Home Sweet Home

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 1, 2010 – 11:05 am

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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7 Responses to “Home Sweet Home”

  1. By Viking-ology on Jan 1, 2010 | Reply

    12-4 is a good record. Viking fans, lets send all of our positive energy to the Vikes, and all our negative energy to the Eagles. Lets put ourselves in position for a solid playoff run.

  2. By Bryan on Jan 1, 2010 | Reply

    I know it’s friday night and I hate to rush my weekend away, but man I wish it was Sunday 11:59 a.m. right now. SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By shon mckinney on Jan 1, 2010 | Reply

    this is shon from lebanon mo.ive been a vikes fan since birth an i believe this team well still make it all the way never give up on this vikings team no matter what has happend! we still have what it takes too win the super bowl!the past is the past let that go now just let brett be the general of this team ,let open thangs up an just let him be you remember a niner named joe? let favre open it up this team can win it all dont hold BACK!!!!!!

  4. By Craig Maijala on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve been a viking fan since their inception. My dad was a fan, I was born in 1960, the inaugural season was ’61. My son is a fan and his soon to be born daughter will be a fan ( I already bought her some vikings socks) This is the best Viking team I’ve seen in 49 years. Brett said it was the best team he’s ever been associated with (that is a huge compliment!) Vikes, you need to rally together and steamroll over everyone in the playoffs. Please give us fans a superbowl victory! Let’s shut the mouths of all the skeptics and especially the cheeseheads!

  5. By Bruce on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Use Greg Lewis more often (Great Receiver) Run 3 & 4 wide sets. And then when that ball is flying down the field, catch them with their pants down with a great run by AP!

  6. By Greg on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Agree…Bring Lewis in the mix…he’s solid, been on a winning team, and still has what it takes to make the BIG play. Ask the niners!! Give Brett some protection, and some options…agree the field will open up like the red sea for AP!! Favre is having fun, and giving it his all…he is one of the biggest reasons we have a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Time to be 1-4, not 0-4…let win the trophy!!

  7. By CA Norwegian on Jan 2, 2010 | Reply

    Disagree – concentrate on high percentage plays leading to 1st downs. Keep the D in counseling and resting as long as possible. Get Taylor more downs even as a slot. Lewis may be good, but our other guys are better. We killed them Giants the year they won the superbowl aganst the undefeated Pats. Vikings win, oooooooh Myyyyyyyy! Anybody else a Cowboy fan tomorrow? Adrian has big day! Eli will wish he had gone to San Diego tomorrow.

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