EAGAN, Minn. – The broadcast of the 124th Border Battle between the Vikings and the Packers to open the 2022 season for both teams won't be shown coast-to-coast, but it will come close.
FOX's new No. 1 team of Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will cover the game, which is scheduled to start at 3:25 p.m. (CT).
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.
FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 3:25 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Burkhardt
Analyst: Greg Olsen
Field Reporters: Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi
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). 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 (1 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.
Green Bay: SiriusXM 133 or 386 and the SXM App
Minnesota: Sirius 83 or XM 227 and the SXM App
Look back at photos through the years featuring games between the Vikings and Packers.
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The Vikings are 56-64-3 all-time against the Packers (including 1-1 in postseason games). Minnesota is 4-2 against Green Bay at U.S. Bank Stadium and 30-30 all-time when hosting its rival.
Phillips on the decision for him to work games from the booth
After trying the views from the sideline and up top in the coaches' booth, Phillips will be among the Vikings staff with an aerial view. The vantage point will allow him a beneficial perspective, and headsets will allow for communication between him and Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell.
"I would think my role as far as being in the booth is not going to be a lot different from, really, what it's been throughout my career," Phillips said. "Just being upstairs is a place where we felt like Kevin and I have kind of had that relationship going back [to Washington and Los Angeles], where I was in the booth.
"I've spent time on the sideline and in the booth everywhere I've been. But when I've been with Kevin, I've always been in the booth and kind of [adding] that voice from up top," Phillips added. "Sometimes you get just a better vantage point and are able to get on the [Microsoft] Surface between series as opposed to standing there and trying to get pictures and all that. You get a chance to really have your spot, sit down, really study the pictures, and kind of give suggestions – whether it be run game, pass game, things that we might be able to exploit or tendencies we're seeing."
Donatell on facing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers without Davante Adams
The Vikings again are preparing for Aaron Rodgers but can do so without worrying about what Davante Adams might do on the other end of passes. Adams was traded to Las Vegas, sending Rodgers' favorite target to the Raiders. Since Matt LaFleur's hire by Green Bay in 2019, the Packers have gone 7-0 with Rodgers but without Adams.
"Every once in a while there's a special connection that you see with great quarterbacks, and they're really important to [a quarterback] and can lean on those guys," Donatell said. "He will be without that, and there's no question that hurts him some, because you can rely on (snaps fingers twice) him in an instant, and he won't be there.
"If you study the great quarterbacks, not just Aaron Rodgers, but when they change people, they still make it work, and he has. We went back and studied those games to see how [Rodgers] operated when he didn't have him," Donatell continued. "He was still successful and won a lot of games and so forth. That part of it, usually you go into a game knowing you have to take care of Davante Adams on certain plays … so that changes for us. He has a great relationship with Matt LaFleur, and they put together tough plans and have a lot of experience together, and they make you work really hard really fast."
Daniels on the Vikings acquiring receiver/punt returner Jalen Reagor:
Daniels said he evaluated Jalen Reagor, CeeDee Lamb and Brandon Aiyuk as punt returners when they were in the 2020 NFL Draft. All three players became first-round picks, but Daniels said Reagor rated "No. 1 in my book."
"What he offers is an immediate guy that spooks the punt team," Daniels said. "He has the speed to race to the edge. He can attack vertically. He's a guy that's very confident back there.
"Last week he immediately approached the meeting saying, 'I want to be the guy.' I'm like, 'You're the guy. You're the guy.' He immediately wanted to start connecting with his blockers. I thought that was really important.
"For a guy to come in with that attitude and that mindset, wanting to connect with his blockers, getting to know them, we've already had a lot of meetings talking about what he likes to do so that the schematics are aligned with what his strengths are … that really shows a lot in terms of who the person is and how he goes about his work ethic and what his process looks like."