NFL Owners Approve Overtime Change

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm

In what feels like a bit of an upset, NFL owners today approved a proposal recommended by the league’s competition committee that will change the structure of overtime in postseason games.  Click here to view a video from NFL Network that outlines the changes.

Rather than a true sudden death period, the new overtime structure says that if a team wins the coin toss and then kicks a FG, the other team gets the ball with a chance to tie the game (with a FG) or win it with a TD.

Essentially, it’s is “first to 6″ format that awards victory to the first team to score 6 points.

If both teams kick FGs on their 1st OT possessions, then the game continues under sudden-death rules. If the team that wins the toss scores a TD right away, then the game is over. If none of this happens and the overtime period expires, then the game is tied.

In addition to all of that, remember that this new overtime structure only applies to playoff games.

Confused yet?

The measure passed easily, with 28 NFL owners voting for it and only 4 teams voting against it. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that the 4 teams to vote against the changes were Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and the Vikings.

Had this measure been in place last season, the Vikings would’ve gotten a chance to have the ball in overtime of the NFC Championship Game. Had they scored a TD on their drive – right after the Saints kicked a FG on their 1st possession – the Vikings would’ve won the game and represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLIV.

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Peterson’s Home Featured On “CMT Cribs” Episode (Video Link Included)

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on March 23, 2010 – 2:22 pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s Eden Prairie home was recently featured on an episode of “CMT Cribs,” which is a spin-off of the show MTV made famous for giving viewers an inside look at the homes and lives of actors, musicians, athletes, and celebrities in general.  The episode that featured Peterson also included two other athletes: skateboarder Tony Hawk and mixed martial artist Chuck Lidell.  Peterson’s segement of the show is first, so simply click here or the image below to watch the full episode on CMT’s website.

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No Announcement On Marquee Games Expected Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2010 – 8:48 am

Yesterday we passed along a report that the NFL had postponed its announcement of marquee 2010 games to today (Tuesday). The report was relevant to the Vikings because it’s been widely speculated that the Vikings will play in the NFL’s season opener on Thursday, September 9 at New Orleans.

But today, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted that the NFL said there will be no announcement today regarding the identities of the teams who will play in some of the marquee games of 2010.

So, we don’t know when the announcement will be made. But when it is made, we’ll pass along the info.

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Vikings Receive Compensatory Draft Pick

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2010 – 7:53 am

The NFL announced on Monday that 32 compensatory selections in the 2010 NFL Draft have been awarded to 19 different teams, including the Vikings. According to this story on, the Vikings received 1 compensatory pick and that selection will be the 36th in the 5th round (#167 overall).

Under terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of 4.

Before the 2009 season, the Vikings lost free agents Matt Birk and Darren Sharper, and signed only CB Karl Paymah.

The compensatory pick gives the Vikings a total of 8 selections in next month’s draft.

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Looking Forward To The NFL Draft

Posted by cjsiewert on March 23, 2010 – 6:43 am

With the 2010 NFL Draft now less than a month away (April 22), speculation on which teams will select which players will hit full swing.  But instead of offering my opinion on who the Vikings should consider, I’d like to speculate on what positions (in no particular order) the Vikings might address and how it will impact the depth on the roster.

CB – There are a few question marks at this position, especially considering that Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield will be coming off of injuries.  It’s good that Benny Sapp will return because he provides stability at the position and there’s reason to be optimistic about Asher Allen, though he still needs to gain experience. Statistically, the Vikings ranked 19th in passing yards allowed and just 26th in INTs, so perhaps the Vikings address this position during the draft to add talent and depth to a unit with a lot of potential.

S – Madieu Williams has directed traffic in the secondary since signing before the 2008 season, but drafting another safety would push Williams and fellow starter Tyrell Johnson and it would also provide friendly competition between reserves Husain Abdullah, Eric Frampton and Jamarca Sanford, who have all spent the majority of their playing time on special teams.

DT – Yes, the Vikings did just sign Jimmy Kennedy to a multi-year deal, but Pat Williams will be entering his 14th season and adding another young DT would certainly help out with depth at this position.

LB – Chad Greenway and Ben Leber have obviously proven themselves to be steady contributors for the Vikings defense, but the uncertainty of E.J. Henderson’s return may lead to a LB being drafted this year.

RB – The Vikings lost arguably the best 3rd down back in the NFL with Chester Taylor’s departure to Chicago. This loss of experience could have the Vikings looking for a solution in a complementary player to All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson.  The Vikings may feel comfortable in Albert Young, though, and that might steer them away from using a draft pick on a RB in 2010.

OL – Not to say that the Vikings’ offensive line needs help – 2 Pro Bowlers in Bryant McKinnie and Steve Hutchinson along with 1st-year stand-out Phil Loadholt – but the Vikings may want to add some extra protection and depth along the line for future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre.

Keep in mind that drafting based on a perceived team need is not always the best route to take.  Case and point – the 2007 draft. Taylor was coming off a career-best 1,216 rushing yards and 6 TDs.  The RB position seemed to be the least of the Vikings worries heading into the 2007 season, but despite Taylor’s accomplishments the Vikings used their 1st round pick (#7 overall) on RB Adrian Peterson.

And I can be almost certain that nobody is opposed to that decision now.

Also, the WR position didn’t appear to be an immediate need during last year’s draft, but Florida’s Percy Harvin offered a versatility that couldn’t be passed up.  Result: 2009 Rookie of the Year and the Vikings’ 2nd ROY in the past 3 seasons (Peterson in 2007).

All things considered, I would look for the Vikings to select the best available player that fits their needs rather than having a predetermined selection by position.

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