EAGAN, Minn. — North Stars, Lone Stars and superstars will align.
Minnesota (8-1) is set to host Dallas (6-3) at 3:25 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Most of the country will have the opportunity to watch the game on CBS.
Patrick Peterson is fresh off nabbing two picks in the end zone at Buffalo. His first was returned 39 yards to the Minnesota 34-yard line and provided a turning point early in the fourth quarter.
Peterson, a 12-season veteran with eight Pro Bowls and surefire Pro Football Hall of Famer, was able to read Bills QB Josh Allen during the play.
Asked at what point in his career he became comfortable taking that approach within a play, he said it was about his fifth season "when the game slowed down."
"I started to understand that, at the end of the day, every offense is running the same stuff. They're just dressing it up different," Peterson said. "And then, come to find out as I got older in the league, teams are a copycat. So whatever teams hurt you with before, or in the previous week, they're gonna try and see if you fixed that. So I'm always doing self-scouting and trying to see how teams are attacking me. 'All right, teams are trying to run more in-breaking routes on me.'
"Then after Year 5, I didn't get normal splits anymore, I started getting snub-splits, because when I was in Arizona, we were a man-concept team. So how you get me off pressing your man? You bring the formations in tighter," Peterson added. "Going through that learning curve after Year 5, I think that's what really helped me turn the corner as understanding concepts, understanding how teams want to attack you in certain situations."
Peterson's second pick was returned 7 yards to the Buffalo 5-yard line and provided the dagger, a shot he called and demonstration of his belief that a 17-point lead by Buffalo in the third quarter was not insurmountable.
"We've been in that position before. We're trying to a find way to win a ball game, and [Head Coach Kevin O'Connell] always alludes to, 'This team finds a way to be at its best when its best is required.' And it was no different in that situation. Just finding a find a way to have guys look at each other and lean on each other and try to find a way to dig ourselves out of that hole that we were in, and we finally got out of it and came out on top.
"But I'm always a positive guy. No matter what the situation is I'm always trying to encourage my teammates," Peterson added. "They keep me encouraged, as well, because I'm a captain and a leader. Guys look up to me for those types of motivational words. I'm always a very, very encouraging person."
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: 3:25 p.m. (CT)
Play-by-Play: Jim Nantz
Analyst: Tony Romo
Sideline reporter: Tracy Wolfson
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
Color commentary: Isaias Nunez Zendejas
Dallas: SiriusXM 138 or 381 and the SXM App
Minnesota: SiriusXM 81 or 226 and the SXM App
VIKINGS MOBILE APP
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NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
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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)
Minnesota is 15-18 all-time in 33 games against Dallas (includes 3-4 in postseason games). The Vikings are just 7-12 in home games against the Cowboys.
Phillips on Blake Brandel stepping in for Christian Darrisaw:
Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw has consistently played at an elite level this season. The second-year pro suffered a concussion during last week's game and was replaced by Blake Brandel.
A sixth-round pick in 2020, Brandel had only played 65 offensive snaps in 2021, mostly as bonus tight end, and one offensive snap this season back in Week 1.
"Obviously Christian is extremely talented and a really good left tackle in this league, but (Blake) stepped in and you didn't feel, 'Oh, we've got to slide [every protection help] to him and just change our plan,' " Phillips said. "We were able to plug him in and play offense. That's ultimately what you're looking for in a guy who is playing swing tackle and even taking reps at guard, and even when Garrett [Bradbury] was a little banged up, he was preparing as potentially a backup center.
"Blake's got a lot of value. Sometimes these guys who haven't played a lot — this was his first real playing time on the offensive line [in the NFL]," Phillips added. "He's played some extra tight end stuff last year, but sometimes they don't even realize what they did. They just go in there, and after the game, I said, 'Great job, man. [Facing] Von Miller, man, you know?' And he's like, 'Yeah, it was awesome.' He had a great time — didn't even realize, you know, this guy has had 100-plus sacks over here and came in and did a great job. It should definitely help his confidence going forward."
Donatell on Duke Shelley's pass breakup:
Peterson's heroics have come to be expected during his career, but his clinching interception Sunday occurred after a huge pass breakup by Duke Shelley, who was signed to Minnesota's 53-man roster last Saturday, about 24 hours before being pressed into action at the outside cornerback spot opposite Peterson.
"When guys make plays in those moments, there's things that happen before that," Donatell said. "He's met extra with coaches because he hasn't been on the roster every week, and his preparation. … To see a guy be calm and comfortable with that play, you know, it's just a credit to the culture that Kevin's built here."
Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Cowboys.
Daniels on Dallas rookie return specialist KaVontae Turpin:
The Cowboys hit on undrafted rookie receiver/return specialist KaVontae Turpin. He ranks third in the NFL in punt return average (13.5 — 202 yards on 15 returns) and second in kickoff return average (24.1 — 265 on 11) so far this season.
Vikings kickoff returner Kene Nwangwu is third in the NFL with a kickoff return average of 23.9 yards (406 on 17), by the way.
Daniels worked for Dallas the previous two seasons as the Cowboys assistant special teams coach and expects a big challenge for his group.
"We're going to be going up against a good unit. An elite returner in KaVontae Turpin, who's spooky back there," Daniels said. "So it's gonna be good. Really focused with Mr. Wright (punter Ryan Wright) on making sure he's punting that ball with a good hang, distance, but the most important part is the direction – really trying to focus on his direction this week."