Field Is In Good Shape

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 25, 2009 – 11:52 am

I just returned from the field and found the playing surface to be in good shape. There’s been a lot of attention focused on the field this week because they recently re-sodded in between the hash marks and there was a college game between the Pitt Panthers and South Florida Bulls last night in Heinz Field.

You often hear about the poor playing conditions inside this stadium, but I found them to be pretty ideal. The sod is in good shape and it doesn’t look torn up at all.

Furthermore, as I was walking off the field, I asked both P Chris Kluwe and K Ryan Longwell about the conditions. They both said the footing was excellent.

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  1. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    Steelers 27, Vikings 17

    Too much passing!

    Favre dropped back 55 or 56 times. The offensive line has been good, but you just can’t do that to a good pass-rushing team and win.

    The running game was opening up. It was disappointing to see so many pass plays. On the first TD opportunity, the Vikings did run, pass run. That worked. The second time, they did run, pass, pass! That doesn’t work unless you throw a jump ball for Sidney Rice.

    Favre is not Superman! Let the running backs get more opportunity.

  2. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    Because it needs to be said, Brett Favre lost this game for the Vikings. He is responsible for holding the ball too long on the fumble, and for throwing a bad pass–too high, too hard–to Chester Taylor that was intercepted.

    I hope the Vikings don’t rely this much on Brett Favre in the future. It’s a team game.

  3. By moorevikes on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    great game vikes as far as im concerned we won hey luck goes both ways all ive been hearing is how lucky the vikes have been well today the steelers got a little plus some on help from the refs we out played them for the most part defense did a great job against the pass lets get healthy put it behind us and go into cheese country and eat some cheese bears are getting spanked i hope we play the steelers in the super bowl

  4. By PAVikesFan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    ‘vikings fan from afar': You make good points, however, to blame this on #4 is so far to the left, ur not even close…He played as well as anyone could have against the best pa-ss defense in the NFL…he didn’t force many pas-ses, he made tremendous throws all game…Did he hold the ball a tad too long? Possibly, but McKinnie got beat from the get go on that play…his pa-ss to Chester Taylor was fine, bottom line is it hit his hands, he has to make that catch, he knows that as well…I thought we played very well, some du-mb penalties but overall it was a pretty clean game up until our last 2 drives…these things happen, and we did not quit…we very well could have beaten them , but we didn’t…IF we play them again later, we WILL win

  5. By PAVikesFan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    Also, I was very proud of our defense…a slip up on our last defensive drive before the end of the first half, but, they more than held their own today…I did think, however, that we would have gotten more pressure from our d-line…Where is Kevin Williams this year??…If it’s not Jared Allen, it’s no one…Nice bounce back game from Paymah, and Benny Sapp played well…I like what I saw today from our team, we will learn from this and continue to get better…I now KNOW that we have a legitimate team that is capable of doing some damage in the playoffs…Next week’s game could be huge, if we beat them, we sweep the season series and therefore would be 3 games ahead of them, but it would actually be 4 ahead of them since we would own the tie-breaker…BIG game.

  6. By purple08 on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    vikingsfanfromafar, you are an idiot. we finally lose a game and negative BS is all you can come up with. what a game! one of the most exciting games i have seen in awhile. vikes played great. did you see see AP steamroll Gay in the 4th qtr! unreal. one of the best football plays by a running back I have ever seen. Man, we had that game. i thought the offensive playcalling was brilliant. if not for that bogus tripping call and a couple of fluke defensive plays by the Steelers it was ours for the taking. saving Peterson for the 4th qtr was perfect. he was being shut down so we opened up the passing game and it worked great. The only calls i did not like were when we played a soft defense in the final 2 min. of the first half and let them march downfield for an easy looking score. the other was having AP on the bench on 3rd and goal, and then kicking the 3 pts. i thought maybe we should have went for it and if we did not make it, steelers would be inside their own 2 yrd line. if there is such a thing as a good loss…this was it. a non-divisional game against the champs, in their back yard. i am convinced, we are now a superbowl caliber team. don’t blame chester, that was a tough play. we had some luck in the past… today was a bit of bad luck. let’s go kick some packer a s s! then rest up for a couple of weeks and get healthy for our playoff run! p.s. i apologize for ever doubting Favre. i was wrong about him. he is playing well and is being quite classy about it at the same time. his leadership abilities are awesome and i hope t-jack will become a better man for it.

