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    Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Madden NFL 09
    Minnesota Vikings
    Franchise Mode


    January 3rd, 2008


    ???: It’s a pleasure doing business, Mr. McCombs. We just have to get it through Mr. Goodell and the other owners, and the transfer of ownership should be finalized.


    Red: Hey, it’s your franchise as far as I’m concerned. I couldn’t get a new stadium, I don’t see those damned government officials granting you one. I was gonna move the team, to be honest.


    ???: That won’t be necessary, Mr. McCombs. I intend to keep the team here in Minnesota and getting that new stadium, one way or another.


    Red: Good luck with that. I’ll have one of my guys fax the details to the league office and to the owners and we’ll see what happens.


    ???: That’s no problem, I have plenty of time to let the league do their thing; between you and me, who were the other interested parties?


    Red: Hah, you really want to know? Well the Pohlads were interested, they own the Twins of course, but they were gonna throw some big money for the Vikes. Other than them, there were these brothers… uh, what’s their name again…? Wilf? Zygi and Mark Wilf- yeah, that’s right. They were offering quite a sum too, but then you came along and offered more.


    ???: Sounds like a couple of characters, heh. Alright, I’ll catch you later, I hope you have continued success in your business endeavors.


    Red: Same to you, hope you get that team a Super Bowl… those folks in Minnesota truly deserve one at some point…


    ???: Hah… hah…


    Two Weeks Later


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    S’K’OLD
    RED MCCOMBS TO SELL
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS


    Red McCombs in 1998

    T
    he Minnesota Vikings are officially getting sold for the second time in ten years. Red McCombs, soon to be former owner of the Minnesota Vikings, purchased the team in 1998 for a scant $250 million dollars. During his ten years as owner of the Minnesota Vikings, the team saw incredible highs and horrible lows: going 15-1 in 1998 but missing the Super Bowl in an overtime thriller NFC Championship, losing to the Giants 48-0 in the 2001 NFC Championship, and missing the playoffs three years in a row from 2005 to this past season. Citing his frustration with the team dynamic and the failure to secure a new stadium for his team, Red McCombs plans to bid farewell to the Vikings for a reported $860 Million dollars from a mystery businessman. Reports have been inconclusive in identifying the soon-to-be new owner of the Vikings. Red McCombs in a press conference yesterday refused to name names of the new owner, saying that “in due time, he’ll let you guys know who he is”. McCombs was close to selling the team in 2005 to the Wilf brothers, but the deal fell through at the last minute when neither could come to a financial agreement. The owners of the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have reportedly voted in favor of the change in ownership, which will reportedly go into effect on February 2nd, the day after the Super Bowl. Roger Goodell… Cntd. C1


    April 22, 2008


    Blockbuster Trade

    Allen to Minnesota for King's Ransom of Picks

    Jared Allen is no longer a Kansas City Chief. The Minnesota Vikings have given a sum of picks for the 2007 All-Pro Defensive End out of Idaho State. Allen, 26 years old and entering his fourth year in the NFL, led the league in sacks last season with 15.5 sack on the year. Minnesota has given Kansas City their 2018 1st Round Draft Pick, two 3rd Round Draft Pick, as well as swapping their respective 6th Round Draft spots in order to procure the services of Allen. The addition of Jared Allen looks to add a much needed pass-rushing edge to the Vikings defense.

    Are you ready for the new era?

    Season 2 Premiere
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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Training Camp Roster:

    Name, Overall, Age, Years Left, Salary Per, Signing Bonus
    (*) Rookie​


    QB:
    Tavaris Jackson (79) [25] - 2 Year, $520K, $1.08M
    Gus Frerrote (78) [37] - 2 Year, $1.75M, $500K
    Brooks Bollinger (73) [28] - 1 Year, $870K, $260K

    RB:
    Adrian Peterson (95) [23] - 4 Year, $6.40M, $6.70M
    Chester Taylor (89) [28] - 2 Year, $3.77M, $3.72M
    Maurice Hicks (78) [30] - 3 Year, $650K, $630K

    FB:
    Thomas Tapeh (87) [28], 5 Year, $890K, $2.50M

    WR:
    Bernard Berrian (85) [27] - 6 Year, $5.14M, $3.84M
    Sidney Rice (83) [22] - 4 Year, $820K, $1.85M
    Bobby Wade (82) [27] - 4 Year, $2.50M, $2.00M
    Aundre Allison (78) [22] - 3 Year, $470K, $1.24M
    Robert Ferguson (77) [28] - 1 Year, $1.00M, $340K

    TE:
    Visanthe Shiancoe (78) [28] - 4 Year, $3.28M, $1.15M
    Jim Kleinsasser (77) [31] - 1 Year, $3.69M, $1.25M
    Garrett Mills (71) [24] - 2 Year, $460K, $340K

    LT:
    Bryant McKinnie (94) [28] - 6 Year, $4.66M, $14.9M
    Chase Johnson (64) [24] - 2 Year, $380K, $180K

    LG:
    Steve Hutchinson (98) [30] - 5 Year, $5.34M, $8.54M
    Brian Daniels (72) [23] - 1 Year, $350K, $110K

    C:
    Matt Birk (95) [32] - 1 Year, $3.80M
    Dan Mozes (67) [23] - 1 Year, $300K, $60K

    RG:
    Anthony Herrera (86) [28] - 4 Year, $1.87M, $2.84M
    Artis Hicks (78) [29] - 2 Year, $780K, $1.44M

    RT:
    Ryan Cook (88) [25] - 2 Year, $860K, $800K
    Marcus Johnson (76) [26] - 2 Year, $800K, $1.15M

    LE:
    Brian Robison (82) [25] - 3 Year, $490K, $760K
    Ray Edwards (82) [23] - 1 Year, $370K, $540K
    Jayme Mitchell (75) [24] - 1 Year, $430K, $320K



    RE:
    Jared Allen (97) [26] - 6 Year, $7.47M, $11.3M
    Kenechi Udeze (76) [25] - 1 Year, $1.85M, $1.00M
    Erasmus James (75) [25] 3 Year, $3.09M, $1.08M

