Favre To Be Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 5, 2010 – 4:15 pm

Vikings QB Brett Favre will be named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday in the Vikings 44-7 win over the New York Giants.

In leading the Vikings to their 12th win of the year, which helped them secure the No. 2 overall seed in the NFC and a 1st-round bye, Favre completed 25 of 31 passes for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns.

To view Favre highlights from last Sunday, click here.

This is the 3rd time Favre has won the award this season, as he was also honored following the Vikings 30-23 win on Monday Night Football against the Packers in week 4, and after his triumphant return to Lambeau Field against the Packers in week 8.

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Favre Named Finalist For FedEx POW

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 2:45 pm

QB Brett Favre has been named a finalist for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week honors for games played during Week 17.

Favre was 25 of 31 for 316 yards and 4 TDs in a 44-7 thrashing of the NY Giants in a game that moved the Vikings to 12-4 on the season and ultimately landed them a 1st-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

The other QBs also named as finalists for this week’s award were Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.

You can vote for Favre by clicking here.

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Submit Your Questions For “Vikings GamePlan”

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on January 5, 2010 – 12:09 pm

Even though the Vikings are off this weekend, “Vikings GamePlan” will still air this Sunday on KMSP Fox 9 at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday and is simulcast on FS North.  Fans can submit their questions for Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress by clicking here, and if Coach Childress answers your question, you’ll win an autographed picture of Childress.

For more on “Vikings GamePlan,” click here.

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Vikings Avoiding Negative Fate From Playoff Turnover Rate

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 11:19 am

In 2008, the Vikings won their first division title since 2000 and therefore become 1 of 5 NFC teams to qualify for the playoffs after missing the postseason party the year prior.

But with parity as solid as it is in the NFL, such a high turnover among a playoff field is not rare. This year, in fact, the Vikings are just 1 of 3 teams to return to the NFC playoffs after also qualifying last year. The other 2 teams are the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.

The AFC is experiencing a similar turnover rate, with half the field returning from last year and the other half being comprised of non-playoff teams from 2008.

So the Vikings return to the playoffs is a notable accomplishment, but one with which they’ve become familiar over the franchise’s history.

The Vikings are 239-143-2 all-time (including 12-4 in 2009) in seasons following a playoff berth, and the team has made 18 of a possible 24 trips to the post-season after an appearance in the previous year.

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Small Draft Class Makes Big Impact

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 9:49 am

The Vikings tied a franchise low with 5 draft selections during the 2009 NFL Draft. But while the franchise’s most recent draft class is small in numbers, its impact was big.

All 5 members of the draft class made the Vikings 53-man roster coming out of training camp. That’s an accomplishment on its own. But all 5 members of the draft class also started at least 1 game and all 5 were regular contributors throughout the regular season.

Here’s a brief look at each member of the 2009 draft class and how exactly they made their mark on the team this regular season:

Round 1 – #22 Overall
Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

Harvin was the most exciting player in college football during his time at Florida and he brought that flare and swagger with him to the Vikings. He played in 15 games and contributed both as a kickoff returner and a WR. Harvin finished the season with 60 receptions for 790 yards and 6 TDs while also adding 42 kickoff returns for 1,156 yards and 2 TDs, becoming the 1st Viking to ever record 2 kickoff return TDs in a season and in a career. Harvin set a franchise record for all-purpose yardage and also for rushing yards by a WR.

Round 2 – #54 Overall
Phil Loadholt, RT, Oklahoma

The 6-8, 343-pound RT became just the 5th rookie tackle in Vikings history to start a season opener and he went on to play and start in 15 games during the regular season.

Round 3 – #86 Overall
Asher Allen, CB, Georgia

Allen was inactive for the Vikings first 6 games, but he was called upon once CB Antoine Winfield went down with a foot injury and the rookie CB from Georgia came up big. In 10 games played and 1 started, Allen registered 18 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF and 2 passes defensed. He was also a regular contributor on special teams and tallied 4 tackles.

Round 5 – #150 Overall
Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina

There’s simply no way to replace a player such as E.J. Henderson, but Brinkley, a player who has been through injury issues of his own, took some of the sting away with his ability to step into the starting lineup late in the season. Brinkley played in all 16 regular season games and started 4 contests once Henderson was placed on IR. He tallied 24 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss on defense while also adding 11 special teams tackles.

Round 7 – #231 Overall
Jamarca Sanford, S, Mississippi

Sanford led the SEC in tackles during his 4-year career and he had no problem bringing his aggressive style to the next level. He played in 14 games, including 1 start on defense, and tallied 17 special teams tackles, 15 tackles on defense and 1 forced fumble.

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Are You Following The Vikings On Twitter?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 9:01 am

Are you following the Vikings on Twitter? If not, you should because just like the Blog, it’s a great way to stay on top of Vikings news.

It’s an especially great way to follow the Vikings on game day. We’ll have the active/inactive players prior to the game, score and injury updates during the game and any breaking news after the game.

Remember, you don’t need a Twitter account yourself to follow the Vikings on Twitter. Just go to and follow @VikingsFootball.

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Rookie Sanford Impressing Coaches

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 5, 2010 – 8:27 am

S Jamarca Sanford played 4 collegiate seasons at Ole Miss and during that time he led the Southeastern Conference (SEC), one of the most-respected leagues in college football, in tackles.

The Vikings made Sanford a 7th round selection in last April’s draft and since then, the small-statured but big-hitting safety has displayed his aggressive style in the NFL.

Sanford began his time with the Vikings as a reserve at safety but quickly became a regular on the Vikings kick coverage units. He finished the 2009 regular season 4th on the team with 17 special teams tackles and he also forced 1 forced fumble.

But Sanford also finished the season playing more regularly on defense. When S Tyrell Johnson was forced to miss Week 14 due to injury, Sanford stepped into the lineup and added 4 tackles in a defensive effort that kept Bengals QB Carson Palmer to just 94 yards passing.

Then last Sunday against the Giants, Sanford was inserted into the defensive lineup at times in place of Johnson. Early in the 2nd quarter with New York facing a 3rd and 1 from their own 44, Sanford filled a running lane to stuff RB Ahmad Bradshaw for a loss of 2, forcing the Giants to punt away on 4th down.

“We wanted to get Jamarca in there a little bit and get his feet wet,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said after the game. “He has done a good job with the snaps that he’s had. He’s played extremely well, and continued to play extremely well today on special teams. He’s a good ball player, a good hitter.”

Childress was then asked if he has any designs to make a change at the safety position, but the Vikings head coach said no such plans were in the works. And while there doesn’t appear to be a need to make a change to the starting lineup, there’s nothing wrong with knowing you have multiple players capable of performing in a given spot.

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