NFL coaches encourage their players to spend some time enjoying a hard-fought win before they turn their attention to the next opponent. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier wants his team to enjoy their latest win – a 21-14 decision over Arizona – but he also knows his players and fellow coaches must work hard and work fast early this week because the Vikings will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night in a game that will be televised by NFL Network.
Players will have the day off on Monday before coming back to the team’s facility on Tuesday to prepare for the game. Coaches, of course, will have no such luxury and are already at work in preparing for Thursday’s game. When asked about the quick turnaround during his post-game press conference on Sunday, Frazier explained his team’s plan for the next two days and also explained how he’ll rely on Vikings fans to help his team come through the short week on the winning end.
“We’ll slow it down a little bit,” Frazier said. “They’ll have the day off tomorrow (Monday) to try to get some rest, and then we’ll come back on Tuesday and go to work and try to digest this game plan and come out at home on Thursday night and play a good football game in front of our fans here at Mall of America Field.”
Playing in front of their fans at Mall of America Field has been a good thing in 2012. After going just 1-7 at home last season, the Vikings are 4-0 at Mall of America Field this season. In home games this season, the Vikings defense is allowing just 14.2 points per game, the team is scoring 25.2 points per contest and the team is positive in the take-give ratio.
Frazier has never hesitated to acknowledge the impact Vikings fans have on opposing teams at Mall of America Field. He experienced it as an opposing player and coach for many seasons, and now he’s benefiting from it as Vikings Head Coach. With his team playing on a short week and looking to improve to 6-2 through the first half of the season, Frazier knows it’s important to utilize the great home-field advantage Mall of America Field can provide.
“Our fans have been terrific,” Frazier said. “We’re going to need them to be noisy on that Thursday night and have this place filled up. We want to take advantage. We feel like when we play at home, we have a chance to be a special football team. And we want to get like that on the road, but for now, being at home on Thursday night, we want to take advantage of it here at Mall of America Field.”
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