Crowd noise at Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome is known for being among the toughest to deal with in the NFL. Often times during TV broadcasts of Vikings home games, the production crew will show the crowd noise being measured in decibels.
The home crowd at Sunday’s Vikings game against the Bengals was up to its usual antics, especially when the visiting Bengals were at work on offense. In the 1st quarter alone, the Bengals had 3 false start infractions, 2 of which came on 3rd downs.
While the noise inside Mall of America Field can be measured with a scientific instrument, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday that the effect of the crowd noise is not measurable.
“Particularly on our third downs,” Childress said when asked to comment on Sunday’s home crowd and the noise they produced. “That helps our guys immeasurably. It was a little bit quiet when our guys were on offense, which is the way you want it.
“But as long as they’ll elevate when the defense is on the field and raise cane, that’s why you’re playing for that home-field advantage (in the playoffs).”
The Vikings will enjoy their home crowd one more time in the regular season when they host the NY Giants in Week 17. But if the Vikings keep winning they will position themselves to host at least one postseason game and let their home fans cause havoc for yet another visiting foe.
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