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Facing The Champs

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 21, 2009 – 5:27 pm

The Vikings are off to a 6-0 start, and that has some people thinking Super Bowl. But there’s a long way to go before we can start thinking about playoffs and home field advantage and Super Bowls.

In their quest to reach and win this year’s Super Bowl, the Vikings will face both teams from last year’s Super Bowl, a scheduling coincidence that has happened to the Vikings on occasion in the past. Minnesota travels to Pittsburgh this week to battle the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers and then the Purple heads to Arizona for a bout with defending NFC champion Arizona on December 6.

The last time the Vikings faced both teams from the previous Super Bowl came in 2001 when the team met Baltimore and the N.Y. Giants, participants in Super Bowl XXXV the season prior. That year, the Vikings beat the Giants but lost to Baltimore in the season finale.

In team history, the Vikings have played the defending AFC and NFC champions in the same season a total of 7 times – 1978, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2001.


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13 Responses to “Facing The Champs”

  1. By steelersteve on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I am an avid Steeler fan,and very excited about this upcoming game.I have a lot of respect for the Vikings organization,and the team and I think this is going to be a great matchup.
    Let’s not forget,this is just a regular season game.However,having said that I think whoever wins this game will have a great mental boost heading toward the middle of the season.
    Look forward to a great game against a great team…….go steelers!!

  2. By JonathanJHolloway on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Aye wassup Vikes!!!!! Steeler fans repping in here lol Well i would say i have respect for the steelers as well they are a great team. I think they have problems with their running game and i think that gives us the advantage. But only if Winfield can play and play well. Which he will, though he is brusied up a bit. I think the Vikings will play big better than the ravens game having the opprotunity to play last year’s best. As far as the Cardinals i’m not to worried about them considering we blew them out last year and let’s not forget that we also played the giants the year they won the SB and beat them to in fact that was also a blow out in the regular season. So the past years have been a build up to where we can be and i think this year is are year but i think that every year.. lol But this is looking like it!

  3. By Brownicus on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    it should be a great game, both Vikes and steelers are solid teams. Both should be super bowl contenders come this post season.

  4. By GH* on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Okay, I’m a Vikings fan, and I’m saying this. We should not be 6-0. Our team basically runs on luck. Someday, I don’t know when, but luck will run out. If the Vikings are playing like they did the past 6 weeks, the Steelers will destroy the Vikes. Come on Vikes, Farve can’t work his magic every game to save us! I hate to say it but I predict:

    Steelers: 24 Vikings:20

  5. By Greg on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Although I have lived in California for the past 28 1/2 years, I remain an avid Vikes fan. This upcoming game against the Steelers will be a good one. Both teams are part of the NFL’s best. Luck does not get you to 6 and 0. Special plays are part of the game on both ends. I am hoping for a Vikes victory, but know it will be a hard fought close game. I can not emagine either team not playing in post season.

  6. By vikingsfan1955 on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I hate this when our fans say we run on luck.When we lost the close ones in the past they say we choked and when we win the close ones it luck.We play till the end now so we were no lucky.I respect the steelers and it will be a goiod game.I think we can win banged up or not we still have solid backup’s.The key is stop the pass.This game will be a confidence builder.I say keep the injured out if they aren’t ready because this is a non confrence game and let them rest till the next week when we play gb which is a confrence and inner confrence game which is way more important.

  7. By hank on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    gh: didn’t you ever here the saying great teams make their own luck and every winning team is lucky to some degree…………final score vikes 30 steelers23

  8. By purplehorn on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Have the Vikings played their best four quarters yet? Not by a long shot. Think purple and gold oxy-acetylene blow torch on the Steelers. Sparks are gonna fly baby. Skol, Vikings Now hit somebody.

  9. By blacknblue on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    Well what did the bears do that we can learn from? I think we need to 1. Create some turn overs and get points from them. 2. Score TDs in the red zone the 12 points were great last week from kicks but how many were inside or close to the 20? 2? Thats 14 pts and it would of never been a close game. I give credit to the ravens D late in the game, honestly I was waiting for an INT 6 from them glad it didn’t happen.

  10. By Favre Backer former Packer on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings have not played their best game yet this season, I am not saying we will see it this week but when they do play their best they can and will beat anyone in the NFL. We saw a glimpse that first quarter. With a team like this though there is no room for conservative play, last week should really tell the coaches something keep firing till the other team has no hope. Please.

  11. By Derek on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    This game will be awesome. I think it will be a low scoring game and the Vikings D will have a record number of sacks on Big Ben. And AP will run for more than 100 yards to snap that annoying statistic the steelers have when at home that is being tossed around. I would imagine that the play calling in this game will still be somewhat conservative, but with a few more screens. Maybe a flee flicker to sidney rice? Lets see some of those. Or even a pass from Percy would be nice..Let loose a little, its a game. Have some fun with it.

  12. By Vikings1 on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    Am I the only one that is a little pessimistic about the terrible play of our secondary? Also, I cannot understand why we have gotten only marginly better in that area in the last few years and I question the capability of the secondary coaches, even with Winfield we give up way too many passing yards. Fix this problem and it won’t be a question about whether we go to the super bowl but win it as well, Go Vikings”, please prove me wrong about the secondary!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Viking-ology on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    I think this will be a low scoring game. Grind it out. Big Ben holds the ball for a long time, so Allen will be motoring. Screens will be a big part of the game as well as field position. If the game is close in the 4th quarter, I expect Favre will win it.
    Go Vikings!!

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