After 3 road losses in their last 4 games, the Vikings will close out their 2009 regular season schedule at home this weekend.
And for the Vikings, there’s no place like home.
The Vikings are 7-0 at home in 2009 and a win on Sunday against the NY Giants would make them 14-2 at Mall of America Field over the past 2 seasons. Consider some more Vikings trends when playing at home…
– The Vikings have allowed just 68.5 rushing yards per game at home, which is 22.1 yards per game fewer than they’ve allowed this season.
— The Vikings defense yields 20.3 points per game for the season, but just 16.7 points per contest at home in 2009.
— The Vikings have 3.1 sacks per game at home, up from 3.0 per game for the entire season.
— The Vikings average scoring margin at home is +14.4, but they’ve had margins in their last 4 home games of +20, +26, +26 and +17.
Vikings players and coaches clearly recognize the significance of playing at home. Here’s what a few of them had to say about it on Thursday:
“Our fans are second to none in terms of the noise they make and the difficulties they create in that environment for opposing offenses – just the communicating process, whether it’s coach-to-player on the field or player-to-player on the field, it just requires an extra measure of concentration. So it’s a huge environmental advantage.” — Head coach Brad Childress
“ I think it’s exciting for us to get back in front of our home crowd and be able to feed off them a little bit, the excitement. Try to finish off the season undefeated at home, which would be huge for us. – Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell
“It means a lot to play here. It’s the last game of the regular season at home. We are 7-0 at home. We are looking forward to making that 8-0. It’s always good to come back home and play in front of your home crowd and kind of have that 12th man out there with the fans and a short trip home after the game. – RB Adrian Peterson
“A big game this weekend. We’re looking forward to being back at home and being around familiar surroundings and having our great fans in attendance. It should be an exciting time for our football team. – Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier
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