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Greenway Named Vikings 2011 Community Man Of The Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 28, 2011 – 11:57 am

Chad Greenway has been selected as the 2011 Vikings Community Man of the Year.

Since being selected in the 1st round of 2006 NFL Draft, Greenway has been an active member of the team’s community outreach. He has volunteered his time with several local organizations, including Memorial Blood Centers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Sanford Hospital, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, Fuel Up To Play 60, Taste of the NFL, United Way and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Greenway took his volunteerism to a new level when he and his wife, Jenni, established the Lead The Way Foundation (www.greenway52.com) to enrich the lives of individuals and families who are in need medically or financially. For the past five years on Father’s Day, Chad and Jenni have partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop 5K race, benefiting Minneapolis youth sports programming.

Greenway is one of 32 team representatives, one of which will be named the Walter Payton Man of the Year at this year’s Super Bowl. As the Vikings representative for the NFL Man of the Year award, Greenway will receive a $1,000 check for the Lead The Way Foundation through NFL Charities.


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Career Year Leads To Jared Allen’s 4th Pro Bowl Honor

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 28, 2011 – 7:54 am

No Viking has had a better season than DE Jared Allen. And Jared Allen has had no better season in his ultra-productive 8-year career. Allen’s peers across the NFL and his fans across the country have responded by voting him onto this year’s NFC Pro Bowl roster, marking the 4th time Allen has been named to the Pro Bowl in his career.

Allen has made a career out of terrorizing opposing QBs, and he had his best output yet in 2011. Through 15 games Allen has tallied 18.5 sacks, which is 3.5 more than his previous career high of 15.5 in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs and 4.5 more than his best mark with the Vikings (14.5 in both 2008 and 2009). Allen is 3.0 sacks away from setting the franchise single-season sack record, which is currently held by Chris Doleman (21.0), and he’s 4.0 away from the NFL’s single-season record, which is held by Michael Strahan (22.5).

Allen’s 18.5 sacks lead the NFL, and he’s also the NFL leader in fumble recoveries with 4. Twice this season Allen has posted 3.0-sack games, and since entering the league in 2004 Allen leads all players with 101.5 sacks. Allen also recorded his 4th career safety this season, which ties an NFL record for most safeties in a career.


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Breaking Down The Bears

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 28, 2011 – 7:44 am

The Vikings return to Mall of America Field this weekend to host the Chicago Bears in what will be the season finale for both clubs. The Vikings come into this matchup following a road win over the Washington Redskins on Christmas Eve Day, while the Bears are coming off a 35-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas Night.

Sunday will mark the 102nd meeting between the Vikings and Bears, two division rivals dating back to 1961. The Vikings hold the all-time series lead with a 52-47-2 advantage, including the first regular season win in team history via a 37-13 shocker at Met Stadium. But Chicago has dominated the series of late, winning the prior four meetings by a combined score of 142-67. The Bears will play at Mall of America Field on Sunday for the first time since 2009 because the 2010 matchup was played at TCF Bank Stadium following the collapse of the Metrodome roof.

A win on Sunday would give the Vikings their first win against the NFC North this season and it would give Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier his first win versus an NFC North opponent. The Bears, meanwhile, have a 7-8 record overall and a 2-3 record against the division this season.

The 2011 season has been an up-and-down campaign for Chicago, and unfortunately for them it will end on a bitter note because injuries have hit them hard and essentially knocked them out of playoff contention. Chicago began the season with just 2 wins in their first 5 games, but then ripped off 5 consecutive wins to move to 7-3 and remain in the thick of the playoff chase. But a hand injury to QB Jay Cutler at the end of Chicago’s Week 11 game against the Chargers began to derail the season, and then a knee injury to starting RB Matt Forte just 2 weeks later forced the season completely off the tracks. Since that 5-game winning streak and the injury to Cutler after the 5th win, the Bears have lost 5 straight games and will try to regroup in the offseason and make another run at it in 2012.

Offensively, it’s a bit deceiving to look at the numbers because of the injuries to Cutler and Forte, and because the team has moved on from backup QB Caleb Hanie and is now playing Josh McCown. A similar progression has occurred at RB, where Forte hasn’t played in the past 3 games, backup Marion Barber III is also dealing with injury, and Kahlil Bell is now shouldering most of the load. For what it’s worth, though, the Bears rank 16th in points per game (22.4), 20th in total offense (321.1 yards per game), 8th in rushing offense (128.2 rushing yards per game) and 24th in passing offense (192.9 passing yards per game).

The Bears are converting just 32.1% of their 3rd downs (27th), have allowed 27 sacks (6th most) and score TDs on 54.1% of their red zone possessions (12th).

Defensively, the Bears remain a solid group and are led by a standout pair of LBs in Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, who were both named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster this week. Chicago boasts the NFL’s 6th-best run defense, allowing just 97.5 rushing yards per game and 9 rushing TDs. Chicago has been leaky against the pass, though, as they’ve allowed 256.2 passing yards per game (28th) and 22 TD passes (16th). The Bears best two weapons against the pass are DE Julius Peppers and CB Charles Tillman. Peppers have 10.0 sacks on the season, and has also tallied 4 passes defensed and 3 forced fumbles. Tillman, who was also named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster along with Briggs and Urlacher, has 11 passes defensed, 2 INTs and a sack.

We’ll have much more on the Vikings-Bears season finale all week here on vikings.com, so stay tuned.


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Reminder: “Vikings Country” Featuring Chad Greenway Is Live At Mall Of America Tonight

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 28, 2011 – 3:54 am

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, Greenway is the co-host of this final show of 2011.

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.


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