Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
The final Vikings Redskins score was 21-32 and caused me to cry out in misery in front of the extended family that was present thanks to the Christmas holiday. To every one who knows my superstitious plight that Vikings Vixen is a Vikings jinx, I would like to say, for the record, I did not bet the Vikings would win and I hardly watched the game – I just couldn’t bear to.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson becomes only the second rookie running back in Vikings history and the eighth Vikings running back to be named to the Pro Bowl. Peterson joins only Chuck Foreman in 1973 as rookies to be recognized. Peterson is the first Vikings rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to go to the Pro Bowl. Peterson leads the NFC in rushing with 1,278 yards and ranks second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 12.
Way to go Vikings! I wish I had an Adrian Peterson jersey to wear to support the Vikings end of the season efforts and Pro Bowl appearances, I guess I will be happy to wear my Darren Sharper jersey! S’kol Vikings!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The Vikings defense was, once again, top notch. Linebacker E.J. Henderson led the way with seven tackles, while the front four of Kenechi Udeze, Brian Robison and the Williams wall of Pat and Kevin held the Bears to a measly 32 yards rushing and a 1.9 average a carry, bolstering Minnesota's reputation as the NFL's ultimate run stoppers. The Vikings offense was, once again, rusty. In fact, ten of Chicago's 13 points indirectly came off two Vikings turnovers.
Let’s keep the momentum rolling! Next up for the Minnesota Vikings: Vikings vs Redskins at the Metrodome on Sunday December 23rd.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
My favorite line in the story is one I couldn’t have put better myself.
“Now the Vikings have a chance to make the playoffs, which seemed a ludicrous thought just a month ago.”
Monday, December 10, 2007
Rookie Adrian Peterson was completely shut down by the 49ers, but the Minnesota Vikings used other weapons to destroy the 3-10 Niners. Chester Taylor had 101 yards rushing including an 80 yarder that put six points on the board for the Vikes. Tarvaris Jackson looked stronger than usuall and passed for 163 yards, but it was the Vikings defense that once again stole Vikings Vixen heart. In fact, the Vikings defense struck first when Kevin Williams got his big mitts on the ball for an interception turned touchdown. It’s great to see a 300 plus pound man jogging into the end zone with a big goofy grin on his face.
I have to admit I didn’t watch the entire Vikings game because I was nervous I would jinx the Vikings team – they have won four in a row and I have not watched any of those games in their entirety so I am laying low just in case. I did watch some of the second half, though, and it didn’t look like the same team on the field. The Vikings had a lot more fire in the first half and if they play like they did in the second half against the Bears on Monday night they probably won’t win...oops did I just say that outloud...
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I play the CBS Sports Fantasy picks game and I have been steadily slipping in the rankings – at one time I was 12th nationally – 12th! Mark Rosen from WCCO TV is in the 100’s, but little miss Vikings Vixen (screen name TicketKristy) was 12th. This week I am 37th – I have missed a bunch of picks including the Vikes/Giants match-up two weeks ago and then the Vikings Chargers game at the beginning of November. Perhaps the secret to the Vikings success is that Vikings Vixen has to bet against them. It’s clear the Vikings enjoy being my Achilles heel…well, if that’s what it takes to get a playoff spot, then I say go 49ers! If anyone needs me, I will be on the couch Sunday afternoon.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
The Minnesota Vikings took down the Detroit Lions 42-10 at the Metrodome on Sunday in what looked like good old fashioned NFC North black and blue football. Adrian Peterson was back with a knee brace and played pretty well. I thought the Lions unfairly hit him down low a couple of times, but he put up 116 yards and two touchdowns. Tarvaris Jackson looked pretty good and I am actually looking forward to the rest of the Vikings season.
I even sent a few of my friends to Ticket King to buy a couple of cheap Vikings tickets and they had a great time at the Vikings game while I baby-sat, but no worries I taught little Joe the Vikings theme song – afterall we did get to sing a bunch of times! S’kol Vikings, Let’s win this game . . .
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I was reading over on twincities.com that the Minnesota Vikings defense has plenty of good things to say about defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
"It's coach Frazier's first year here, and he's really learning our personnel," safety Dwight Smith said. "He's finally getting around to knowing what guys' strengths and weaknesses are, and he's putting guys in position to make plays. The past couple weeks, we've been able to make plays, and it feels good."
