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Vikings Arrive At Soldier Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 16, 2011 – 3:46 pm

The Vikings have arrived at Soldier Field and are in the midst of final preparations for their primetime NFC North battle with the Chicago Bears. Kickoff is slated for approximately 7:30 p.m. CT, with television coverage handled by NBC. And as usual, you can also catch the game on the Vikings Radio Network, with Paul Allen handling play-by-play duties, Pete Bercich analyzing the game and Greg Coleman reporting from the sidelines.

The weather right now is pretty good, with temperatures hovering around 60 degrees and only moderates winds cooling everything off. It rained earlier today but no precipitation is expected during the game tonight. The temperature will fall a few degrees of course as the sun goes down and the game wears on, but barring a sudden uptick in wind speed, the weather tonight will be great for football and especially great for playing a night game in Chicago after October 1.

Fellow NFC North squads Detroit and Green Bay already have completed their games today, with the Packers defeating the St. Louis Rams at home and Detroit falling to the San Francisco 49ers at home. That drops the Lions to 5-1, the Packers improve to 6-0, and the Bears sit at 2-3 coming into tonight’s game. The Vikings are of course 1-4 on the season, and are looking to win their second consecutive game tonight.

We’ll have more updates throughout the late afternoon and early evening, leading up to kickoff. So stay tuned, and remember to come back around kickoff to join us in the live chat. Also, remember to follow us on Twitter for (@VikingsFootball and @wobby) for even more updates before, during and after the game.


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30 Responses to “Vikings Arrive At Soldier Field”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall,

    I agree with you 100% that the fans do not know how the Vikings manage to make their genius decisions for the draft.

    Pray tell…how do they pick only 8 OLinemen in 9 years??? Perhaps my knowledge is lacking, don’t they use 5 guys on the Offensive Line?

    And then explain to US MORONs how NONE of those linemen are good NFL players?

  2. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Missed draft picks can CRUCIFY a ball club.

    All I did was check the 2005 draft and this is what I found:

    The Vikings selected Troy Williamson with their 7th pick
    and Erasmus James with their 18th pick.

    Among the people we could have selected instead:
    Defensive Backs: Antrel Rolle, and Carlos Rogers !
    Linebackers: DEMARCUS WARE AND SHAWN MERRIMAN
    Wide Receiver: Roddy White
    Quarterbacks: AARON RODGERS and Jason Campbell
    ….Mind you we could have drafted ANY TWO of these guys !

    Now OFFENSIVE LINEMEN THE VIKINGS COULD HAVE SELECTED IN 2005:

    Guard David Baas has started 58 of 96 NFL games, and started the
    the first 4 games for the powerful NY Giants team in 2011 ! ! !

    Tackle Michael Roos has started 101 of 101 NFL games !

    Center Chris Spencer 74 of 85 starts, including the first 4 Bears games up to the time of Pro Football Reference records !

    Tackle Jamal Brown…I didn’t look him up, but I have heard he is a starter
    in the NFL.

    Oh, sure other teams also missed some of these people. But there were
    four (4) Offensive Linemen that would start for the current 2011 MN Vikings!!!!!!

    THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY DRAFT ! ! !

  3. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Jamal Brown is a 2 time Pro Bowler and a former 1st Team NFL player.

    Most important he is still an active NFL player. Only Mewelde Moore is an active NFL player out of the Vikings draft.

    MAN, if the rest of us did this bad of work could we keep our jobs? Keep in mind that the 2004 draft was even worse for the Vikings.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY DRAFT ! ! !

  5. By Justin F on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder if the turf is going to play a part in this game?

  6. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Funny Frederick Jones how you didn’t mention Chad Greenway, Cedric Griffin, Ray Edwards, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Brian Robison, Letroy Guion, John Sullivan, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt, Asher Allen, Jasper Brinkley, Jamarca Sanford, Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart, Everson Griffen and Joe Webb. Why don’t you present both sides of the story if you’re going to take a look back and second-guess decision makers?

