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Getting Ready For Prime Time

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2009 – 11:58 am

The Vikings and Bears will face one another for the 1st time this season on Sunday at Mall of America Field, with kickoff schedule for noon CT. About a month later, the Vikings and Bears will finish their season series at Soldier Field, with a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

But before the Vikings and Bears play in prime time on December 28, the Vikings will play in 2 other prime time games. The Vikings and Carolina Panthers are scheduled to play on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on December 20 and then next week’s clash with the Arizona Cardinals has been flexed from a Sunday 3:15 CT start to a Sunday night 7:20 CT kickoff.

Asked about how the prime time kickoffs effect his team’s preparation for games, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress pointed out pros and cons.

“It would be better if it was a home game. Not in a different time zone at night,” Childress said. “It’s great for our players. Our players love to play when you are the only people playing and people are watching.”

Ultimately, Childress said, teams have no control over it and they must be ready to play whenever and wherever they’re told. If the Vikings head coach had his druthers, he’d like to kickoff at noon every week. Childress also said that playing each preseason game at night helps teams get used to prime time kickoffs in the regular season.

“Myself and a lot of our guys love 12 o’clock kickoffs central time, love that,” he said. “Fact is, you play every one of your preseason games at night. It is not something that is foreign to us.”


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15 Responses to “Getting Ready For Prime Time”

  1. By vikingfan1955 on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    This is the game I have been waiting for because I’m tired of bear fans talking trash and when we shut them up I want to hear all the excuses they have for the loss.The way the vikes are playing this will be so deflating for the bear fans.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Nov 26, 2009 | Reply

    Too true. But don’t look for the Bears to go down without a fight. They are in a one-and-done situation right now, where any one loss (espescially a divisional loss) means an end to their hopes of making the playoffs. So expect to see the best that the Bears have to offer come Sunday.

  3. By PrplPpl on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    kickoff is at noon?!!?!

  4. By jay (the truth) on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikes are confident right now with their weak schedule. They will get an eye opener when playing the Saints in the playoffs! Then with grampa Favre calling it quits next year time to start rebuilding with a new QB. It will be a long road after this years playoff dissapointment!!

  5. By brjl on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    Don’t be so sure of your saints, I expect the Saints to have their hands full with the Vikings! The Truth may not be what you expect!

  6. By percyfarvin on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    the saints might get eliminated before they play the vikes the way things are looking we might play green bay a 3rd time oooo id love that

  7. By jmec on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    If you are going to the game you maybe better get on line and check Kickoff time The NFL Changed it a couple of weeks ago

  8. By jmec on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    Ibelieve Kickoff is 3:15 Central

  9. By PurplePeopleEater on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    That is correct jmec – I got a postcard indicating the change of time at the beginning of the week.

  10. By Popper on Nov 27, 2009 | Reply

    Another divisional game. If Vikings are focused, they pressure Cutler, and Petersen runs for 100 yards, its Lights out for the Bears. 10-1 Vikings!!

  11. By GJ on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

    Wait until the Saints get a dose of Percy Harvin

  12. By 4everpurple on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

    The Saints will be lucky to get by the Pat’s this weekend ! I see them loseing at least 3, which puts the NFC championship game in Minnesota. And as far as “grandpa” goes……did you ever hear the story of the old bull and the young bull ?

  13. By rap99 on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

    JAY, your a D***, talk about a weak schedule!?!? you show your stupidity poking fun at favre, hall of famer, and one of the top QB’s this season. yeah you know football! do you root for the saints because you like the color of the uniforms? get a crayon and write back!

  14. By David on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

    I want to see the big man J.A. stir the pot afer a sack, was he told not to do it anymore or what? I think it’s great.

  15. By vikingfan1955 on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

    allen doesn’t stir a pot after a sack he ropes a calfs legs,lol

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