Big Day For Vikings, Fans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 18, 2011 – 10:00 am

Today is the Vikings 2011 home opener, as they are set to face former NFC Central rival Tampa Bay at Mall of America Field and get back to a .500 record after losing the season opener last week in San Diego. That storyline on its own makes today a big day for the Vikings organization and its fans.

But there’s more going on that makes today even bigger.

– Individual player introductions will return today for the first time in three years. The defensive starters will be introduced this week and then next week against the Detroit Lions the offensive starters will be announced.

– RB Adrian Peterson is poised to set yet another team record today. He currently is tied with Bill Brown and Chuck Foreman for career rushing TDs as a Viking with 52. One rushing TD today for Peterson will make him the Vikings career leader in that category and you have to wonder A) how high Peterson can make that number by the time he’s done and B) when and if anyone will break Peterson’s mark.

– CB Antoine Winfield will play in his 100th game as a Viking today. He was signed as a free agent in 2004 and it wouldn’t be too extreme to say he’s one of the best free agent signings in franchise history. He has 25 takeaways since arriving in Minnesota, has 5 return TDs and he was a key component in the Vikings defense dominating against the run (ranked #1 in the NFL 2006-08 and #2 in 2009).

– Last week teams that hosted games did a great job of commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by honoring those who lost their lives that day and in subsequent days, months and years defending our communities and our freedom. The Vikings will continue that theme today in their game presentation, as several public safety and military elements will be included in pre-game and halftime festivities. Today’s Honorary Viking is Mona Dohman, former Maple Grove Police Chief, who is now the Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner. The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will take the field at halftime and perform their unique silent precision exhibition drill. Minnesota State Trooper Leah Carpenter will sing the National Anthem. The U.S. Army Reserve Fort Snelling Honor Guard will present the Colors today.

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17 Responses to “Big Day For Vikings, Fans”

  1. By Rocksalt on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Blogs cueing up fast and furious

  2. By ozzinator on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    That’s because we’re all pumped up big time Rock!
    Can’t wait for the game!

  3. By DAveJr on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    I really hope Mcnabb plays well.. I can’t take another 39 yard performance. BUT THEN AGAIN!!!!!! Maybe another poor performance will be enough to let Ponder play. I believe Ponder can outplay Mcnabb, especially if we would give him the chance to be more involved. He looked great when we played the Texans. … Sometimes I hate being a vikings Fan. I JUST WANT A “WIN”!!!

  4. By jim on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    i’m trying to find live feed of today’s game. Any suggestions?

  5. By Rocksalt on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Let’ hope we can come together as a team and win!

  6. By moorevikes on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Another dropped pa-ss by B. Berrian. That’s a shocker.

  7. By Shawn on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    the games not on here

  8. By Kerasi on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    for audio

  9. By moorevikes on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Best thing about that drive…. nothing thrown to Berrian.

  10. By moorevikes on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    AGAIN, great drive… nothing thrown to Berrian. I’m seeing a trend. On a side note Sid Rice has something torn in his shoulder, he’s going to try to go without surgery. HAHAHA. Enjoy Sea.

  11. By Shawn on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Is McNabb ignoring Berrian?

  12. By moorevikes on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    All Days’ a frackin BEAST.

  13. By Vikings1 on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like another disappointing loss for the Vikings after leading 17-0, must learn to finish the games, gonna be a very long seaason!

  14. By Denster on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    You have GOT to call him by is real name,,,MCDABB, so GLAD I moved to Wisconsin 8 years ago.

  15. By Old School on Sep 18, 2011 | Reply

    Big day for the fans! That’s what it says!


  16. By Marcus Connolly on Sep 19, 2011 | Reply

    Congradulations, the National Anthem, vocalists, Leah Carpenter was auwsome, the fans were spellbound by this lady in uniform. The Marine Corps Silent Drill Team kept the crowd in their seats during the halftime.
    great job on recognizing these people. Too bad the Team cannot get it together.

  17. By Robins on Sep 19, 2011 | Reply

    Another big day for the fans. Right!!! Stop playing games and put Ponder in. Bench McNabb. Tell the players there are four quarters to a game. Keep their paycheck if they only play one half. We will win one game this year…hopefully against Kansas City.

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