There’s no question in my mind that Leslie Frazier is a talented coach. The Vikings defense really shined against the Giants, but really they have been strong all season. Hmmm…the strength of coach Leslie Frazier brings me back to that VikesGeek rumor that Frazier will be the new head coach of the Minnesota Vikings...
Monday, November 26, 2007
It’s tough to get a road victory, but the Vikings defense made it look easy. The Vikings even set a team single-game record for interception returns for touchdowns. I have to admit I didn’t think my 5-6 Vikings had a chance against the 7-4 Giants. I even bet against them in my fantasy picks…oh Vikings Vixen can be such a pessimist. Heck, even Tarvaris Jackson didn’t look bad and I didn’t think that was possible in this lifetime.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Both the Vikings and the Raiders played pitifully for NFL teams, but I have to agree with Darren Sharper when he says, "You understand how hard it is to get (a win) in this league. And at 3-6, you can't pick and choose how you win," safety Dwight Smith said. "You just take them when they come." Added linebacker Ben Leber: "It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win."
You know what wasn't pretty? the Packers shutting us out last week - I am still scarred.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
There are over 3,000 tickets remaining and WCCO is frantically looking for a partner to help buy the remaining tickets to avoid the blackout. I don’t see WCCO allowing the blackout, there is a lot of ad revenue at stake especially so close to the holiday, probably around 250,000 dollars or so. Buy Vikings Tickets today!
Monday, November 12, 2007
The Vikings defense looked weak. The Packers knew the Vikes were going to come out blitzing and they shut the Vikings defense down, but Vikings kept trying the same defense over and over. What’s the old saying, you can’t keep doing the same things over and over and get different results . . . apparently the Vikings thought they could.
The Vikings offense was also off balance and failed to convert 8 third downs - 8!. Adrian Peterson went out with a knee injury and Brooks Bollinger just couldn’t connect with anyone – he’s not worse than Tarvaris Jackson, is he?
The Vikings have officially entered suckville.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
The best part of the game was watching “all day” Adrian Peterson run up and down the field. AP logged 296 yards and set an NFL record. Way to go Adrian Peterson. Vikings fans across the nation have been waiting for the day when Dr. Phil (Chilly) would wake-up and give Peterson the ball over and over again so Vikings fans can sing the song over and over again (-:
The Vikings Chargers game also got the record for the longest field goal return (109 yards) and that was an embarrassment to the Vikings special teams! Vikings fans even got to see Dr. Phil get ticked off and throw down his headset. Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson did get to start and he got hurt again,but backup Brooks Bollinger did just fine. This win should help sell Vikings tickets to the Raiders game on November 18th at the Dome!
Way to go Vikings!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I see there are Vikings Tickets out there for less than $10 per ticket - that is affordable pro sports entertainment. I will see you at the Dome! It will be the Minnesota Vikings 100th consecutive home sellout!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
"If Tarvaris can play, he'll play," Childress said. "I think he has improved."
I think Vikings fans wouldn’t mind seeing Bollinger leading the squad. He seemed to have some fire last Sunday and this Vikings Vixen thinks Brooks Bollinger deserves a starting role. Unfortunately, our head coach is a stubborn blind man and won’t admit that Tarvaris Jackson may not be all the he is hyped up to be. I understand grooming a team for the future, but not at the expense of the present. If you have a soilid head coach, he can do both.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Vikings Quarterback Kelly Holcomb started the game and threw for 88 yards before being injured. Back-up Back-up quarterback Brooks Bollinger then came in and tried his best to fire up the offense. Bollinger looked strong and marched the Vikes down field with short completions and a quick-hitting passing game, but it wasn’t enough to score the elusive touchdown.
Bollinger ended the day seven of ten for 94 yards. Comparably, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb had 333 passing yards. The Vikings defense did their part by keeping on top of the Philadelphia offense by sacking Donovan McNabb and stalling drives short of the endzone, but their pass defense still needs to be turned up a notch.
I think my favorite part of the game was when the Vikings succeeded with an onside kick after their first score. It was a surprise play and it was enough to fire up the fans at the Metrodome. Vikings fans need firing up as the team falls to 2-5 on the season.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here’s the best quote: (perhaps I will start a Quote of the Week segment here on Vikings Football Home)
"The doctor said I can play with it," Jackson said. "It's just about me and if I can throw the football with it."
Tarvaris Jackson! You can’t throw the football with it when it isn’t fractured! Jackson is completing 45.9 percent of his passes. His 48.7 passer rating qualifies as the NFL's third worst among eligible quarterbacks.
