Make sure to tune into AM 1130 KFAN or log onto KFAN.com tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST to listen to “Vikings At 50,” which this week will feature former Viking Chris Doleman. The weekly show, which is hosted by Mark Rosen, is a celebration of the Vikings 50th NFL season and featured ex-Vikings telling stories of 50 seasons of Vikings football as well as discussion about the current team.
If you miss this show (or any others) live, you can download the Podcast vis KFAN’s FAN On-Demand section of their website.
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The Vikings made a series of roster moves on Tuesday, with the most significant being the addition of RB Lorenzo Booker. Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Monday that the team was looking to sign Booker and they are hopeful the former Florida State University standout can contribute immediately, perhaps on 3rd-down situations.
To make room for Booker, the Vikings waived/injured RB Albert Young and placed him on Injured Reserve. In addition to those moves, the Vikings also waived C Adrian Martinez from the practice squad and added QB R.J. Archer to the practice. Archer was with the Vikings during the offseason program last summer.
Booker was selected in the 3rd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent the 2008 season with the Philadelphia Eagles and was a member of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials in 2010.
Note: An earlier version of this entry noted that Albert Young had been waived. He’s actually been waived/injured and has been placed on Injured Reserve.
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Adrian Peterson ran for 107 yards and 3 TDs on 16 carries, including a 43-yard highlight-reel score, against the Buffalo Bills last week and that performance resulted in a win for the Vikings. The performance might also help Peterson get another win this week.
Peterson and both Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (21 carries, 116 yards) and Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (31 carries, 186 yards) have been nominated for this week’s FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award. You can cast your vote for Peterson by clicking here.
Fans will be voting for more than their favorite player. As part of the Air & Ground program, FedEx continues its support of Safe Kids USA by making weekly $2,000 donations in each of the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Safe Kids coalitions in that team’s city, is used for pedestrian-safety improvements throughout the year, from upgraded crosswalks and safety signs to traffic barriers and educational training.
Peterson is a multiple-time winner of the FedEx Ground Player of the Week Award and he was also named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year in 2008.
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Fans can now submit their question for Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier to answer on this week’s episode of Vikings GamePlan. To submit your question for Coach Frazier, click here.
Vikings GamePlan presented by Sports Authority is the official Minnesota Vikings pregame TV show. Co-Produced by Vikings Entertainment Network and FS North, GamePlan airs on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on both KARE 11 and FS North. Vikings radio Play-by-Play man Paul Allen gives viewers an inside look at what to expect in the upcoming game through exclusive Film Study with Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier. KARE 11’s Tim McNiff goes head-to-head with opponent’s media in the popular Media Matchup. GamePlan also wires Vikings players during the game bringing you closer than anyone else can!
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Not only was Sunday’s 24-point margin of victory over the Bills reminiscent of the Vikings 2009 campaign – four 24+ point wins, 1 in the playoffs – but so was the play of WR Sidney Rice.
Rice hauled in a game- and season-high 5 receptions for 105 yards and 2 TDs. The 100+ yard, multi-TD performance was his first since last year’s divisional playoff victory over the Dallas Cowboys where he posted 141 yards and 3 TDs on 6 receptions.
Credit backup QB Tarvaris Jackson for being able to come into the game in place of an injured Brett Favre and guide the Vikings offense to a scoring outburst – completing 15 of 22 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs (both to Rice) – but if not for Rice, Jackson may have wound up with 0 TDs and another INT to add to his 3 on the day. Both of Rice’s TD receptions reminded us of his remarkable ability to make a play on the ball over or around a defender.
Rice’s first TD came at the 1:52 mark in the 1st quarter with Jackson airing out the 31-yard completion to the pylon at the front-right corner of the endzone. Rice leaped forward at the 5, reached around Bills CB Leodis McKelvin and grabbed the ball while falling into the endzone with possession just before S Donte Whitner could make a play. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but was eventually overturned for the TD after Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier’s challenge. If not for Rice’s incredible play on the ball in mid-flight, Jackson may have thrown an INT to either McKelvin or Whitner.
The second TD reception by Rice was just as impressive as his first. With Jackson rolling out to his right on a 2nd and goal attempt midway through the 2nd quarter, Rice cut an out-route to the right side of the endzone and made another leaping catch. Rice had to make a diving attempt for the ball and completed the reception by landing on his back to secure possession.
“After those first two games of kind of feeling his way, his confidence was extremely high going into this ball game and it showed in his play,” Frazier mentioned of Rice after Sunday’s victory. “Our hope going forward is that we’re going to see more of the Sidney Rice we saw a season ago because his confidence is high now.”
Buffalo boasted a top-10 passing defense heading into Sunday’s game, and now Rice and the Vikings will face the challenge of the NY Giants 2nd-ranked 192.8 passing yards allowed per game defense, while attempting to win their 2nd consecutive home game and 3rd overall under Frazier.
Just as Rice has shown his return to form with his impressive performance against the Bills, he’ll be looking for a return to form from his last appearance against the Giants. In last season’s regular season finale, Rice compiled 6 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TDs in a 44-7 blowout victory at Mall of America Field.
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