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Monday Night Success

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 28, 2009 – 8:35 am

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)


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2 Responses to “Monday Night Success”

  1. By Earle Swift on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    I am a huge Vikings fan in Virginia. The team has been great this year! I would like to see Brett Farve run a little more than just trying to throw all the time. If he started running a little more than defenses would probably back off just a little bit and then he could loosen them up with the pass or a flick of the ball to AP OR Chester or even Harvin. Sometimes they only need 2 to 3 yards. I know Brett could fall forward that much and he wouldn’t risk throwing an inception or getting hurt or sacked.

    In the play off’s it would be nice to see some more of the plays to Harvin like they did against the Steelers. How about some trick plays? Have a safe New Year and Looking forward to sucessful play off’s and possibly a Super Bowl!!

  2. By dean collins on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Live in game fan chat for #Vikings @ #Bears kicks off tonight at 8.30pm est – http://www.livefootballchat.com/CHurl/12-28-2009/2806/914

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