MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The Minnesota Vikings open their season at home on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with kickoff at noon at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Before the game, FOX 9 has you covered with Vikings Gameday Live from 9:30-11 a.m. on FOX 9, and streaming on your smart TV via the free FOX LOCAL app, on FOX9.com, your phone app, in the player above.
Then, after the game, tune into Vikings postgame Tonight at 10:35 p.m. and listen and watch FOX 9's new Vikings Now podcast wherever you get your podcasts, as well as streaming on-demand on FOX LOCAL, FOX9.com and YouTube.
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NFC North: Anyone's division
The Detroit Lions opened the NFL season with Thursday night win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Vikings-Bucs game will be followed by the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in the FOX Game of the Week at 3:25 p.m.on FOX 9. Who will join the Lions at 1-0 this weekend, and who will be the lone 0-1 team in the NFC North.
Since 2002, teams that win their Week 1 game are more than twice as likely to make the playoffs than teams that lose. Of the 334 teams that won openers, 176 went to the playoffs. Of the 332 teams that lost openers, 82 went to the playoffs. And the 57 Super Bowl winners have a 46-10-1 record in their Week 1 games.
No new contract (yet) for Justin Jefferson
The Vikings and star wide receiver Justin Jefferson will open the season without agreeing to a new contract.
Despite efforts from the team and Jefferson's representation throughout the offseason, the two sides were unable to reach an agreement this week on a long-term extension to keep Jefferson in Minnesota. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, they plan to resume talks after the 2023 season.
Jefferson spoke with reporters at TCO Performance Center on Thursday, and while he said he wants a new contract, his focus is on the season and facing the Buccaneers on Sunday.
"I’m just here to play football like always, and leave all of that other stuff up to them. Of course I would want a contract to be done, but at the end of the day it’s all up to them and what the ownership wants to do with that," Jefferson said. "My focus is on playing football and doing something I’m good at. I’m good at being on that field and catching the football, and that’s what I continue to do."
Jefferson, the No. 22 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft, has two years remaining on his rookie contract.