  7. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    All those guys are draft picks by us since 2006, yet you fail to mention them. You only mention the ones that didn’t work out. Looks at both sides of the issue if you’re going to be critical.

  8. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Like you “objectively” discuss both sides of the issue regarding Bernard Berrian, Wobshall? I have yet to hear you be critical of any member of this team, are they all perfect?

  9. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Bernard will have a breakout game soon……….

  10. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Funny Mike Wobschall how you don’t mention our “veteran” quarterback’s propensity to throw over open receiver’s heads, or at their feet. What about both sides of the issue here? Just what do you have against fans critcizing this team, is it because you refuse to yourself?

  11. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mcnabb will throw for 400 yards soon.

  12. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Wobshall, it is laughable, you saying the phrase “you fail to mention” to any fan. You yourself are the master of “failing to mention”.

  13. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Childress’s name will be off of the tags soon.

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Rock, do you think Wobschall is anything close to being objective?

  15. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Wobschall, just keep the rainbows and unicorns coming, like a good puppet.

  16. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Nova-
    I believe he will not say anything critical about players, but I do not expect him to. I did think that he made some good points to Fred’s argument. I also found Fred’s points to be important enough to consider……bottom line for me- I share the frustration about this team, but have decided to not expect much….it makes wins and good plays easier to appreciate……….

  17. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    looks like Peppers may play- he is not on the inactives list……

  18. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    we have certianly had our share of unproductive draft picks…….but I assume other teams have had bad picks as well…….

  19. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    I still do not understand why we cut McKinnie……….

  20. By Justin F on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Electrified Steel cage match –

    Mike Wobschall vs NovaScotiaMike vs Frederick Jones

  21. By SaltyDog on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Define soon. Like after hes no longer a viking or in his next life? Plus, 2 catches for 30 yards would be “breakout”

  22. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    I was being facetious…..

  23. By SaltyDog on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    My only argument against our draft picks is Troy Williamson. I lived in SC at the time, and had already seen him suck in person. Hindsight is 20/20, you cant argue draft picks effectively…

  24. By Pud Grand on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Go Vikes– to your 5th loss!

  25. By Pud Grand on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings won’t have a lead to blow tonight!

  26. By David P on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    I really love the adjustments the vikings coaching staff has made. What once was a bad second half tema is now a bead team all together. Fraiser, hate tro say it but you are not going to be a HC for vikings too much longer. How can a team stink as bad as the vikings? They remind me of my colleg football team. Does the vikings play the Rams? If so the Luck bowl. All any other NFL team needs is to play the vikings and then they will look really good. Good luck on getting the politicians to vote for a new stadium. Just BAD all the way around. New Blog topic? BB has breakout game.

  27. By absaroka2 on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s see, It’s the 3rd quarter & 33-10 Bears. Iv’e just about had all the fun I can handle tonight watching the old man stumble around & getting himself sacked 3 times so far & throwing 3 low ones, 2 of which were dirt/grass movers! Frazier, he’s standing there freezing rather than moving around-stay awake Les, maybe the defense will score! What an embarresment for national prime time. I can hear the post meeting now. Duh, Duh, & duh, we goota do better. Whoops, they just nailed the old man twice again before I can get in bed. What a joke!! I’m ashamed!

  28. By diehard viking on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    #7#7#7#7#7 leave berrian and mcbad in chicago so the can play catch n the park

  29. By David P on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    2:00 Minutes until it is over. Sweet revenge for Mike Tice. I gues he is all grins. The post presser. We played good, gotta work harder, the ball did not bounce our way. Got to make plays. We are going to get ready for GB. McCant will be back next week. WHAT A JOKE.

  30. By radzinwisconsin on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Well wtf guys go with the all purple look next week maybe that will get ya to kick touchbacks! Longwell go sit with your boy Brett and retire!

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