Today’s game at Mall of America Field features a matchup between teams that have been playing one another every year since 1961.
And the Vikings will wear the same style of uniform that the team wore back in 1961.
Dressed in their classic throwback uniforms, the Vikings will host the Chicago Bears today. Today marks the 97th time these teams have matched up, tied for the most times the Vikings have faced an opponent (Green Bay).
Chicago is fighting to stay in the playoff hunt and the Vikings continue their pursuit of a 2nd consecutive division title.
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QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB), WR Jaymar Johnson, CB Antoine Winfield, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Anthony Herrera, DE Jayme Mitchell, and DT Letroy Guion are today’s inactives for the Vikings.
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Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that RB Adrian Peterson will play today in spite of missing practice time this week with an ankle injury and an illness. Peterson missed all of practice on Friday because of the illness.
Of course this is just a report and nothing has been made official. We’ll have the official list of inactives and starting lineups 90 minutes prior to kickoff, so be sure to stay tuned to the vikings.com Blog and/or the Vikings official Twitter feed (@VikingsFootball).
In 4 career games against the Bears, Peterson is averaging 138.5 rushing yards per contest and has scored 8 TDs.
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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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The Vikings have been fortunate this season to avoid major injury issues. That has changed a bit this week.
While CB Antoine Winfield is poised to return from a foot injury that has sidelined him since Week 6, several other Vikings starters will be game-time decisions today.
RB Adrian Peterson was listed on this week’s injury report with both an ankle injury and an illness. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, and then was held out on Friday and was listed as questionable; he’ll be a game time decision.
G Anthony Herrera (concussion) is doubtful for today’s game after not practicing all week.
FB Fahu Tahi (ankle) was limited on Wednesday, held out on Thursday and then was limited again on Friday; he’s listed as probable. Also listed as probable for today’s game are WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and CB Benny Sapp (groin).
The players listed above as probable are “near certainties” to play today, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sapp held out if Winfield plays. Given that he didn’t practice at all this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Herrera sit today. Although head coach Brad Childress would not confirm who would start in Herrera’s place, Artis Hicks is the likely replacement in that spot.
Stay tuned to vikings.com for injury updates and game day inactives; we’ll have them for you as soon as they become available (90 minutes prior to kickoff).
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Vikings GamePlan will air on it’s normal day this week – Sunday. And it will air at its normal time – 10:30 a.m. CT.
But it will have a special guest – QB Brett Favre.
So tune in to FOX9 on Sunday to watch Vikings GamePlan host and Vikings Radio Network play-by-play voice Paul Allen interview Favre.
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This week’s edition of the vikings.com Mailbag is posted. You can view it by clicking here.
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We haven’t mentioned here in the vikings.com Blog anything about the Vikings Wednesday or Thursday injury reports. You can take a look at them by clicking here.
But if you don’t want to click the link, here’s a quick summary…
WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) and CB Antoine Winfield (foot) have been limited both days. Berrian has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue for several weeks but has suited up all season and has scored 2 TDs in the last 3 games. Winfield has missed the last 4 games with his foot injury but he said earlier this week that he’s “looking forward to getting out there on Sunday.“
LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and CB Benny Sapp (groin) have been able to practice in full this week.
G Anthony Herrera (concussion) has been held out of both practices and FB Fahu Tahi (ankle) was limited on Wednesday and was held out on Thursday.
The Vikings will practice on late this morning and the week’s final injury report will be issue soon thereafter. Also, head coach Brad Childress will meet with reporters following practice.
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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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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving Vikings fans!
Vikings fans have a lot to be thankful for at this point in the season, with a 9-1 record and a firm hold on the NFC North. Speaking of the NFC North, those of us who eat today’s big meal around the lunch hour will get some Vikings-relative football to go with the turkey and potatoes and stuffing and corn and green bean casserole and cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
The Green Bay Packers will play the Detroit Lions today at Ford Field, with kickoff slated for 11:30 CT. It’s looking like former Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper will get the start for Detroit because Matthew Stafford is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Speaking of injuries, Green Bay was stung by a couple of big ones last week. CB Al Harris was placed on injured reserve and DE Aaron Kampman appears to be lost for the season as well. But the Packers are riding a 2-game winning streak and are favored to win today. A 3rd win a row will keep them squarely in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs.
There are 2 other NFL games later today, as Oakland visits Dallas in the afternoon game and the Denver Broncos host the NY Giants in the night game.
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