Childress has acknowledged that he and his staff have been discussing the "fine line" between Jackson's continuing on-field development and the team's overall competitiveness. And Vikings Vixen say’s its about time. Come on Dr. Phil – get your head in the game, not your heart.
“…you can't flush an entire season down the drain while you try to develop a
“Had the Vikings, who are well below the salary cap, signed a decent veteran
quarterback during the offseason, they easily could be 4-2 right now.”
“OK, they screwed up. Everybody makes a mistake. But do they have to pretend
they didn't? There's no reason to live with this error week after week. “
“By chasing some long-term goal, they are wasting an opportunity right here in
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Brad Chilldress you have gotten yourself into quite of a pickle. I think you really put all your eggs in one basket (as my grandmother would say) with this Tarvaris Jackson boy and although I don’t think Kelly Holcomb is that much better, let’s at least give him or Brooks Bollinger a shot. Jackson just doesn’t look like NFL material.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Vikings Vixen blames Tarvaris Jackson (again!). He has not shown the ability to throw the ball down field. As an NFL quarterback, you have to be able to hit your wide receivers in stride and Tarvaris Jackson can’t do that, he can hardly manage the hand offs to AP. His passes are either too far out of bounds for the receivers to catch them (even if they had Inspecter Gadget arms) or he drastically underthrows like he did to Bobby Wade. I am pretty sure I saw Wade give Jackson an earful on the sideline and was that Childress giving his project pupil some disgruntled commentary as well? Childress has to see that Tarvaris Jackson just isn’t it for this Vikings season (Jackson Sunday numbers: 6 for 19, 72 yards, 0 TD)
Next up is the only Vikings home game in October. It's the Vikings vs. the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday October 28th. We will see you at the Metrodome Minneapolis! S’kol Vikings!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Adrian Peterson’s performance was one for the record books, as he set a Vikings franchise record for rushing yards in a game, besting new Vikings Ring of Honor inductee Chuck Foreman 200-yard performance against the Eagles in 1976. Sorry Chuck!
Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson returned to the starting lineup after missing two games and looked OK, he is no Tom Brady, that’s for sure. The Vikings defense played well forcing a couple of turnovers including an interception by Vikings linebacker Ben Leber that led to a Ryan Longwell 48 yard field goal in the nail biting fourth quarter.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Vikings 1-3 . . . next up?
Chicago Bears on Sunday 10/14 - I will be glued to the TV!
Gopher Football 1-5...UGH!
The bad thing besides the play calling, the refs, Kelly Holcomb, the Vikings wide receivers and of course the loss, was that Brett Favre broke his Metrodome curse and came away with a victory and a broke Dan Marino’s touchdown record. Favre danced around like a damn sugar hyped ballerina when he broke the record. He’s a good QB and I am not a Favre hater, but I do hate that he broke the record under my roof, in my hometown. The real question I keep asking myself is “Are the Packers for real?” Well, they finally lost a game last Sunday to the Bears (I was shocked and it hosed my football picks), but the Pack is still looking like they are the front runners of the NFC North. Time will tell...
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The game could have easily gone either way and both defenses really put their nose to the grindstone forcing a combined nine turnovers in regulation. Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson tied a Vikings team record with four interceptions. He completed just 17 of 33 passes for 166 yards without a score –ouch.
Both offenses looked weak and two missed field goal attempts in the final 35 seconds took all the wind out of the sails. Jackson left the game after he threw an incomplete pass on the first snap of overtime. It’s a reported groin injury and the jury is still out on if he will play this Sunday vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City.
Vikings Vixen had to hang her head on Monday in the office, let’s hope next week the Vikings won’t look so pathetic. My favorite Chiefs blog? www.arrowheadaddict.com
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
On the offense, the Vikings looked to be in trouble when starting running back Chester Taylor left the game in the first half due to injury. However, rookie running back Adrian Peterson stepped up as he posted 103 rushing yards on 19 carries and tacked on one touchdown reception of 60 yards to complete his impressive first NFL game performance. According to Vikings.com, the win is Minnesota’s 16th home-opening win in the last 21 tries and marks the second straight year Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress opened the season with a victory.
