Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Packers vs. Vikings {2010}

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Well, after the ice storm that happened that night before and Wayne spending the night at a friends house I left the house to meet him at his Mom's. It's a nice meeting place, where we can leave a vehicle. We made our way to Mall of America Field for the noon game. It was still rainy and cold out, but we were both excited to go. Neither one of us had ever been to a Viking/Packer game. This one was a big deal as we were on a losing streak and our team could just not get it together. Here were our seats in the 9th row.

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I didn't snap a whole lot of pictures, but I had to get one of #69.

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And although he hasn't done a whole lot this year (I blame it on his wife for making him cut off his mullet...you just don't mess with a Man's mojo), I still love him and his enthusiasm.

Here is a little history and a few stats on the game. Obviously we didn't win, but it's still really cool to know.

Game Preview

The Minnesota Vikings (3-6) return home this week to face the divisional rival Green Bay Packers (6-3) on Sunday, November 21. Kickoff at Mall of America Field is set for noon CST.

Sunday’s game will be the 100th matchup between the Vikings and the Packers, a heated rivalry in which Green Bay currently holds a 50-48-1 series lead. Not only do the teams share a tight overall series record, the Vikings and Packers also have been incredibly even in scoring over the years, with just a 16-point difference (Green Bay 537, Minnesota 521) in the 22 games (including the only playoff game in ‘04) since 2000. Minnesota has won three of the last four games in the series.

What To Watch For

* If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 18th victory at Mall of America Field since 2008. The Vikings are 17-3 in the last 20 home games.

* If the Vikings win, it will be the 40th regular season victory for Head Coach Brad Childress. Childress has 40 overall wins - 39 in the regular season and one postseason victory.

* G Steve Hutchinson can block for his 10th consecutive 1,000-yard rusher (had a 1,000 yard rusher in each of his nine previous seasons) if RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 92 yards or more.

* K Ryan Longwell can move up the NFL charts for career field goals made. Longwell current ranks 16th in NFL history with 332 field goals made. He can tie George Blanda (335) for 15th place with three FGs.

* RB Adrian Peterson has 49 career combined touchdowns in 55 career games. With one TD, he can move into 7th place in Vikings history, tying Sammy White with 50 career TDs.

* Peterson needs two rushing touchdowns to move into a 7th place tie in NFL history for the most rushing TDs in the first four NFL seasons. Peterson is currently tied for 9th with 47 career rushing TDs and trails Jim Brown and Maurice Jones-Drew, who both had 49 in their first four years.

* With 92 rushing yards, Peterson will reach 1,000 yards for the fourth consecutive season.

A classic picture of this match-up.

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Since that game about a week ago, the owner has fired Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier has stepped up in the interim. There were high expectations for this new coach and team and they pulled through. We won Sunday's game against the Redskins, and didn't look half bad. I am hoping this continues. Wayne and I have tickets to the Giants game on Sunday 12/12 and to the Monday night football game against the Bears on 12/20. I had bought the tickets back in August for Wayne's birthday not knowing if Favre was coming back or not. I have been disappointed thus far (like many Vikings fans), but I have hope.

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And even though we lost miserably, we still had fun and always do! 
Stay tuned for more posts in December about our Vikings adventures (and hopefully some more wins).

Leah