  7. By Brownicus on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t feel Favre lost us that game at all. The Vikes outplayed the steelers, but shot themselves in the foot today. 11 Penalties, 2 turnovers that led to 2 TDs. There were a few calls that didn’t go our way, but regardless of those calls we could have won this game had we not made mistakes.
    I’d love to play the steelers again, unless we both get to the superbowl though that won’t happen.

  8. By PAVikesFan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    One correction…it was Hutchinson, not McKinnie, that got beat on the fumble.

  9. By Canadian vikes fan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    This one really hurts. We didn’t deserve to win against the 49ers, and we didn’t deserve to win against the Ravens, but we really deserved to win this game. I still can’t understand why Childress and Bevell decided to run the ball on 2nd and 3rd from the 1 inch line, I thought that was a really questionable decision. However, there are definitely some bright spots as purple08 said. We easily outplayed the Super Bowl champs in their own house, and should have won. Brett is playing some great football, and if Chester Taylor catches that pass, who knows, we may have just won that game. This loss was NOT Brett’s fault at all, and for anyone who says it was, think of where we’d be in that game if T-Jack or Sage is under centre. Another bright spot, Sidney Rice looks like he’s the real deal, and Percy Harvin looks great returning kicks. This is a strong team, and I really think they have a shot to do some damage in the NFC. I really hope we get to play this Steelers team again. This Steelers team got marched on like a parade in the 4th quarter, and they get 2 defensive TD’s off our mistakes and suddenly their the best and we suck. I’d like another shot at those guys. Make it 7-1 next week boys

  10. By Canadian vikes fan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    decided to pass the pall on 2nd and 3rd from the 1 inch line**

  11. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    Everything I try to post doesn’t work. Well, let me just say that I love Brett Favre. The team just has to play better.

  12. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    On Favre’s fumble, it was Steve Hutchison who got beat on the play.

  13. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    The identity of the Vikings is a running team. The coaches got away from that.

    Running counted most near the goal line. You can’t have your quarterback drop back to throw 55 times and expect to win a lot of games. Especially not against a team with a stout rush, when your running game started to break open in the 2nd half, and when your quarterback is not a scrambling threat. Eventually the rush will get there and they will cause a fumble, or they will intercept as throw.

    The pigskin just bounces around sometimes. Even a great quarterback at the top of his game will have batted pigskins flying in the air. Yes, Chester Taylor must catch that football, but quarterbacks are supposed to throw short with touch. It’s a team game. No one person bears all the blame.

  14. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    Sorry for all the posts. Trying to get this posted without being blocked.

    Leslie Frazier brought the defense to play today. They made adjustments after some problems arose and got it right. Aside from breakdowns in the 2-minute drive by the Steelers to close the 2nd half, the defense played decently. Asher Allen played surprisingly well. It was great to see the whole secondary step up in the wake of Winfield’s injury. The Vikings tackling was good. Lots of throws were knocked down.

    The defense did not capitalize on about three or four opportunities to force turnovers. Tyrell Johnson dropped an interception. Ray Edwards didn’t fall on a fumble. Many Rothlisberger throws were batted in the air, but no Viking defender caught any today. There were several long runs to the left side of the defense. The defense can play better.

    As for the offensive line, it was a mixed day. The quarterback protection was very good. The run blocking again was not great. Herrera and Loadholt are not blocking for the run effectively enough. They can do better. It is technique. Everyone on the line had at least one penalty, except Sullivan who missed a lot of reads. (It’s something he can maybe learn from.) Dugan should not be blamed for his “tripping” penalty, though. That was a horrendous blown call by the refs. People are saying McKinnie’s holding penalty was questionable.

