The Vikings halted a 4-game losing streak in 2011 last week by defeating the Arizona Cardinals. This week the Vikings will look to halt another losing streak, as they travel to the Windy City for a bout with the Chicago Bears on NBC’s Sunday Night Football (SNF).
It’s always fun to play in primetime, but it hasn’t been much fun for the Vikings and their fans of late. Discounting the Vikings Tuesday night victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at the end of last season, the Vikings have lost their previous 7 primetime games, including losses in their last 3 SNF games.
But now is as good a time as any for the Vikings to reverse their fortunes. The Vikings are 15-15 all-time on SNF, including a 6-8 record on the road. But, against the Bears on SNF, the Vikings are 5-2. In fact, the Vikings last win on SNF came against…you guessed it, the Chicago Bears, via a 34-14 decision at Mall of America Field in November of 2008. It’s actually the Vikings only win on SNF since NBC took over its broadcasting rights.
You can count Vikings LB and defensive team captain E.J. Henderson as one who looks forward to playing in the spotlight of Sunday Night Football.
“Definitely nothing like that,” Henderson told us earlier this week. “Everybody across the country gets to check you out. Put on your best game face, give your best performance. Everybody in your home town, your family [will be watching]. You’re the only game on, so it’s definitely exciting.”
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