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What To Expect From Rice Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 21, 2010 – 11:12 am

Vikings WR Sidney Rice will make his 2010 season debut today after an extended stint on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list because of a hip condition. Rice’s presence in the Vikings lineup gives the offense a dimension it’s been sorely missing since last season, a presence not even Randy Moss could adequately fill.

But now that Rice is officially back and a part of the active game day roster, the question is ‘What should we expect from Rice?’

I don’t know, to be honest. Rice has been careful not to set too high of expectations for himself and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress told Ed Werder recently that 20-40 snaps might be the workload his Pro Bowl receiver sees today. On the other hand, though, this is nearly as late as Rice possibly could’ve come back to the lineup and I certainly don’t think he’d declare himself ready to play if he wasn’t truly ready.

Ultimately, given the ramifications of this game and the fact that Rice is playing for his next contract after spending half the season out of action, I expect a supreme effort from him today and I actually think he’ll score a TD. As I tweeted yesterday, Rice will be especially hand for Favre and Co. in the red zone. Remember, the Vikings anticipated working Cedric Griffin back into action slowly as he came back from a torn ACL earlier this season. But in his first action back on the field, Griffin played nearly every defensive snap.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see Rice with a similar effort today for the offense.


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109 Responses to “What To Expect From Rice Today”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, Thank you for updating us on Rice.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Most bloggers probably understand that it takes a 53 man roster of players, about 20 coaches, x number of trainers, equipment men, administrators, owners, and etc. to run an NFL team. I think most also know that it’s not just like playing catch in the back yard. TO THOSE THAT DO NOT KNOW HOW FOOTBALL IS PLAYED, THEN I FEEL OBLIGATED TO TRY TO TEACH YOU. If this insults you, maybe that’s a good thing. Just use the power of Pinesoil, baby!

  3. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    For me this goes back to when Tommy Kramer was QB for the Vikings. The phrase I heard most often was “WHEN ARE THE VIKINGS GOING TO FIND A QUARTERBACK THEY CAN WIN WIFFFFF!” It’s hard to listen to naive statements like that, week after week.

  4. By matt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    reading between the lines, rice wants a new contract… instead of paying moss, lets give it to sidney…

  5. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    does the offense line know we need to win this game for our very small playoff hopes?

  6. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    sure doesn’t look like it

  7. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Fred, you are the greatest blogger in your own mind!

  8. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Shut the h3ll up Fred……..
    Our Oline sucks and red zone offense is pathetic……..

  9. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hi firechildress, how are you?

  10. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I will say it again, this team is poorly coached if there are so many glaring FUNDAMENTAL MISCUES at this point in the season……..

  11. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    wipurplehead: Let’s see, I didn’t call you a name. Gee, why do you hate my guts? Oh, you don’t like to be told that the NFL IS NOT LIKE PLAYING CATCH IN THE BACKYARD!!! SoMeBOdY HAs GOtsss tOOO BE yOUR eDUcATOR.

  12. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I agree rocksalt, shut the Fv<k up Freddy!!! Our so called O-line is past PATHETIC!!!!!

  13. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I do not care so much if you like me. But I do not want you to go through life naive about teamwork.

  14. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Meanwhile Ray Edwards made a SACK!!!

  15. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    OMG the Vikes Sacked the QB!

  16. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    It is easy to hate your guts, Freddy.

  17. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    good TW, whats going on?

  18. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Jared Allen!!!

  19. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Ol TW, “Shut up, Shut up, Shut up, I don wanna learn nuthin’ I’s jus wanna have fun.”

  20. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    does anybody think we can win 2 games in a row?

  21. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Frederick-
    Let me inform you about the game, since you seem to be ignorant about FUNDAMENTALS……..If a team is not executing on fundamental plays, then the coaching staff must take responsibility. The team is not sound in the fundamentals plying the the gaps, tackling, blocking, route running, catching……etc

  22. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Cindy Lopper-girls just wanna have fun

  23. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Watching the game and dealing with Freddy.

  24. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, 20 of our 25 coaches stink up the place, and they were all brought here by Chilly !

  25. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Watch Green Bay on D.they stay in their lanes, and tackle well…..and pressure QBs…… they are coached well.

  26. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, we would be 8-1 with a good coach

  27. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Frederick is an intellectual and more than likely athletic flyweight

  28. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    We would have won the Super Bowl last year with a good coach

  29. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Where did this Fairy Freddy come from? He is Football IGNORANT, just like Childress!!!

  30. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Fred is older like Sane. they are both over 60

  31. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Salty, Most men of age 22 have been given the fundamentals for their position.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I’m switching to the other blog.

  33. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Sh!t…….c,mon TOBY!!!!!GET UR SH!T TOGETHER!

  34. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    that fumble is another problem with our coaching, very undisipline

  35. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    were getting outcoached already, oh boy

  36. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    our defense will only put up with so many turnovers

  37. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    We might as well put our Cheerleading squad on the O-line, they have more B@LL$. Nice fumble Toby, dont you have more than AP? Rice wont catch a ball, Favre cant throw on his back.

  38. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Freddy-
    What makes teams great is practicing over and over the FUNDAMENTALS……….IT IS CLEAR WHEN THOSE THINGS ARE LACKING IN A TEAM’S PERFORMANCE…….Just take gthe time to read about Lombardi, who was adamant about fundamentals………
    To say that players know the fundamentals by 22 is REALLY IGNORANT!