Next up are the Detroit Lions who beat the Oakland Raiders on the road last week. The Lions showed that they are a team that has stamina and the Vikings will definitely be challenged at Ford Field in Detroit. Check back next week to hear what Vikings Vixen thinks about the Vikings Lions match-up! Go Vikes!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The win will give the Vikings some victory momentum going into the regular season opener on Sunday September 9th vs. the Atlanta Falcons at the Metrodome. Vikings Vixen is ready for the regular season to start - let’s go Vikings!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
I see the Vikings are once again roping fans that just want to see the Packers or the Bears at the Metrodome into buying other game tickets as well. That’s another advantage to buying from Ticket King is that you can buy just one single game and they are so convenient. I rarely can get through to the Vikings ticket office and I get sick of recordings and being put on hold and Vikings Vixen doesn’t really want to see the Rams, but I definitely don’t want to miss the Packers at the Metrodome so I am going to keep an eye on that Ticket King web site and buy tickets soon! Besides, I see that Ticket King is opening a new office right by the Metrodome on the corner of Chicago and Washington. It will be so easy for Vikings fans and Twins fans to pick up game day tickets and then walk over to the Metrodome. I am excited for the Vikings season to start and hope all of the ticket hype is only the beginning of the Vikings hype.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Is Greenway back in full force for the 2007 Vikings season? Teammate Darren Sharper said Greenway looks great and Greenway himself says he is healthier than ever before, but I hope Coach Brad Childress has enough sense to keep Greenway off of special teams especially during pre-season and only uses him when needed until we are 100% sure he is ready to be bullied by the big boys in the NFL. I thought about putting Greenway on my fantasy football team, but I am not too sure. Fox Sports.com’s Adam Schein did name Chad Greenway as the breakout star for 2007 – I wonder if Mr. Schein has Greenway on his fantasy team?
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The Vikings front office wouldn't say what prompted the starting cornerback's change of heart, deferring those questions to Winfield and his agent who continues to deny that Winfield’s absence is due to contract issues, instead stating it is due to the Vikings lack of team improvements during the off season.
Childress said the missed voluntary practices shouldn't be a problem for Winfield and that there are no hard feelings on either side. "I'm excited to have his leadership back here," Coach Childress said. "He's a talented veteran. We're all kind of mother hens as coaches," he said. "You'd like to have everybody around you all the time, but that's just not the NFL these days, particularly if someone has personal issues he's working through."
Vikings Vixen hopes we can put the Antoine Winfield controversy to rest and move on with the 2007 Minnesota Vikings Season. But before we move on, I just can’t resist this photo on the internet of Antoine and Brad from http://thevikingage.com/ – scroll down to June 17th - it’s Hysterical!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Quarterback: The Vikings resisted the temptation to draft or pick-up a new Quarterback and instead are putting all of their eggs in one basket, Tarvaris Jackson or maybe a basket in a half if you count Brooks Bollinger.
Receivers: The Vikings have no strong receivers. Rookie Sidney Rice could help, but he’s not enough to scare opposing offenses.
Brad Childress: Does the head coach really have what it takes to win over Minnesota fans and lead a team to a successful season? I believe if he doesn’t show us something in 2007, there will be no 2008 for Mr. Childress.
No Mike Tomlin: Tomlin's energy and charisma made him extremely popular with players (and fans) that now must make a transition to a new coordinator.
No Pass Rush: Kevin and Pat Williams will continue to give the Vikings one of the best defensive-tackle tandems in the league, but Minnesota's pass rush still leaves plenty to be desired. Unless right end Erasmus James makes a full recovery from a serious knee injury, the Vikings don't figure to be a whole lot better in their ability to apply consistent pressure on the quarterback.
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Vikings Vixen likes Thigpen’s record and could see Thigpen as a future poster child for Minnesota Vikings football. He helped lead Coastal to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 2006 and is the most decorated player in school history. He was a consensus All-America choice as a senior and finished 7th in the balloting for the Walter Payton Award, honoring the I-AA offensive player of the year. Thigpen posted a 30-8 record as a starter for the Chanticleers and led the team to a national ranking of #13 during his senior season. He ended his collegiate career with 53 touchdowns through the air and added another 13 on the ground. He passed for 6,598 yards and had a career completion mark of 55.3%. Let’s hope this young quarterback will be able to contribute to the Vikings offense soon!
