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Vikings Enjoy Advantage Of Frenzied Home Crowd

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 18, 2010 – 10:01 am

No one from the stands came onto the field and threw a pass or sacked Dallas QB Tony Romo, but it’s hard to deny that the Vikings home crowd didn’t have an influence on Sunday’s game.

A crowd of 63,000+ showed up at Mall of America Field to root on their team. Fans had white towels waiting for them on their seats when the gates opened and then they were whipped into a frenzy thanks to several highlight videos prior to kickoff.

Dallas did a good job of keeping their poise by not committing false start penalties or being flagged for delay of game, but those aren’t the only indicators of the impact a raucous home crowd can have on a game.

Several defenders mentioned that Dallas was forced to use a silent count at times during the game, a tactic that is necessary in noisy environments but also gives the defensive a decided advantage.

Another less-tangible impact the crowd can have is that the Vikings defensive players feed off of the energy. The Vikings defense played with lots of energy on Sunday while the crowd never quieted down.

The Vikings home-field advantage is ultimately judged by wins and losses, and the Vikings were 9-0 in their home building this season. The Vikings scoring margins at home since their Week 9 are as follows: +17, +26, +26, +20, +37 and +31.


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11 Responses to “Vikings Enjoy Advantage Of Frenzied Home Crowd”

  1. By VIKING in nh on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    gotta love this win !!!!! NO ONE gave the vikings a chance in this game,and just like i said on friday,no cowboy fans here ! lol life is good !

  2. By Texas Forever on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats Vikings. Hope ya’ll go all the way. I’ll be pulling for you.

    We were just out played, out coached, unprepared, and severely beaten.

    Good Luck, beat them Saints.

    HOOK EM

  3. By bigfan on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    thankyou texas forever u show alot of class by comeing on and giving congrats wish more of the fans could be like u
    instead of coming on and just talking trash.

  4. By VIKING in nh on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    texas forever thanks, what i meant was no vulgar cowboy fans anymore. they were here putting the vikes and fans down ,it was very poor tatse to do it. nice to see there are a few with class.welcome!

  5. By DARRELL on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    I was havin fun talkin trash but now back to congrads on beating. vikes deserved win with their effort and fan support-wow what noise. after watching saints i didnt think anyone could beat them at home in plyoffs but now maybe vikes can.funny thing maybe the crowd will be just enough infuence to make the difference.love football and best team won sun.-vikes

  6. By Bigfan1 on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Stellar game and very sweet win, clicking on all cylinders when we need to be. Interesting note I heard from the NFL network that once when Brett played in the NO dome he got tickets for 3,000 people, indicating a sizeable fan base there and a record of beating NO in the dome. I like the attitude of Sidney Rice and the four Norsemen…don’t care what anybody thinks just focus and execution. Go Vikes!!

  7. By Num1vikingfan on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    What an butt whoopin! What do you think about that now you have no room to talk trash about our vikes kicked your butts. It wasnt even close. Beware of the vikes d-line. All over romo he didnt know what to do. Cograts boys bring on them saints baby. A game that will actually be a challenge.The Vikes on top 48 to 45. Lets go Vikes bring home a championship

  8. By ohioviking on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Remember when childress said that those couple of losses toward the end of the season weren’t that big. He wasn’t looking at the big picture. The Vlkes are almost unbeatable through the years at home, especially this year. 1 more win in the regular season And they would have tied the Saints for the best record in the N.F.C and would have been playing this game at home instead of on the road. This would have been a great advantage to play in front of a home crowd that is 65,000 strong. Now they have to travel to the SuperDome. Hopefully they can bring the N.F.C champ. back to Minnesota.

  9. By David on Jan 18, 2010 | Reply

    Congrats to the Vikings for putting a good whuppin’ on the Cowgirls. Also, everyone loved Brett and the Vikings singing “Pants On The Ground” after the game. The 1985 Chicago Bears had “The Super Bowl Shuffle”, and it would be a hoot if the Vikings made their official Super Bowl song “Pants On The Ground”. Wouldn’t it be cool to see Brett and the rest of the team in a video with their hats turned aside singing “Pants On The Ground”? Someone should put this in motion. It would be a nationwide sensation.

  10. By Jenni on Jan 19, 2010 | Reply

    Thank you Texas Forever! Appreciate your class to come on here and congratulate our team and fans!!! That’s how it should be always!!!
    Also, Thank You to Darrell! I enjoy razzin our opponent just as much as the next girl, but I always do it in fun, not pure trash type language! You are also showin class by comin on and giving congrats to your opponent!! Welcome to both of you Cowboy fans!!! And please do cheer for the Vikes this Sunday@NO!!!!

    I respect NO and of course I bleed purple no doubt, GO VIKINGS!!!!! So, onward team!!! If something does happen and NO wins, I will rally with the Saints and cheer them on!!!! But I BELIEVE IN OUR VIKINGS, ALWAYS HAVE, ALWAYS WILL!!! WE ROCK, WE ARE ON FIRE, WE ARE HUNGRY, HERE WE COME NO!!!!
    BRING US THE CHAMPIONSHIP HOME BOYS!!!!!!

    I LOVE #4 BRETT FAVRE,THANKS BRETT FOR A AWESOME REG SEASON, SO FUN!!!! THANKS TO ALL YOU GUYS ON THE TEAM!!!!!! YOU CAN DO THIS BABY, MARCH ON TO NO AND BE VICTORIOUS, ALL YOUR FANS EVERYWHERE ARE WATCHING AND SENDING OUR ENERGY AND LOVE!!!!!!!
    PURPLE PRIDE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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