EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings are going from slime time to prime time in a span of days.
Head Coach Kevin O'Connell volunteered himself Tuesday to be slimed by Justin Jefferson, who had been named "NVP" by Nickelodeon for his strong showing in Week 1 against Green Bay.
Now, the Vikings (1-0) are scheduled to visit the Eagles (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on Monday Night Football as part of a Week 2 overlapping doubleheader. The contest will air on ABC and start about an hour and 15 minutes after the Titans and Bills kickoff in Buffalo on ESPN.
The new MNF crew of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Lisa Salters will be on the call.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Wes Phillips, Defensive Coordinator Ed Donatell and Special Teams Coordinator Matt Daniels.
ABC (KSTP in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Joe Buck
Analyst: Troy Aikman
Field Reporter: Lisa Salters
Because this is a national game, fans from coast to coast will be able to watch the game on their iOS mobile devices with the Vikings app or Vikings mobile site (Safari browser only). The Yahoo! Sports app for smartphones and tablets offers another method for viewing live local and prime-time NFL games.
Radio: KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK (1130-AM) and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Radio Pregame Show: Hosted by Mike Mussman (5 p.m.)
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
New this year: People in Minnesota will be able to listen to the Vikings Radio Network broadcast through the iHeartRadio app on their smart devices.
Play-by-Play: Kevin Harlan
Analyst: Kurt Warner
Minnesota: Sirius 85 or XM 227 and the SXM App
Philadelphia: SiriusXM 158 or 228 and the SXM App
National: SiriusXM 88 and the SXM App
VIKINGS MOBILE APP
Keep the Vikings nearby wherever you go with the Minnesota Vikings mobile app. A source for news and exclusive features, the app also will stream video broadcasts of games for people in the market/broadcast area of each game.
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
Start your free trial of NFL+ today to watch Vikings preseason games live or on-demand.
NFL+ and NFL+ Premium provide all the action when you are on the go. It is available in the NFL app and at NFL.com/plus.
NFL+ is available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year and offers the following:
· Live out-of-market preseason games across devices
· Live local and prime-time regular-season and postseason games on your phone or tablet
· Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season
· NFL library programming on-demand, ad-free
NFL+ Premium is available for $9.99/month or $79.99/year and offers all of the NFL+ features and the following:
· Full-game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
· Coaches film (ad-free)
The Vikings are 15-14 all-time against the Eagles (including 0-4 in postseason games). Minnesota is 7-10 when visiting Philadelphia.
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Eagles.
Phillips on being flexible with the game plan within the game:
"You use some of your game plan; you've got a lot more plays than you're playing, the 60 to 70 that you might get in one game. You just kind of react to what [the opposing defense plays], especially when you've got guys — that defense may play differently against a guy like J.J. [Justin Jefferson] or something where you're seeing something on tape and then you get out there and they're playing something completely different and you have to be able to react quickly. We feel like we've always had enough [plays in the playbook] where we can respond."
Donatell on recapping Week 1 and preparing for the mobility of Eagles QB Jalen Hurts:
"We're very pleased with the way our guys played, came together in Week 1. There's always a lot of unknowns. And the things that are concerns, 'Can your players adjust to the speed of the game? How do you they execute the plan? Their conditioning in those games?' And everything was really strong. Our veteran players and our coaching staff were really good in this first game, but aside from that, we've got to move on to our next challenge. It's a totally different group of challenges. Philadelphia is led by a quarterback dual-threat player, and it will take a full week of preparation to get ready to challenge this offense. They have a great rushing attack. They led the league last year, so that's really where their game starts."
Donatell said the Vikings are using multiple practice squad players to present the different types of threats Hurts poses.
"We've got a variety of guys. Sometimes you just have your regular quarterback in there. Sometimes you'll put a receiver in there to run around and let us feel the speed of what it will be like to deal with a player of that athleticism," Donatell said.
Daniels on Lewis Cine's potential impact:
A knee aggravation delayed Vikings first-round pick Lewis Cine from making his NFL debut in Week 1.
The safety could be available this week and is likely to make an impact in all four phases of special teams.
"I'm looking forward to getting Lew back. He's been meeting with me every single day, whether he's been hurt or whether he's been healthy," Daniels said. "Just met with him yesterday, I met with him on Wednesday, so for him to be a long guy like that, understanding what his role is, obviously we do a good of communicating clear job responsibilities in this organization, so Lew has a great idea of what we expect out of him, and he's been answering that bill."