Friday, May 25, 2007
Last year was agonizing for Greenway and Vikings fans. Everyone was so anxious for Greenway to make his debut with the NFL team he grew up rooting for as a kid in tiny Mt. Vernon, South Dakota. After starring at Iowa, Greenway's dream came true when the Vikings picked him Number 17 overall in the 2006 draft. He signed a big contract, got married and couldn't wait for his friends and relatives to see him in action in the Metrodome, but it all ended before it really started. He was injured while busting a wedge on the kickoff against Oakland on August 14, and just like that, his season was lost. Vikings Vixen is ready to put that behind her and see Mr. Greenway run onto the field with all of the cheering that a star quarterback would get. I want to hear as many fans cheering for Greenway as cheer for Joe Mauer at a Minnesota Twins game – Greenway is almost as lovable and local as that Mauer kid, anyway.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The team said Peterson will be ready for contact drills when training camp opens. Vikings Vixen sincerely hopes Adrian Peterson can hold up and that all of my ill feelings towards the Vikings picking a potential lame duck will be dismissed. Vikings Vixen is excited to see the new backfield formation of Peterson and Chester Taylor. Let’s hope those two can add the fuel to the burnt out offense of the Minnesota Vikings.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Q: Well has it hit you that this is your first practice as a pro?
A: Yeah, it's all sinking in. Just being out here and having that purple helmet on, representing the Vikings, it's tangible. It's finally here.
Q: Is there something you can take away from this rookie mini-camp?
A: Yeah, the relationships you build with the guys and just the whole rookie class...just coming out here and working hard and competing.
Q: Does your collarbone feel okay?
A: Yeah, I felt good out there running hard and just being there, just getting it done.
Q: Have you made any progress this week on the decision surrounding your collarbone?
A: Actually I'm feeling good right now, so I'm just focused on learning my playbook, getting my playbook in and just coming out here and making guys better and working hard.
Q: Is there some point during the offseason where you will decide one way or the other to have surgery or not?
A: I'm pretty sure eventually. Like I said, right now I'm just focusing on me. Right now I'm just focusing on getting these plays in. It's something you really have to study and put time in for to get these plays and the different terminology, the language. That's really my main focus right now. I've been out here practicing. It hasn't given me any problems so I'm just going to push right ahead.
Q: Have you gotten an appreciation for the fan buzz around here?
A: Oh yeah, definitely. As soon as I got off the plane, or on the plane on the way to Dallas, Vikings fans were congratulating me and just welcoming me to Minneapolis. Like I said, I'm excited. I'm just here to try to help turn things around.
Q: Did people recognize you on the plane?
A: Oh yes, coming from Dallas, flying in.
Q: Did you wear a Vikings hat or shirt ?
A: I had a Vikings shirt on.
Q: Is this something you're prepared for, being what some may call the face of this franchise?
A: Yeah, I'm definitely prepared for it. It's on a totally different level being in the NFL, but (college) kind of helped me work my way to being able to handle it. I feel like I've been prepared well, and I'm just looking forward to the experience.
Well, I am sure Adrian Peterson could be the face of our Minnesota Viking franchise as long as he stays healthy! You can see by all the questions surrounding Peterson’s collarbone and health issues Vikings Vixen isn’t the only one who has doubts about this players’ ability to perform well, soon. Did the Vikings really need to pick up an injured player that will spend more time in rehab than on the field? I don’t think so and I hope Peterson won’t be another rookie let down because the Vikings could really use some young talent to beef up the excitement at the Metrodome. Everyone was so excited about Chad Greenway last year and then we never even saw him play – another let down due to injury would just plain suck for the Minnesota team and fans.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
I like Adrian Peterson because he has big play potential. He is very competitive and if he can stay healthy, he should be able to contribute to the Vikings offense early in his career. He is 6’2” and listed at 217 pounds and is regarded as one of the best prep running backs to ever come out of Texas. By adding Peterson to the lineup, the Minnesota Vikings have a one-two punch in the backfield. With Peterson and incumbent Chester Taylor, opposing defenses have two tough runners to worry about each week. Now I am not sure the Vikings filled a need (we did just get Taylor!) but at least they didn’t make a stupid move, either.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Whitaker is now the seventh Viking to be arrested in the past year! I should start my own “Vikings Crime” blog! Earlier this week, cornerback Cedric Griffin was arrested in downtown Minneapolis and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was accused of engaging in an altercation with the staff of a nightclub over his alleged violation of their dress code. How crazy is that? He caused a fist fight over his clothes!