    DT:
    Pat Williams (97) [35] - 3 Year, $5.34M, $7.44M
    Kevin Williams (96) [28] - 6 Year, $4.47M, $12.2M
    Ellis Wyms (77) [29] - 1 Year, $1.5M, $500K
    Fred Evans (75) [24] - 1 Year, $450K

    LOLB:
    Ben Leber (83) [29] - 3 Year, $3.94M, $1.80M
    Vinny Ciurciu (68) [27] - 2 Year, $990K, $300K

    MLB:
    EJ Henderson (92) [28] - 3 Year, $4.76M, $6.35M
    Derrick Pope (65) [26] - 1 Year, $640K, $80K

    ROLB:
    Chad Greenway (88) [25] - 3 Year, $1.91M, $3.00M
    Rufus Alexander (76) [25] - 2 Year, $390K, $510K
    Heath Farwell (73) [26] - 1 Year, $1.40M, $120K

    CB:
    Antoine Winfield (90) [31] - 2 Year, $7.42M, $7.20M
    Cedric Griffin (86) [25] - 3 Year, $1.18M, $4.10M
    Marcus McCauley (79) [24] - 3 Year, $540K, $880K
    Benny Sapp (77) [27] - 1 Year, $710K, $170K
    Charles Gordon (77) [24] - 1 Year, $450K, $200K

    FS:
    Madieu Williams (87) [26] - 6 Year, $4.70M, $2.52M
    Tyrell Johnson* (80) [23] - 4 Year, $1.15M, $2.00M
    Eric Frampton (71) [24] - 1 Year, $330K, $180K

    SS:
    Darren Sharper (92) [32] - 1 Year, $4.27M, $1.60M
    Michael Boulware (77) [26] - 1 Year, $640K, $200

    K:
    Ryan Longwell (87) [34] - 3 Year, $1.98M, $650K

    P:
    Chris Kluwe (77) [26] - 6 Year, 1.06M, 630K

    TEAM SALARY: $115.2M
    CAP SPACE: $730K
    CAP PENALTIES: $0

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    July 12th, 2008


    FRAN TARKENTON HIRED AS
    OWNER REPRESENTATIVE


    Tarkenton circa 1973


    Fran Tarkenton has signed with the team he led to three Super Bowls, but not as a player. Today, The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly contracted the 1975 NFL MVP Quarterback for an executive role as the Public Relations Representative for the new Vikings owner; the new owner, who's name has yet to be released to the public, purchased the team in February from Red McCombs for $860 Million. In a press conference, Tarkenton stated that he has met the new owner, who is "an extremely private man". Detailing his new job, Fran stated, "My job is to relay information to the general public from both the owner and the front office. All questions entailing the owner will be answered by myself with his permission and blessing."




    August 1st, 2008


    TRADED
    MATT BIRK AND KENECHI UDEZE TO CINCINNATI




    Matt Birk


    V
    ikings Pro Bowl Center Matt Birk has been traded to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings reached out to the Bengals during Training Camp and initiated a trade to switch their respective Centers; Birk, 32, was hit completely by surprise, and so was Defensive End Kenechi Udeze, who was also part of the trade. Minnesota's new Center, 27 year old Eric Ghiaciuc [GUY-check] will report to Mankato for Training Camp on Monday. He is currently on a 1-year deal; according to inside sources, the Vikings will be negotiating a new contract for Ghiaciuc for the foreseeable future.




    August 2nd, 2008


    MINNESOTA TO BRING BACK
    DAUNTE CULPEPPER




    Culpepper in 2004


    Daunte Culpepper will be making his triumphant return to Minnesota. The former Viking, Dolphin, and Raider has been re-signed to the Vikings on a 1-year, $1.80 Million deal, including a $300K signing bonus. According to reports, the reasoning behind signing Culpepper was an inherent disappointment in how Tavaris Jackson performed under center last season. Jackson threw for 1,911 yards, nine touchdowns and twelve interceptions in his 12 games as starter. Daunte Culpepper had a nigh-MVP season in 2004 for the Vikings, throwing for 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. In 2005, Culpepper suffered an extreme season-ending injury to his ACL, MCL, and PCL. He was let go from the Vikings the following season. This return marks a hopeful comeback for the 31-year old, who was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Reports state that it is possible he could be the starter in the preseason games.


    August 3rd, 2008

    Vikings Sign WR Chris Henry



    Henry as a Bengal in 2007



    The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly signed free agent Wide Receiver Chris Henry. Henry, formerly of the Bengals, was said to have been excited to play for the Purple and Gold, and signed for a 3 Year, $11.4 Million and a $1.92 Million signing bonus. Henry, a third round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was let go from the Bengals after multiple incidents with the law. In the 2007 season, Henry had 21 receptions, 343 yards, and two touchdowns through eight games. According to Vikings Owner PR Representative Fran Tarkenton, "The owner and front office felt he can be a great player if he keeps his nose clean. We at Minnesota are willing to give him all the help he needs and the environment to succeed. The impetus is on him to become a model player..." in a presser yesterday. In April, Michael Irvin, a former West Virginia teammate of Henry, encouraged him to clean up his act for the betterment of himself and his team.


    Vikings Release Bollinger, Ferguson



    Bollinger passing vs. Eagles, October 28, 2007


    The Minnesota Vikings have waived Quarterback Brooks Bollinger and Wide Receiver Robert Ferguson today. The news comes after the major signings of Daunte Culpepper and Chris Henry. Bollinger played a short stint for the Vikings in 2006 and 2007. Ferguson had 32 receptions for 391 yards and a single touchdown through fifteen games last season.


    August 4th, 2008


    Jim Kleinsasser Traded to Jacksonville for Draft Pick




    Kleinsasser in 2000


    Minnesota Vikings Tight End stalwart Jim Kleinsasser has been traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2009 5th Round Draft Pick. Kleinsasser, who has played for the Vikings since being drafted in the 2nd round of the 1999 draft, had a mere four receptions for 43 yards and a single touchdown. The 31 year old was on the trade block since last season. The Jaguars look for his veteran experience to guide their fellow Tight End Mercedes Lewis further into development. The Jaguars are currently predicted to go 4-12 in the 2008 season.


