Wednesday Injury Reports Released

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2009 – 4:03 pm

The Vikings played their final game before heading into the bye with 11 players on the injury report. As they prepare for their 1st game coming out of the bye, there are just 6 players listed on the report.

No one was held completely out of practice, but WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), QB Brett Favre (hip), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and Antoine Winfield (foot) were limited. LB Jasper Brinkley (hamstring) and WR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) were listed on the report as full participants.

For the Lions, who are coming off a game against Seattle last week, 10 players appear on the injury report.

DE Dewayne White (toe) and LBs Larry Foote (knee) and Ernie Sims (hamstring) did not participate in practice. DT Joe Cohen (ankle), LB Jordan Dizon (neck), FB Jerome Felton (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (knee), DT Grady Jackson (knee) and QB Matthew Stafford (knee) are listed as limited. WR Calvin Johnson (knee) was a full participant.

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Did You Know?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2009 – 11:33 am

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will hold his regular Wednesday press conference soon but while we’re waiting for that here’s a few interesting facts/stats (thanks to the PR department for some of these) about the Vikings heading into this week’s game against the Lions:

– The Lions are just 24th in red zone TD efficiency (47.4%) while the Vikings rank 8th at 60.6%

– The Vikings are 3-0 coming out of the bye under Childress.

– The Vikings lead the all-time series with the Lions 64-30-2, have won 11 straight against the Lions at Mall of America Field and have won more games against the Lions than against any other team in franchise history.

– If the Vikings do not allow a Lions running back to reach 100 rushing yards, it will be the 32nd consecutive game the team hasn’t given up 100 yards rushing to an individual. The Vikings current streak of 31 games is the longest active stretch in the NFL. The last player to rush for 100 yards against the Vikings was Packers RB Ryan Grant on 11/11/07 (102 yards).

– A win on Sunday would give the Vikings: a 4-0 record against the NFC North in 2009, their 8th sweep of Detroit this decade, their 15 victory against Detroit in the last 16 games and their first 8-1 start since 1998.

– QB Brett Favre currently has thrown for at least 2 TDs in 11 straight games at Mall of America Field (8 with Green Bay, 3 with Minnesota). With 2 passing TDs this week, Favre will tie the longest streak for consecutive games with multiple TD passes at one stadium. Favre (Lambeau Field, 1994-96) and Kurt Warner (Trans World Dome/Edward Jones Dome, 1999-2000) each had a
streak of 12 games, the longest in NFL history.

– Percy Harvin currently ranks 2nd in the NFL with 860 kickoff return yards (30.5 avg.) on the season. The Vikings record for the most return yards in a season is 1,345 (Buster Rhymes-1985). The team’s highest season average is 28.7 (Aundrae Allison-2007), and the record for the fewest games needed to reach 1,000 yards is 11 (Koren Robinson-2005).

– Favre will play in his 300th consecutive game, including playoffs, on Sunday.

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Checkout Cool Vikings Video

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2009 – 10:34 am

The Vikings Media Vault is loaded with entertaining and insightful video that will give you a unique perspective on the Purple. Currently, both LB E.J. Henderson and RB Adrian Peterson are featured in videos and you can also watch another edition of Ultimate Audio.

The E.J. Henderson video follows the hard-hitting LB as he picks up several items at “Babies R’ Us” and brings them home for his daughter. The video mixes in highlights of Henderson’s play on the field, giving the viewer a stark contrast between chasing down opposing RBs and then shopping in the store.

The Peterson video is an NFL Films presentation hosted by Steve Sabol that focuses on the RB and his relationship with Vikings RBs coach Eric Bieniemy.

This week’s Ultimate Audio chronicles the Vikings victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 8.

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Setting The Table For Vikings-Lions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2009 – 9:19 am

The Vikings return from their bye this week and get right back into the swing of things with a divisional game against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field, a place the Lions haven’t won in since 1997. Another trend working in the Vikings favor is their record coming out of a bye under head coach Brad Childress - a perfect 3-0.

But it will take more than a reliance on those 2 trends for the Vikings to continue their winning ways this weekend. They are 7-1 through the first 8 games but the solid start can be spoiled quickly if the team performs poorly coming out of the break. And although the Vikings have dominated their series with the Lions recently, not every game has been a mismatch.

The Vikings defeated Detroit by 13 earlier this year and by 32 in 2007. But Minnesota’s 2 wins last year over the Lions came by a combined 6 points and Detroit pulled out a 3-point victory over the Vikings in overtime during the 2007 season.

But all of that is in the past, and we all know past results do not guarantee future success. So let’s take a look at a few aspects of this matchup…

– The Vikings have a significant statistical advantage over the Lions so far in 2009. Detroit ranks 25th in total offense and 26th in scoring offense, while the Vikings rank 11th and 2nd in those categories, respectively. Also, the Lions rank 31st in pass defense and they’ll face a QB this weekend – Brett Favre – who is the 2nd-highest rated passer in the NFL this season.

– The Lions young passing tandem of WR Calvin Johnson and QB Matthew Stafford has missed a combined 4 games this year. But it appears they will both be healthy and ready to go this weekend after recovering from knee injuries. Although their production has been limited this year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this year’s #1 pick (Stafford) and one of the best WRs in the game (Johnson) have success together.

– The Vikings have played significantly better than the Lions on 3rd down. The Lions offense ranks 17th in 3rd down conversion percentage and the Vikings defense ranks 9th. Conversely, the Lions defense stops opponents on 3rd downs just 38.5% of the time while the Vikings are converting 46.4% of the time, 3rd best in the NFL. Additionally, the Lions are last in 3rd downs allowed through the air, while the Vikings have picked up 63% of their 3rd downs through the air.

– Speaking of offense through the air, the Lions have allowed 19 passing TDs, which is 2nd-worst in the NFL, while the Vikings are tied for 4th in passing TDs.

– Lastly, the Lions are -7 in turnover ratio, a number that took a huge dive last weekend after Stafford’s 5-INT performance. In fact, 16 of the Lions 18 turnovers are INTs. Against the Vikings in Week 2, Stafford was picked off twice by LB Chad Greenway. The Vikings are +5 in turnover margin and they are ranked 7th in points off of turnovers with 55.

Those are just a few angles on the game this weekend, but there is a lot more to talk about regarding this game and the Blog will have it all for you, so keep coming back here for comprehensive coverage of your favorite football team.

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Thank A Veteran On Veterans Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 11, 2009 – 6:50 am

Today marks the day when we get back into the swing of things and go full speed ahead to get ready for this weekend’s game between the Vikings and Detroit Lions. After a bye last week, the team and its fan base is anxious for another game as the Vikings continue their defense of the division championship.

But before we get going today with numerous blog entries about Antoine Winfield’s foot and the return of Lions WR Calvin Johnson and the play of Brett Favre in the 2nd half of the season, take a moment to call or personally thank the military veterans in your life.

It’s because of the bravery and courage of our veterans that we as American citizens are able to enjoy things such as freedom, security and even football.

So thanks, veterans, we appreciate the job you’ve done to serve and protect all of us.

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