EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (1-3) and the Seahawks (4-0) are scheduled to meet at 7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
Although the great "slide-in" by SNF analyst Cris Collinsworth to join play-by-play legend Al Michaels and ceremoniously open the show has been suspended because of social distancing guidelines, the action could feature explosive offensive plays by teams that built their reputations on defense under their current head coaches.
For those missing the slide-in, here's a tweet for old-time's sake:
Here are the ways to watch the action as Minnesota seeks its first win in Seattle since 2006.
NBC (KARE 11 in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: 7:20 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Al Michaels
Analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Field Reporter: Michele Tafoya
Because this is a national broadcast, fans everywhere 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: 5:20 p.m. (CT) with Mike Mussman
KFAN and KTLK are the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.
Play-by-Play: Ryan Radtke
Analyst: Mike Holmgren
Minnesota: Sirius 81 and XM 226
Seattle: Sirius 83 and XM 225
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.
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 the way Jefferson benefits from Thielen:
Justin Jefferson has impressed pundits across the league with back-to-back games of 100-plus yards receiving.
The rookie has the luxury of sharing a position room with Adam Thielen, who at 30 years old is one of the NFL's top receivers. Kubiak said that the relationship between the two has "been a really big part" of Jefferson's success early on.
"Adam's an unselfish player; he works really hard. You all know how he came up, so he understands all that and he also understands, he's seen No. 1 guys come through here, the pressure on them," Kubiak explained. "Adam's really been a big help to [Justin], the receiver group has done a good job, [Kirk Cousins has] taken on a little bit more responsibility with him in the huddle because you've got to, he's a young kid.
"I think everybody understands how much he can help us," Kubiak added. "Everybody helps bring him along, but he's the one doing the work, so he deserves the credit."
Patterson on the progression of D.J. Wonnum
Against the Texans on Sunday, Vikings rookie defensive end D.J. Wonnum recorded his first NFL sack when he took down quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Patterson said he's been pleased with the youngster's progression.
"He's improving every week. He's gaining more and more confidence. He's playing faster and more sudden," Patterson said. "His athletic ability and power start to show up more each and every week rep that he gets in the game. I'm very, very pleased where he is right now. He still has a long way to go, and he's going to continue to get better and better. But right now, I think he's a little bit ahead of the curve."
One of the ways Wonnum's progress is demonstrated is the way that he plays more freely and "thinks less."
"Once you feel comfortable, you just go out and play. You're not thinking about the play call, number one. You're not thinking about, 'Hey, Coach told me to use this technique. I'm supposed to play this block this way, and I'm supposed to use my hands this way on a pass rush.' You're just playing," Patterson explained. "And you're seeing more and more of that happening, where he's just playing and letting the game flow and come through him. And once that happens, then he's going to make more and more plays as he continues to get more and more comfortable."
Zimmer on defending Seattle's 'big-play potential'
There's no question about it: when Russell Wilson is in the game, there's a potential for explosive plays. (Keep an eye on Vikings.com for a separate write-up on Wilson). The Seahawks quarterback has especially shown a chemistry with big-bodied receiver DK Metcalf, who through four games is averaging 25.2 yards per catch.
Zimmer said it's imperative to play with "good technique and good eyes" against Seattle's offense on Sunday.
"They're going to give us some double moves; they're going to give us some shots because they do want to be a big-play offense," Zimmer said. "I'm not saying they don't have a short or intermediate passing game, but they've really thrived on hitting some big plays early in the season.
"We have to do a good job with our corners with our eyes, but with our safeties and linebackers not getting sucked up so we can give them some insulation so they don't feel they have to jump the underneath routes and we can protect the deep part of the field," he continued. "They do have some deep shots that are challenging to a defense, but if we play the right technique and fundamentals, I think we can be OK with those."
Maalouf on Boone's special teams impact
Maalouf said that running back Mike Boone's special teams effort and impact is "tremendous" for the Vikings.
Boone was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after he forced a fumble by the Texans that was recovered by Vikings receiver Dan Chisena.
"Any guy like Mike Boone, Ameer [Abdullah] and all these guys that are kind of like veterans … the way they play and the way they approach a game, and just how they want to make an impact – that's Mike Boone," Maalouf said. "It doesn't surprise anybody on our sideline when he makes a big play like that; that's the type of aggressive style that he plays with all the time. If anything, I've got to do a better job of freeing him up and making sure that he can just go downfield, because he really helps us in our coverage phases, and we want to try to keep him involved as much as possible."