    Vikings Re-Sign Safety Mike Doss



    Doss in Training Camp in 2007


    The Minnesota Vikings bring back Mike Doss from free agency after releasing him after the 2007 season, according to a new report. Doss played through eight games in 2007, but had no interceptions and a mere 6 tackles. According to Fran Tarkenton, Vikings PR Representative, in a presser today "We're looking to see if we can continue to develop Doss more, he's a great talent, got good instincts, just needs more work on his finesse. He's twenty-seven, so we're poised to have him replace [Darren] Sharper if he chooses to leave or retire after this season." Doss previously played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2003 to 2006. The reported deal is a 3 Year, $4.89 Million, $630K


    Defensive Tackle Ethan Kelley Signed by the Vikings



    Ethan Kelley in 2007


    The Vikings have signed former New England Patriot and Cleveland Brown Ethan Kelley to a 4 Year, $13.5 Million, and $2.60 Million signing bonus. His career stats currently stand at 44 tackles and two sacks. The Vikings appear to hope they can have him develop late at 28 years old and become a replacement for the aging Pat Williams, who is currently 35 years old.


    August 5th, 2008


    Vikings Sign Tight End Jerramy Stevens





    The Minnesota Vikings continue to make huge moves here in training camp, as they now sign former Seahawks 2002 1st Round Draft Pick Jerramy Stevens. The 28 year old Tight End out of Washington reportedly signed for a 2 Year, $2.92 Million, and $440K signing bonus. They are looking to hope he can play to his potential that he was unable to with the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 2002 and 2007.


    Vikings Restructure Eric Ghiaciuc Contract, Extend to Four Years


    Ghiaciuc During Play in 2007



    The Minnesota Vikings officially restructure and extend brand new Center Eric Ghiaciuc to a 4 Year, $8.79 Million, and $1.56 Million signing bonus. Ghiaciuc was traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for veteran Center Matt Birk and Defensive End Kenechi Udeze in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals on August 1st. Ghiaciuc is expected to play the Preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks in three days.


    Transactions and Other Notes:


    • Minnesota Vikings Trade C Matt Birk and RE Kenechi Udeze to Cincinnati Bengals for C Eric Ghiacuic (83) [27]
    • Minnesota Vikings Sign WR Chris Henry (84) [25] to 3 Year, $11.46M +$1.92M Contract
    • Minnesota Vikings Sign QB Daunte Culpepper (80) [31] to 1 Year, $1.80M + $300K Contract
    • Minnesota Vikings Release QB Brooks Bollinger
    • Minnesota Vikings Release WR Robert Ferguson
    • Minnesota Vikings Trade TE Jim Kleinsasser to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2009 5th Round Draft Pick
    • Minnesota Vikings Sign TE Jerramy Stevens (78) [28] to 2 Year, $2.92M + $440K Contract
    • Minnesota Vikings Sign SS Mike Doss (82) [27] to 3 Year, $4.89M + $630K Contract
    • Minnesota Vikings Restructure C Eric Ghiacuic to 4 Year, $8.79M + $1.56M Contract
    • Minnesota Vikings Sign DT Ethan Kelly (83) [28] to 4 Year, 13.56M, $2.60M Contract
    • FS Tyrell Johnson Improves (80) to (81)
    • WR Sidney Rice Improves (83) to (84)
    • SS Mike Doss Improves (82) to (84)
    • QB Tavaris Jackson Improves (79) to (81)
    • P Chris Kluwe Improves (77) to (80)
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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Minnesota Vikings
    Season Predictions








    Minnesota is stacked to the gills on defense thanks to key additions such as Mike Doss and Ethan Kelley. The blockbuster trade for Jared Allen at the 2008 NFL Draft was amongst some of the most surprising moves that Minnesota made at the draft night. Hoping to continue their success with veteran stalwarts Pat and Kevin Williams, Ben Leber, EJ Henderson, and Antoine Winfield mixed with up and coming stars Chad Greenway, Cedric Griffen, and rookie Tyrell Johnson, the Vikings are poised to become a dominant and smothering force this year.


    The biggest sticking point this year will be the development of a young offense behind a new Center, a 2nd year Running Back, and a Quarterback carousel by the name of Tavaris Jackson and the returned Daunte Culpepper. Former Center Matt Birk (32 years old) was part of a major trade to Cincinnati for their own Center, the 27 year old Eric Ghiaciuc. Another addition was free agent Wide Receiver Chris Henry, still before the peak of his career and at 25, Henry has a chance to develop alongside Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian into a powerhouse receiving trio. Adrian Peterson played excellently last year in his rookie campaign, and is looking to continue his success as one of the best young backs in the league. With a deadly running corps with Thomas Tapeh and Chester Taylor, these three could be seeing the ball a lot.


    The current outlook leaves many questions still unanswered. The Quarterback carousel currently stands as the biggest question. Will Daunte Culpepper’s strong and deadly arm lead the team, or will the quick and mobile Tavaris Jackson once again take charge of the pocket? How will the new Center play under a new system and head coach. Regular season prediction currently stands at 10-6 but just missing the playoffs, the key reason being questionable QB play and failure to sustain drives on offense. The defense will keep the teams in the game, but those six losses will be almost exclusively divisional losses.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Preseason Week 1:


    Vikings Field Goal Wins Game Against Seahawks 17-20


    Passing

    Tavaris Jackson - 9/11, 187 Yards, 2 TDs
    Daunte Culpepper - 5/7, 70 Yards, 0 TDs


    Rushing
    Adrian Peterson - 10, 34 Yards, 0 TDs
    Chester Taylor - 9, 23 Yards, 0 TDs


    Receiving
    Visanthe Shiancoe - 3, 51 Yards, 1 TD
    Jerramy Stevens - 2, 33 Yards, 1 TD


