Happy Thanksgiving, Vikings Fans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 25, 2010 – 12:45 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Vikings fans. We at hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and football with family, loved ones and/or friends today.

As a side dish to a big Thanksgiving meal, here are some fun facts about your favorite football team as they prepare to play the Washington Redskins this Sunday.

– Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier spent 6 years as a CB in the NFL, winning Super Bowl XX as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears. Frazier’s 1st career INT came against Tommy Kramer and the Vikings on 11/28/82, 28 years to the day from his 1st game as a head coach.

– DT Jared Allen now has 78.5 sacks since entering the league in 2004, which ranks 5th among all NFL players for the most in the first 7 seasons. Allen surpassed Bruce Smith’s 78 in 5 years.

– Explosive WR Percy Harvin currently ranks 1st in the NFL with 1,542 combined net yards on the season. Harvin leads the Vikings with 595 receiving yards but also has 855 kickoff return yards and 92 rushing yards on the year.

– RB Adrian Peterson has not had a fumble in 2010 and has now reached a stretch of over 300 rushing attempts (308) without losing the football. His last rushing fumble was at Chicago on 12/28/09.

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New Look Offense Under Frazier?

Posted by cjsiewert on November 25, 2010 – 10:10 am

Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier provides a great defensive mindset, having played as a DB for a Super Bowl winning team and coaching NFL defenses – from DBs to defensive coordinator – since 1999.

But now that Frazier’s responsibilities have broadened to the entire team, will the Vikings offense have a different look than the first 10 games of the 2010 season?

“I talked to our offense about that and what I think we need to do to be successful here,” Frazier responded when asked about his offensive philosophy. “I just emphasized certain points that I think are important for us to be successful as a team; what we need to be able to do on offense.

“Without going into specifics, I think they really understand that and when you watch us on Sunday hopefully that will really come across and you’ll be able to look at it and say, ‘OK, I see the direction that the Vikings are going.’”

And a new direction is what is exactly needed for a Vikings offense that ranks 29th in the league in scoring and 26th in TDs scored with 20. That turnaround will be given a good opportunity this Sunday against the Redskins, who are showing their own struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Washington ranks 24th in points per game allowed (24.5) and 21st in TDs allowed (28).

Frazier mentioned that he would welcome QB Brett Favre’s input to the game plan “wholeheartedly” since he witnessed that value with Peyton Manning during his time in Indianapolis. But when it comes down to the offensive approach, Frazier acknowledged that some ideas may not be a part of what they want to do, and his QB is aware of that approach.

“We’re going to run the wishbone this week,” Farve jokingly told reporters on Wednesday. “I went in Monday and yesterday, sat down with Darrell Bevell and Kevin Rogers, and we talked about not a whole lot different than what we’ve done in the past. I think a lot of the stuff that I feel comfortable with, and you won’t see a totally new offense, I hope you do, if you know what I mean, but I wouldn’t say it’s been a lot different.”

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