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Rookie CB Allen Has Solid Debut

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 1:34 pm

I know we said the page was turned from last week’s loss in Pittsburgh to this week’s showdown in Green Bay, but there was one thing I forgot to point out after head coach Brad Childress’ press conference yesterday.

Considering the production Ravens QB Joe Flacco was able to find once CB Antoine Winfield left the game in Week 6, prevailing thought was Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger would have a field day against the Vikings secondary. But that wasn’t the case. Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and his staff devised a nice game plan and held Big Ben to just 175 yards passing.

A part of that effort was CB Asher Allen, who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Vikings this past April but hadn’t been active for a game until last Sunday at Heinz Field. Allen had a good day, both on defense and special teams.

“He had a nice play on special teams, pulling up a pretty quick guy to the outside edge,” Childress said on Monday. “It’s hard to watch every play, but I thought he stood out particularly in that special teams area and he did enough as a nickel and a corner that we’re good.”

Aside from his clutch tackle on special teams late in the game that may have prevented a TD, Allen also had a sack-strip of Roethlisberger in the 2nd half. All in all, it was a great debut game for Allen and an encouraging sign for the Vikings on the prospects of their 2009 3rd round draft choice.


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Community Tuesday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 10:06 am

I’m heading out to a Vikings community event in a few minutes, so we probably won’t have another blog entry until early this afternoon.

Today, LB Ben Leber and his wife, Abby, along with teammates S Husain Abdullah, TE Jeff Dugan, S Eric Frampton, DT Jimmy Kennedy, FB Fahu Tahi, Viktor the Viking, and other members of the Vikings Women’s Organization, will help brighten the day for kids at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

The Lebers have volunteered lots of their time over the past couple of years at the Children’s Hospital.

These visits are made in conjunction with the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF). Since its inception in 1978, the VCF has donated nearly $5 million to the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics to support research fighting childhood diseases and community outreach through the Vikings Tackling Influenza program.

I’ll be back later this afternoon with more updates here on the vikings.com Blog.


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Harvin Nominated For Rookie Of The Week Honors

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 9:37 am

For the 3rd time this season, Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin has been nominated for Pepsi Rookie of the Week Honors. Harvin joins Bills S Jairus Byrd, Jets RB Shonn Greene, Colts CB Jacob Lacey and Cardinals RB Beanie Wells as nominees for this week’s award.

Harvin return a kickoff 88 yards for a TD in last week’s loss to the Steelers, the 2nd kickoff return TD of the season for Harvin. He also added 3 receptions for 42 yards and when all was said and done, the rookie had 214 net yards for the game.

Click here to view Harvin’s electric 88-yard return against Pittsburgh.

Fans can log on and vote for Harvin by clicking here.


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Turning the Page And Looking Ahead

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2009 – 8:57 am

It’s normally not until Wednesday morning that we turn the page here on the vikings.com Blog and look forward to the coming weekend’s matchup. But with how well the Vikings played on Sunday and the hear-breaking fashion in which they lost, let’s turn the page a day earlier and forget about Week 7.

Let’s look ahead to this week’s epic showdown with Green Bay at Lambeau Field.

Per our normal schedule, I won’t “set the table” for this matchup until Wednesday morning. But let’s look at one of this week’s crucial matchups – the QB position.

In similar fashion to the Brett Favre vs. Ben Roethlisberger matchup, this week’s battle between Favre and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers features 2 of the league’s premier signal callers through 7 weeks.

Rodgers enters this week with a 110.8 passer rating, 2nd best in the NFL, while Favre boasts a 102.2 rating, which is 6th best. Favre is 3rd in the NFL with a 68.9% completion rate and 5th in the league with 157 completions, while Rodgers is #1 in yards per pass attempt (9.25) and 6th in passing yards (1,702). Together, Favre and Rodgers have combined for 23 TDs and just 5 INTs.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was asked if the challenges Rodgers poses will be similar to those that Roethlisberger presented last week.

“They are two very different offenses,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said Monday. “But from the stand point of them both having big arms and being able to see, both being able keep plays alive going outside the pocket, I’d say ‘yeah.'”


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