    Defense
    Kevin Williams - 1 Sack
    Vinny Ciurciu - 1 Sack
    Cedric Griffin - 1 Sack
    Antione Winfield - 1 INT


    Kicking
    Ryan Longwell - 2/2, Long: 45



    Preseason Week 2


    Vikings Dominate Ravens, Win 27-7


    Passing:

    Tavaris Jackson: 7/12, 120 Yards, 2 TDs


    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 15, 59 Yards, 2 Fumbles


    Receiving:
    Chris Henry: 6, 105 Yards, 3 TDs


    Defense:
    Ray Edwards: 3 Sacks
    Derrick Pope: 5 Tackles
    Marcus McCaulley: 1 INT, 1 TD
    Darren Sharper: 1 FF
    Charles Gordon: 1FR




    Preseason Week 3:

    Vikings Bloom Late, Beat Steelers 3-28


    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 8/9, 159 Yards, 3 TDs, 1 Rush TD
    Tavaris Jackson: 10/14, 116 Yards, 1 INT


    Rushing:
    Chester Taylor: 13, 49 Yards


    Reception:
    Bobby Wade: 1, 79 Yards, 1 TD
    Visanthe Shiancoe: 5, 51 Yards


    Defense:
    Kevin Williams: 1 Sack
    Antoine Winfield: 4 Tackles
    Charles Gordon: 1 INT




    Preseason Week 4:


    Culpepper Goes Big, Beats Cowboys 17-0


    Passing:

    Daunte Culpepper: 8/15, 109 Yards, 2 TDs


    Rushing:
    Chester Taylor: 11, 41 Yards


    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian: 4, 60 Yards


    Defense:
    Ray Edwards: 1 Sack
    Jared Allen: 1 Sack
    EJ Henderson: 1 Sack
    Pat Williams: 1 FF
    Charles Gordon: 1 INT
    Darren Sharper: 1 INT




    Final Key Preseason Stats:


    Passing:

    Daunte Culpepper: 23/33, 375 Yards, 5 TDs, 1 Rush TD
    Tavaris Jackson: 29/41, 455 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT


    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 40, 158 Yards, 2 Fumbles
    Chester Taylor: 39, 120 Yards


    Receiving:
    Visanthe Shiancoe: 11, 149 Yards, 2 TDs
    Chris Henry: 10, 174 Yards, 2 TDs
    Jerramy Stevens: 5, 87 Yards, 2 TDs


    Defense:
    Derrick Pope: 11 Tackles
    Ray Edwards: 4 Sacks
    Pat Williams: 2 Sacks, 1 FF
    Charles Gordon: 2 INTs, 1 FR
    Marcus McCauley: 1 INT, 1 TD
    Darren Sharper: 1 INT, 1 FF



    September 1st, 2008


    Vikings Choose Daunte Culpepper to Start for Vikings





    The Minnesota Vikings have decided on their starting quarterback for the 2008 season, and it is Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper had a very good showing in the preseason, especially in the fourth quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers game, where he contributed to 24 of 28 unanswered points to dominate the Steelers 3-28. Culpepper's stats on the season were 23/33, 375 Yards, 5 Passing TD's, and an additional rushing TD off a QB sneak (in the Steelers game). Tavaris Jackson was the front-runner, getting the starting position in the middle 2 games of Preseason, but an interception in the Steelers game may have sealed his fate as the starter, despite getting more yardage and a better completion rating than Culpepper. According to head coach Brad Childress, "[Culpepper]'s a safer choice and from what we saw in preseason, he's got the much better arm. However, I won't say the carousel's over. We have confidence in Daunte to get the job done, but Jackson'll be nipping at his heels to get that starting position if things start cold this season."

    Other News:

    • QB Tavaris Jackson Improves (81) to (82)
    • CB Charles Gordon Improves (77) to (78)

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 1, 2008 Season:


    Culpepper Throws 2 Interceptions, Vikings Lose to Packers 9-12



    Daunte Culpepper threw only three completions and two interceptions on route to a debilitating loss in the last 30 seconds of the fourth quarter via a Mason Crosby field goal. In fact, the kickers were the only players that were perfect as this flat battle had all 21 points scored by Ryan Longwell and Crosby. Longwell went 3/3 and his farthest kick being from 50 yards, and Crosby went 4/4 with the longest from 34. Culpepper's two turnovers forced the Minnesota Vikings defense to perform early, and they did admirably against a Brian Brohm led offense. With 12 seconds left in the game, the Vikings drove down to Green Bay's 43 yard line, thanks to a clutch catch by Bernard Berrian. Using their final timeout, the Vikings were ready to attempt a staggering 60-yard field goal. However, after Green Bay made an additional timeout, Head Coach Brad Childress changed plan of action and went for a Hail Mary. It did not work.

    Culpepper was blasted by media analysts for the loss, and even Fran Tarkenton, PR Representative of the owner of the Minnesota Vikings, had displayed some harsh words for Culpepper: "You were almost an MVP four years ago, and you can only throw three completions? C'mon man, you need to do more for your team!"

    Brad Childress was equally blasted for the decision to forego the game-tying 60-yard field goal attempt (Longwell's longest ever made field goal was from 55, last season), in favor of the Hail Mary. He states he felt justified in the decision, "We either tied it up and had the chance to lose in overtime, or we score and get a decisive victory. I believed in Daunte every step of the way, we just couldn't put it together as a team."

    Adrian Peterson looked good in the limited chances he got on offense, as he ran sixteen times for 50 yards. Nobody else came close on rushing from either team; on defense, Pat Williams, Ray Edwards, and Charles Gordon each had a sack on Brohm, and E.J. Henderson had an interception on Brohm. However, Culpepper threw an interception to Charles Woodson and Atari Bigby.


