACHING CONNECTIONS

Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray coached at the Titans with Schwartz from 1999-2000.

Minnesota Defensive Coordinator George Edwards worked with Philadelphia Special Teams Coordinator Dave Fipp at Miami in 2012.

PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS

Gray was defensive coordinator of the Bills from 2004-05 when Eagles T Jason Peters was with Buffalo and held the same role with the Titans for part of Eagles LB Zach Brown’s time with Tennessee.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins overlapped in Washington with Brown, WR DeSean Jackson, LS Rick Lovato and QB Nate Sudfield.

Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Advisor Gary Kubiak, offensive line coach/run game coordinator Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani worked together in Houston when Eagles G Brandon Broos was with the Texans and in Baltimore when Eagles DT Tim Jernigan played for the Ravens.

Dennison and Vikings G Dakota Dozier overlapped with Eagles QB Josh McCown while with the Jets.

Vikings T Rashod Hill played with Eagles TE Alex Ellis in Jacksonville in 2016.

Minnesota DE Ifeadi Odenigbo and Philadelphia S Rudy Ford were teammates with the Cardinals.

Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah and Eagles DT Akeem Spence teamed together in Detroit.

Vikings QB Sean Mannion and Eagles S Rodney McLeod overlapped with the Rams when Philadelphia Offensive Coordinator Mike Groh was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Minnesota K Dan Bailey and Philadelphia CB Orlando Scandrick were teammates in Dallas.

Reiff and Schwartz overlapped in Detroit.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS

Vikings T Brian O’Neill and Philadelphia CB Avonte Maddox at Pittsburgh

Minnesota running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at USC when Philadelphia WR Nelson Agholor was a freshman.

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes and RB Dalvin Cook at Florida State with Eagles LB Nigel Bradham, CB Ronald Darby, DT Tim Jernigan, and DE Josh Sweat

Minnesota DE Hercules Mata’afa and Philadelphia T Andre Dillard at Washington State

Abdullah and Gerry at Nebraska

Vikings CB Mike Hughes and Eagles WR Mack Hollins at North Carolina

Minnesota G Pat Elflein and DT Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State with Eagles P Cameron Johnston

Vikings S Anthony Harris and McLeod at Virginia

Minnesota CB Kris Boyd and CB Holton Hill at Texas with Philadelphia DT Hassan Ridgeway

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter and Eagles LB Duke Riley at LSU

Mannion and Eagles OL Isaac Seumalo at Oregon State

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.

VIKINGS TOP PERFORMERS VS. EAGLES

Offense

Kirk Cousins: 8 starts (one with MIN), 5-3 record, 207-of-312 passing (62.5 percent), 2,423 yards, 17 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 101.2 passer rating; 27 rushes, 65 yards, 1 rush TD

Stefon Diggs: 3 games (3 starts), 20 receptions, 179 yards, 11 first downs by receptions

Adam Thielen: 3 games (3 starts), 12 receptions, 196 yards, 1 TD

Defense

Xavier Rhodes: 3 games (3 starts), 9 tackles (league stats), 1 INT, 1 FF, 2 PBU, 1 TFL

Danielle Hunter: 3 games (2 starts), 11 tackles (league stats), 2.0 sacks, 3 TFL

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. EAGLES

Kirk Cousins: 30-of-48 passing for 427 yards with 3 TD, 1 INT and passer rating of 103.4 at Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 2014

Stefon Diggs: 10 receptions for 91 yards; 2 rushes for 25 yards at Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 2018

Adam Thielen: 7 receptions for 116 yards, 1 TD at Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 2018

Linval Joseph: 64-yard fumble return TD and 1.0 sack at Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 2018

Danielle Hunter: has recorded a sack in consecutive games against Philadelphia

Xavier Rhodes: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 INT at Philadelphia on Oct. 23, 2016

VIKINGS-EAGLES SERIES NOTES

1. The Vikings and Eagles are deadlocked with 14 wins and 14 losses apiece in 28 contests. The record includes an 0-4 mark by Minnesota in postseason games.

2. The series began with a 31-21 Vikings win on Oct. 28, 1962. Minnesota Head Coach Norm Van Brocklin led his squad over the team that he had quarterbacked to an NFL title in 1960.

Tommy Mason and Fran Tarkenton sparked a 24-point run in the second quarter. Mason rushed for a 1-yard touchdown and caught a 74-yard pass from the QB, who also rushed for a 10-yard score.

Mason added another 8-yard touchdown catch from Tarkenton in the fourth quarter. He accounted for 158 total yards from scrimmage on the day. Tarkenton finished 8-of-17 passing with two scores and a passer rating of 101.8. “Scramblin Fran” also rushed seven times for 69 yards.

3. The second-largest comeback win in Vikings history occurred on Dec. 1, 1985, when Minnesota scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to rally from a 23-point deficit at Philadelphia.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 7 games (Oct. 28, 1962 through Dec. 3, 1978)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 5 games (Nov. 19, 1989 through Jan. 4, 2009 — includes two playoff games)

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