A Few Things To Watch Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 27, 2009 – 9:13 am

The Vikings won’t be in action today, but there is a full slate of NFL games and plenty of developments for Vikings fans to watch. The Packers, for example, will continue their quest to earn an NFC wild card today by hosting the Seattle Seahawks.

Here are a few other Vikings-related storylines to watch today…

– The Vikings can clinch the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs this week with a win over the Bears on Monday night AND a Philadelphia Eagles loss or tie. The Eagles are hosting Denver this afternoon, with kickoff scheduled for 3:15 CT.

– The NY Giants are fighting with the Packers for an NFC wild card and they need to win today to keep pace and have their game next week against the Vikings have playoff implications. It’s impossible to be sure at this point, but there’s a chance next week’s Vikings-Giants game will have huge implications in the playoffs, with the Vikings needing a win to keep the #2 seed and the Giants needing a win to make the playoffs.

– The Vikings enter Week 16 with 43.0 sacks, more than any other team in the NFL. The 2 teams closest to the Vikings are Miami and Pittsburgh, with 40.0 each, and Philadelphia is just 4 behind at 39.0. In noon CT kickoffs, Miami hosts Houston and Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore while the Eagles host the Broncos at 3:15.

– RB Adrian Peterson currently is tied with Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew for rushing TDs (15). Today Jones-Drew and the Jaguars are at New England for a noon CT kickoff.

– DE Jared Allen enters Week 16 trailing Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil by 1.5 sacks for the NFL lead. Allen has 13.5 with 2 games to play and Dumervil has 15.0. Dumervil and the Broncos are at Philadelphia today for a 3:15 CT kickoff.

– WR Sidney Rice currently sits atop the receiving yards leader board in the NFC with 1,144, just 6 yards ahead of Cowboys WR Miles Austin. Oddly, Rice is 1st in the NFC but just 6th in the NFL in receiving yards because 5 AFC players – Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker, Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates – have more receiving yards. Austin and the Cowboys play tonight on Sunday Night Football against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

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11 Responses to “A Few Things To Watch Today”

  1. By PAVikesFan on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    I got a few predictions today, and I’m sure they’re gonna be totally wrong, so enjoy: Texans beat Miami 23-20, Giants beat Carolina 23-16, Pittsburgh takes care of Baltimore 20-16, shocker of the day, Broncos beat Philly 27-17, Cowboys squeak by Washington, 27-20…AND, MNF, I cant pick the Bears, even though, truthfully, I think they might beat us, but, I cant do it, it’s not in me, I’ll say Vikings 22, Bears 20…

  2. By CajunViking on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    If we just take care of our own business on MNF and next week then we won’t have anything to worry about. Hopefully Denver can help us out today against Philly.

  3. By PAVikesFan on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    True, true, but, the way it’s been looking, we might have to count on other teams to help us out a bit

  4. By Nam Huynh on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Vikings clinch the #2 this week. I don’t want to see them trying to clinch it the last game of the season against the Giants… in a game the Giants might REALLY need.

  5. By crazyhorse on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    O: 5 man line, 1 tight end, 2 backs, 2 quarterbacks, 1 wide receiver.
    Hike the ball from wildcat formation to any of the backs.
    win like crazy

  6. By ohioviking on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    I hope Childress will finally figure out why that loss was important to the Vikings last week. Especially since the Saints lost today AGAIN and the Eagles won. If the Vikes win win on Monday night they would be tied for the NFC best record, with 1 game to go. Win there last game against the Giants and could have had home field through out the playoffs because of a better NFC record. Now with 1 loss they will loose the 2 seed. As the head coach, Childress should know that every game is an important one

  7. By gohawks8941 on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    Carolina is hot and NO is not. If the Viks take care of business homefileld baby and we wont lose in the dome this season.

  8. By PurplePeopleEater on Dec 27, 2009 | Reply

    I hope that we can pull things together and win these final two games, because by the looks of it, we will win homefield advantage if we do. New Orleans just lost to a team with now only its 3rd win and is headed to Carolina who has started showing us they’re still as good as the Panthers team that went 12-4 last year. The Giants are now out of the playoffs and we’re all just fighting for position now in the Playoffs. We own the tiebreaker over the Saints, but the Eagles own it over us. Luckily the Eagles still need to win at Dallas for that to come into effect, and Dallas needs to win over the Eagles next week to win the division. So things appear to be in our favor, just so long as we can do our job and bring out the Superbowl calibur play from all the guys on our team. Let these guys know that the playoffs start TODAY!

  9. By PAVikesFan on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    With all this talk about Coach Childress and #4 and everything in between, there are so many things to discuss…I think most everyone agrees that we need to get back to being physical and staying with our running game more consistently…We know, our players know, the Bears players know. With that in mind, I would absolutely call a play-action pass the first play of the game for us, for the reasons above and also they know AP has had his best games vs. them, so, they will be keyed in on him…We gotta break out the fake-reverses where they hand it off to AP “up the middle!”. Another thing, call me crazy, I would entertain the thought of running a flea-flicker, yes, a flea-flicker. I know it sounds ludacris and absurd, but, for this game, it could work. I normally am not in favor of gadget plays, but, I think it could work vs. this defense. Our defense also better step up their game. I’ll be very concerned if they take advantage of Jasper Brinkley, and Tyrell Johnson must also improve his game…I’m not confident at all but I will be hoping with the best of them

  10. By Ryszard K on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    I hope that Favre payed close attention to Manning and crew being pulled while they were ahead as well in today’s Colts game against the Jets, which they ultimately lost. There is no i in team. What is more important, setting your team up for a run at the Superbowl, and giving some real game experience to deepen the skill level of alternate player, just in case they are needed, or setting your team up for unnecessary injury for what is really a meaningless record, compared with the big prize. Just ask the Pat’s about last years loss, and how meaningless the rest of the season felt after their loss to the Giants. If Favre wants another Superbowl ring, you are not alpha dog, that is the Coaches job. A few weeks ealier in the Pat’s loss to the Colts, Belichick’s disposition to go on forth down against the Colts only meant that he believed the odds of getting one yard with the offense was much greater then the defense stopping Manning on the last drive. Brady stood by his coaches decision and they have now peaked in time for the playoffs. Favre pay attention, you have two games left to cooperate with your legacy, don’t blow it by backing into the playoffs and losing your final shot for some positive history, you are not doing it all by yourself.

  11. By OLD SCHOOL on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    2nd Seed equals first….ley me explain…Saints will lose 1st playoff game….we host NFC title game…..! Get it together starting tonight ! Get it together!!!!!!!

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