    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 3/17, 53 Yards, 2 INTS

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 16, 50 Yards

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian: 1, 30 Yards
    Chris Henry: 1, 15 Yards
    Adrian Peterson: 1, 8 Yards

    Defense:
    Pat Williams: 1 Sack
    Ray Edwards: 1 Sack
    Charles Gordon: 1 Sack
    E.J. Henderson: 1 INT



    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 0 3 3 3 9
    GREEN BAY 0 6 0 6 12


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    Very interesting I’ll be following this. I’m jealous and inspired cus this got my wheels turning for a Houston Texans version of this, rebooking the whole process in 2002 of putting that first roster together and going from there. That would be fun. Are you playing or simulating these games on Madden or something?

    Man Culpepper in that 2004 season was a beast, I got a first hand look at him when the Vikings played the Texans that year. That is still one of my favorite Texans games ever and it trips me out because I don’t think ANYBODY seen that game. Texans games back then were rarely broadcast outside of Houston and if I remember correctly it went head to head with an Astros playoff game so not a whole lot of folks even in Houston seen it. For the longest time I couldn’t even find a highlight for the game. It was probably David Carr’s best game, we came back from a 21-0 deficit to tie the game, it was just bombs away with both teams going deep, Randy Moss vs Andre Johnson. Great stuff.

    Anyways good luck with this my man hope you have fun with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
    Very interesting I’ll be following this. I’m jealous and inspired cus this got my wheels turning for a Houston Texans version of this, rebooking the whole process in 2002 of putting that first roster together and going from there. That would be fun. Are you playing or simulating these games on Madden or something?

    Man Culpepper in that 2004 season was a beast, I got a first hand look at him when the Vikings played the Texans that year. That is still one of my favorite Texans games ever and it trips me out because I don’t think ANYBODY seen that game. Texans games back then were rarely broadcast outside of Houston and if I remember correctly it went head to head with an Astros playoff game so not a whole lot of folks even in Houston seen it. For the longest time I couldn’t even find a highlight for the game. It was probably David Carr’s best game, we came back from a 21-0 deficit to tie the game, it was just bombs away with both teams going deep, Randy Moss vs Andre Johnson. Great stuff.

    Anyways good luck with this my man hope you have fun with it.
    Thanks for the kind words!

    I'm doing a very rare feature on the middle Madden games called Coach Mode, which allowed the player to call the plays and let the AI play out the game in real time. So it's a bit of a half and half mix of playing and simming.

    I can imagine if Culpepper never got injured in 2005 he could have been a sure-fire All-Decade player if not a future Hall of Famer.

    Although that might just be me overhyping Daunte.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season Week 2

    Colts Comeback On Vikings To Win 28-17


    Manning Calling an Audible


    Despite being up by ten points in the first half, the Minnesota Vikings fell apart to lose 28-17 to the Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings offense got off to a hot start to begin the game, with Daunte Culpepper completing four consecutive passes, including the touchdown pass to Chris Henry. At the end of the day, Culpepper had a more respectable 16 completed passes of 20 attempts for 281 yards, and two touchdowns, compared to last week. The rushing game was unable to once again break the 100-yard mark, as Adrian Peterson went for 69 yards off 25 rushes. Peterson had two fumbles deep in Colts territory that caused a turnover.

    Bernard Berrian and Chris Henry had a great receiving game. Berrian had seven catches for 103 yards, and Henry had four catches for 115 yards, 2 TDs, and an unfortunate fumble that caused another turnover. Sidney Rice had his first catch of the year on a clutch 32 yards that put Minnesota in a position to win the game; unfortunately, a Peterson fumble put to bed any chance of victory.

    The Vikings defense could not stop Joseph Addai from running all over them, as he ran for 134 yards, including a 72 yard TD run. Peyton Manning had plenty of time to throw as well, as Cornerback Marcus McCauley was the lone defender to get a sack on Manning. With 21 unanswered 2nd half points, the Colts came back to move on to 1-1, as the Vikings move to 0-2.

    Brad Childress cited turnovers as the reason for their loss, saying, "We just couldn't minimize turnovers on the offensive side of the ball. We knew we had a tough game going against an MVP-calibre player in Manning, and those fumbles put us in a bad place. This could have been a much closer game if we didn't lose those fumbles."

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 16/20, 281 Yards, 2 TDs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 25, 69 Yards, 2 Fumbles

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian: 7, 103 Yards
    Chris Henry: 4, 115 Yards, 2 TDs, 1 Fumble
    Sidney Rice: 1, 32 Yards

    Defense:
    Marcus McCaulley: 1 Sack


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    INDIANAPOLIS 7 0 7 14 28
    MINNESOTA 7 10 0 0 17

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 3, 2008 Season

    Vikings Dominate Panthers, Win 2-33



    Kevin Williams Attempting A Sack on Jake Delhomme


    The Minnesota Vikings looked like a completely different team today as they dominated the Carolina Panthers to win in at home 2-33. Daunte Culpepper had an excellent game, throwing only 15 times for 12 completions, 264 yards, and three touchdowns. Despite the domination, the Vikings yet again failed to break 100 rushing yards, as Peterson rushed 16 times for only 21 yards. The pace of the game was dictated by the Vikings defense, whom dominated the Jake Delhomme led Panthers offense. Delhome threw three interceptions, including an incredible 72-yard Pick-6 by Cornerback Charles Gordon, who is fast becoming a household name in Minnesota. Marcus McCauley also had an interception on Delhomme, his first of the year, in addition to Cedric Griffin nabbing an INT.

    The Panthers' lone score came off a 1st Quarter safety off of Culpepper. Offensively, it was the Bernard Berrian show, as he only had two catches, but had the same amount of yards as Visanthe Shiancoe, Sidney Rice, and Bobby Wade combined. His two catches for 122 yards also nabbed him two touchdowns, making him the Vikings Player of the Game.

    Head Coach Brad Childress was pleased with how his team performed, stating, "We didn't have to do much offensively, we just let the defense do their thing. Although we didn't get any sacks, hey, we'll take three interceptions. Culpepper has been getting better and better each week he's been in the pocket. He's finally starting to find his groove, I think."

