Are You Following the Vikings On Twitter?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2009 – 3:53 pm

Are you following the Vikings on Twitter? If not, you should because just like the Blog it’s a great way to stay on top of Vikings news. Remember, you don’t need a Twitter account yourself to follow the Vikings on Twitter. Just go to and follow @VikingsFootball.

Our latest tweet is a photo of the pink shoes LB Chad Greenway will be wearing on Monday night. Several Vikings, including Greenway and QB Brett Favre, will be wearing pink shoes to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The NFL and the Vikings will be prominently supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of means, including on-field displays, the handing out of pink ribbons to fans in stadiums and players using pink towels, wristbands, etc.

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Initial Week 4 Injury Report Released

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2009 – 3:46 pm

The Vikings and Packers have released their initial injur reports for Week 4, and there’s a lot to break down on each of them.

For the Vikings, 9 players appear on the report, including QB Brett Favre (foot), LB E.J. Henderson (shoulder) and G Steve Hutchinson (back). Hutchinson did not participate in practice on Thursday, while Favre and Henderson were limited.

Also not participating in practice on Thursday was WR Darius Reynaud (hamstrinig). Other limited participants were CB Cedric Griffin (hand), LB Erin Henderson (calf), TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand), P Chris Kluwe (illness) and FB Fahu Tahi (back).

Green Bay has 7 players listed on the injury report, including 2 players – S Atari Bigby (knee) and RB Brandon Jackson (ankle) – who are already listed as out for Sunday’s game.

Other players on the Packers injury report are OT Chad Clifton (ankle), DE Cullen Jenkins (groin), LB Jeremy Thompson (knee), CB Charles Woodson (foot) and WR Greg Jennings (wrist). All did not participate in practice, except for Jennings, who was a full participant.

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Just Another Game, Says Childress, Favre

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2009 – 2:55 pm

It’s hard to ignore the hype that continues to build around this Monday night’s Vikings-Packers matchup. With QB Brett Favre now under center for the Vikings, the already-intense rivalry has grown even nastier. But Favre and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress insisted to reporters on Wednesday that this week’s game is, in fact, just another game.

“When I watch film of the Packers during the week, it’s not like it seems that odd to me,” Favre explained Wednesday. “It doesn’t. It makes for a good story I guess for everyone else. But we’re focused on the team here. We talked about that this morning. That’s important every week. You let everyone else make a game bigger. Every game is big that we play in. So it’s just another game.”

Childress sent a similar message to reporters when he met with them on Wednesday, saying he thought Favre was more focused on this week’s game plan and determining how to attack the Packers defense. However, when asked if he’d been associated with a regular season game that came with this much hype, he thought for a second and then simply said, “No.”

Speaking of the hype, Favre further explained his ability to ignore it by saying he literally doesn’t see it on TV or read about it. 

“I don’t go home and watch TV and read the papers,” the QB said. “I usually help (my kids) with homework. We went to a movie yesterday…trying to lay low.”

While it might be hard to believe, especially in Favre’s case, that Monday’s game is “just another game,” it’s clear that taking such an approach is wise. The season is 16 games long, and focusing on just the 2 games being played against the Packers would make for a long rest of the season.

“I don’t know how many games I’ve played in, but this game is no different than the fourth game I played in last year,” Favre said. “This is a Monday night game; yeah that’s the only game playing and there’s more excitement because of that game. But you can’t treat it any differently.

“It gives us a chance to go 4-0. I can’t look at it any differently. Obviously everyone else is excited about it; not that I’m not excited. This is one game, it’s a big game, it’s a division game, and one that we hope to go 4-0 with.”

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Submit Your Mailbag Questions!

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2009 – 11:47 am

We have a fully-loaded Mailbag almost ready to go for tomorrow. But there’s still room for more questions, so submit your questions/comments now.

You can submit your question/comment to me by sending an email to I can’t post every question/comment, but I’ll answer them all.

The Mailbag is published ever Friday during the regular season.

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NFC North Rundown

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2009 – 10:12 am

It’ll be a busy day today at Winter Park and on the Blog as we’ll continue to narrow our football focus on the Vikings-Packers Monday Night Football matchup. Be sure to check back here often today because we’ll have reports from open locker room after practice, from conference calls with Green Bay Head Coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers and from the Brad Childress and Brett Favre press conferences (you can watch those live later today by clicking here).

But before all of that happens, let’s take a quick spin around the division.

– For the 1st time since November of 2005, all 4 teams in the NFC North won on the same weekend. Of course the opportunities for that to happen are limited because there are many weeks when 2 teams from the division play one another, but it’s still interesting to note that it happened for the 1st time in nearly 4 years.

– Another 1st-time occurrence in a long time from Sunday – the Lions finally ended their long losing streak with a 19-14 victory over the Washington Redskins at home. Detroit had lost 19 consecutive games, including going 0-16 last year. I’m glad their 1st win in a very long time happened at home.

– All 4 teams will clearly not win this weekend because the division schedule this week features Lions at Bears on Sunday and then of course Packers at Vikings on Monday.

–’s Ryan Cardinal takes a look at each team in the NFC North as they head into Week 4 of the NFL season.

– NFC North blogger (and former Star Tribune Vikings beat writer) Kevin Seifert penned an interesting entry earlier this week, looking at some of Favre’s best moments against the Vikings in 16 years as the Packers QB.

– The Vikings and Packers have met 6 times on Monday Night Football, with each team having won 3 games. The Vikings are 24-23 against Green Bay at home, are 162-122-5 against NFC North opponents heading into this week and are 25-24 all-time on Monday Night Football.

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