EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (7-8) will host the Packers (7-8) at 7:20 p.m. (CT) Sunday in Week 17.
It will be the 127th overall meeting between the division foes.
Minnesota is 58-65-3 all-time against Green Bay, including 1-1 in playoff games.
The first Border Battle of 2023 (a 24-10 win at Lambeau Field) is the only Vikings game that has been decided by more than one score this season. It extended a streak of four consecutive Border Battles that have been decided by at least 14 points, tying a series record (1961-62 and 1990-91 seasons).
The 2023 Vikings have tied the 2021 Vikings, 2015 Ravens and 1994 Giants as the only four teams in the past 30 seasons to play in 14 one-possession games within a season since the 2-point conversion was introduced in 1994.
The Giants squad went 9-5; the Ravens were 5-9. The 2021 Vikings finished 6-8, the same mark the current squad has with two games remaining.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, followed by three things the Vikings.com editorial staff will be watching for during the game.
NBC (KARE 11 in the Twin Cities)
Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico
Analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline reporter: Melissa Stark
Note: If the contract dispute between DirecTV and TEGNA (KARE 11's parent company) remains unresolved, the game will not be available on KARE 11 through DirecTV.
Because this is a nationally televised game, people 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.
KFAN (100.3-FM), KTLK 1130-AM and the five-state Vikings Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen
Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline reporter: Ben Leber
Note: The pregame radio show on the Vikings Radio Network will begin at 5 p.m. (CT).
Audio Streaming Option: Catch the audio broadcast on your smart devices through the KFAN channel on the iHeart app.
Catch 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.
Play-by-Play: Gabriel Rios
Analyst: Isaias Zendejas
NATIONAL RADIO (WESTWOOD ONE)
Play-by-Play: Ryan Radtke
Analyst: Mike Golic
Green Bay: SiriusXM 82 or 226/Or in the app
Minnesota: SiriusXM 85 or 225/Or in the app
National: SiriusXM 88
Spanish: SiriusXM 109 or 227
Click here for the full bevy of options that include over-the-air, cable, satellite, over-the-top and streaming methods.
NFL+ AND NFL+ PREMIUM
Start your free trial of NFL+ today to watch Vikings preseason games live or on-demand.
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 $6.99/month or $49.99/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 Films' on-demand content, ad-free
NFL+ Premium is available for $14.99/month or $99.99/year and offers all the NFL+ features and the following:
- Full game replays across devices (ad-free)
- Condensed game replays across devices (ad-free)
- Coaches film (ad-free)
THREE THINGS WE'LL BE WATCHING
Replacing the production of T.J. Hockenson | By Ellis Williams
In a season filled with constant change, tight end T.J. Hockenson has been the most consistent part of the Vikings offense.
But Hockenson landed on Injured Reserve following a season-ending ACL and MCL injury suffered against the Lions. Hockenson was having a career season. He leads all tight ends in targets (127) and air yards, is second in receptions (95), and third in yards (960).
Replacing Hockenson's production will take a collective effort. He has accounted for 23.2 percent of the team's receiving yards and 33.7 percent of its targets.
"You don't ever want to see your teammate go down," receiver Brandon Powell said. "But I mean, we've been going through it all year with injuries. You know, the next person has got to step up and let's go make plays."
Powell has stepped up before. Without Justin Jefferson for seven games due to injury, Powell's role increased. Initially playing only five offensive snaps through Week 4, Powell played between 53 percent and 65 percent of offensive snaps between Weeks 6 and 12 and scored the game-winning touchdown at Atlanta in Week 9.
According to Pro Football Focus, Powell has played in the slot on 64.4 percent of his snaps this season, leading the team by nearly double. Hockenson has the second-highest slot percentage at 38.2 percent.
Tight ends Johnny Mundt and Josh Oliver should also see an increased role. Mundt played 23 of 55 offensive snaps against the Lions. Oliver played 20. Nick Muse has been on the 53-man roster but inactive.
Defense without D.J. Wonnum | By Lindsey Young
The Vikings this week added outside linebacker D.J. Wonnum to Injured Reserve with a quadriceps injury.
With Marcus Davenport spending the majority of this season on IR, Wonnum had started 14 games opposite Danielle Hunter.
Vikings Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores called it a "huge loss" for the team, noting that Wonnum has "really grown into a leadership role" during his fourth pro campaign.
"He's played well," Flores said. "He's played so many different spots and does so many different things. D.J. has played … all over and at a high level. So there is a leadership, a communication, an edge setting, obviously, pressure, pressure rates and things of that nature that he brings to the table."
How will the Vikings approach Sunday's game plan against the Packers without Wonnum, who recorded 2.0 sacks and four quarterback hits at Green Bay in Week 8?
Flores noted that Pat Jones II will certainly get more reps but that it will be a "total team effort" on defense to fill in for Wonnum. In addition to Jones, Flores mentioned the possibility of Jordan Hicks, Ivan Pace, Jr., or Andre Carter II doing more. Worth remembering, as well, is that Minnesota could choose to elevate Anthony Barr, Quincy Roche or Austin Bryant from the practice squad to increase depth for the defense.
"D.J.'s a great player. Him being gone, we're gonna miss him a lot," Jones told media members Thursday. "We're just going to have to step up."
Can the Vikings complement Hall in his first home start? | By Craig Peters
Rookie Jaren Hall has been named Minnesota's starting quarterback for Week 17, and he received compliments for his demeanor and level of preparation.
How will he be complemented by teammates and coaches in his second career start and first at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Hall noted takeaways from relieving Kirk Cousins at Green Bay in Week 8 and making his lone start (Week 9 at Atlanta). He left that game early with a concussion suffered at the end of a scramble.
"You've just got to realize how fast guys play. You've got to be smart about the times you use your legs, and you've got to get down," Hall said. "There's no superhero ball that you need to play. The game is won over four quarters and not one play, and you've just got to remember that. If you do what you need to do delivering the ball, you don't have to be in those situations for the most part."
He sounds content without being tempted by the prospect of "superhero ball," but there's a difference when under the lights.
Minnesota can help support Hall, from the coaching staff down through every player on the team, by establishing a run game more consistent than the Vikings have shown, by picking up blitzes, by getting open and catching footballs.