    The Vikings stay in last place of the NFC North, but go from 0-2 to 1-2. Next week they face the Tennessee Titans.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 12/15, 264 Yards, 3 TDs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 16, 21 Yards

    Receiving:
    Visanthe Shiancoe: 3, 39 Yards
    Sidney Rice: 3, 35 Yards, 1 TD
    Bernard Berrian: 2, 122 Yards, 2 TDs
    Bobby Wade: 1, 48 Yards

    Defense:
    Marcus McCauley: 1 INT
    Charles Gordon: 1 INT, 72 Yards, 1 TD
    Cedric Griffin: 1 INT



    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    CAROLINA 2 0 0 0 2
    MINNESOTA 10 13 7 3 33

    September 23rd, 2008

    EXCLUSIVE:


    "Winning Season or Not, Fire Childress"
    Former Vikings OC Brian Billick Advises Team to Release Coach



    Brian Billick was on ESPN recently giving his thoughts on how each NFL team is currently doing. The Super Bowl winning Head Coach for the Ravens and former Minnesota Vikings Offensive Coordinator pulled no punches in regards to his thoughts on the Vikings current Head Coach, Brad Childress.

    "Look, the Vikings are last place in the NFC North. I know it's too early in the season to really say some of this stuff, but to me, Winning season or not, even if the Vikings win the Super Bowl, they should not bring back Brad Childress as head coach... Yes, you heard me right. Winning season or not, fire Childress. I'm not saying fire him midseason if things get desperate, say they end up 1-7 with no way of making playoffs. Don't do that. Finish the season, pay him his money, and find a better coach. Look at the run game through the last three weeks; if Adrian Peterson, one of the best young running backs I've ever seen and potentially a once in a lifetime talent, can't even break past 69 yards once in three weeks of play, then something's wrong. It all goes back to coaching.

    Daunte Culpepper's playing hard and I respect that, but I wouldn't even keep him after this season, even if he gets MVP. He's 31, hasn't played a true starting position since 2005 and is not what he once was. I like Daunte, too. I became the Ravens' head coach before the Vikings drafted him, and honestly, I saw the talent in him. If I were still the offensive coordinator, I guarantee we would have won a Super Bowl with Culpepper at some point.

    All that said and done, I think the Vikings have a damn good roster that needs good coaching, and honestly, I don't think Childress fits the bill. If they approached me in the offseason and offered me a head coaching position, well... I wouldn't say no, necessarily. Denny Green gave me a coaching job for them in 1992, and when I heard he had been fired in 2001, I was shocked. They give it to my replacement, a guy who wouldn't know anything about head coaching if he was taught personally by Vince Lombardi. That's not to throw shade or whatever it's called on Mike [Tice], I like him as a person, but he just wasn't a good coach and I think even he admits that."

    Harsh words indeed from someone well known in the Vikings circle.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 4, 2008 Season


    Vikings Shut Out Titans, 23-0



    Ryan Longwell Attempting His Lone Field Goal Try


    One week after decimating the Carolina Panthers, the Vikings strike again while the iron is hot and smother the Tennessee Titans decisively. Vince Young threw three interceptions, including two end zone interceptions to Darren Sharper, and another to E.J. Henderson. Young was also sacked four times, twice by Ray Edwards, and once by Pat and Kevin Williams. Despite making it to the Red Zone three times, the Tennessee Titans failed to capitalize on any of their trips and left the game with no points scored by anybody.

    Daunte Culpepper threw like a mad man today, with four receivers going over 70 yards each. Culpepper ended the day with 25/40, 406 Yards, 1 TD, and an additional rushing TD. Despite causing a turnover on a fumble, Culpepper played like an MVP quarterback. Adrian Peterson finally got his first rushing TD on the season, but ended with a paltry 17 rushes for 52 yards. Chris Henry and Bernard Berrian once again went over 100 yards each, and Visanthe Shiancoe caught 8 balls for 85 yards. Bobby Wade had 3 Catches for 75 Yards. Jerramy Stevens had the lone touchdown catch on the day.

    Childress was pleased with his team performance overall, stating, "It's not often we go into the opposing team's turf and dominate them like that. Even rarer is the fact we shut them out. We're now 2-2 and in 2nd place in the NFC North. Next week we're facing the Saints in the Superdome, so we have to go out and show we can win against them before we face the Lions and Chicago Bears. Gotta keep up the momentum..."

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 25/40, 406 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Rushing TD, 1 FUM

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 17, 52 Yards, 1 TD

    Receiving:
    Visanthe Shiancoe: 8, 85 Yards
    Bernard Berrian: 6, 101 Yards
    Chris Henry: 5, 124 Yards
    Bobby Wade: 3, 75 Yards

    Defense:
    Ray Edwards: 2 Sacks
    Pat Williams: 1 Sack
    Kevin Williams: 1 Sack
    Darren Sharper: 2 INTS
    E.J. Henderson: 1 INT


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 7 6 7 3 23
    TENNESSEE 0 0 0 0 0


    September 30th, 2008

    Daunte Culpepper Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

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    aunte Culpepper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week according to NFL.com and ESPN, for his performance in the Vikings' win over the Tennessee Titans this Sunday. He threw 25/40 for 406 passing yards, and a singular touchdown, while also going for an additional rushing touchdown. Culpepper surprised a lot of people coming out of the last three weeks, after a insanely terrible first game in Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers. Despite that performance, Culpepper currently stands as the player with the highest Quarterback Rating in the league, with a staggering 113.1. The 2004 near-MVP is looking to re-etch his name and perhaps become the 2008 Most Valuable Player... but for now, he has to be pretty happy being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 5, 2008 Season

    Vikings Decimate Saints 38-20


    Saints QB Drew Brees Attempting a Pass

    The Vikings once again dominated their opponents for the third week in a row. Minnesota walked into the Louisiana Superdome looking to continue their winning ways after starting the season 0-2 and immediately got off to a hot start against the undefeated Saints. Despite allowing a touchdown on the first drive of the game, the Vikings bounced back and until the fourth quarter did not allow a single point from the Saints. Brees threw two interceptions and was sacked once on way to a humiliating 38-20 loss. His first interception was like something out of a carnival, as Madieu Williams batted the ball down on a pass intended to Marques Colston, Antoine Winfield immediately dove on the ground to intercept it, juggling it before hauling it in. The second interception was to Cedric Griffin, who jumped the route and took the ball also intended to Colston.

