EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (6-6) are visiting the Buccaneers (7-5) for the first time since 2014. Kickoff of the 56th overall meeting between the former members of the NFC Central is scheduled for noon (CT) Sunday.
Here are the ways to watch the action between the teams that enter Week 14 as the seventh (Vikings) and sixth (Bucs) seeds in the NFC Playoffs.
FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Joe Buck
Analyst: Troy Aikman
Sideline: Erin Andrews
Fans who live in the red areas shown on the map from 506sports.com will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the VIKINGS APP or VIKINGS MOBILE SITE (Safari browser only).
KFAN 100.3-FM and KTLK 1130-AM
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber
Pregame Show: 10 a.m. (CT) with Mike Mussman
KFAN and KTLK are the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.
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Minnesota: Sirius 83 and XM 380
Tampa Bay: Sirius 138 and XM 228
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
VIKINGS POSTGAME LIVE
Tune-in after each Vikings game on the team's digital and social platforms to watch Vikings Postgame Live presented by Mystic Lake. The show will feature expert analysis, highlights, Next Gen Stats and postgame sound from Head Coach Mike Zimmer.
Verizon 5G SuperStadium Available in the Vikings App
Verizon 5G SuperStadium, available in the most recent app update, allows fans to watch replays of key plays and select from an offering of seven live or replay camera angles.
Fans within the broadcast area that are watching from home will have access to five camera angles, as well as the opportunity to interact with new AR features and 360 videos.
In order to access the Verizon 5G SuperStadium features, fans must be on a 5G-enabled iPhone 12. Click the live game video button at the top of the app's home screen in the Vikings profile to view the Verizon 5G SuperStadium features.
COORDINATORS ON THE OFFENSE, DEFENSE & SPECIAL TEAMS
Below are takeaways from Thursday's media sessions with Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, Co-Defensive Coordinators Andre Patterson and Adam Zimmer, and Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf.
Kubiak on status update for Irv Smith, Jr.:
Vikings tight end Irv Smith, Jr. (back), was sidelined the past two weeks against the Panthers and Jaguars. He did not participate in Wednesday's practice but returned in a limited capacity Thursday. Fellow tight end Kyle Rudolph has been a non-participant in practice this week due to a foot injury.
"We just got off the field, and he picked up his work today. So, we're heading in the right direction toward Sunday," Kubiak said. "With Rudy's situation, we're going to call on him and Conk' (Tyler Conklin) a great deal. But a good positive day today and another one tomorrow."
Kubiak later was asked about the progress Smith had made this season prior to getting banged up.
"I think Irv was really coming along, and we were playing in a lot of [two-tight end formations] and starting to make some plays. He was doing really good," he said. "It's a quick setback, but all indications from what I'm seeing [Thursday are] we're heading in the right direction here. So it'll be a big month for Irv and for our team. Obviously, we need him to come in and contribute as much as possible."
Patterson on early impressions of Brailford:
The Vikings signed defensive end Jordan Brailford, a 2019 seventh-round draft pick, off Washington's practice squad in October, but he didn't play his first NFL game until last week.
Brailford played just 11 snaps for Minnesota but made them count, forcing and recovering a fumble in the comeback win against Jacksonville.
Patterson was asked about his early impressions of Brailford and the way he's fit into the Vikings defensive line room.
"I had a high grade on him coming out," Patterson said. "I thought he was athletic, I thought he was explosive. A good athlete. Just in my mind, [I was] trying to figure out where he would play. 'Is he a d-end coming out, was he an outside linebacker? Is he a designated pass rusher? Could he be an every-down defensive end?' Those are the questions that I had coming out. But I did like his athleticism and his productivity as a pass rusher.
"Since he's been here," Patterson continued, "he's shown me all those qualities. He's worked really hard. It was a big change for him to come from what they were doing in Washington to what we were doing here, and he's worked hard, so he got his opportunity Sunday to get a chance to play with D.J. [Wonnum] being out. Those 11 reps that he played, he did a good job. He showed his ability to be able to run, he showed his ability to be able to bend, so I was very encouraged with what I saw from him during the game."
Zimmer on Wilson filling in for Kendricks:
Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, who on Thursday was announced as the team's Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee, also was sidelined for the game against Jacksonville with a calf injury. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday.
Zimmer was asked about the flexibility of Eric Wilson, who has been filling in this season for Anthony Barr (Injured Reserve) but last week slid to the middle linebacker position in place of Kendricks, particularly when Minnesota was in nickel.
"We had actually practiced it a little bit during the week because Eric [Kendricks] had missed some time in practice during the week, so [Wilson] had luckily had some reps at it," Zimmer said. "Ever since Eric [Wilson's] been here, he's been able to back up both positions when Anthony and Eric [Kendricks] were in there – whoever went down, he just went in there at that position. It's something he's done in the past, which helps, but it's a real tribute to the kid how he just steps in and doesn't miss a beat, playing a completely different position in the sub [package].
"He's a true student of the game, and he did a great job not only making the adjustment but helping communicate with Todd [Davis] and Troy [Dye] and getting those guys in the right position during the game, as well," Zimmer added.
Maalouf on Bailey's missed kicks:
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey had an up-and-down game against the Jaguars, making a 48-yarder during regulation and the walk-off, 23-yard field goal in overtime but also missing two point-after-touchdown attempts and a 51-yard field goal.
Maalouf said there didn't appear to be any problems with the process between Bailey, holder Britton Colquitt and long snapper Andrew DePaola.
"Yeah, I mean, the operation seemed pretty good. And we reviewed it the day after the game – it was fine. I think he was hitting a little bit higher on the ball – I kind of noticed that a little bit after the second miss. Just had a bad day. That's probably the biggest thing," Maalouf said. "He's had a good week of practice. He had a really good week of practice the week before and leading up to it in pregame, and he does a good job. Obviously it's not ideal – we need Dan to make all his kicks – and hopefully he'll get back on track this week.
"He's a resilient guy. He texted me after the game and just said, 'Listen. That's all on me, and we'll get it fixed, and we'll be fine.' And I believe him," Maalouf said. "I don't get nervo