EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings (6-6) will visit the Raiders (5-7) at 3:05 p.m. (CT) Sunday in Week 14.
It will be the 17th overall meeting between the squads. Minnesota is 6-10 all-time, including a loss in Super Bowl XI.
This also will mark the first regular season game for the Vikings in Las Vegas, which hosted a 2022 preseason contest between the franchises.
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.
FOX (KMSP FOX 9 in the Twin Cities)
Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler
Analyst: Mark Sanchez
Sideline reporter: Laura Okmin
People in the orange areas shown on the map 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). 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 1 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 (ESPN)
Play-by-Play: Mike Couzens
Analyst: Kelly Stouffer
Minnesota: SiriusXM 137 or 380/Or in the app
Las Vegas: SiriusXM 85 or 225/Or in the app
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
How Jefferson's return will impact Vikings offense/Raiders defense | By Ellis Williams
The Vikings went 5-2 without star wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Still, there is no doubt that his injection back into the offense will immediately alter how Head Coach Kevin O'Connell's system is defended.
"We know the things he can do with the ball in his hands. We have faith in that guy, and we know he's going to make plays, and it's gonna be huge for the offense because he opens everything [including] the run game," Vikings tackle Christian Darrisaw said. "When he's on the field he's a threat no matter where he is at, and we know there will be extra eyes on him."
Darrisaw is right. Jefferson routinely commands extra attention. On Thursday, the star receiver said he expects opposing defenses to treat him as usual, which could mean extra defenders flowing his direction.
By playing what defenses call "cloud coverage," opposing coordinators can play Cover 2 to the side of the field Jefferson is on and use a different scheme to the side without him. Expect the Raiders to keep one defender at the line of scrimmage across from Jefferson and another safety about 15 yards deep to his side.
Yahoo! Sports' Nate Tice noted the Vikings faced "cloud coverage (either Cover 2 or Cover 6) on 27.6 percent of their early down snaps with Jefferson on the field, which would rank third in the NFL this season."
That number plummets to 14.3 percent without Jefferson, which ranks 28th.
How Jefferson gels with quarterback Joshua Dobbs should be fascinating. Nearly 99% of Jefferson's career yards have come on passes from Kirk Cousins. Jefferson has only played one game without Cousins; a 2021 Week 17 game that Sean Mannion started.
His presence could help boost the run game due to facing lighter boxes. Pass catchers T.J. Hockenson, Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn should consistently face single coverage again. And, of course, Jefferson will likely garner a primary chunk of Dobbs' target share.
Different team, same Davante? | By Lindsey Young
At nearly 31 years old, Davante Adams really hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.
Minnesota is plenty familiar with Adams, who spent his first eight NFL seasons across the border in Green Bay.
Adams recorded 13 touchdowns in 15 Border Battles, setting a record for the most touchdown catches by a player against the Vikings all-time.
Now in his second season with the Raiders, Adams has totaled 69 catches for 814 yards and four touchdowns and is searching for a fourth straight season with First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors.
Vikings Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores knows his unit will need to be on its Ps and Qs this weekend in Las Vegas.
"He's one of the best receivers in our league. He's fast, a great route runner. Great hands. Combat catcher. Run after [the catch]. He's really got the entire package," Flores said during his Tuesday media session. "They get him the ball in a myriad of ways, but they also, when he's doubled or there's a lot of attention paid to him, they've got guys – Jakobi Meyers and this tight end, Michael Mayer, is a very good tight end, as well. Obviously [Josh] Jacobs is a good back.
"So they've got some skill players that pose a challenge, but specifically to Davante, he's just, 1-on-1 he's a tough matchup for anybody in the league," Flores added. "We'll have to pay close attention to him."
It's also fitting the Vikings will see Adams the same week Jefferson returns to action after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. The phenom Minnesota wideout has consistently expressed respect for Adams, who has also expressed mutual admiration for Jefferson.
"It's always fun to see him on and off the field, obviously. He's a fantastic player. I always watched him growing up and seeing him in Green Bay, I always watched his releases and route running," Jefferson said Thursday. "I've always been a fan of Davante since I could run routes. It's been a pleasure to follow behind him, to learn from him and see the good things he does every single week, even though he's getting doubled and tripled just like I am. It's always cool to chop it up with him. He's definitely one of the best in the game."
Vikings defense vs. rookie QB | By Craig Peters
The Vikings will face a rookie starting at quarterback for the second time this season.
Minnesota was able to secure its first win of 2023 with an impressive showing against No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young at Carolina. The Vikings limited Young to 204 yards on 25-of-32 passing and sacked him five times for combined losses of 55 yards. Minnesota also forced a fumble on a sack by Harrison Smith that D.J. Wonnum returned 51 yards for a touchdown.
The Vikings also played against undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent at Chicago in Week 6 after Justin Fields left the game. Bagent completed 10 of 14 passes for 83 yards but threw an interception and lost a fumble during a sack by Josh Metellus that was returned 42 yards for a touchdown by Jordan Hicks.
Las Vegas has been rolling with Aidan O'Connell, who was selected 135th overall (fourth round). He has played in six games and is 2-3 in five starts. He's completed 63.5 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and six interceptions for a passer rating of 76.4.
While the Vikings may or may not hit the rookie trifecta of turning a forced fumble into a touchdown this week, they will try to affect the quarterback adversely.
O'Connell has found success when the Raiders have utilized play-action passes. Per Next Gen Stats, he's averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and thrown two touchdowns while accumulating a passer rating of 102.1 when the team uses play-action passes. Without, O'Connell is averaging 6.1 yards per attempt and has thrown six interceptions against two touchdowns while totaling a passer rating of 68.7.
Minnesota is the only NFL team to allow fewer than 6.0 yards per attempt (5.8) on play-action passes in 2023.