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Vote Vikings To The Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2009 – 3:37 pm

Late in October, we wrote in this space that Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie was having a Pro Bowl caliber season. And according to information released by the NFL today, fans seem to agree with us.

McKinnie is 1 of 10 Vikings who currently are the leading vote-getters at their position. Both G Steve Hutchinson and C John Sullivan lead their positions in votes, as do fellow offensive players RB Adrian Peterson and Fahu Tahi. QB Brett Favre, who has a league-best 107.5 passer rating, doesn’t lead all QBs in voting (Drew Brees is #1) but Favre is the 4th-leading vote-getter in the entire NFL, behind Brees, Peyton Manning and Peterson.

Defensively, DE Jared Allen and DT Pat Williams lead their position in votes.

The Vikings also have 4 special teams players who lead in votes, with Heath Farwell leading in special teamer votes, Percy Harvin the leading vote-getter among kickoff returners, Chris Kluwe leading among punters and Ryan Longwell the #1 vote-getter among kickers.

Fans, click here to increase the vote total for the 10 Vikings leaders and also to cast votes for other deserving players on the Vikings roster.

 


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Favre, Peterson Up For FedEx Awards

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2009 – 1:43 pm

QB Brett Favre and RB Adrian Peterson have been named finalists for this week’s FedEx NFL Player of the Week awards following their efforts in the Vikings 27-10 victory over Detroit on Sunday.

Favre completed 20 of 29 passes for 344 yards and 1 TD to move his passer rating to an NFL-best 107.5. He is joined by Arizona’s Kurt Warner and Indianapolis’ Peyton Manning as finalists for this week’s FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award.

Peterson rushed 18 times for 133 yards and 2 TDs on Sunday, and he also became the 4th-fastest RB in league history to reach 4,000 rushing yards. Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson join Peterson as finalists for this week’s FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award.

Fans can vote for 1 player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com.


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Sometimes Someone Just Makes A Good Play

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2009 – 7:58 am

Leading 10-0 in the 2nd quarter and with the ball on their own 39-yardline, the Vikings elected to hand the ball to Adrian Peterson on 2nd and 1. After making several defenders miss, Peterson dashed through the 2nd level and beyond the safeties into the open field.

But before Peterson could make it to the endzone, Lions CB Phillip Buchanon raced up to Peterson and punched the ball from the RB’s grasp at the 18-yardline, 43 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. The ball bounced forward and eventually into the endzone, where there was a scrum for the ball and backup LB Jordan Dizon finally fell on it to give the Lions a touchback.

The play ended up being huge because it looked as if Peterson was going in for a TD that would’ve put the Vikings ahead 17-0 late in the 2nd quarter. Instead, Detroit drove 60 yards in 11 plays on the ensuing possession and Jason Hanson kicked a FG to make the score 10-3 going into the locker room at halftime.

As we all know, the Vikings went on to capture a decisive 27-10 victory. But after the game, both Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and Peterson were asked about the play. And then on Monday during his usual day-after-the-game press conference, Childress was asked 3 more questions about the fumble. And I’ve noticed plenty of comments about it on the blog and I’ve even received emails about the fumble, asking what Peterson could’ve done differently or speculating that the RB has lost a step.

The whole time, I’m thinking: Buchanon just made a good play.

As observers or fans or reporters of the Vikings, maybe we get tunnel vision about the team and its players and then when something good happens to or for the opposing team, we instantly try to place blame instead of crediting the opposing team.

Could Peterson have held the ball higher and tighter? Yes. Could he have looked back to see a defender trailing him? I suppose. But the reality is Buchanon just made a great play.

“He wasn’t cruising, he was digging and reaching,” Childress said. “If you saw him reaccelerate he wasn’t high stepping or any of that business. He knew that somebody was in pursuit, but you know slow guys look over their shoulder. He is not a look-over-the-shoulder guy. So I just thought that he was lengthening his stride and trying to get going.

“It was a great play by Buchanon, he has played a little bit of football and I am sure that Adrian will learn something from that.”

Peterson had a similar sentiment following the game.

“He made a great play,” Peterson said. “I was open and swinging the ball and he came up and punched it out. You got to give him credit. He made a great play.”


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Berrian To Host 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway and Challenge

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2009 – 6:43 am

WR Bernard Berrian, in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland and with teammates and members of the Minnesota Wild, will put on his 2nd annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and challenge today in Minneapolis.

Berrian, along with teammates Sidney Rice, Chester Taylor, Pat Williams and Jimmy Kennedy, will be joined by Wild players Derek Boogaard and James Sheppard to personally handout 75 Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need. Also at the event, Berrian will announce a $5,000 personal donation to Second Harvest Heartland to provide 500 Thanksgiving turkeys to inner-city families in the Twin Cities and he will challenge the Twin Cities community to put a turkey on every table this Thanksgiving by donating to Second Harvest Heartland through November 25.

In its inaugural year, the Bernard Berrian Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Challenge with Second Harvest Heartland provided 500 turkeys to those in need in the Twin Cities and resulted in a total of $45,000 in additional contributions to Second Harvest Heartland. Second Harvest Heartland has a mission of ending hunger through community partnerships. The hunger-relief organization serves 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and distributed a total of 41 million pounds of food last year.

For more information on Second Harvest Heartland and Bernard Berrian’s Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway and Challenge, visit www.2harvest.org/bernardchallange


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