Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was born and grew up in Aurora, Illinois, right in the heart of Chicago Bears country. A life dedicated to football has traveled him all over the country, from Indiana to Arizona to Pennsylvania, and he’s been a part of many great rivalries as a result.
After 3+ seasons as head coach of the Vikings, Childress clearly understands the magnitude of his team’s rivalry with the Green Bay Packers.
“Green Bay Packers week for us here,” Childress said during his regular Wednesday press conference. “Always a big week when you play a Divisional opponent that’s a state-border war. Had two great games with them last year and they always are competed tooth and nail.”
Childress’ Vikings team had trouble with Green Bay early in his tenure, but lately it’s been a one-sided affair, with the Vikings currently in the midst of a 3-game winning streak in the series. Many of the players on both teams are well-versed in the rivalry, too. As is the case with most division opponents, the familiarity the 2 teams share impact how the games are played.
“You can say familiarity breeds contempt, however you want to say that or however people want to motivate themselves,” Childress explained. “We know that this game’s competed a little bit differently than most of your NFC games. We’re mindful of that.”
Aside from adding to the history of this historic rivalry, Sunday night’s Vikings-Packers game will have a great impact on the 2010 NFC North race. The Vikings come in with a 2-3 record and in 3rd place in the division while Green Bay is 3-3 and sitting in 2nd place, a game behind division-leading Chicago.
The NFC North race is wide open, largely because of what happened last weekend. The Bears, Detroit Lions and Packers all lost, while the Vikings – who had been 1-3 – scratched out a victory over the Dallas Cowboys. As a result, the North is wide open…just as we should’ve expected at this point in the season.
“About like you expected it to be,” Childress said when asked about the division race. “Every year kind of swinging its own way. I know every week paints a different picture, but it’s there to be competed for and fought for. That’s why this game is a hugely important game.”
Did You Know?
– The Vikings currently hold a 166-123-5 record (including postseason) against the NFC North.
– The Vikings are 354-275-9 against the entire NFC in both regular and postseason play.
– Minnesota is 1-0 against the North and 2-1 against the NFC in 2010.
– The Vikings are 10-3 against the NFC North since 2008
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