I think coach Brad Childress may need to have a little pre-camp meeting with the Vikings players to explain how important it is to keep their noses clean and stay out of trouble. Instead of hanging out at the clubs getting drunk and getting into fights, let’s get the players into a 24 hour gym where they can lift weights and work on their stamina and get ready to play in the National Football League.
Monday, April 16, 2007
7 observations on the 2007 Vikings schedule:
1. Primetime game
The Vikings have just one scheduled primetime game in 2007. The Vikings will host the Chicago Bears on Monday night, December 17. The Vikings and Bears haven't played each other on Monday Night Football since 1996.
2. Common non-divisional opponents from 2006
Of non-divisional games, the Vikings have two rematches scheduled with teams from the 2006 season. The Vikings will have a chance to avenge last season's 9-3 loss at San Francisco when the team returns to Monster Park on December 9th. The Washington Redskins will try to even the score when they come to the Metrodome on December 23rd.
The Vikings opened the season last year in Washington and defeated the Washington Redskins by a score of 19-16, giving Brad Childress his first victory as an NFL head coach.
3. Early division games
The Vikings play all three divisional opponents early in the season, including three games in the first five games of the season, with two of those contests coming on the road. The results of the games will definitely set the mood for the entire year.
4. AFC West opponents on the schedule
The NFL scheduling formula dictates that each division plays another division in the other conference on a rotating basis. In 2007, the NFC North teams are scheduled to play the AFC West teams. Consequently, the Vikings host the Chargers on November 4 and the Oakland Raiders on November 18 and travel to Kansas City on September 23 and Denver to close out the season on December 30.
The Vikings vs Broncos matchup on December 30th will send the Vikes to INVESCO Field at Mile High. The game is assured to be in cold weather and probably snowy!
5. Star players will be in the Metrodome
The Vikings will host an exciting lineup of visiting players this year. A part of a home team fan's gameday experience is seeing the opposing team and it's star players. In 2007, the Vikings welcome players such as Terrell Owens, Michael Vick, Brett Favre, Brian Urlacher, and LaDainian Tomlinson.
6. For the sixth time in ten seasons, the Vikings open at home
Last season the Vikings opened at Washington, but 2007 will see the team open at home for the sixth time since 1998.
7. Vikings play seven games against 2006 playoff participants
In playing Chicago Bears (twice), Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Giants, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings have seven games in 2007 against teams that made the 2006 playoffs. Four of those seven games (Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, New York) come on the road and the Vikings have a stretch from Week 6 through Week 9 where they play four straight 2006 playoff teams, including three division winners and the team with last season's best regular season record (the 14-2 Chargers). The schedule is definitely tough for a Vikings team that may not have what it takes to shine.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Here’s the 2007 Minnesota Vikings Schedule:
Friday August 10 St. Louis Rams 7:00 P.M.
Friday August 17 At New York Jets 7:00 P.M.
Saturday August 25 At Seattle Seahawks 8:00 P.M.
Thursday August 30 Dallas Cowboys 7:00 P.M.
Sunday September 9 Atlanta Falcons Noon
Sunday September 16 At Detroit Lions 3:05 P.M.
Sunday September 23 At Kansas City Chiefs Noon
Sunday September 30 Green Bay Packers Noon
Sunday October 7 Bye
Sunday October 14 At Chicago Bears Noon
Sunday October 21 At Dallas Cowboys Noon
Sunday October 28 Philadelphia Eagles Noon
Sunday November 4 San Diego Chargers Noon
Sunday November 11 At Green Bay Packers Noon
Sunday November 18 Oakland Raiders Noon
Sunday November 25 At New York Giants Noon
Sunday December 2 Detroit Lions Noon
Sunday December 9 At San Francisco 49ers 3:05 P.M
Monday, April 2, 2007
Let’s hope the intense conditioning and the upcoming camps will be enough to let the Minnesota Vikings take the field and actually score a few points this year. Minnesota Vikings fans won’t be rushing into the Metrodome any time soon if the Vikes don’t prove themselves early on.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
One significant change for the offense will be the change in the quarterback position. Brad Johnson has moved on and several young guns including Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger will be battling for the starting spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikes don’t acquire one more QB just to make sure that next years starter earns his spot.
I am looking forward to the Vikings moving and shaking things up in the offense, because let’s face it – if they don’t do something this year, the meager fan base that remains will be lost for sure and that new stadium ? it may end up in another state.