    On offense, it was once again the Daunte Culpepper show as he broke sacks, aired it out, and ran all over the field. He ended the day 24/31 with 409 Yards, and 4 TDs, and garnered a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He additionally ran for 25 yards on 4 carries. Adrian Peterson only garnered 28 yards on the ground, but caught two balls for 82 yards and a TD. Chris Henry and Visanthe Shiancoe hauled in balls left and right, with Shiancoe going for 123 yards. Bernard Berrian caught 5 for 92 yards, marking the first game since Green Bay he did not post over 100 receiving yards.

    The Vikings are currently tied with the Green Bay Packers for 2nd place in the NFC North, with the Detroit Lions leading with a record of 3-1. The Vikings face Detroit next week.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 24/31, 409 Yards, 4 TDs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 7, 28 Yards
    Daunte Culpepper: 4, 25 Yards
    Thomas Tapeh: 5, 19 Yards, 1 TD

    Receiving:
    Chris Henry: 7, 67 Yards, 1 TD
    Bernard Berrian: 5, 92 Yards, 1 TD
    Visanthe Shiancoe: 5, 123 Yards, 1 TD
    Adrian Peterson: 2, 82 Yards, 1 TD

    Defense:
    Kevin Williams: 1 Sack
    Antoine Winfield: 1 INT
    Cedric Griffin: 1 INT


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 7 7 10 14 38
    NEW ORLEANS 7 0 0 13 20


    October 7th, 2008

    Daunte Culpepper Named NFL Offensive Player of The Week

    Daunte returns to the awards list yet again, this time serving as the OPOW for the entire league. His Monday Night performance against the undefeated Saints was nothing short of spectacular, going 24/31 and 409 yards, with four touchdowns. After the Monday Night Football game, Culpepper now leads the league in QBR, Yards, and Touchdowns. He is having an MVP season the likes of which 2004 would be jealous off, especially after his flaccid game against Green Bay, makes this all the more surprising.

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 6, 2008 Season

    Vikings Win 1st Place Against Lions, 21-48


    Adrian Peterson Running Wild

    The Minnesota Vikings have staked their claim on the NFC North title in 2008 as they hosted the Detroit Lions and de-fanged them, 21-48. Adrian Peterson had a break out day, running 31 times for 189 yards and three touchdowns, and hauling in a catch for 61 yards and a touchdown. Daunte Culpepper didn't have a field day, but with Peterson going wild, threw 10/13. 217 Yards, and 2 TDs. Bernard Berrian caught 3 balls for 59 Yards and a TD.

    The Lions utilized the talents of young wide receiver Calvin Johnson, but was not enough as Jon Kitna threw three interceptions, two to Darren Sharper (who also ran one back for a touchdown), and another to Marcus McCauley. While Kitna wasn't sacked, the second game in the Vikings season in which they didn't sack a QB, he was strong-armed and pushed into throwing into pressure several times. The Vikings move into first place of the NFC North for the first time this season and hope to hold on tightly to the lead as they head to Chicago next week.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper: 10/13, 217 Yards, 2 TDs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 31, 189 Yards, 3 TDs

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian: 3, 59 Yards, 1 TD
    Adrian Peterson: 1, 61 Yards, 1 TD

    Defense:
    Darren Sharper: 2 INTS, 1 TD
    Marcus McCauley: 1 INT


    1ST
    2ND
    3RD
    4TH
    FINAL
    DETROIT
    7
    0
    7
    7
    21
    MINNESOTA
    7
    17
    14
    10
    48


    October 15th, 2008


    Adrian Peterson Named NFL Player of the Week




    The NFL has given the weekly award for Player of the Week to the Minnesota Vikings' 2nd year Running Back Adrian Peterson. In his game with division rivals Detroit, Peterson rushed 31 times for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also catching 1 pass for 61 yards and a touchdown. Despite a slow start on the ground, Adrian Peterson is climbing his way up the charts as one of the best running backs in the league. If he can continue his hot streak, he may gain the rushing title one year after winning Rookie of the Year in 2007. For Minnesota, the development of the lethal running game is a saving grace for QB Daunte Culpepper; it will give the 2008 MVP candidate a chance to rest his arm a little more to keep it lethal. According to Fran Tarkenton, PR Representative for the Vikings ownership, "He reminds a bit of [Chuck] Foreman, a big tough dude who will run through everyone. He's a special player, and I hope he stays with us for a long time."

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 7, 2008 Season

    Vikings Scrape By Bears 7-3


    (Adrian Peterson juking Hunter Hillenmeyer and bracing for a Hunter Payne hit)

    The Minnesota Vikings walk into the bye week 5-2 after defeating the Chicago Bears in an extremely brutal defensive battle. Daunte Culpepper was totally exposed as the Bears backfield had a field day with him, intercepting him twice and only allowing seven total completions for no touchdowns and 88 yards. Adrian Peterson demolished the defense with his powerful running, rushing 18 times for 112 yards and the lone touchdown of the game. Despite the flaccid passing game, Bernard Berrian flashed his ability, hauling in two catches for 48 yards.

    On the defensive side of the ball, the Vikings did enough to prevent the Bears from getting into the endzone. Kevin Williams got the lone sack on Rex Grossman, as Marcus McCaulley also hauled in an interception on him. Many people are considering this to the arguably the worst game of the season for both teams.

