Attend This Week’s Taping of “Vikings GamePlan” at the Sports Authority in Minnetonka with E.J. and Erin Henderson

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 28, 2011 – 2:50 pm

Most weeks, “Vikings GamePlan” is filmed at Sports Authority Studios in the basement of Winter Park.  However, this week’s show will be taped on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Sports Authority store in Minnetonka (click here for directions), with E.J. and Erin Henderson as the special guests.

The taping will get underway at 6:30 p.m., and then from 7 to 7:30 p.m., fans will have a chance to get autographs from both E.J. and Erin.  In addition, Sports Authority and the Vikings will be giving away lower-level tickets to the Sunday, Dec. 18 game at Mall of America Field vs. the New Orleans Saints.

And if you can’t make the taping, make sure to watch “Vikings GamePlan” each Sunday at 10 a.m. on KARE 11 in the Twin Cities, and on Fox Sports North at 10:30 a.m.  Fans can also watch episodes online by clicking here.

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Harvin Adds To Impressive Season With Dynamic Performance In Atlanta

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2011 – 8:10 am

This just in: Percy Harvin is really good at football. There’s no question this offense begins and ends with Adrian Peterson, who is the best RB in the NFL. And it looks as if the Vikings have the answer at QB with Christian Ponder. But there’s also no disputing that Harvin is the Vikings most dynamic weapon, and he proved that again on Sunday against the Falcons.

It’s important for the Vikings to get Harvin involved in the offense every week, but his inclusion in the game plan this week became even more important when Peterson was ruled out because of an ankle injury. Atlanta knew Harvin would be a focal point in the offensive game plan, yet Harvin was still able to produce.

Harvin had 8 receptions for 95 yards, including a 4th-quarter highlight-caliber 39-yard grab in the back of the end zone that pulled the Vikings to within 3 points of the Falcons and made the game interesting. He also had 5 rushes for 11 yards to help Toby Gerhart shoulder the load with Peterson on the mend. Later in the 4th quarter after the Falcons had seemingly sealed their victory with a TD, Harvin took the ensuing kickoff from 7 yards deep in his own end zone and dashed 104 yards to the Atlanta 3. The return is the longest non-scoring play in NFL history. Unfortunately the Vikings were unable to punch the ball in, and ultimately the Falcons prevailed with a 24-14 win.

Add it all up, and Harvin had 210 total yards on 14 touches against the Falcons, which adds up to 15.0 yards per touch. For the season, Harvin has 1,187 combined yards this season on 95 touches, which averages out to 12.5 yards per touch. Here are a few more notes on Harvin’s performance against Atlanta…

– Harvin is the Vikings record-holder for career games of 200+ net yards, and he added to his total on Sunday. Harvin now has 6 such games, which is two more than Chuck Foreman, Tommy Mason and Adrian Peterson.

– With his 8 receptions, Harvin moved into 4th place all-time in Vikings history for most catches in a player’s first 3 seasons (182). Harvin is now 4 receptions behind Jermaine Wiggins for 3rd place on the list. Ricky Young (224) is in 2nd place, and Randy Moss (226) is in 1st place.

– With 5 rushes for 11 yards on Sunday, Harvin added to his career record and single-season record for rushing yards and attempts by a WR. Harvin has 477 career rushing yards on 66 career attempts, and 235 rushing yards on 33 attempts for the season.

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Reminder: Sunday’s Vikings-Broncos Game Moved to Noon Start on FOX

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 28, 2011 – 7:39 am

Remember fans, the December 4 game at Mall of America Field between the Denver Broncos and the Vikings has been moved to a Noon CT kickoff (previously was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CT) and will now air on FOX (KMSP Channel 9 in the Twin Cities) instead of CBS.

The NFL utilizes “flexible scheduling” on Sundays in Weeks 10-15, 17. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots in those weeks and give teams a chance to play their way onto primetime and into the late-afternoon 3 p.m. CT time slot on CBS and FOX.

For each of the flexible scheduling weeks with the exception of Week 17, the NFL will announce the start times of games on Sundays no later than 12 days prior to that weekend. To ensure a Sunday night game and doubleheader games with playoff implications in Week 17, the flexible scheduling decision for that Sunday may be made on six days notice.

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