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Game Preview: Cardinals at Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings will host the Cardinals at noon (CT) Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium in the third preseason contest of 2019 for both teams.

The Vikings (2-0) kept the Seahawks offense out of the end zone in a 25-19 win on Sunday. The Cardinals (1-1) have split contests, claiming a win against the Chargers and suffering a loss against the Raiders.

TV & RADIO SIMULCAST

TV: FOX 9 KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul

RADIO: KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK-AM 1130 in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 10 a.m.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.

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SATELLITE RADIO

SiriusXM: AZ SIRI 81 or Streaming 800; MIN SIRI 88 or Streaming 819

STAT OF THE WEEK

The Vikings are leading the NFL this preseason with an average of 433.0 yards of offense per game.

VIKINGS-CARDINALS CONNECTIONS

Cardinals cornerback Tramaine Brock, Sr., played 11 games for the Vikings in 2017.

Cardinals offensive lineman Colby Gossett was drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was signed by Arizona off Minnesota's practice squad in October.

Vikings cornerback Bené Benwikere played 11 games (eight starts) for the Cardinals in 2018.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

Defensive end Everson Griffen is the only Vikings player from Arizona. Griffen has 66.5 career sacks and is the longest-tenured Viking as he prepares for his 10th season.

Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald — a former ball boy for the Vikings turned future Hall of Fame receiver for the Cardinals — is preparing for his 16th pro season.

Terrell Suggs, who was born in Minneapolis, is in his first season with the Cardinals after spending his first 16 with the Ravens. Suggs leads all active players with 132.5 career sacks heading into his 17th season and first in Arizona.

Cardinals tight end Maxx Williams is from Waconia and earned a spot on the 10th annual Vikings All-State High School Football Team in 2011. He played college football at the University of Minnesota.

VIKINGS TOP PERFORMERS VS. CARDINALS

Offense

Kirk Cousins: 4 starts in regular-season games (one with Minnesota), 87-of-135 passing, 64.4 completion percentage, 1,054 passing yards, 6 TDs, 5 INT, 87.7 passer rating, sacked 9 times, 2-2 record

Stefon Diggs: 3 games, 11 receptions, 82 yards

Adam Thielen: 3 games, 17 receptions, 195 yards, 2 TDs (Thielen had 11 catches for 123 yards and a score in 2018 against the Cardinals)

Kyle Rudolph: 5 games, 12 receptions, 116 yards

Defense

Anthony Barr: 2 games, 12 tackles (6 solo), 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU

Danielle Hunter: 3 games, 11 tackles (8 solo), 5 TFL, 5.0 sacks

Xavier Rhodes: 3 games, 13 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT, a 100-yard interception return touchdown, 5 PBU

Harrison Smith: 3 games, 26 tackles (18 solo), 2 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PBU; returned interception 31 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 21, 2012, for first career pick-six

VIKINGS-CARDINALS SERIES NOTES

This will be the 15th preseason meeting between the franchises in a series that began in 1962, Minnesota's second season in the NFL. The Cardinals, who were still based in St. Louis back then, prevailed 24-21 in front of 15,500 at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.

The franchises have been quite nomadic with preseason contests, meeting in Atlanta in 1964 (before the creation of the Falcons) for a game attended by fewer than 10,000 fans and Memphis in 1969 (50 years ago yesterday). The attendance for that game was 34,417. The franchises also became the first NFL teams to venture across the pond when they met in front of 32,847 at London's Wembley Stadium.

The franchises have met 26 times in regular seasons and twice in playoff games. Minnesota has a 17-11 edge in the series, including a pair of postseason victories.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 5 games (Nov. 12, 1995 through Nov. 12, 2000; includes one playoff game)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 4 games (Nov. 6, 1977 through Oct. 30, 1983)

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