The Vikings struggles recently playing in games that are nationally televised at night and on grass fields has been well-chronicled. And although tonight’s game against the Bears is being nationally televised and will be played at night and on a grass field, there are actually some trending angles that are positive for the Vikings.
The Vikings last 2 losses at night and on grass fields came on Sunday Night Football. Tonight’s game is of course on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, a spot where the Vikings have found some recent success.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress’ first game with the club came on Monday Night Football at the Washington Redskins – a game the Vikings won 16-13. In Childress’ tenure with the club, the Vikings have won 4 of 6 games on MNF, including a 30-23 win over the Green Bay Packers earlier this year.
Childress and the Vikings topped the Bears on MNF by a score of 20-13 back in December of 2007.
In the club’s history, Minnesota is 26-24 all-time on MNF. Four Vikings RBs have run for 100 yards in a Monday Night game and 4 different Vikings QBs have thrown for 300+ yards. Also, theVikings have returned 2 punts for TDs, a kickoff return for a TD, and a blocked FG for a TD on Monday Night.
Here are a few impressive individual performances on MNF by active Vikings:
Sacks: DE Jared Allen, 4.5 – vs. Green Bay (October of 2009)
Tackles: CB Antoine Winfield, 16 – at Indianapolis (November of 2004)
Long FG: Ryan Longwell, 53 yards – at New Orleans (October of 2008)
Tags: Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell
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