EAGAN, Minn. — U.S. Bank Stadium will become the seventh venue to host a game between the Vikings and Jets at noon (CT) Sunday.
That's kind of remarkable considering the franchises will be meeting for just the 12th time.
Shea Stadium (1970 and 1979), Metropolitan Stadium (1975), the Metrodome (1982, 1994 and 2006), Giants Stadium (1997 and 2002), MetLife Stadium (2010 and 2018) and the University of Minnesota (2014) have hosted previous games.
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.
CBS (WCCO in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Ian Eagle
Analyst: Charles Davis
Sideline reporter: Evan Washburn
Fans in the red areas on the map below 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).
Radio: KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK (1130-AM) and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Radio Pregame Show: Hosted by Mike Mussman (10 a.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.
SPANISH RADIO BROADCAST
New for the 2022 season, the Vikings will air a Spanish broadcast of all games.
You can hear the Vikings on Tico Sports at WREY "El Rey" 94.9-FM and 630-AM in the Twin Cities and on Tico-Sports.com, elrey949fm.com and vikings.com. Additionally, the stream will be available as part of NFL+.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
View photos of Vikings players unboxing their custom cleats for the 2022 "My Cause My Cleats" campaign that showcase nonprofits that are important to them.
New York: SiriusXM 146 or 385 and the SXM App
Minnesota: SiriusXM 156 or 230 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)
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Jets.
Minnesota is 3-8 all-time in 11 games against the Jets thanks to wins in the past two games (2014 and 2018).
Phillips on confidence in Jefferson as a passer:
The Vikings have considerable confidence in Justin Jefferson's ability to go up and get the ball as a receiver, but they also have an assuredness in his decision making and delivery of the football as a passer.
Jefferson has been utilized as a passer on trick plays twice this season, hitting Dalvin Cook for a gain of 23 against Chicago in Week 5 and Adam Thielen for a pickup of 11 last week against the Patriots. Jefferson capped that drive with a touchdown reception, becoming the first Vikings player to complete a pass and catch a touchdown on the same drive since Randy Moss in 2004.
"We trust him with the ball. Really. He's shown – as a runner, the way he protects the football and locks it up – he's just kind of a special player, obviously, Offensive Player of the Month," Phillips said. "But we just feel like he's either going to make a good decision or throw it away or take off running himself if something's not there in those types of situations. You don't call those plays if you don't trust him with the ball and feel like he's going to throw way back across his body or something."
Donatell on the Vikings winning another one-score game:
Minnesota improved to 8-0 on the season in one-score games. The Vikings outscored the Patriots 10-0 in the fourth quarter to tie, take the lead and hold on for the victory.
"What our team has been great at is navigating the nuances to finish ball games, and we're doing it as a team," Donatell said. "To say what's working and what isn't, we're kind of doing what we need to do to win each week. We've had some guys in and out of the lineup so you're going to adjust, play certain coverages more than others, but when you're playing against such a well-coached football team, and Bill Belichick teams are really hard to beat in one-score games because he's so good at them, so it's a credit to [Vikings Head Coach] Kevin [O'Connell] and our whole offense, defense and special teams."
Belichick has led the Patriots since 2000, and he's 113-68 in regular-season and playoff contests decided by 8 or fewer points for a .624 win percentage. The next-best franchise is the Colts, who have had a .598 win percentage (119-80-1) in such games since 2000.
This season, the Jets are 4-2 with both losses coming against — you guessed it, the Patriots.
Daniels on Kene Nwangwu's 97-yard kickoff return touchdown:
Kene Nwangwu's 97-yard kickoff return touchdown tied the game against the Patriots at 23 in the third quarter, provided an important answer to a touchdown by New England and helped the second-year pro land NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
What's even more remarkable than the play itself was the fact it was drawn up at halftime and executed to a T without any prior practice.
"It was a brand-new return, had never worked it before, never ran it before, so huge credit," Daniels said. "It was like showing the guys a permanent marker on a piece of paper like this (holding up an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper). 'Hey guys, this is what we're doing right here, so let's get it done,' and the first time we ran it, we struck gold."
In their first season of leading Vikings special teams, Daniels and assistant special teams coach Ben Kotwica have helped Nwangwu, kicker Greg Joseph (Week 4) and punter Ryan Wright (Week 6) land NFC Special Teams honors, but Daniels said he thinks he's now reached another level in effectively communicating with Nwangwu.
"Me and Kene were kind of in a dating phase and kind of just talking back and forth and really weren't on the same page and trying to figure it out," Daniels said. "I think finally it connected and we meshed well. I kind of blame all that on me, based off the schematics in what we were doing, how the personnel was, and honestly, it was a halftime adjustment that me and Coach Kotwica made. … For our guys to make that adjustment and be keyed in to a new scheme and able to pull off those blocks like that, again, I've got really true, smart, instinctive football players, so it paid off for us, but it really fell on me for the previous 11 weeks. Again, I'm kicking myself for about how I was going about using this elite player we have because I know what he's capable of and the entire league knows what he's capable of, and quite honestly, I was holding him back, so I can assure you that won't happen as we move forward."