  39. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    that hit on greg lewis is fundamentals in action……..

  40. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Fred, you give yourself too much credit. No poster here “hates” you, but your comments and quotes from the bible on a NFL BLOG are about as appropriate as a wet blanket to keep warm! If you would just post like you have a touch to reality, you would fit right in!

  41. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Fred never even played the game rocksalt. you can’t explain anything to him

  42. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Cook needs to look for the Fv<KING ball

  43. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Gee, wonder if Cook can turn around at some point in the route??

  44. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    7-3 GB

  45. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly looks like a ret ard on the sidelines

  46. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Well maybe 3-3

  47. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly says……what just happened?

  48. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Please dont insult challenged people by comparing them with Chilly.

  49. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    right on wispurple………Frederick should be in church

  50. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    “Chilly looks like a ret ard on the sidelines”…Fire, when in his tenure did he look any different????….LOL!!

  51. By TW VIKE on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly is BRAIN-DEAD

  52. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    why is there people running around on the field?

  53. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Brad here-
    Does this sweatshirt make me look fat?

  54. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Good call, Brett, nobody can undertand poindexter, anyway

  55. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    3rd & long again………

  56. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    isn’t Chilly suppose to have a brilliant offensive mind?

  57. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    who is #71 ??? He’s been beat all day..Favre has no frikkin time!!!!!!

  58. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    # 71 has REALLY POOR TECHNIQUE……….good coaches fix that…..

  59. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    good thing there is no wind. Chilly says he can’t coach very good when he hears the whistle sound between his ears

  60. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    why does chilly have a big red X on the top of his head?

  61. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    thanks Chilly, we get embarrassed again !

  62. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    THIS TEAM SUCKS. PERIOD!

  63. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    well, hopefully Chilly gets fired now

  64. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    GB IS IN OUR BACKFIELD WITH 2-3 DEFENDERS EVERY FRIKKIN PLAY! WHERE THE H3LL IS OUR O LINE?????

  65. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    This site just sucks, It would appear that my posts are being kept from being allowed!!

  66. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    How doesn’t Percy not have his hands in there too???

  67. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    geez, we haven’t had a top 4 pick in the draft since les Steckle. thanks chilly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    fire chilly now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    THIS TEAM IS DONE……….LOOKS LIKE LAST WEEK………

  70. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, Chilly is done, just like Thansgiving turkey

  71. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    why are we always behind?

  72. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    i’m starting to believe Les Steckle is a better coach then Chilly

  73. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    forget it, were done. where is fred and sane? uhhh..we still have playoff hopes, idiots

  74. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Do we have any high school kid to take Cook’s place…the guy is just taking up air!

  75. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    i think the Gophers could beat the Vikings

  76. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Moss is looking good today. thanks Chilly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Be Sane, here…..I have guaranteed a win………I have also siad if we lose I will not blog here anymore this year.

  78. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    If the Gopher’s had a passing attack…YEP!!

  79. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Brad here-
    We are playing the possum strategy…….things are working as planned

  80. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, what is Sane going to say now? uhhhh , we still have a shot

  81. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    If we loose today, what will be the reason to blog anymore? I am already looking forward to the start of Spring Training for the TWINS!!

  82. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Sanes prediction Vikings 41 Green Bay 7

  83. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Today’s Inactives: the Minnesota Vikings

  84. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    no reason to blog anymore. just look forward to the draft in April is all

  85. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    and chilly

  86. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I told (in)sane to start cheering for our opponents…….maybe then we could win…….

  87. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    chilly couldn’t even game plan for a pee wee team

  88. By soldier1986 on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    this whole team in general sucks. i think im gonna watch the raiders and steelers game. should be a good one

  89. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    I feel like you guys do….WHAT is it going to take to have Zygi let this guy have his luggage handed to him????

  90. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t think we will win another game this year

  91. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    if we get the #4 pick, we can always trade up to #1

  92. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    The only thing is fire, is that going to be enough to get rid of the cancer..i.e. chilly?

  93. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    and where is fred and sane with their “oh things are just great” comments???

  94. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    if he isn’t fired today, the Vikings will lose 1/2 the Vikings fan base. Wilf knows this

  95. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    OFFENSE LOOKS SHARP….BEEP!
    DEFENSE PLAYING LIGHTS OUT….BEEP!

  96. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    JUST BELIEVE…..BEEP!

  97. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, sane thinks we can run the board…HAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHAA

  98. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Fred is on the other board ! lets go over there !

  99. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Time for the Whiskey do blot this one out…….

  100. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Zygi should be loosing sleep knowing that chilly is getting out-coached by McCarthy….LOL!!!

  101. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! Vick will have a 250 year rushing game against us

  102. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Well, our secondary is picking up right where they were all season long…..

  103. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    We can’t afford to blitz because we have to send the linebackers to help the secondary!!

  104. By fire childress on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    i’m not even watching the game anymore. watching the Raiders, steelers game

  105. By wipurplehead on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    There you go chilly….up the gut!!

  106. By rocksalt on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    IN SANE IS ON Halftime 17=3 blog

  107. By DiehardGreen&Gold on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    stick a fork in them….

  108. By Conner on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    “He was, who we thought he was!” “If you wanta go and crown him, crown his @$$!” He was who we thought he was!” – Denny Green But seriously, Sidney brought a little something to the dome today.

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