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Winfield Likely Done for the Season with Clavicle Injury

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 14, 2011 – 11:07 pm

Head Coach Leslie Frazier said that CB Antoine Winfield, who missed the last four games with a neck injury, is likely done of the year after fracturing his clavicle late in Monday’s loss to the Packers.

We’ll have more on the injury as word becomes available later tonight or on Tuesday.


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Slow-Starting Vikings Drop 45-7 Decision To Green Bay

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 10:46 pm

A bad combination of starting slowly and watching the defending Super Bowl champions continue their undefeated roll this season resulted in a 45-7 loss for the Vikings at Lambeau Field on Monday night. The loss improves Green Bay’s record to 9-0 and drops the Vikings 2-7.

Green Bay struck first in the game, taking a 7-0 lead on an 80-yard punt return by Randall Cobb after the Vikings first offensive possession. The Vikings offense was not able to respond, and eventually the Packers offense, led by MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers, scored a TD on a 24-yard pass to WR Greg Jennings. K Mason Crosby tacked on a FG later in the 2nd quarter, and the Packers led 17-0 at halftime. The Vikings had a scoring opportunity when K Ryan Longwell attempted and made what would’ve been a 47-yard try, but an offsides penalty negated the FG and forced Longwell to try one from 52; that attempt fell short.

The defensive effort by the Vikings was solid in the 1st half, as they yielded just 150 net yards and 10 points to the most explosive offense in the NFL. Also, DE Jared Allen extended his consecutive games with at least a .5 sack streak to 11 when he got to Rodgers in the 2nd half.

The 2nd half didn’t begin well for the Vikings, either, as Rodgers and Co. drove down the field on their first possession to score a TD. Rodgers hit WR Jordy Nelson for the score, pushing the lead to 24-0. The Vikings weren’t able to bite back, but Cobb fumbled Chris Kluwe’s punt and FB Ryan D’Imperio was there to recover. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson pranced into the end zone for the Vikings first score, cutting into the Packers lead and making the score 24-7.

As they always seem to do, though, the Packers offense responded. Following a kickoff return out to midfield, Rodgers drove the offense 50 yards in 5 plays and capped the drive by hitting FB John Kuhn for a TD, making the score 31-7.

Nelson would score again early in the final quarter, and then back-up QB Matt Flynn would run a touchdown in to make the final 45-7.

The Vikings host the Oakland Raiders at Mall of America Field on Sunday at Noon.


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Allen Extends Sack Streak Against Rodgers, Packers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 8:42 pm

DE Jared Allen entered tonight’s game having tallied at least a half-sack in 10 consecutive games. And Allen will leave the game having extended his streak to 11 staright games.

Allen recorded a sack of Aaron Rodgers on Green Bay’s first offensive play of Monday night’s game at Lambeau Field, but eventually that sack was taken away and categorized as a tackle for loss. In the 2nd quarter, though, Allen got to Rodgers again and tallied another sack.

Allen now has 13.5 sacks for the season, which leads the NFL. He also has 13.0 career sacks against the Packers, the most against any opponent in the NFL. He recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks against the Packers on 10/5/09, the 2nd-most sacks in a game in team history and a Vikings single-game record versus the Packers.


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Mr. Hippe’s Weather Report

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 7:27 pm

We are just minutes away from kickoff of an outdoor Vikings game, which means it’s time for Mr. Hippe to check in with his weather report.

Mr. Hippe calls it 41 degrees, with winds out of the south-southwest breezing at 10-15 mph.

It’s a great night for football.


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Winfield Officially Back In The Lineup

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 14, 2011 – 6:08 pm

After missing the last four games with a neck injury, CB Antoine Winfield is active and starting tonight for the Vikings.  He was listed on the injury report as probable.

Here are the team’s inactives for tonight’s game vs. the Packers: CB Chris Cook, CB Brandon Burton, G Anthony Herrera, LB Xavier Adibi, OL DeMarcus Love, WR Stephen Burton, and DE D’Aundre Reed.

Here are Green Bay’s inactives:

31 CB Davon House
49 LB Robert Francois
57 LB Jamari Lattimore
58 LB Frank Zombo
73 G/T Ray Dominguez
76 T Chad Clifton
96 DE Mike Neal


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Vikings Arrive At Lambeau Field, Countdown To Kickoff Underway

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 5:15 pm

The Vikings have arrived at Lambeau Field for tonight’s epic Monday Night Football (MNF) showdown with the undefeated defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Tonight’s game marks the second meeting between the two clubs in three weeks and it will conclude the 2011 version of this 51-year rivalry.

It is a picture perfect fall evening here in Green Bay and the atmosphere continues to build for this prime time meeting between the Vikings and Packers. Paul Allen, Pete Bercich and Greg Coleman will have the call as usual on the Vikings Radio Network, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN and locally by KARE 11.

Be sure to stick here for pre-game updates, the live in-game chat and all the post-game reaction tonight.


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A Few Monday Night Football “Did You Knows?”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 2:10 pm

It’s a long wait all day until the Vikings and Packers finally kickoff on Monday Night Football. So to help you remain patient, here are a few interesting subplots to tonight’s matchup…

– The Vikings are 17-5 all-time following their bye week, and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a bye week.

– RB Adrian Peterson (6,580) is just 239 yards away from becoming the Vikings all-time leading rusher (Robert Smith – 6,818).

– DE Jared Allen has 12.0 career sacks against the Packers, the most against any opponent in the NFL. Allen recorded a career-high 4.5 sacks against the Packers on 10/5/09, the 2nd-most sacks in a game in team history and a Vikings single-game record versus the Packers.

– Peterson has rushed for 982 career yards against the Packers, the most by a Vikings running back in the history of the series.

– CB Antoine Winfield will be starting his 100th career game as a member of the Vikings.

– Only 4 Vikings RBs have run for 100 yards in a MNF game, while 5 different Vikings QBs have throw for
300+ yards. The Vikings have returned 2 punts for TDs, a kickoff return for a TD, and a blocked FG for a TD on MNF.


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Vikings Launch Media Campaign On Stadium Efforts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 14, 2011 – 10:58 am

The Vikings will kickoff a broader media campaign on the team’s stadium efforts during tonight’s Monday Night Football game in Green Bay. Fans watching the Vikings-Packers game on either KARE 11 or ESPN will see television ads based on the team’s stadium advocacy video unveiled on Saturday, November 5.

The Vikings media campaign is designed to drive accurate information on the stadium issue, arm fans and supporters with the facts, and remind everyone what the Vikings mean to Minnesota. Online, radio, print and television advertising elements will be included over the next several weeks, and the team will begin making community stops around the State to discuss the issue.

“This team is followed by over two million Minnesotans every week and is an important piece of the fabric of this State,” said Lester Bagley, Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development. “We have a great story to tell, and it’s time for us to take the case for a new stadium more directly to the public.”


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