Favre For Hope Foundation Reaches Out In Minneapolis-Area

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 29, 2010 – 4:26 pm

If Brett Favre is able to suit up this weekend for the Vikings and have the kind of impact that his wife, Deanna, had on a group of Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce guests on Friday afternoon, the Purple will be in good shape against the Patriots.

Deanna gave an emotional and inspirational presentation Friday afternoon at the event and also presented $100,000 grants to both the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota and the Hope Chest For Breast Cancer Foundation on behalf of the Favre 4 Hope Foundation. The Favre 4 Hope Foundation was created when the Favres merged their two foundations.

Guests were both laughing and crying as Deanna elequently discussed her bout with cancer and her family’s drive to turn times of adversity into positive moments worth remembering.

Deanna explained that she relied on faith and family during her battle against breast cancer and she also spoke about the importance of turning a negative situation into something positive.

“But more than anything,” she said, “cancer taught me not to take life for granted. To wake each morning grateful just to have another day of stuff to do. And to close my eyes each night with a prayer of thanks.

“Life has thrown us several curves, but we always manage to find a way to turn it into something positive.”

To read more about this event and the donations the Favre 4 Hope Foundation made on Friday, click here.

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Friday Injury Report: Favre Questionable

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 29, 2010 – 3:28 pm

QB Brett Favre (ankle/foot) was a limited participant in practice on Friday, a step forward after missing both Wednesday and Thursday, and has been listed as questionable by the Vikings on the Friday injury report. T Chris DeGeare (ankle) and CB Lito Sheppard (hand) were also listed as questionable after practicing on limited basis Friday.

Everyone else is listed as probable for the Vikings on Friday’s report, including S Jamarca Sanford (not injury related) and G Steve Hutchinson (quadriceps), C John Sullivan (calf) and DT Pat Williams (quadriceps), who were all full participants in practice for the first time on Friday. You can read the full injury report by clicking here.

New England has already ruled out S Jarrod Page (calf) and RB Fred Taylor (toe). Everyone else, with the exception of QB Tom Brady (right shoulder - probable) is listed as questionable.

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Some Friday Fun Facts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 29, 2010 – 9:25 am

While we’re waiting for Friday’s practice to begin and then for head coach Brad Childress to address the media around 1:00 p.m. CT, let’s go over a few Friday Fun Facts…

– The Vikings-Patriots game will be Minnesota’s 9th consecutive road game (including playoff s) that hasn’t started at noon. The last time the Vikings played a noon road game was on 10/25/09 at Pittsburgh. Since then, the Vikings have played at Green Bay, Arizona, Carolina, Chicago, New Orleans (playoff s), New Orleans, New York and Green Bay – all of which were either night or late afternoon games.

– DE Jared Allen intercepted his 3rd career pass last week against Green Bay and his 2nd as a Viking, tying him for 3rd in team history among defensive linemen.

– QB Brett Favre started his 119th (90-29) game at Lambeau Field last week, breaking the NFL record for the most starts in a stadium. Favre was previously tied with John Elway at 118.

– WR/KR Percy Harvin scored his first career rushing TD at Lambeau last week. He became only the 5th player in team history to score 3 different ways in a season (one rush, three pass and one kickoff return), and the first since 2005.

– RB Adrian Peterson broke his own team record for most rushing yards through the first 6 games of any season (684; was 670). He is the first Vikings player to reach 600 yards 3 times after Game #6.

– DT Pat Williams is the oldest active defensive player in the NFL (turned 38 on 10/24/10).

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Peterson’s Pass Protection Continues To Improve

Posted by cjsiewert on October 29, 2010 – 6:59 am

Ever since stepping onto the field as a rookie in 2007, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has shown players, coaches and fans alike how much of an explosive RB he is with blazing speed and brute strength – an uncommon combination of qualities that has separated the All-Pro RB from the rest in the league.

Throughout his first 3 seasons, Peterson was lauded for his superior qualities running the football, but criticized for not being able to block well and pick up different blitz packages during passing situations.

The 4-year veteran has silenced those critics with his improved play during such scenarios so far in the 2010 campaign.

“Outstanding,” Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell mentioned on Thursday of Peterson’s blitz recognition in last Sunday’s loss to the Packers. “He did a great job of stepping up in there. It’s never been about his willingness to pick it up. There’s just some intricate details on how we’re going to pick them up, where you’re supposed to be looking. Are you looking inside-out, are you looking outside-in?”

With his continued dominance running the football, Peterson’s improvement in the blocking game adds another weapon to an already impressive arsenal of position-specific strengths – and #28 is gaining confidence in that regard.

“I am at that point,” Peterson acknowledged of his comfort level when blocking. “I feel like I have been at that point. It’s all about just having opportunities to go out there and get it done.

“That particular play that you are talking about (Visanthe Shiancoe’s nullified TD against the Packers), we watched in practice and we knew it was going to come. I saw it unfold and was able to make a good pickup. Unfortunately, the touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown but really was a touchdown didn’t count.”

The improvement in blitz recognition will be a must when the Vikings square off against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass. on Sunday. The Patriots defense is known for its fluid formations and unscouted looks. They are labeled as a 3-4 defense, but the Vikings coaching staff is well aware of Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick’s knack for changing his defense to a 4-man front when necessary.

“He schemes the teams that he’s playing against and the offense that he’s playing against, whether it’s protections, whether it’s specific plays that he might try to take away,” Bevell said of Belichick. “We’re prepared for the unscouted looks basically. We talked to our guys about this being a rule week. Whether it’s in protection, whether it’s in assignments, you go by the rules. The rules can always take care of any look that’s an unscouted look.”

If the Vikings are going to get back on the winning track, Peterson’s ability – along with the rest of the Vikings RBs blocking on passing downs – to pick up the blitz will be vital.  When examining the matchup between Peterson and the Patriots defense, it could be said that the more complete the Vikings star RB is in the running and blocking games, the more likely a Purple victory will come as a result.

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