EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (5-1) will host the Cardinals (3-4) for the third time since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016.
Minnesota has won its past 10 against Arizona, a streak that began at the Metrodome on Oct. 13, 1991, and includes one postseason contest.
Fresh from their bye, the Vikings will try to extend that long streak two weeks after securing their first win at Miami since 1976.
The game also will provide reunion opportunities for Vikings CB Patrick Peterson, who is showing the tricks of the trade he has learned along the way, and Jordan Hicks, a do-everything linebacker who’s been just about everywhere.
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.
View photos of Vikings players from practice on Oct. 26 at the TCO Performance Center.
FOX (KMSP in the Twin Cities)
Kickoff: Noon (CT)
Play-by-Play: Chris Myers
Analyst: Mark Schlereth
Sideline reporters: Kristina Pink
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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
Color commentary: Isaias Zendejas
NATIONAL RADIO BROADCAST
Play-by-Play: Mike Couzens
Color commentary: DeAngelo Hall
Arizona: SiriusXM 113 or 386 and the SXM App
Minnesota: SiriusXM 158 or 228 and the SXM App
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Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Cardinals.
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The Vikings are 17-12 all-time in 29 games against the Cardinals (includes 2-0 in NFC Playoff games).
Phillips on balancing the desire for deep shots vs. protecting the football:
Despite their 5-1 start, the Vikings rank 30th in terms of pass plays of at least 20 yards with 15 such plays.
Minnesota has three that have gained 40 or more, which is tied with five other teams for 13th. That total includes a 47-yard completion by Kirk Cousins to Justin Jefferson at Miami late in the third quarter when the Vikings got a look from the Dolphins defense they had patiently waited to see.
"We've had plays down the field. There's always a combination of things, but we feel like we have plenty of guys that can win down the field. It's just however the coverage takes the quarterback sometimes," Phillips said. "Sometimes there's an opportunity where we could have taken a shot and didn't. Sometimes the protection, you know, becomes a factor with some of the longer-developing plays when you're trying to give a guy time to get down the field. That shows up, as well.
"That's part of this league. The rush is real," Phillips added. "We're going to keep hunting those plays, and Kirk is going to make good decisions. The thing you know about him is if we get the opportunity, the protection is there and we schemed it up well and called it at the right time, he'll make the throw. If it's muddy, then he'll put the ball in play. He's been pretty good at protecting the football, which has been a big part of us winning games."
Donatell on Harrison Smith:
Vikings safety Harrison Smith is set to make his 150th regular-season start and appear in his 151st regular-season game on Sunday. He will tie Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Krause for the most games started by a Vikings safety.
Smith made one of the best interceptions of his career at Miami, reeling in a deflection for his 31st pick. The first one occurred against Arizona 10 years ago, and he ran it back 31 yards for the first of four career pick-sixes.
Donatell was asked about Smith and said, "He's just so accountable and so tough and so real."
"If you look down through my career, I've just been able to get connected with some really special guys – some Hall of Fame guys. He's another one of those guys," Donatell said. "There's just a uniqueness to him. And you guys have witnessed it more than I have, but to actually talk to the guy and see how deeply rooted he is to team and how respected he is, [he] brings a lot."
Daniels on Minnesota sniffing out Miami's fake punt:
The Vikings special teams turned in another impressive performance in Miami to bounce fully back from a rougher day against Chicago in Week 5.
Part of taming the Dolphins included bottlenecking a run on a fake punt early in the third quarter. Josh Metellus tackled Clayton Fejedelem shy of the yard to gain, giving Minnesota the ball at the Miami 33-yard line.
Daniels said the Vikings went over the previous three years of Dolphins fakes during their Saturday night meeting.
"We're watching TV copies to listen to the audio of what the personal protector is actually saying, 'What is their typical, normal cadence?' So the antennas went up for Metellus because the cadence was a little different than what we recalled it being Saturday night but also during the game," Daniels said.
It was the fourth time of the game for Miami to line up in a punt formation.
"I ask Metellus always after the first punt, 'Did you hear what the PP's (punt protector's) cadence was, and typically he's able to tell me exactly, 'It's X, Y and Z,' so his antennas went up when that cadence wasn't the same as it was the prior three or four punts, so he was able to match it and mirror it," Daniels said. "The unsung hero in that was Brian Asamoah II being able to take on two blocks right there so they weren't able to reach block and go get up to Metellus."