The Minnesota Vikings announced today that the Arizona Cardinals returned 350 tickets for the game this Sunday, November 7th at Noon. These tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, online at Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Vikings Mall of America Field Ticket Office. Buy Cardinals Tickets Now!
The Vikings vs. Cardinals game will be televised locally on FOX and broadcast across the Vikings Radio Network.
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Not a lot of change for the Vikings on their Thursday injury report. QB Brett Favre (foot/ankle/chin) was held out of practice on Wednesday but returned to the field on Thursday to practice on a limited basis. WR Percy Harvin (ankle) was held out for the 2nd straight day.
There were no other changes for the Vikings on the Thursday report.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, had 3 changes. DT Alan Branch (back), LB Will Davis (groin) and DE Kenny Iwebema (shoulder) went from limited to full on Thursday.
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Vikings DE Jared Allen hosts a weekly radio show called The Jared Allen Show presented by Cadillac Ranch at Mall of America and tonight there’s a programming note regarding the show.
Heath Farwell will be filling in for Allen as co-host of the show, which airs live at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Allen will be back next week, same time and same place.
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The Vikings will return to Mall of America Field on Sunday for their first game there since October 17 and assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is looking forward to it.
“A great chance for us to get it going at home and it feels good that we’re playing a home game,” Frazier said to open his press conference with reporters on Thursday morning. “We’re looking forward to having our crowd at Mall of America Field loud and getting our pass rush going. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
What hasn’t been a lot of fun so far this season is watching the Vikings pass rush. A team that led the NFL in sacks just a season ago with 48 is ranked tied for last with just 6 so far in 2010. But this weekend’s game against the Arizona Cardinals presents the Vikings defense with a chance to get the pass rush back on track.
The Cardinals have an unsettled QB situation, with veteran Derek Anderson set to start on Sunday following disappointing performances from undrafted rookie Max Hall (who replaced Anderson in the first place). Only 2 teams (Chicago and Washington, both on the Vikings schedule) have allowed more sacks than Arizona (they’ve given up 22) and the Cardinals gave up 9 sacks to the San Diego Chargers in Week 4.
Add all of that to the fact that the Vikings will be playing with a big home-field advantage that makes it hard for opposing offenses to operate, and Sunday presents a nice chance for the Vikings pass rush to kick it in gear.
“There’s no greater time than now, playing at home against a team as you mentioned that has been allowing sacks,” Frazier said. “Now what approach they take as far as throwing the football, we’ll find out. But there’s no better time than right now.”
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I’ve never met a RB who didn’t want more touches and both Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson are certainly no exception. Peterson has joked on multiple occasions during his weekly press conferences that he’d be okay with 40 or 50 carries a game and Gerhart, a complementary back to Peterson after starring at Stanford, is certainly anxious for more touches.
Though the touches won’t come via QB Brett Favre on a handoff, both Gerhart and Peterson might be in line for more opportunities this Sunday if Percy Harvin is unable to fulfill his role as a kickoff returner. Harvin injured his ankle last week in New England on a 1st-quarter reception. He was able to finish the game but he was held out of practice on Wednesday and his status remains up in the air for this week’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals. And even if Harvin is able to suit up and play, the coaching staff might elect to use him exclusively as an offensive target to save some wear and tear on the ailing ankle.
If Harvin is not returning kicks this Sunday for the Vikings, special teams coordinator Brian Murphy told reporters that Gerhart and Peterson would be next in line. We’ve seen Peterson return kicks in the past for the Vikings – he returned one 53 yards against the Chicago Bears in 2007 to set up an eventual game-winning 54-yard FG by Ryan Longwell.
Time will tell if Harvin will be able to fulfill his role as kickoff returner. If he can’t, the duty will fall into capable hands.
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MINNEAPOLIS—Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to the November 7th Vikings/Cardinals matchup.
Members of the Vikings Women’s Organization, led by Dru Childress, along with volunteers from the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, will be stationed at each Metrodome gate to collect the food from 10:00 a.m. until kickoff. Cash donations will go toward securing additional meals for underserved youth through the Vikings “Summer Lunch” program—a community partnership with Second Harvest Heartland.
If fans can’t make it to the game, they can go to www.2harvest.org and donate online.
Second Harvest Heartland is Minnesota’s largest hunger-relief organization.
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The decision to jettison Randy Moss to the waiver wire on Tuesday came as a surprise to many. But as Vikings QB Brett Favre told reporters on Wednesday, “In this league… you should never be surprised by anything.”
The Minnesota fan base has demonstrated it will miss Moss’ play-making ability on the field, but it can now look forward to another receiver’s return to practice who was a key factor to the Vikings success last season.
Sidney Rice returned to practice on Wednesday and showed encouraging signs of improvement, providing a pleasant sight after a span of days that could be simply described as turbulent.
Rice’s return means that the Vikings now have a 21-day period to evaluate his condition and must decide by the end of that period (Nov. 24) if they are to place him on the active roster or Injured Reserve (IR), which would end the Pro-Bowler’s season.
From what I saw during Wednesday’s practice – which wasn’t much – Rice seemed to have no complications running routes. Many of the routes he ran involved sharp cuts, which may indicate that his surgically repaired hip is responding to the rehabilitation.
Although Rice’s return to the practice field is a welcoming sight, don’t expect #18 to jump right back into the mix of things.
“He’s done everything that he can do from a rehabilitation standpoint,” Childress said Wednesday. “Not unlike us with Cedric (Griffin) getting out there. He needs to do football-specific things now that he can’t accomplish with a trainer…There’s going to be a conditioning aspect that’s got to be met. Obviously football’s a physical game, the pounding, running on the turf, the full-speed routes. We’ll just see how he comes through that.”
But if and when Rice does make a return to the playing field, WR Percy Harvin, who benefitted from Moss’ vertical threat, will undoubtedly welcome his presence in that same manner. Harvin’s numbers boosted from 35.3 receiving yards per game (YPG) before Moss’ acquisition to 71.8 YPG during the 4 games with Moss.
Childress never gave indication as to when the decision on Rice’s return would be made – other than it must be done within the 3-week time period – but it’s highly probable that Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals can be ruled out. When looking forward, though, a return next week on the road against the Chicago Bears could provide a boost in an extremely important divisional matchup. In fact, if Rice were to return next week, he may just provide a spark in what will certainly be a decisive turning point in the Vikings season with back-to-back NFC North matchups – the Bears in Week 10 and Green Bay Packers in Week 11.
In his 2 matchups against the Bears last season, Rice averaged 72.5 YPG. Between the pair of games against the Packers, he averaged 55 YPG. Rice recorded 1 TD on both teams in those contests.
If the Vikings coaching and athletic training staff decides to use the entire 21-day period to move Rice to the active roster, his first game back on the gridiron would be on the road against the Washington Redskins, a team he has never faced.
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