Let Your Voice Be Heard And Cast Your Hall of Fame Vote

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 1:43 pm

Hall of Fame voting is typically reserved for an exclusive group of football writers. But for the 1st time the Pro Football Hall of Fame is asking fans to voice their choice for who they think should be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

Fans can utilize a number of interactive strategies to voice their opinion by visiting the fan forum.

This new development should be of interest to Vikings fans because of the number of former players who are under consideration. Is it time for Chris Carter, Chris Doleman, Herschel Walker, Steve Jordan, John Randle or Joey Browner to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? The Hall wants to know what fans are thinking and it’s time for fans to speak up and be heard by casting their ballot! Almost 10,000 fans have already cast their ballot in the first 24 hours!  Carter is ranking #3 behind Rice and Smith and John Randle is currently #15.

The interactive elements of the fan forum will allow fans to: campaign for their favorite players; interact and debate with Hall of Famers, experts and fans from around the country; contribute their own analysis and commentary; post video messages in support of their favorite players; view stats and information for all 130+ candidates; nominate and vote for the Fan’s Choice Class of 2010; see how their picks compare to the Board of Selectors; participate in daily polls and trivia.

Although the fans vote does not count toward the official selection, the Hall will hear what the fans have to say and the Fan’s Choice will be revealed on the NFL Network on February 6, 2010 in Miami.

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DE Edwards Off To A Strong Start

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 11:19 am

The typical names have starred for the Vikings in their 2-0 start to the 2009 season. Adrian Peterson has 4 TDs, Brett Favre is playing well under center, E.J. Henderson looks to be back in form and Chad Greenway even hopped into the fray with a huge game at Detroit.

But one guy who tends to get lost in the shuffle of high-profile names in the Vikings defense – and especially along the defensive line – is DE Ray Edwards.

But so far in 2009, Edwards has been as big a part of the team’s success as anyone on the defense. Through 2 games, Edwards, who plays right left DE exclusively in the Vikings defense, has managed to tally 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Edwards’ productivity both in terms of tackles and sacks is a good sign for the Vikings. As the right left DE, Edwards is charged with rushing the passer, but he’s also relied upon to stand up strong against the run.

“I call that side a base end position, so he has to stand up against the run,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday. “I saw him make a bunch of chase plays that I don’t know if you guys (media) noticed. He turns and runs to the football and makes a share of hustle plays.”

Childress went on to say that Edwards has performed well both at the point of attack in the run game and in terms of applying pressure to the QB. His ability to progress as an NFL player and develop skills that have allowed him to be a 3-down player should be attributed to his on-field work ethic, but also his dedication to improving himself away from the gridiron.

“He’s a guy that usually has a good offseason with his body and takes care of it,” Childress explained. “He’s a guy that plays the game hard and has the stamina to be able to stay in there for all those plays.”

Edwards’ position coach, Karl Dunbar, had a similar sentiment regarding his starting right left DE.

“He’s come a long way,” Dunbar said of Edwards. “He has 14.5 career sacks, and as a fourth rounder, he’s progressing really well. He’s a strong, athletic kid and a strong football player.

“Ray has always played with a chip on his shoulder and you could tell that the first year he got here. He’s changed his body, he’s working out and doing those things, eating right. And it’s paying off for him on the field.”

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Harvin Up For Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Honors

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 22, 2009 – 9:12 am

For the 2nd consecutive week, Vikings WR Percy Harvin is up for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. Click here to vote for Harvin.

Last week in Detroit, Harvin accumulated 134 all-purpose yards and a TD on 10 touches. His TD came on a 3-yard TD reception from QB Brett Favre and gave the Vikings a 27-10 lead midway through the 4th quarter.

Also up for consideration this week with Harvin are: Texans LB Brian Cushing, Giants CB Bruce Johnson, Bears WR Johnny Knox and Jets QB Mark Sanchez.

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Allen Excited To Play In Front of Home Crowd

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 21, 2009 – 3:05 pm

After a season-opening win in Cleveland and then Sunday’s 27-13 win in Detroit, the Vikings have opened a season with back-to-back road wins for just the 3rd time in franchise history. This upcoming Sunday, the Vikings will open their home schedule by playing host to the San Francisco 49ers in the only game on the Week 2 NFL schedule that pits a pair of 2-0 teams.

Although the Vikings have fared well on the road so far this season, and have actually won 5 straight road games dating back to the 2008 season, Vikings DE Jared Allen said he’s excited for a game in front of the home crowd.

“It’s gonna be nice. You get in front of the home crowd,” Allen said. “I didn’t get to play in any home preseason games. So I’m excited to get out there and play.”

Having found a way to win both of their road games, the Vikings are in a good position now with 2 consecutive home games on the schedule, including a showdown with division rival Green Bay on Monday Night Football on October 5.

“We’ve got two at home, which is nice, and we’re in a good situation,” Allen explained. “We’re 2-0 and the good part about it is that I don’t think we’ve played our best football yet.

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MVC: It Takes A Community To Take Care Of Our Family

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on September 21, 2009 – 11:49 am

That is how I feel about our team.  It isn’t a one (wo)man show here.  We offer the MVC the resources to help them do their best at their job and to feel taken care of for all they do.

