Favre #3, Peterson #4 In Pro Bowl Voting

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 4:23 pm

QB Brett Favre and RB Adrian Peterson are among several Vikings players who are top vote getters in the fan portion of Pro Bowl balloting.

But there are still 3 full weeks of voting to go, so fans should continue to log on and vote for their favorite Vikings to go to the Pro Bowl.

Favre has the 3rd-most votes to this point with 840,498, with Colts QB Peyton Manning #1 overall and Saints QB Drew Brees #2. Favre’s teammate and starting RB, Peterson, is currently #4 in overall voting with 838,985 votes.

Other Vikings who lead the voting in their respective positions include: FB Fahu Tahi, T Bryant McKinnie, G Steve Hutchinson, C John Sullivan, K Ryan Longwell, KR Percy Harvin, DE Jared Allen, DT Pat Williams, P Chris Kluwe and special teamer Heath Farwell.

It’s a bit surprising to see that TE Visanthe Shiancoe and DT Kevin Williams don’t have more fan votes. The same can be said for the Vikings trio of starting LBs – Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson and Ben Leber.

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December On Their Minds

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 11:06 am

Today our calendars flip from November to December and the NFL has officially entered the home stretch of its regular season, with 5 games to go and 11 already in the books.

The Vikings finished their first 3 months of regular season action with an impressive 10-1 record, going 3-0 in September, 3-1 in October and 4-0 in November.

But as they finished up a 36-10 toasting of division rival Chicago last Sunday to wrap up their perfect month of November and complete a perfect 3-0 home stand coming out of the bye, Vikings players and coaches were more focused on what’s ahead than what they had just accomplished.

“You know what, we took care of the month of November,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said during his postgame press conference. “It just kind of spring boards you into December. Good teams play good in November and December. You want to be ascending and I think we can continue to climb.”

Vikings All-Pro DT Kevin Williams echoed his coach’s sentiments in the locker room after the game.

“A lot of people say they remember December and January for what you do – they don’t remember September and October,” Williams explained. “We’re trying to get it rolling at the right time, and keep it hot and rolling and keep adding these wins on so we can roll into the playoffs.”

The Vikings month of December kicks off with an important NFC battle against the Arizona Cardinals on the road. Then they return home to play the Bengals on December 13 before consecutive road games at the Carolina Panthers on December 20 and at the Chicago Bears on December 28.

The Vikings wrap-up their season on January 3 at home against the New York Giants.

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Harvin Up For Rookie Of The Week Honors

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 10:21 am

Vikings WR Percy Harvin has been named a finalists for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors after his performance in the Vikings 36-10 win on Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field.

Harvin had 6 receptions for 101 yards and a TD and also added 45 rushing yards to increase his year-long yardage total to 1,617, including rushing, receiving and return yards.

Also nominated for this week’s award are Tennessee WR Kenny Britt, Baltimore LB Paul Kruger, Denver RB Knowshon Moreno and Arizona KR/PR LaRod Stephens-Howling.

You can vote for Harvin by clicking here.

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Carucci: Favre Is The NFL’s MVP

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 7:32 am’s Vic Carucci has penned a piece on the league’s website arguing that Vikings QB Brett Favre should win the MVP award this season.

Carucci cites Favre’s remarkable 24-3 TD/INT ratio as one reason the 3-time MVP should win yet another award, but he also says Favre’s age should be considered.

“Now, in his 19th season and with his fourth different team,” Carucci sayd, “Favre is at the age when all of the achievements of a long and distinguished athletic career are supposed to be admired, not enhanced.”

Click the link included above to read more.

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Three Former Vikings Among Hall Of Fame Semifinalists

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2009 – 7:00 am

Although a pair of 1st-time eligible players – WR Jerry Rice and RB Emmitt Smith – will grab the most attention, it’s notable that 3 former Minnesota Vikings are among the 25 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

Those 3 players are WR Cris Carter, DE Chris Doleman and DT John Randle.

The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 25 semifinalists from a list of 131 preliminary nominees, and the new list of 25 semifinalists will be whittled down via mail ballot to 15 finalists, with the results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists to be announced on January 7, 2010. Then the individuals nominated by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee – Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little – will be added to that list to make for 17 finalists.

The Class of 2010 will be determined at the Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, February 6, in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced at 4 p.m. CT during a 1-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

For more details on the selection process, the credentials of the 25 semifinalists and information about a new aspect of the selection process that includes fan input, checkout the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website by clicking here.


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