Cook, Berrian Among Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 28, 2010 – 10:29 am

Here are the Vikings inactive players for today’s game vs. the Redskins:

QB Joe Webb (3rd QB), CB Chris Cook, S Jamarca Sanford, RB Albert Young, S Eric Frampton, WR Bernard Berrian, DT Fred Evans, & T Patrick Brown.

Ryan Cook will start in place of Anthony Herrera at right guard after Herrera suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend.  Asher Allen will start at cornerback opposite Antoine Winfield in place of Chris Cook, with Lito Sheppard and Frank Walker also in the mix.

Here are the Redskins inactives: QB John Beck, S LaRon Landry, S Macho Harris, RB Ryan Torain, G Derrick Dockery, DL Anthony Bryant, DL Jeremy Johnson, and RB Andre Brown.

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Vikings Stats Of The Week

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2010 – 10:13 am

A few interesting stats to look over as you wait for kickoff of today’s Vikings-Redskins game…

– Leslie Frazier’s 1st career INT came against Tommy Kramer and the Vikings on November 28, 1982, which is 28 years to the day from his 1st game as a (interim)head coach of the Vikings.
— DE Jared Allen now has 78.5 sacks since entering the league in 2004, which ranks 5th among all all NFL players for the most in the first 7 seasons. Allen surpassed Bruce Smith’s 78 in 5 years.
— G Steve Hutchinson can block for his 10th consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (had a 1,000 yard rusher in each of his 9 previous seasons) if RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 20 yards or more.
— TE Jim Kleinsasser can block for his eighth 1,000-yard rusher if  Peterson rushes for 20 yards. Kleinsasser has blocked for 4 straight 1,000-yard rushers.
— Kleinsasser can move into 2nd place for the most consecutive games played by a Vikings TE. Currently he has played in 90 consecutive games, which ranks 3rd and trails Brent Novoselsky’s 91 (2nd).
— K Ryan Longwell can move up the NFL charts for career FGs made. Longwell currently ranks 16th in NFL history with 333 FGs made. He can tie George Blanda (335) for 15th place with 2 FGs.
— Peterson has 49 career combined TDsin 55 career games. With 1 TD, he can move into 7th place in Vikings history, tying Sammy White with 50 career TDs.

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Vikings Arrive At FedEx Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2010 – 9:46 am

Looking to break a nasty road losing streak, the Vikings have arrived at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland for today’s game against the Washington Redskins. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET and noon CT, with television coverage provided by FOX.

The Vikings have lost 9 straight road games dating back to last season and today would be a perfect time to snap the streak, as Leslie Frazier will appear in his first game as Vikings Interim Head Coach. Frazier has been the Vikings defensive coordinator since 2007 and has led the team to 3 straight top 10 defensive rankings (2008-6th, 2009-6th, 2010-9th).

This will be the 20th matchup between the Vikings and the Redskins, a series in which Washington holds an 11-8-0 lead. The Vikings are 4-5 when playing at Washington and they’ve won 3 of the last 5 games in this series, including the last contest at Washington, a 19-16 victory to open the 2006 season (9/11).

We’ll have the Vikings inactives for you 90 minutes prior to kickoff, which will be 10:30 a.m. CT and 11:30 a.m. ET. We’ll also be chatting live with fans during the game, updating the blog throughout the day and providing updates on the Vikings official Twitter account – @VikingsFootball.

We’ll be back with more soon, so stay tuned.


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Update On Berrian, Rice

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2010 – 2:06 pm

Vikings WRs Bernard Berrian and Sidney Rice sat out of practice on Thursday after participating on Wednesday. On Friday, though, both players were back on the field and Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier was asked about each of them while meeting with reporters after practice.

Frazier indicated Rice (hip) should be good to go for Sunday’s game at Washington and he said a decision on Berrian (groin) may be made on Saturday.

Another player battling a nagging injury is Jamarca Sanford (hamstring). His presence is important because he provides depth in the secondary but mostly because of his special teams/kick coverage abilities. Frazier said that because the injury has reappeared, the team will be cautious with Sanford’s return.

The injury report has not been released yet, but I’m guessing Berrian will be listed as questionable and Rice probable. Again, official word will be coming shortly, so stay tuned.

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Vikings-Redskins Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2010 – 8:56 am

This weekend’s game will take place in Landover, Maryland, which means Vikings fans who don’t live in that area must find ways to take in the action via radio and/or television. Here is the pertinent info you need…

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– The game will be televised by FOX, featuring Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman Charles Davis calling the action. Charissa Thompson will handle sideline reporting duties.

– There will be no national radio broadcast.

–I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

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Back To Work On Friday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2010 – 7:44 am

After another great Thanksgiving Day full of football and food, it’s back to work at Winter Park on Friday. Here’s a quick breakdown of what’s going on today…

– Although I took a day to hangout with family, the team was at Winter Park on Thursday for an abbreviated day of work. There was no media access but teams are still required to issue injury reports. Had their been media access and press conferences, the biggest news would’ve been that WR Sidney Rice sat out of practice after fully participating on Wednesday. My best guess is that this is nothing serious and it’s probably just a matter of the team being cautious with Rice as he works his way back into the lineup.

– The good injury news is that S Husain Abdullah (ankle – limited), DE Jared Allen (neck – limited), S Eric Frampton (hamstring – limited) LB Chad Greenway (eye – full participation) and C John Sullivan (calf – full participation) were all on the field working on Thursday.

– Today the team will have a normal Friday, which will conclude with a practice in the late morning. Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier will meet with reporters after practice for some final comments/thoughts on his team before this weekend’s game against the Redskins.

– We’ll have several more updates here on the blog throughout the morning, so stay tuned.

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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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Vikings Make Roster Moves Official

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2010 – 3:32 pm

Anthony Herrera suffered a season-ending knee injury during last week’s game and the Vikings have made a series of roster moves as a result. Here are the specifics…

– RG Herrera was placed on Injured Reserve
— T Patrick Brown was elevated from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster
— DB Cary Harris has been signed to the Practice Squad

Harris is a 2nd-year player out of Southern Cal.

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Frazier Feels Comfortable Managing On Game Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2010 – 1:01 pm

Our last entry focused on how coaches on the defensive staff will see their roles change and increase with the promotion of Leslie Frazier to interim head coach. But let’s not overlook how Frazier’s role will also change.

The change will certainly not be slight, either. It’s a big change for Frazier, who will go from focusing primarily on defense to taking a more global perspective and managing aspects of the team that include offense and special teams as well. In addition to phases of his own team, Frazier will take on decisions such as whether to punt, kick a FG or go for it on a 4th-and-short situation on the opponent’s 38-yardline. Or whether to challenge a close call early in the 2nd half and risk a timeout that might be needed later in the game.

Frazier has been a head coach previously, but not at the NFL level. His experiences as a coach and player at both the college and professional level, though, seem to have him prepared for the challenge.

“I do feel comfortable in doing it,” Frazier said. “I’ve never had to do it other than to consult in the past in the role that I was in (with the Vikings). But I do feel comfortable with doing it and I’ll do some things in the days to come to prepare and be a little bit sharper than I’ll need to be. But there’s nothing like game experience, and I’ll get that on Sunday.”

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