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Winfield Doubtful, Game-Time Decision

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 20, 2009 – 5:34 pm

The Vikings and Seahawks have released their final injury reports for the week. Seahawks RB Julius Jones is the only player who has been ruled out of Sunday’s game.

The guy everyone has their eye on is CB Antoine Winfield, who is working his way back from a foot injury suffered in Week 6. Winfield was listed as a limited participant all week in practice and on Friday the Vikings listed him as doubful for Sunday.

“I saw a lot of progress from Wednesday to Thursday,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “Different approach Thursday from what I saw here on Wednesday. He’s going to make a push to Sunday. I’m not 1,000 percent sure he’s going to make it there but I know that he is still going to work. It’s not like for us the hay is in the barn. Those guys treat on for 48 hours and it’s amazing what you can do. He will get out and move around before the game.”

WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring) and CB Karl Paymah (ankle) are listed as questionable while QB Brett Favre (groin/hip), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), DE Jayme Mitchell (illness), CB Benny Sapp (groin) and FB Fahu Tahi (ankle) are listed as probable.

For the Seahawks, CB Josh Wilson is questionable, DT Craig Terrill (shoulder) is questionable and C Chris Spencer (thumb/back)  and CB Marcus Trufant (concussion) are probable.


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Favre, Peterson Sweep FedEx Awards

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 20, 2009 – 12:59 pm

Vikings QB Brett Favre and RB Adrian Peterson have swept the FedEx NFL Air and Ground Player of the Week Awards for last week’s game.

In the Vikings 27-10 win over the Detroit Lions last Sunday, Favre completed 20 of 29 passes for 344 yards and 1 TD while Peterson rushed 18 times for 133 yards and 2 TDs.

Favre and Peterson were selected from among 6 finalists in Air and Ground categories. The other FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week finalists were QBs Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner and RBs Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Fans voted for more than their favorite players from last week. The weekly FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week Awards are also a win for local communities. Along with the player awards, FedEx is making a $2,000 donation in the winning players’ names to the local Safe Kids coalition in Minneapolis to support pedestrian safety improvements.

Safe Kids USA is a national non-profit organization that works to prevent accidental injury among children.


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Did You Know?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 20, 2009 – 12:03 pm

A few statistical nuggets to chew on while we wait for Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress to speak with reporters following today’s practice. Childress will address his contract extension with reporters after practice and he’ll also be asked about an injury update.

Thanks to the Vikings talented PR staff for some of the stats…

– RB Adrian Peterson needs just 44 rushing yards to break into the top 10 for the most rushing yards in the first 3 NFL seasons. Peterson, who currently has 4,018 rushing yards, trails Eddie George’s 4,061 for 10th.

– Also, Peterson needs just 83 yards to reach 1,000 for the 2009 season. If he does, it will be the 9th consecutive season G Steve Hutchinson has blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher.

– Even though WR Sidney Rice has 750 more receiving yards than FB/TE Jeff Dugan, they have the same amount of TD receptions (2).

– If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 18th win in the last 22 regular season games and it will mark the team’s first 9-1 start since 1998.

– With the win last week against Detroit, Childress now has a 13-9 record against the NFC North since taking over as head coach in 2006. He’s led the Vikings to 7 consecutive wins against the division.

– If the Vikings do not allow a Seahawks running back to reach 100 rushing yards, it will be the 33rd consecutive game the team hasn’t given up 100 yards rushing to an individual. The Vikings current streak of 32 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).

– With a passer rating of 100+, QB Brett Favre will collect his 101st career game with a 100+ passer rating. Favre’s teams are 92-8 in his 100 career games with a 100+ rating.


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TheRedBulls.org’s Perspective On Military Appreciation Day

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 20, 2009 – 12:03 pm

The website TheRedBulls.org chronicled last Sunday’s Military Appreciation Day via an article with soldiers and military personnel chiming in on the event.  Below is an excerpt from their website.  Click the link below to read the full article.

As Minnesota Vikings fans in the home state were finishing lunch and readying for the game against the Detroit Lions, Soldiers of the 34th Infantry Division here were finishing their dinner and set to watch the game with them.

The Minnesota Vikings Viewing Party brought 34th ID Soldiers, a unit based in Minneapolis, a bit of home with a tailgate atmosphere complete with grilled food and pounding music but, most importantly, coincided with the festivities of their loved ones back home.

Click here to read the full article.


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vikings.com Mailbag Is Posted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 20, 2009 – 8:27 am

This week’s edition of the vikings.com Mailbag is posted. You can view it by clicking here.

We post the vikings.com Mailbag feature every Friday. Do you have a comment or question you’d like submitted? If so, send me an email at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net.

We can’t post every comment or email, but I’ll respond to all of them.


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Frazier Noticed Improved Tackling

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 20, 2009 – 7:38 am

Missed tackles have been an issue for the Vikings defense at times this season. In a few tight victories this season and the loss at Pittsburgh in Week 7, poor tackling was cited as one of the reasons behind defensive letdowns.

But coming out of their bye last week against Detroit, the Vikings scored 17 of the last 24 points and didn’t allow the Lions to sniff the endzone in the 4th quarter. The defense was sound in its tackling, was able to hold the Lions rushing attack to just 93 total yards and didn’t allow many big gains after the catch

“They (Detroit) threw the ball 51 times on Sunday and they averaged like 3.8 yards per catch and that is huge,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. “That means you are doing a good job with yards after the catch. For that number to be where it was shows that we did a better job of tackling, a better job of people getting to the ball.

“Now we just have to keep it going. You don’t want it to be a one week deal.”

Frazier will get a good gauge as to whether the improved tackling is reality or mirage this week because the Seahawks bring with them an accurate QB and talented receivers who can make plays after the catch. Last week against Arizona, Seattle threw 53 passes and accumulated 331 receiving yards. In addition, 53.3% of the Vikings passing yards allowed have come from yards after the catch (YAC), which is 4th-worst in the league, while Seattle ranks 3rd in YAC with 54.2% of their passing yards coming after the catch.

The return of CB Antoine Winfield to the lineup would represent another big step forward for Frazier’s defense. He’s been missing since Week 6 with a foot injury and his return would certainly add another sure tackler to the lineup. Winfield has a reputation as one of the surest-tackling defenders in the league and he is solid against both the run and the pass.

“Regardless of who the opponent is, it would be great to have him back, but in particular this week because they do like to throw it around,” Frazier said. “They like to give you different formations and different personnel groups. So it would be great to have him back. It would really shore up some things for us in our secondary. We got our fingers crossed in hopes that he makes it back.”


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