Monday, March 19, 2007
I didn’t personally see Matt Birk in his Irish costume, but word on the street was that he looked pretty funny – definitely not ready to hold off any 300 pound linebackers. Maybe we should change it to the Minnesota O’Vikings team – they could use the luck!
Monday, March 12, 2007
Where have you spent most of the offseason?
I've been here, in Eden Prairie, at the house and working out. I've been in the facility daily, working out four days a week. I'm just trying to get the knee stronger. My wife, Jenny, and I spent two weeks in Hawaii for our Honeymoon, so that was a great time. It was nice to get away for a little bit. But this is where I know I need to be right now, getting ready for next season. Then maybe next offseason we can take a longer break.
You got married two months after being drafted. Describe that period of your life.
It was exciting. We were actually apart for most of that time because I was up here at minicamps and she was down in Iowa City working. So it was hard at first, but we were just excited to have an opportunity here to be drafted and being close to both families. Her family is from Chicago and I'm from South Dakota, so we're right in the middle. Plus, we're part of a great community up here. It was exciting and now we're expecting our first child in August, so the excitement keeps going and going.
During the season, obviously Sunday is a game day. But I would rehab four days a week. Monday would be a rehab day for me and then Tuesday would be a day off. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday would all be the same - I would come in and lift, rehab, get stronger and keep going all the way through.
I did the radio show with PA and Dubay on KFAN, which was great because that's what I eventually want to do once I am finished with a long career. That was great experience for me to do that weekly. Other than that, I tried to stay involved with what's going on at the facility, with defensive play-calling and defensive schemes. I tried to learn how NFL defenses operate week-to-week and how they adjust.
Are you anxious for minicamp and the offseason program to begin?
I'm very excited. I've never looked forward to football as much in my life as I have these past six months. The minicamps are going to be a great experience for me because we are going to be putting some different defenses in. Some of it will be the same but there will also be some differences. It will be a great chance to go out there and learn and a great chance to go out there and learn that my knee is strong and stable. I'm just so excited to play football. It's been a long six months for me, a hard six months. I know I'll be ready.
As the draft approaches, what's going through the mind of a typical NFL prospect right now?
It's a very nerve-racking experience. You may have done well at the Combine, you may have done well at your pro day, so these guys are nervous. There are expectations of where they might be drafted, they've heard that they could be a third-round pick, or whatever, but they don't really know what to expect. They might have another pro day coming up, so the thinking is to keep the foot on the gas pedal and keep working hard because they still have more opportunities to improve in the next couple weeks to increase their draft status. Then it goes into the interview process, which means you just want to put your best step forward. You want to look nice and present yourself well and show the team what you have to offer them as far as work ethic and things that they can't control. They want to know that you won't get in trouble and that you'll maintain a clean slate.
What would be a piece of advice to one of them?
My advice would be to stay out of trouble, first and foremost, because that's the thing that is going to kill you. Stay out of the bars, stay away from situations that are going to get you in trouble. Just keep working hard and stay in shape because you're going to have pro days but then you'll get a month or so off before minicamps. So you really need to work on your shape and condition so you can enter minicamps in a position to compete and earn a spot.
Drafted Vikings players will receive this hat when they are drafted in 2007. Fans can buy the hat as well for around $25. Personally, Vikings Vixen, likes the hat. The Norseman logo is on the front, Reebok symbol on the side and NFL Equipment Tag on the back. It is a micro mesh hat similar to the one that sold out so quickly last year so you better buy them fast or get ready to bid on ebay for them!
Monday, March 5, 2007
The Vikings team added tight end Visanthe Shiancoe from the New York Giants and line backer Vinny Ciurciu from the Carolina Panthers. Has anyone ever seen two last names with so many vowels??? Oh my goodness – Vanna!
Despite the funky names, both players are solid and know what it feels like to win. Shiancoe has not missed a game in his 4 seasons and is a proven blocker and pass catcher. Shiancoe definitely helped pave the way for Tiki Barber to rush for over 1,200 yards in each of the past 4 seasons. Ciurciu has been a key part of the Panthers special teams units. He led the team in special teams tackles in 2006 and was 2nd on the team in 2005. Let’s hope the addition of these two players is just one step of many to get the Vikings a solid competitive team for 2007.
The Minnesota Vikings have also let go of three players that just weren’t putting up the numbers last year. The released players were #75 Mike Rosenthal (I personally liked him and was sad to see his name on the list), Fred Smoot (no love lost there) and Jermaine Wiggins (mediocre with the Vikes, but I see him doing alright somewhere else).
