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Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 4:15 pm

Mr. Hippe calls it as 48 degrees and mostly cloudy.

Great day for football at Lambeau.

Forecast calls for rain late this afternoon.


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Favre Greeted With Boos

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 4:06 pm

The game hasn’t yet begun, but the atmosphere is already tense inside Lambeau Field. Vikings QB Brett Favre was greeted with a healthy dose of boos when he came out onto the  field for pregame warmups.

The Vikings were just introduced as a team and were also greeted with boos, as is typically the case when any away team enters the stadium. But then the boos intensified when Favre emerged from the tunnel.

Yeah, it’s going to be a good one here in Lambeau today. And hopefully a great one for the Vikings.


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Today’s Inactives vs. Green Bay

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 1, 2009 – 2:56 pm

Here are Vikings inactives for today’s game vs. Green Bay:

QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB), CB Antoine Winfield, RB Albert Young, FB Naufahu Tahi, C Jon Cooper, WR Darius Reynaud, DE Jayme Mitchell, and DT Letroy Guion.


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Will Berrian Play?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 1:55 pm

Vikings WR Bernard Berrian was listed as questionable on the Friday injury report because of a hamstring injury. The “questionable” designation means there’s a 50-50 chance that he’ll be able to go.

Against Green Bay in Week 4, the speedy Berrian scored on a 31-yard pass from Favre, a score that put the Vikings ahead 28-14 and ultimately provided the winning margin in a 30-23 victory. Berrian led all Vikings receivers on the day with 6 grabs for 75 yards.

Berrian’s importance to the Vikings offense is that he has exceptional speed, with the ability to beat coverage by simply out-running it. This opens up situations underneath for players such as WR Percy Harvin and TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Speaking of Harvin, he was also listed as questionable on the injury report but was able to practice on Friday after missing Thursday’s practice. I would be surprised if he didn’t go today.


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Vikings Arrive At Lambeau

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

The 1st group of buses have arrived at Lambeau Field, site of today’s Vikings-Packers game. It was loud and crazy outside of the stadium as we made our way via bus through the neighborhoods of Green Bay and then finally into the confines of the stadium.

But inside Lambeau it’s nice and quite. For now anyway.

This is a fun place to play and obviously it will be packed in a couple of hours and anything but “nice and quiet.” I was actually pleased to see a very healthy contingent of Vikings supporters as we made our way to the stadium. Hopefully they will do a nice job of representing once inside the stadium, too.

And hopefully they have a lot to cheer about.

We’ll have plenty of pre-game updates today, so stay tuned to vikings.com and our official Twitter account (@VikingsFootball) to stay on top of everything.


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Are You Following The Vikings On Twitter?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 12:36 pm

Are you following the Vikings on Twitter? If not, you should because just like the vikings.com Blog, it’s a great way to stay on top of Vikings news.

It’s an especially great way to follow the Vikings on game day. We’ll have the active/inactive players prior to the game, score and injury updates during the game and any breaking news after the game.

Remember, you don’t need a Twitter account yourself to follow the Vikings on Twitter. Just go to Twitter.com and follow @VikingsFootball.


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Jared Allen Has QBs on His Mind

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 11:46 am

Much of the focus on today’s Vikings-Packers game is on QB Brett Favre and his return to Lambeau, but there are plenty of other players who will have an impact on the outcome of today’s contest, not the least of which is DE Jared Allen.

In the Vikings victory over Green Bay at Mall of America Field earlier this year, Allen sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 4.5 times, including a safety that was pivotal in the 30-23 victory. With the emotions likely flowing for Favre in his return to Lambeau and the Packers faithful likely to let Favre hear it via a relentless chorus of boos, it sounds like Allen and his Vikings teammates are prepared to step up.

Earlier today on ESPN’s SportsCenter, reporter Ed Werder quoted Allen as saying to Favre “we have your back.”

The best way for Allen to have Favre’s back is to be draped all over the back of Rodgers again. And his ability to do just that could be enhanced if starting LT Chad Clifton (ankle) is unable to play and rookie T.J. Lang has to go in his place. Appearing on SportsCenter this morning, ESPN NFL information men Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter indicated that Clifton may indeed be unable to play.

For Allen, an encore performance of his 4.5-sack output from Week 4 will go a long way toward helping the Vikings complete a season sweep of Green Bay and head into the bye week with an impressive 7-1 record.


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Should Be A Pretty Good Day For FOX

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 11:10 am

Sunday is a football bonanza of sorts fans in Minnesota and Green Bay – a huge game with distinct NFC North implications and the return of a certain QB to a certain stadium he called home for 16 years.

But Sunday should also be a ratings bonanza for FOX. The network will have the NY Giants-Philadelphia Eagles game at noon CT, followed by the game of the week in the NFL – Vikings @ Packers – at 3:15 CT and then Game 4 of the World Series between the NY Yankees and Philadelphia Eagles.

When the Vikings and Packers played at Mall of America Field earlier this year in a Monday Night Football matchup, the result was a record number of TV viewers for a cable program. It’s probably safe to assume that FOX will set some kind of record today in light of their impressive lineup.


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Weather, Field Conditions Should Be Fine

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 1, 2009 – 10:19 am

The weather forecast for today’s Vikings-Packers game at Lambeau Field continued to improve all week and now, just hours prior to kickoff, it appears the weather and, consequently, the field conditions, will be fine for the highly-anticipated game.

It’s cold but also dry currently in Green Bay, with a temperature of 36 degrees and partly cloudy skies. According to weather.com, the game time temperature will be 45 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and a 0% chance of precipitation. As the game wears on, weather.com forecasts the temperature to drop a few degrees and the chance for precipitation to rise.

Even if showers do move in during the game, they probably won’t be enough to significantly worsen the field conditions. As K Ryan Longwell astutely pointed out to me earlier this week, Lambeau Field will be in great shape heading into today’s game because there’s been just 1 game played on the surface in the last 5 weeks – Green Bay played at home on September 20, then had 2 straight road games before a bye and then a home game on October 18 and another road game on October 25.


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