EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (1-4) are scheduled to host the Falcons (0-5) at U.S. Bank Stadium for the second time in as many seasons. Kickoff is noon (CT) Sunday.
Here are the ways to watch the action.
FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Brandon Gaudin
Analyst: Daryl Johnston
Field Reporter: Pam Oliver
Fans who live in the yellow area 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.
Atlanta: Sirius 81 and XM 384
Minnesota: Sirius 134 and XM 226
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
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VIKINGS PREGAME ALL-ACCESS
Vikings Pregame All-Access, a new program presented by U.S. Bank, will be streamed live at 11 a.m. (CT) to Vikings.com, the Vikings mobile app, the Vikings Now Connected TV app, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Vikings Pregame All-Access will deliver exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that was previously only available in the stadium, including full coverage of Vikings warm-ups, live shots from the Vikings locker room and analysis in the hour leading up to kickoff.
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.
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 Mattison's abilities behind Cook
With Dalvin Cook dealing with a groin injury, it's uncertain whether or not he'll be able to go against the Falcons on Sunday.
If he's unable to play, though, there's plenty of confidence in the building for the Vikings No. 2 back, Alexander Mattison, who could make his first career start against Atlanta.
"I guess the best compliment I can give Matt (Mattison) is that when Dalvin leaves the game, I don't change my mindset at all," Kubiak said. "I mean he's a fine, young player, is playing behind a very established player in this league, so he's got a great example in front of him. Matt is a three-down player. He understands pass protections, catches the ball really well, and you guys have seen what he can do, so we're really proud of how he played the other night.
"I would say everybody expects it from him, because of watching him work, watching him practice and his preparation as a player, and [running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu] does a really good job with him, so Matt has got a very bright future," Kubiak added.
Patterson on Ngakoue's impact in the run game
There was no question when the Vikings traded for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue that he was a talented pass rusher, but how has he been against the run for Minnesota?
Patterson said he's been pleased with Ngakoue's performance through his first five games with the Vikings.
"I think he's done a really good job fitting into what we're asking him to do, which is a lot different than in Jacksonville. We found a way to mix what makes him comfortable into what we want to do, too," Patterson said. "So that's helped him become more comfortable faster. And you're seeing his ability to make plays throughout the course of the game. He finds a way to get into the backfield and make a tackle for a loss.
"But he's shown his strength at the point of attack, too," Patterson added. "I think he's done a really good job of adjusting to what we've asked him to do so far."
Zimmer on emphasis – or lack thereof – on interceptions
As the Vikings young cornerbacks group improves each game, is the next step to start recording interceptions?
Zimmer reminded that interceptions are less of a specific focus and more a byproduct of correctly executed coverage.
"Like [Head Coach Mike Zimmer] always says, you never pick or coach getting interceptions – you coach covering your guy, and then the interceptions come," Adam Zimmer said. "If you're always looking for the ball, especially with the way we play tight in coverage, you're going to lose the receiver and he's going to get open. So we can't coach, 'Hey, we've got to get an interception, get an interception.' You get interceptions from being tight in coverage, from a good pass rush and affecting the quarterback, and tipped balls and things like that.
"But if you're pressing and going for the interception every time, you're going to give up a lot more plays than you make," Zimmer continued. "The quarterbacks are excellent in this league. They're accurate, they get the ball out fast, and the receivers are really good. So it is hard to get interceptions. But the common theme as I look at turnovers every week from around the league is pressure on the quarterback and the quarterback is forced to make a bad decision or throw it into a tight window, and tight coverage. Those are what get interceptions; it's not trying to jump every route, because if you jump routes, the receiver is leaving you."
Maalouf on C.J. Ham's multifaceted contributions
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham's presence is felt heavily within the offense, but he also plays a significant role on special teams.
When asked about his ability to manage both roles – and manage them well – Maalouf offered high praise for the Minnesota native.
"Well, he's a super smart guy, very conscientious. Sometimes our game plans are complicated, sometimes they're easy. It just depends on the opponent and what we decide to do that week in order to put our guys in a successful position," Maalouf said. "But the guy studies, man. He's so detailed. He asks the questions that other coaches would ask. He's an extremely, extremely detailed guy.
"And I don't know, since I've been here, if he's ever had a mental bust or anything like that. If anything, he helps other guys get lined up," Maalouf continued. "He's a very good communicator. I know his role on offense is vast, and we try to put him in different spots on special teams to make him successful and make the guys around him successful. He handles everything in stride; nothing's too big for him. He's a consummate pro, and you only wish you had a couple more C.J. Hams lying around."
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