Expressions MD help the faces of our team – by offering techniques and products that make the ladies skin beautiful.  They also provide the team’s make-up.
Spalon Montage helps to apply the ladies make up and color/style their hair so they look like they just walked out off of a magazine ad!
Lifetime trains our team so their bodies look fit and their stamina is ready for game day!  Love it!
Golden Tan offers the ladies Mystic Tans so their bodies have a healthy and vibrant glow.
GTM gears them up with their official team warm ups.
Reebok provides them with the latest Viking fashions for off the field.
The Line Up outfits them in their swimwear and their costumes for game day.  We call them “Helga” and “Violet”.
WinCraft supplies them with poms – what’s a cheerleader without poms!?
Coaches/Staff help to motivate and encourage the team to meet their full potential.
Captains lead their team to be prepared for practices/games.

As you can see – it takes a community to take care of our MVC family!

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Greenway’s Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 21, 2009 – 11:48 am

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award for his performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Vikings LB Chad Greenway may be the one bringing home a national weekly honor for his outstanding performance against the Detroit Lions in Week 2.

Against Detroit on Sunday, Greenway picked off Lions QB Matthew Stafford twice and also recovered a fumble. The Vikings scored 14 points off of those 3 Greenway-induced turnovers, and likely prevented the Lions from putting points on the board as well.

“Fortunately they threw a couple (passes) my way and I was able to catch them,” Greenway said. “Sometimes it’s just your day.”

Greenway was humble in the locker room following the game. The interceptions were more than a matter of Stafford just throwing passes toward Greenway. On his 1st interception, Greenway came all the way across the field (right to left) to pick off a pass intended for WR Calvin Johnson. It appeared Johnson was open and a completion would’ve resulted in a 1st down, but instead Greenway stuck his mitts out and hauled in the laser from Stafford, even showing enough quickness to turn upfield before going out of bounds.

On the 2nd interception, Greenway was back-peddling into what appeared to be zone coverage. Stafford tried to go over the middle to TE Brandon Pettigrew, but Greenway jumped to grab the pass before it got to Pettigrew, and then #52 returned it 36 yards to the Lions 16-yardline to setup WR Percy Harvin’s 3-yard TD reception.

During the 2008 season, Greenway displayed his ability to get to the ball carrier by tallying a team-high 150 tackles. So far in 2009, Greenway continues to chase down opposing ball carriers (7 tackles), but he’s also making other plays all over the field.

Impact plays such as INTs and fumble recoveries are the type of plays, along with a 150-tackle season, that eventually put players in the Pro Bowl. As a prideful player, Greenway has the personal goal of making it to a Pro Bowl one day.

On Sunday in Detroit, he got a little bit closer.

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Vikings Inactives

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 20, 2009 – 10:27 am

Each game day 90 minutes prior to kickoff, teams are required to disclose their 8 inactive players and emergency QB. The Vikings inactives are QB Sage Rosenfels, WR Jaymar Johnson, WR Greg Lewis, CB Asher Allen, S Husain Abdullah, LB Erin Henderson, Kory Lichtensteiger and DT Jimmy Kennedy.

There are a couple of changes from last week’s inactives. In Cleveland, DT Letroy Guion was up and Fred Evans was down. This week against the Lions, both Evans and Guion are up but DT Jimmy Kennedy is down. S Jamarca Sanford was also down last week, but this week he’ll be active and will play in his 1st NFL regular season game, while Abdullah will be inactive.

The QB situation will be the same this week as it was in the season-opener. Tarvaris Jackson will backup Favre and Rosenfels will be the emergency QB.

With both Johnson and Lewis inactive, it seems Berrian continues to recover from his hamstring injury and didn’t come away from last week’s game in Cleveland any worse for the wear.

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New Look Lions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 20, 2009 – 10:23 am

Yes, the Lions have a new head coach, a new starting QB and 9 new starters on defense. But they’re also new in another way.

A modified Lions logo and modified “LIONS” lettering appears on the field. The new look is much sleeker…the blue color in the lettering and logo is darker as well.

What does this really have to do with the game or how the teams will perform today? Probably nothing. But it is noticable and much improved from years past.

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Did You Know?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 20, 2009 – 9:52 am

– RB Adrian Peterson is just the 3rd player in NFL history to open each of his first 3 seasons with a 100+ yard performance in the season opener. Willie Parker (4; 2005-08) and Edgerrin James (3; 1999-2001) are the only other players to have accomplished the feat.

– Peterson also became the 1st player in NFL history to rush for at least 180 yards and 3 TDs on Kickoff Weekend. His 180 yards is a Vikings record for opening day and his 3 TDs set a new team mark for most career games with 3 rushing TDs (Peterson now has 3).

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What 2 Watch 4

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 20, 2009 – 7:28 am

Here are a few storylines to watch today during the Vikings-Lions game…

– With the start, QB Brett Favre will break the all-time record for the most consecutive starts in NFL history, which Favre currently shares with Jim Marshall at 270.

– With 1 rushing TD, RB Adrian Peterson will move into an 8th place tie for most career rushing TDs as a Viking. Peterson currently ranks 9th with 25 and Leroy Hoard ranks 8th with 26. If Peterson manages to score 3 TDs against as he did last week, he will move into a 7th place tie with Tommy Mason.

– If the Vikings don’t allow a Lions running back to reach 100 rushing yards, it will be the 25th consecutive game the Vikings haven’t given up 100 yards rushing to an individual. The last player to rush for 100 yards against the Vikings was Packers RB Ryan Grant on 11/11/07 (102 yards).

– With 3 points, K Ryan Longwell will move into the top 20 all-time for points scored. He currently has 1,380 career points.

– If a Vikings RB reaches 100 yards rushing, it will mark the 50th career game TE Jim Kleinsasser has blocked for a 100-yard rusher.

– If the Vikings win, it will be just the 3rd time the team has opened a season with back-to-back road wins (‘74, ‘97). The Vikings have started just 5 of the 49 seasons with 2 consecutive road games.

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