The NFL announced today that the 2010 NFL schedule will be released exclusively on NFL Network, NFL.com, and – most importantly to Vikings fans – vikings.com (and other team websites) on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. CST.
As you’d expect, vikings.com will have you covered with tons of coverage on the schedule, including:
- Interactive 2010 Vikings Schedule
- Links to all other teams and their 2010 schedules
- Printable PDF Very of the Vikings schedule
- Video interview with the voice of the Vikings, KFAN’s Paul Allen
- NFL Network video of how the schedule is made
- NFL Films video highlighting the Vikings key games in 2010
- vikings.com’s Mike Wobschall gives his take via the vikings.com Blog
- A live chat on Wednesday morning to discuss the schedule
- And more…
Minnesota’s opponents for 2010 have been determined for a while, and they are as follows:
Home: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Buffalo, Miami, Arizona
Away: Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, N.Y. Jets, New Orleans
Most recently, the Vikings preseason schedule was release, and you can view that on vikings.com by clicking here.
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Earlier this week we discussed how the trade of WR Santonio Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the NY Jets impacted the Vikings in 2010 – it’s just one more reason why the Vikings-Jets matchup would be a good one to showcase in prime time.
Now there’s been another trade involving a WR that will have a similar impact on the Vikings during the upcoming season.
The Denver Broncos traded Brandon Marshall to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, a deal that gives the Dolphins an elite player at a position of need in exchange for their 2nd round pick this year and their 2nd round pick in 2011. The trade also gives the Vikings another WR with which to contend during the 2010 regular season because the Purple will see Miami at some point during the upcoming regular season.
While the true impact of these 2 WR trades on the Vikings is probably not as significant as it may seem, the fact remains these additions will only make more important the Vikings task of strengthening its pass defense for 2010. Many are speculating the Vikings will address the secondary with their 1st round pick (#30 overall) and that speculation is supported in light of the Dolphins and Jets acquiring talented WRs.
In his only career game against the Vikings (December of 2007), Marshall recorded 10 receptions for 114 yards and 1 TD. He also had 2 rushing attempts for 31 yards and 1 fumble.
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The Vikings enjoyed a dramatically successful season in 2009, advancing all the way to the NFC Championship Game after a 12-4 regular season and the franchise’s 2nd consecutive division title.
But all of that success didn’t shield the Vikings from criticism, as is typically the case in NFL cities.
One player on the team who received more than his fair share of criticism was S Tyrell Johnson. While attending the Carol Fitzgerald Memorial Fund Benefit in Golden Valley last Friday, Johnson expressed to the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad some frustration regarding the perception the media and fans had of his play.
“Actually, I played very solid,” Johnson told Zulgad. “The media, people have a tendency to remember the big plays that you missed. That doesn’t necessarily wrap up the whole season on what a player did. When I watched film on myself — just being a strong critic – I could have taken better angles on a few plays but overall [my play] was very solid.”
It’s clear to me that this is a source of frustration for Johnson because I talked to him about this same subject Tuesday afternoon in the Vikings locker room. Then I read Zulgad’s piece on Tuesday evening. On one hand you’d like a player to be oblivious to what the media and fans’ perceptions are of his play. At the same time, though, it’s good to know that Johnson clearly takes pride in his work and wants the passionate Vikings fan base behind him.
I asked Johnson if he was going to be around Winter Park over the next few weeks participating in the offseason program and he said “yes” without hesitating and then vowed that 2010 would be a breakout season for him.
In all fairness I do think Johnson received an unfair amount of criticism. As he admits, there were clearly times during the 2009 season when he missed tackles and didn’t make plays. Those instances should not be ignored and they shouldn’t be tolerated by the coaching staff (they weren’t tolerated by the staff, evidenced by the fact that Jamarca Sanford split snaps with Johnson near the end of the season).
But also remember that Johnson was in just his 2nd year during 2009 and his first year as a full-time starter. He improved from his rookie 2008 season to the 2009 season and he’ll likely improve from last season to this season based solely on experience. And now we know he’s a prideful player who is driven to correct the mistakes he made and shore up the Vikings pass defense.
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