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Peterson Featured On FSN Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 20, 2009 – 1:10 pm

Runningback Adrian Peterson will be featured on Fox Sports North as a part of a special series called “VIZIO’S PRO FOOTBALL PROFILES.”  The show will debut tonight on FSN at6, and will re-air on the following dates / times:

Friday – 10/23/2009 3:30 PM Central
Saturday – 10/24/2009 3:00 PM Central
Monday – 10/26/2009 2:00 AM Central

Fans will soon be able to view the episode online here.

Peterson candidly discusses the many tragedies he has endured in just 24 years with veteran FOX journalist Laura Okmin, who hosts the show. The third-year running back details having his nine-year-old brother die after being struck by a drunk driver and losing his older brother to a carjacking on the eve of the player combine.

“That was tough for me, seeing him die right in front of me,” Adrian Peterson says about his younger brother.  “Just being there for my mom when she cried every night for a full year made me strong … I had to hold my tears and my pain in and comfort her.”

In addition, the two men openly talk about the eight-year prison sentence that the elder Peterson began when his son was just 13.

“I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about my whole situation,” Nelson Peterson said of his conversation with his son through a glass partition at the prison where he was serving his sentence. “I explained to him that daddy had done something wrong, daddy had made a terrible mistake and that he had to pay his debt to society. Your father was not a bad person; he just made some bad choices.”

In addition, the younger Peterson elaborates on how the two of them remained close even after his father was sentenced. The elder Peterson breaks down emotionally while talking about the guilt that he feels to this day that he was not there day in and day out for his son during his teenage years.


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A Look Inside The Numbers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2009 – 11:42 am

The Vikings are ranked 2nd in the NFL along with the NY Giants and Arizona Cardinals in TDs on 1st offensive possessions with 3, and they are ranked tied for 3rd with Arizona in total points on 1st offensive possessions with 21.

With a solid defense and one of the league’s best rushing attacks, getting off to an early lead is a key tactic in winning for the Vikings.

But one way to offset an advantage derived from offensive success on the 1st possession is to quickly punt the way on ensuing possessions throughout the game. As Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress likes to say, possession of the football is what both teams are fighting over.

With a 6-0 record and as the 2nd highest scoring team in the NFL, the Vikings are looking good in 2009. But Childress and players in the Vikings locker room would be the first to tell you that there are plenty of areas that need improvement.

One of those areas, in spite of the Vikings high success rate on 1st possessions, is actually possessing the ball. The Vikings have had 69 offensive series in 2009, and 23 of them have been 3-and-outs, which is 3rd highest in the NFL. Making up the 23 three-and-out series are 21 punts, 1 TD and 1 INT.

So what’s been happening? Your 1st reaction might be to blame the play-calling and an ultra-conservative offense. But that’s not actually the case. There are 2 culprits that have led to the Vikings 23 three-and-out possessions – sacks and negative rushing plays.

Of the Vikings 23 three-and-out series, 10 of those drives have had sacks and 3 of them have had negative runs. These sacks and negative runs put the offense behind schedule in their down-and-distance strategy. While every play is schemed to go for a TD, certain plays fall into certain down-and-distance categories. So it’s important for offenses to stay in manageable down-and-distances to sustain scoring drives and call plays that have been installed in the game plan.

Just a few stats I wanted to pass along. So the next time the Vikings go with a “conservative” play call on 3rd down, consider the fact that the ultimate outcome of a punt might have been determined not because of the 3rd-down play-call but because of a negative play on either 1st down or 2nd down.


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Replay of Win Over Ravens on NFL Network Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on October 20, 2009 – 9:14 am

Fans can re-live the Vikings thrilling 33-31 week six win over the Ravens by watching a replay of the game on NFL Network at 8:30 p.m. CST tonight via NFL Network’s “NFL Replay” program.

“NFL Replay” highlights the most exciting games from the weekend, re-airing them on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The abridged, yet enhanced version features the match-ups minus halftime and other elements not critical to the outcome, while granting insider access to fans with sideline and on-field sound, as well as post-game press conference sound bites. NFL Network’s “NFL Replay” also incorporates exclusive shots and camera angles distinctive to NFL Films.

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Vikings Community Tuesday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2009 – 9:13 am

A few Vikings players, along with Viktor the Vikings, will spend their day off today by helping the Vikings organization and the Midwest Dairy Council kickoff the 2009-10 season of their school program “Eat Right, Get Movin’ With Viktor.”

The event will take place today from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. in Lakeville

P Chris Kluwe, S Tyrell Johnson and T Phil Loadholt, along with Viktor, will be present at the program and will lead students in several football-related exercises.

The “Eat Right, Get Movin’ With Viktor” program is an interactive assembly that helps teach children about the importance of eating healthy and staying physically active every single day.  While stressing these 2 points, the program draws on messages from the NFL and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.

“The entire Minnesota Vikings organization is thrilled to continually partner with the Midwest Dairy Council to teach children the importance of eating healthy and staying physically active,” said Steve LaCroix, VP of Sales and Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer for the Minnesota Vikings.  “Viktor the Viking mascot, radio broadcaster Paul Allen, Vikings cheerleaders, and players like Chad Greenway have all played an active role in the Eat Right, Get Movin’ with Viktor school assembly program, and our entire team will continue to promote health and nutrition throughout Minnesota schools.”

The Eat Right, Get Movin’ With Viktor program has already reached more than 3,000 students and will make it to more than 80 Minnesota schools in the coming months.

 “While helping kids across the State of Minnesota, this program will fulfill the local Wellness Policy that was mandated for all school districts in the 2004 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, Eat Right, Get Movin’ With Viktor is geared to help schools address these policies and the issue of children’s health and nutrition,” said Mike Kruger, CEO/Executive Vice President, Midwest Dairy Association and Council.
Midwest Dairy Council is the nutrition education division of Midwest Dairy Association. The Council’s mission is to promote a healthy diet through nutrition education and the use of dairy products to consumers, health professionals and teachers. Midwest Dairy Council is funded by check-off dollars from dairy producers in our local region. For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com.


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