    On the positive side, it is clear that the Vikings, man for man, have enough talent to beat the Steelers, and therefore, any team in the NFL. The Vikings have to play and coach great for 60 minutes to get the win. Today the Vikings played a great team and got slightly out-played and slightly out-coached.

    It was a loss, but the Vikings should gain confidence and a learning experience.

  15. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    On the goal line, a great combination is:

    1st down – run formation, run the ball

    2nd down – run formation, pass the ball

    3rd down – run formation, run the ball

    4th down (if necessary) – pass formation, run the ball.

    Keep Sidney Rice, Shianco, and Peterson in the game for every down. The defense must account for the threats they post.

    I believe the Vikings did pretty much that sequence in their first redzone opportunity. That resulted in a touchdown.

    This is a running team. Just give it to AP.

  16. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    I hope Berrian, Harvin and Tahi are both OK. Berrian didn’t come back in the game. I hope Bernard Berrian feels better soon. He’s a great player. He means a great deal to the offense.

    Harvin and Tahi returned after being shaken up. I hope they won’t seriously hurt.

    I didn’t notice any other Viking injured in the game.

    Too bad about Winfield being out. The secondary and entire defense must continue to step up.

  17. By Tsunami Kings on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    It’s always difficult to enjoy sunday night and monday morning for that matter after the Vikes lose a nail biting, edge of your seat, smashmouth football game. Missed opportunities was the story today. The D held Heines Ward to three yards and the Steelers offense to 13 points after letting the Ravens pass all over them in the fourth quarter last week. I’m glad to see they worked on their pass defense but it’s hard to look at the bright side after a heart wrenching loss. The Vikings out played the Steelers, in their house, and did everything but win (the most important part of the game) because of a couple stupid mistakes and a questionable tripping call that took the TD away from Rice.
    Really, they shouldn’t have too much trouble next week at Green Bay and that would be great to go in to the bye week with a 7-1 record……Nice work Old Man! Oh yeah, you too AP! Tell Childress not to forget about you ;)

  18. By Brownicus on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    I’m not sure if I necessarily agree with the Jeff Dugan penalty, but the reason it was called a penalty is because Dugan did a ‘leg whip’ which is against the rules. It shouldn’t have been called tripping penalty, but should have been called as a leg whipping penalty.

  19. By PAVikesFan on Oct 25, 2009 | Reply

    The one thing I think many of us can say that we need to address is I believe we do need to run the ball more…if u drop back 40+ times as we did vs. a tenacious D like Pittsburgh, ur asking for trouble…if Favre didn’t play like he did, it could have been a lot worse…I like it when we establish our physicality, I don’t want us to go away from that, that’s who we are down to the core…I think we are excited that we have this new toy that we have never had, and we want to see what this new toy can do(how’s that analogy for ya), but, sometimes, let’s use our old toy that has established who we are over the past few years…the positive thing is, we are not over-using him and he should be fresh coming down the’s a fine line on offense…some ppl say we are not utilizing Favre’s talents while others say AP is not getting the ball enough, that’s what Monday-mornign QB’s like all of us are for.

  20. By Mike on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    I think there are a lot of things in this game to feel good about. All phases played a very good game against a very very good football team. I think this was going to be the hardest matchup in the season save for maybe the Giants. Fact of the matter is is that the vikes were in perfect position to seal the deal with the amount of time on the clock and the field position at the end until the deflected interception.

  21. By PAVikesFan on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    Still have to work on tackling…a lot of missed tackles throughout the game

  22. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 26, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikings, 6-1, must beat the Packers, 4-2, to keep the lead in the NFC North.

    After Vikings-Packers this week, the Vikings have a bye. The Packers have an automatic victory against the Buccaneers.

    The only way to keep the division lead is to beat the Packers. A win also would give the Vikings the tiebreaker over the Packers.

    The Vikings haven’t repeated as division champions for over 30 years. The Vikings can repeat this year after winning last year. It starts against the Packers in Green Bay.

    This is a big game with lots of meaning for the Vikings.

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