Roadway Closures Could Slow Fans’ Commutes On Sunday

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 16, 2009 – 1:19 pm

Fans attending Sunday’s game vs. the Baltimore Ravens should be aware of some construction issues that will cause a major roadway closure over the course of this weekend, including of course Sunday, which could add a good amount of time to fans’ commutes to Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, all lanes of southbound Interstate 35W, between Interstate 94 and Highway 62, and all northbound lanes of I-35W close at the eastern junction of Highway 62 will be closed from Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 p.m. through Monday, Oct. 19 at 5 a.m.  Also, all lanes of westbound Highway 62, between the eastern junction of I-35W and Highway 121 close during the same time period.

For more information and detour information, please click here.

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Childress: Harvin and Loadholt Questionable

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 16, 2009 – 1:03 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said today after practice that both WR Percy Harvin and T Phil Loadholt will be listed as questionable on today’s injury report.

The Vikings coach also said the WR Darius Reynaud will be listed as doubtful.

All other players on this week’s injury report, which includes FB Fahu Tahi (ankle), DE Ray Edwards (hamstring), G Steve Hutchinson and CB Cedric Griffin (hand), will be listed as probable.

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Mailbag Posted; McKinnie Chat Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 16, 2009 – 11:26 am

The Vikings are out on the practice field right now, so we’ll have an update from head coach Brad Childress in a little while.

In the meantime, you can check out this week’s Mailbag feature. Don’t forget that you can send in your own questions/comments by sending me an email. My address is

Also, you can chat live with T Bryant McKinnie today on He’ll be here to chat after practice and lunch, right around 2:00 p.m. CT. You can access the live chat page by clicking here.

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Vikings Prepared For “Angry” Ravens Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 16, 2009 – 9:21 am

Heading into last weekend, the Vikings streak of 27 straight games of not allowing a 100-yard rushing individual was 2nd to the Baltimore Ravens streak of 38 consecutive games.

While the Vikings held Rams RB Steven Jackson under the 100-yard mark to increase their streak to 28 games, the Ravens surrendered 120 yards to Cincinnati’s Cedric Benson, ending their impressive streak.

So now, as Vikings prepare to host a Ravens team that has lost 2 consecutive close games and a Ravens defense that is chomping at the bit to begin a new streak against opposing RBs, they know this Baltimore defense will be an angry one.

“You will see an angry defense,” Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “We have to match the intensity that they are going to bring. We pride ourselves on running the ball. We would like to be the second one in a row to rush for over a hundred yards, but that is going to be a challenge.”

Although Peterson has more rushing yards through 5 games this year than he had through 5 games last year, he only has one 100-yard rushing performance in 2009. And in order to log his 2nd such game this weekend against Baltimore, Peterson says he can learn a lot from watching Benson’s performance last week.

“Watching Benson and some of the things he did, he was very patient with his runs and his reads,” Peterson said. “He did a good job of being patient and just making that one cut and getting up field. There are little things that I can watch and learn from.”

But Peterson was more than willing to put the thoughts of 100-yard rushing games aside and instead focus on the ultimate outcome.

“As far as our team coming in, we have our goals and we’re not going to let anybody come between that and stop that,” Peterson explained. “We are coming in focused on doing our jobs and coming up with a big win. It’s our last home game for the next (several) weeks. So it’s going to be exciting for the fans to be in there cheering us on and we are going to pull it out with a big win.”

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