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Final Preseason Game Times Set

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 8, 2010 – 1:15 pm

The Vikings preseason schedule was released last week but the final 2 preseason games – home games against the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos – did not have times attached to them.

They do now.

The Vikings will host Seattle on Saturday, August 28 with a 7:00 p.m. CT kickoff. Then the Vikings will conclude their preseason slate by hosting the Broncos at Mall of America Field on Thursday, September 2, with another 7:00 p.m. CT kickoff.

The Vikings preseason schedule page can be found by clicking here.


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Vote For Offensive Play Of The Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 8, 2010 – 12:46 pm

A couple of days ago I made a case for Ray Edwards winning the vikings.com 2009 Defensive Play of the Year voting despite Jared Allen being the heavy favorite to capture the most votes.

Now the vikings.com 2009 Offensive Play of the Year voting has begun and there is another heavy favorite – Brett Favre’s incredible TD pass to Greg Lewis in Week 3 against San Francisco. But this time I’m not making a case against the heavy favorite. Favre-to-Lewis in Week 3 should win.

But there are 3 other worthy plays involved in the voting, including Adrian Peterson’s incredible 64-yard TD run against Cleveland in Week 1. Click here to watch all 4 plays and then go to the home page to cast your vote.


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Clausen Won’t Fall Far In First Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 8, 2010 – 10:53 am

The Easter evening trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins involving QB Donovan McNabb will have a profound impact on the NFC East in 2010. But will the blockbuster trade have a more immediate impact on QBs in this year’s NFL draft?

It depends who you ask. As several national draftniks updated their mock drafts, I noticed a couple with surprising developments. Don Banks of SI.com projects Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen falling all the way to the Vikings at #30 as a result of the McNabb trade, while Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune pointed out that the Sporting News Today also sees the Vikings winding up with Clausen.

Independent of how the Vikings have graded Clausen, I don’t see the Vikings ending up with him because I don’t see the QB falling to #30, or very far down the 1st round at all. Even if the trade of McNabb takes Washington out of the running for a top-notch QB, there are still plenty of other QB-needy teams in front of the Vikings who are likely to scoop up Clausen if given the chance.

The following are teams (pick number) in front of the Vikings whom I think are candidates to select Clausen: St. Louis (#1), Kansas City (#5), Seattle (#6 and #14), Buffalo (#9), San Francisco (#13 and #17) and Tennessee (#16). Several other draftniks out there have Clausen going much earlier than #30, including NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks and Pat Kirwan (#9 Buffalo) and ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. (#8 Oakland).

With all of that said, let’s operate under the assumption that Clausen does “slide.” The 2 previous QBs to significantly slide down the draft were Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers. But even they were taken well before #30, with Quinn going to Cleveland with the 22nd pick and Rodgers going to Green Bay at pick #24.

One more aspect of this situation to consider: the possibility of a trade to acquire Clausen. There may be a team that feels strongly enough about Clausen that they would trade ahead for the chance to take him, which adds even more teams to the list of potential Clausen landing spots listed a couple of paragraphs above this one.

So where will Clausen ultimately land? I’d say not with St. Louis because if the Rams select a QB with the 1st pick it will likely be Bradford. And although Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss was Clausen’s head coach at Notre Dame, I think Kansas City is leaning another way. That leads me to believe Clausen will land either in Oakland (#8), Buffalo (#9) or San Francisco (#13), with an outside chance that Cleveland considers him at #7.


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Momentum Building For Stadium Resolution

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 8, 2010 – 9:38 am

An exciting 2009 season that featured an NFC title game appearance and 2nd consecutive division title is being followed this offseason by momentous discussions and developments in the club’s search for a long-term stadium solution in Minnesota.

This article in the Star Tribune, which includes quotes from Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk (DFL-Cook), states that a deal to build a new stadium is gathering momentum and that a proposal is on the way to being drafted.

“There’s five weeks to go in our legislative session here, and we’re confident that we can still reach a resolution to get a stadium solution,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said on Wednesday at a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal briefing.

If you’ve only followed this issue from a distance in the past, now is a great opportunity to dig in and engage with others. Whether or not a stadium bill is formally introduced in the State Legislature during the current session, we’ll eventually look back at the Spring of 2010 as a turning point in the Vikings attempts to secure their future in Minnesota.

A couple more notes…

– Vikings VP of Public Affairs/Stadium Development Lester Bagley sat down with me for an update on the stadium issue. It’s a wide-ranging discussion that will get you up to date on the status quo and current developments.

– The Vikings have re-launched their grassroots website – www.minnesotamomentum.com – and it includes several new features as well as a new look. The navigation is easy, it’s interactive and the design is modern. Check it out.


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