The Vikings acquisition of WR Randy Moss this week disrupted our normal coverage of the team leading up to a game. It was a welcome disruption, don’t get me wrong, but now it’s time to briefly touch on a few aspects of tonight’s game that we weren’t able to mention in the past week or so.
One of those aspects is the fact that the Vikings are coming off their bye week as they prepare to take on the NY Jets on Monday Night Footballl. Here are a few trends to consider regarding the Vikings and their bye week…
– Brad Childress is perfect in guiding his team out of the bye week, going 4-0 since 2006 and logging wins vs. Detroit, vs. Houston, at Chicago and at Seattle.
– QB Brett Favre hasn’t lost a game coming out of the bye since 2005, when his Packers team lost to the Vikings.
– The early-season bye isn’t considered perfect timing generally for NFL teams, but it helped the Vikings heal up from some early-season injuries. The player that arguably is best-served from the bye is WR Percy Harvin, who was still catching up from missing much of training camp and also had an ailing hip after 3 games. TE Visanthe Shiancoe also used the bye to help recover from a hamstring injury suffered against the Lions in Week 3.
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It’s not one they can call their own, but Vikings fans will see what a brand new NFL stadium looks like tonight when their favorite football team takes on the NY Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday Night Football. The New Meadowlands Stadium, which is shared by the NY Giants and Jets, is the newest and most expensive stadium in the NFL.
Construction on the stadium began in September of 2007 and the new venue opened in April of 2010. The Giants hosted the 1st-ever regular season game and the Jets hosted a MNF game the following day.
Seating capacity at the New Meadowlands Stadium is 82,500, the 3rd largest in the NFL, and that includes 9,200 club seats, 117 luxury suites, and a Coaches club (20,000 sq ft bar/lounge on field deck just 5 yards from team bench). There are also four 40’ x 130’ HD videoscreens in the stadium to enhance fans’ viewing experience.
In opening their new stadium, the Giants and Jets became the 27th and 28th teams to find stadium solutions since 1992, meaning the Vikings remain in the minority of NFL teams playing in an inadequate venue. Hopefully that will change for the Vikings soon because their Mall of America Field/Metrodome lease ends after the 2011 season.
Speaking of leases, the Giants and Jets each agreed to 25-year leases with options to extend. After the 15th year of the lease, every 5 years 1 of the 2 teams can opt out giving state 12 months notice. Here are a few other notes regarding the New Meadowlands Stadium…
– As a reward to New York/New Jersey for resolving the stadium issue, the NFL voted to award them the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium is also in the running for 2018/2022 World Cups.
– Construction of the stadium included 100% local workforce and created 12,450 jobs. It also generated $64.7 million in tax revenue.
– The new stadium will generate $32 million in tax revenue each year.
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