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RB Barber Returning Home To Face Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 13, 2010 – 4:29 pm

Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome has a reputation for being one of the league’s toughest places to play for opposing offenses. The Vikings will have that advantage working in their favor this weekend when they host the Dallas Cowboys for the right to play in the NFC Championship Game next weekend.

The Cowboys would obviously prefer to play this weekend’s game in their home stadium and realize the benefits of playing at home. But there is one player, more than any other on the Cowboys roster, who won’t mind the trip to Minnesota this weekend.

That player is RB Marion Barber III, a native of Wayzata, Minnesota and a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher star. At the University of Minnesota, Barber teamed for 2 seasons with Laurence Maroney to form a dynamic and productive RB tandem. Barber finished his career with the Gophers #2 on the school’s all-time rushing TD list, 1 TD ahead of his father, Marion Barber, Jr.

This weekend he’ll return to his college home field to try and take down the #2-seeded Vikings, a team with the NFL’s 2nd-ranked rushing defense. When Barber takes a handoff from QB Tony Romo, it will be power versus power, and something’s gotta give. A physical back, Barber is the Cowboys grinder and he takes on tacklers with relentless aggression.

Barber is dealing with a knee injury that caused him to miss the final 3 quarters of last week’s Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but Cowboys Head Coach Wade Phillips sounded optimistic that his star RB would be able to play on Sunday.

“Marion Barber of course is really excited about playing in this game and looking forward to it,” Phillips told Minnesota reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think anybody is more excited about playing up there than he is. He got mad at me the past two years when I wouldn’t play him in the preseason game.”


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23 Responses to “RB Barber Returning Home To Face Vikings”

  1. By Nate F. on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    I like how the media and everyone else bashes Favre for throwing costly intereceptions but I watched Tom brady throw 3 INT and 1 Fumble and no one said anything but “he’s just having a bad day because he’s coming off of an injury” But when Favre threw the interceptions due to a shoulder injury in his throwing arm when he was on the Jets the media teared him apart.

    NOW we see Rodgers throw an INT on his first play and a Fumble on the last play to win the game but EVERY ONE is only talking about how great he is to lead his team to a come back.

    Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

  2. By KyWeaver on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    There is, favre will get us to the superbowl

  3. By Nick on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    While I’m not sure what it has to do with this article, I agree completely. There is definitely a double-standard with Brady and the rest of the league. The main difference I would say with Rodgers and Favre is that most of Favre’s interceptions were him trying to force something that wasn’t there. He hasn’t done that this year and his INT numbers are significantly lower. Rodgers did recover from his early INT (unlike Brady), and no one really blames the fumbles on the QBs anyway, so it is a little different, but your point is a good one.

  4. By Nick on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. I hope Barber can play and has a good homecoming. As a Cowboys’ fan, I’m totally pumped for this game, as I didn’t think we would be here during the preseason and have been rooting for the Vikings all year. I’m going to have to go with my true team in this game, but I do think this game is probably the equivalent of the NFC championship game, as I don’t think New Orleans or Arizona match up well against either the Cowboys or the Vikings.

  5. By KyWeaver on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    hear hear nick!

  6. By KyWeaver on Jan 13, 2010 | Reply

    i have also been rooting for the cowboys all year, examples include thae saints game, the packers game, and the second game againts th eeagles, but i must also root for my team in this one, GO VIKES!!!

  7. By DARRELL on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    FARVE IS TO OLD TO LEAD US TO SUPERBOWL-AFRAID DALLAS IS GONNA BEAT US EASILY

  8. By Canadian Viking on Jan 14, 2010 | Reply

    Darrell your a bandwagon jumper, you are just going to jump around to which ever team you think is hot. By the way there is still no way Philly has more weapons than the vikes.

  9. By bigfan on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    no doubt darrell ur not a fan worthy enought tp post on this sight. id rather see the cowboys fans tryng to talk trash than a vikings fan talking trash on his own team. go somewhere else plz

  10. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    CANADIEN-IM NOT A BANDWAGON JUMPER IM A COWBOYS FAN- JUST HAVIN ALITTLE FUN -NO NEED TO REPLY I WONT BE BACK ILL BE LOOKIN AHEAD TO WHO WE PLAY NEXT SAINTS OR CARDS-MAYBE NEXT YEAR FOR YOU GUYS

  11. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

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  12. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS

  13. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    AMERICAS TEAM BABY

  14. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    5 RINGS BABY

  15. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    THE TEAM WITH THE STAR FULL OF STARS

  16. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    CATCH MILES AUSTIN IF YOU CAN LOL

  17. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    SEEMS YOU HAVE NO FANS IM THE ONLY ONE ON HERE

  18. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    TONY #1 QB IN NFL

  19. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    DALLAS HAS MORE RINGS AS YOUR DIVISION COMBINED BEARS1 VIKESOOOOOOOO GREEN BAY 3 LIONS OOOOOOOOOOOO

  20. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    AMERICAS TEAM YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  21. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    IM LEAVING SINCE YOU DONT HAVE ANY FANS LOL

  22. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    IT MAY BE ANOTHER HAIL MARY GAME THIS TIME TO AUSTIN FROM ROMO INSTEAD OF STAUBACH LOL

  23. By DARRELL on Jan 15, 2010 | Reply

    TIME FOR A NEW STADIUM

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