Reminder: “Vikings Country” Featuring Jared Allen Is Live At Mall Of America Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 20, 2011 – 11:58 pm

As is the case each Wednesday during the NFL season, fans can head to Mall of America tonight from 6:30 to 7 to check out “Vikings Country,” a weekly radio show hosted by Mike Mussman and co-hosted by either Jared Allen or Chad Greenway.  Tonight, Allen is the co-host.

The show will be broadcast live from the Sky Deck Sports Grille and Bar at Mall of America – located on the fourth floor, east side – every Wednesday during the regular season and will air on KFAN (FM 100.3); the show will also be aired on Fox Sports North at 11:00 a.m. every Sunday. Allen and Greenway will alternate weeks as co-hosts of the show with Mussman, and the Vikings Street Team will be at each broadcast giving away great prizes.

Fans are encouraged to attend the live broadcast each week at the Sky Deck Sports Grille and Bar, where they will enjoy a state-of-the-art restaurant and entertainment facility that features high definition TV’s, quality billiards, 12 lanes of bowling and a great menu of beverages and food.

Allen will co-host tonight, while Greenway will co-host the final show of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

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Vikings, Ramsey County Move Forward With New Stadium Plans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2011 – 3:42 pm

Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf meets with Governor Dayton and legislative leaders

On Tuesday, the Ramsey County Board passed its third positive vote on the potential new publicly-owned stadium project in Arden Hills, this time approving a “Request for Qualifications for Architectural and Engineering Services.”  Passing 4-3, the vote means the County can move forward with soliciting interested architects who may be approved to design the stadium.

“Today’s action by the Ramsey County Board is further evidence of our strong partnership with the County and is another step in moving this process forward in Arden Hills,” said Vikings Vice President of Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “The sooner we take action, the better chance we have of opening the stadium in 2015. We can also prevent millions of dollars in cost delays and put thousands of people back to work as soon as possible.”

The Tuesday vote came the morning after Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf and Vikings officials met with Governor Mark Dayton and several legislators. Gathering at the Governor’s residence on Monday night, the Vikings, Governor Dayton and legislators discussed the latest on the stadium effort, the urgency to resolve the issue and the need to bring forward a legislative package for consideration in January.

The Vikings and Ramsey County also released two new conceptual images today depicting the various uses that could be developed around the proposed new stadium in Arden Hills.

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Vikings, Ramsey County Release New Arden Hills Stadium Development Images

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2011 – 11:22 am

The Vikings and Ramsey County released two conceptual images illustrating the various uses that could be developed around the proposed new stadium in Arden Hills. Both the summer and winter scenes represent the potential development as a result of remediating the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) site.

The summer scene portrays various outdoor activities, including running and biking trails that could extend along the eastern edge of the site connecting to the Wildlife Corridor. Multi-use practice fields could be available for youth, high school and amateur sports, including football, lacrosse and soccer. The “main street” concept beyond the football fields could include a mixed-use corridor of retail, residential, commercial office and park space surrounding a community pond.

The winter scene provides a closer view of the “main street” concept, which depicts a winter destination of cross-country skiing, ice-skating on the community pond, hiking and outdoor fun around the fire pits. The “Lake House” adjacent to the pond could provide indoor and outdoor space for community events, adjacent to the main street restaurant and retail corridor.

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Frazier Confident Vikings Can Build Around Peterson

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2011 – 7:20 am

The schedule Leslie Frazier and the Vikings have run through this year has provided face-to-face meetings with some of the NFL’s best QBs and best passing games. The Vikings have played 6 games against Top 10-rated QBs and they’ve played 8 games against teams ranked 10th or better in passing yards per game.

From two games against Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford to games against Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan, the Vikings schedule has been relentless in terms of facing elite QBs. In total, opponents have completed 69.1% of their passes against the Vikings for an average of 260.4 yards per game and a TD-INT ratio of 31-6, which adds up to a passer rating of 110.8.

With all of that happening, though, Frazier remains steadfast in his commitment to building a winner in Minnesota around Adrian Peterson and a good defense. It’s a plan that’s worked for the Vikings during Frazier’s time in Minnesota, and it’s a plan Frazier intends to execute once again in the near future.

“I really don’t,” Frazier responded on Monday when asked if he hesitates in planning to build an offense around Peterson. “I know we have the best running back in the game and we’ll get to the point where we’ll be a team that can compete with New Orleans and Green Bay better than we have this season. Very, very happy that we have Adrian Peterson as our running back and that we can build our offense around Adrian.”

High-flying passing attacks gain much of the publicity in today’s NFL. Clips of Tom Brady, Brees and Rodgers slicing up opposing defenses dominate the post-game highlight shows. But there are also several teams who rely on a great ground attack to win games. There are 4 teams – Denver, Houston, New Orleans and San Francisco – who are currently leading their divisions and also have a Top 10 rushing attack. Clearly New Orleans is a pass-first team, but Denver ranks 31st in passing, Houston ranks 17th and San Francisco ranks just 29th. The success of those 3 division-leading teams, who have a combined record of 29-13, is proof-positive that you can win in today’s NFL by being a run-first team.

This isn’t to say the Vikings should abandon their attempt to develop a consistent passing game. Take a look at the playoff field year-in and year-out, and you’ll notice that most playoff teams have productive QBs. With 1st-round pick Christian Ponder in the fold, the Vikings have a good start in developing a better passing game.

As is the case with most rookies, Year #1 has been up and down for Ponder. But having Peterson in the backfield is good for the offense in general, and also Ponder specifically.

“It’s going to be good for our team, good for our defense, offense, our special teams, the fact that we have Adrian as our guy and it should help our quarterback,” Frazier said.

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