I am excited to see more moves! Let’s build this Vikings ship into the solid boat that it needs to be in order to navigate the rough waters of the NFL!!!!
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
What could the Vikings call their little fan get together? Vikings Fan Fest ? That seems to be a well liked name. Come on Vikings Fans, let’s start an effort to get the men in purple out in the community shaking hands and kissing babies!
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Frazier comes to the Vikings after helping Indianapolis win Super Bowl XLI, the 2nd Super Bowl title he has been associated with as a player and coach. Frazier was a starter on the 1985 Bears that won Super Bowl XX over New England. In his 8 NFL seasons Frazier has been a part of teams that have gone 81-47 and has been a part of 7 straight campaigns with a .500 record or better and played in 3 conference championship games. Frazier is reuniting with Childress as they both have Eagles blood in them. Frazier sounds pretty solid and I welcome him aboard my Vikings love ship – now let’s win some games!
Monday, February 12, 2007
The Minnesota Vikings sent 5 players to the Pro Bowl this year including Matt Birk. Matt is a definite fan favorite and the Vikings coaxed him into writing a Pro Bowl blog on their website. Matts Blog. I actually enjoyed reading it more than I enjoyed watching the snippets of the game on Saturday. Hawaii sounds great and Matt sounds like he is having a great time. I am totally jealous.
FINAL SCORE: AFC 31, NFC 28 - - - Tiki Barber and Tony Romo were the stars for the NFC, no big surprise, and Carson Palmer ended up being the show stealer for the AFC.
Hey Vikings, maybe next year we could have a few show stealers?!?!?!
Friday, February 9, 2007
Here are some snipets from Vikings.com:
For the first time since 1998, there will not be a general price increase for all seats. Two-thirds of all season ticket locations will have the same or lower price than this past season, with virtually all remaining locations increasing by 1.8% to 4.5%."We greatly value our loyal Season Ticket Owners and have worked very hard throughout this decision-making process to maintain affordable options for our fans while balancing our business challenges," said Steve LaCroix, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
In 2007, the Vikings will have 11 pricing options for season tickets (up from 8 in the 2006 season), ranging from $99 (limited view), $196.10, $380, $490, $670, $710, $730, $960, $990, $1,130 to $1,160 for a 10-game season package. These ticket prices include a 10% admissions tax paid to the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, as well as appropriate sales taxes. New in 2007, as a tribute to the Vikings' inaugural season of 1961, there will be over 4,000 upper level season tickets offered for $19.61 per seat per game."We are excited about creating a wider variety of choices for our fans," said LaCroix. "Our $196.10 season ticket will be one of the lowest-priced season tickets in the NFL."
Yeah Vikings! I love the energy and the excitement of watching a Minnesota Vikings home game and I look forward to buying more tickets in 2007 than I did in 2006!
Monday, February 5, 2007
In order to be in the Super Bowl next year, the Minnesota Vikings will have to really turn it up and win some games. In 2007, the Vikings have a pretty fun schedule . . . they have regular season home games with:
Now, the division games against the Packers, the Bears, and the Lions are a no brainer, but I was pleased to see the Vikings get to host the Raiders again (Randy Moss back at the dome is always a crap shoot) and I am a huge Redskins fan (I think many Minnesotans are - I am a big Joe Gibbs believer and I will definitely be at that game). Both Philly and San Diego crushed their respective divisions so those should be competitive games and I think the Vikes always have a little bit of an ax to grind with Atlanta.
The official 2007 schedule is released mid-April. I guess I will have to wait until then to start requesting my vacation days and looking for Vikings Tickets!
Fact: The Vikings have sold out 94 consecutive home games
Thursday, January 25, 2007
I am a true Vikings fan - I do bleed purple (even though my favorite color is PINK!) My father proudly wore his "My two favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings and who ever is playing the Packers" shirt every game day and would occasionally switch it out for a Joey Browner jersey that said PETERSON on the back - man, those were the good 'ol days - watching football with dad...
Anyway, enough reminiscing - let's get back to this blog - My Minnesota Vikings Football blog will be my personal commentary on the status of the Minnesota Vikings at any given time. My name is Vikings Vixen - hear me roar!!!!!
Vixen from http://www.dictionary.com/
1. a female fox.
2. an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.