Vikings Gear Up For Sunday Night Spotlight

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2011 – 8:08 am

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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21 Responses to “Vikings Gear Up For Sunday Night Spotlight”

  1. By GM on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Bring some extra oxygen for the QB

  2. By peever on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    mike in 2008 there was no such thing as mall of amertica field………X fingers we get to see ponder come in for washed up Mc-flabb and lead us,along with the purple D to a trouncing over da bars

  3. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully once we’re embarrassed on national TV we’ll finally make some changes

  4. By Parody on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nice catch peever. That name change has been so annoying. For my entire life it was referred to as the Metrodome, or Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Then they added Mall of America to the title, and every professional reporter refuses to call it by anything else now. They might as well have torn down the stadium and rebuilt it with the new name.

    What would happen if stadiums like Soldier Field changed their name to add revenue? Sorry US Military, but you’re not paying our stadium enough money, so we’re going to change the name to Tootsie Roll Stadium. Don’t worry, Soldier Field will still be attached to it, but we won’t allow anyone to refer to it like that ever again. Tootsie Roll Stadium at Soldier Field is the best that we’ll allow.

    Just save it for a new stadium! If you can’t afford to keep the stadium running without attaching sponsorships to the name, then it’s clearly far past time to rebuild!

  5. By jordan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    da bears suck just as much as us this year soo its going to be a game of turnovers and penalities. So we have a shot! PEACE OUT!

  6. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully it will be the last game McNugget starts.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe BHB last game as a Viking.

  8. By GMan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb will probably be ready for his nap by the time the game starts…or definitely by halftime. McNabb is old and very out-of-shape.

  9. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Remember when it was coined The Homer Dome?? They should rename it The Old Folks Home

  10. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B … I left a response for you in the ” Frazier Says Kevin Williams Is Back To Full Speed ” blog

  11. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I really think IF McCant throw has a good game we will win … did you notice the big IF ?

  12. By Mike B on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn I read it I joined the USAF in 82, so my perspective of that time is slanted. I have no problem with defending (you call killing) to maintain peace. Someone always has to step up and defend things that need to be defended. I worked on nuclear delivery systems, so we are from two different points of view. You have yours and I have mine.

    Brandon Lloyd is on the trading block time for Spielman to do his job.

  13. By mike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I really hope these coaches realize Aromashodu has talent and should be on the field more he’s a true deep threat don’t forget he made his presence felt on us the last time he played in the spotlight, he makes our other receivers look bad for the simple fact that he barely get play time and sits right their with them for receiving yards, also I think its time for our coach to try harder to get percy more involved he’s clearly one of our most talented players but his stats don’t show that this is by far his worst season so far take a look at the receivers that came out of that class their all putting up number except Harvins and he’s suppose to be our best receiver these coaches better start using him right get him the ball and leave him on the field more.

  14. By mike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone notice how much better our DB’s looked without winfield in the line up I mean winfield did some great things for us but anyone who watched since his buffalo days knows he’s never been a good cover corner, has poor hands, below average speed but hits like a LB. When you have young safeties like we do a corner with bad coverage skills makes it harder for them to play their game and its clear winfield loss a step he’s missing a lot of tackles and thats what he does best. He’s to old his age caught up with him and were deep at that position our young talented DB’s are hungry for action so I think its best to trade him while he still have a little value left before its to late.

  15. By lc on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    We will beat the bears and keep the momentume on threw the over rated packers(true vikings fan)

  16. By lc on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Are u stupid trade winfeild this is what happens to all minnesota sports teams we build superstars then trade em

  17. By Parody on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    HA! Someone has multiple spelling, grammar and punctuation errors in one short post and is trying to call someone else stupid! Now there’s irony for you.

  18. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B no one likes war but we as a nation should be proud of are troops. Thank you for your service.

  19. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings defense racks up at least 6 sacks on Cutler and two picks! Forte 43 yards rushing! Vikings win 24-13!!! Yeeeeeah boy

  20. By absaroka2 on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mc Not will flounder ! Face it , he’s over the hill & Frazier is the one & only person that thinks he can still play football! McNot would do better at Golf with all his “Grassburners! He threw a nice hole in one to Shianco last week! How can they have a deep threat without a gunslinger that PONDER is?

  21. By Bear Fan Living near Green Bay on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Although Cutler tried to save the Bears last week single-handedly (though there were some good holes for Forte to run through), I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a worse Bears game in my life from both an offensive and defensive perspective. I would be greatly surprised if the Vikings weren’t able to win the game–McNabb has always had great games against the Bears.

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