    Passing:

    Daunte Culpepper: 7/14, 66 Yards, 2 INTS

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson: 18, 112 Yards, 1 TD

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian: 2, 42 Yards

    Defense:
    Kevin Williams: 1 Sack
    Marcus McCauley: 1 INT


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 0 0 7 0 7
    CHICAGO 3 0 0 0 3

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 8, 2008 Season



    AFC North


    Cleveland Browns - 3-4-0
    Pittsburgh Steelers - 2-5-0
    Cincinnati Bengals - 2-5-0
    Baltimore Ravens - 2-6-0

    AFC South

    Indianapolis Colts - 6-1-0
    Jacksonville Jaguars - 4-3-0
    Houston Texans - 4-3-0
    Tennessee Titans - 2-5-0


    AFC East

    New England Patriots - 6-1-0
    Miami Dolphins - 4-3-0
    New York Jets - 3-4-0
    Buffalo Bills - 2-5-0

    AFC West

    San Diego Chargers - 6-2-0
    Oakland Raiders - 5-2-0
    Kansas City Chiefs - 3-4-0
    Denver Broncos - 2-5-0

    NFC North

    Minnesota Vikings - 5-2-0
    Chicago Bears - 4-3-0
    Detroit Lions - 3-4-0
    Green Bay Packers - 3-4-0

    NFC South

    New Orleans Saints - 6-2-0
    Atlanta Falcons - 3-4-0
    Carolina Panthers - 3-5-0
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2-6-0

    NFC East

    New York Giants - 6-1-0
    Dallas Cowboys - 6-2-0
    Philadelphia Eagles - 4-3-0
    Washington Redskins - 3-5-0

    NFC West

    Seattle Seahawks - 5-2-0
    Arizona Cardinals - 3-4-0
    St. Louis Rams - 3-4-0
    San Francisco 49ers - 1-7-0


    Projected Playoff Picture:


    NFC
    AFC
    Bears
    (6)
    Browns
    (6)
    Cowboys
    (3)
    Giants
    (1)
    Patriots
    (1)
    Chargers
    (3)
    ??? ??? ???
    ??? ??? ???
    Seahawks
    (5)
    Saints
    (2)
    Colts
    (2)
    Jaguars
    (5)
    Vikings
    (4)
    Raiders
    (4)

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 9, 2008 Season:


    Vikings Win Wild Game Against Texans, 16-14


    (Adrian Peterson getting tackled)

    The Minnesota Vikings come back from the bye with a huge win over the Houston Texans, 16-14. It was a battle of turnovers as Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions, and the Minnesota Defense hauled in two takeaways in the form of fumble recoveries and an interception. Culpepper struggled to get anything done in the air as he was 9/18 for 92 yards and the aforementioned interceptions. Adrian Peterson however, had another 100+ yard day as he ran 18 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

    On the defensive side of the ball, EJ Henderson forced a fumble that led to fellow Linebacker Ben Leber scooping it up for a turnover. The lone interception of the game came from Antoine Winfield making a leaping catch after jumping the receiver's route. Darren Sharper and Ben Leber had the lone sacks on Matt Schaub. Despite these stats, the defense did well to keep the Texans from scoring in the second half after a rough first half start.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper - 9/18, 92 Yards, 3 INTs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson - 18, 108 Yards, 1 TD

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian - 3, 13 Yards
    Chris Henry - 2, 34 Yards

    Defense:
    Ben Leber - 1 Sack, 1 FR
    Darren Sharper - 1 Sack
    Antoine Winfield - 1 INT
    EJ Henderson - 1 FF


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 3 3 7 3 16
    HOUSTON 7 7 0 0 14

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 10, 2008

    Packers Shock Vikings, 24-14



    The Minnesota Vikings came home to the Metrodome to a loss to the Green Bay Packers. For the Vikings, it was turnover city as Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions and fumbled once, one of those interceptions going to Will Blackmon, who ran it for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Vikings were rallying. Peterson was stuffed 25 times for only 74 yards, and in one of the most bizarre plays in NFL History since the infamous "Holy Roller", Left Guard Steve Hutchinson recovered a fumble, gained one yard, and scored a touchdown, his first ever NFL touchdown and one of the only times an Offensive Lineman has recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Chris Henry was the highlight today on the receiving side as he caught 6 balls for 56 yards.

    Defensively, the Vikings gave up a lot of yards to QB Brian Brohm and allowed two touchdowns and a field goal. Jared Allen, Pat Williams, and Chad Greenway each had a sack, as Darren Sharper and Cedric Griffin had an interception on Brohm. For the Vikings, this loss leaves them at 6-3, and still in the NFC North lead.

    Passing:

    Daunte Culpepper - 14/29, 150 Yards, 1 TD, 3 INTS, 1 FUM

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson - 25, 74 Yards
    Steve Hutchinson - 1 FR, 1 Yard, 1 TD

    Receiving:
    Chris Henry - 6, 56 Yards
    Bernard Berrian - 4, 43 Yards
    Thomas Tapeh - 2, 30 Yards, 1 TD

    Defense:
    Jared Allen - 1 Sack
    Pat Williams - 1 Sack
    Chad Greenway - 1 Sack
    Darren Sharper - 1 INT
    Cedric Griffin - 1 INT


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    GREEN BAY 0 14 3 7 24
    MINNESOTA 0 7 7 0 14

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 11, 2008 Season

    Vikings Upset by 2-7 Buccaneers, lose 3-29


    (Warrick Dunn Preparing to Break off a Big Run)

    Coming off their home loss to the Green Bay Packers the week prior, the Minnesota Vikings walked into Ray James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, and walked out humiliated by the 2-7 Buccaneers, 3-29. A menagerie of mishap and mayhem plagued the team as a whole, from coaching to the kicking. Daunte Culpepper was knocked out of the game halfway through, but only managed to muster 6/14, 85 yards, and a horrendous 3 Interceptions. In replacement, Tavaris Jackson did only marginally better, going 4/8 for 42 yards.

    Adrian Peterson failed to run the ball much, rushing 14 times for 46 yards. In the receiving game, Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade were the only receivers of consequence, hauling in 4 catches for 47 yards, and 3 catches for 43 yards, respectively. On defense, the Vikings failed to make a single sack, fumble, or interception on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kevin Williams had the lone standout performance as he garnered 7 tackles as a whole.

    Following this humiliating performance, there have been rumors and grumblings from the Vikings locker room and upper management that Childress may be fired if things get worse. Fran Tarkenton, PR Representative for the Vikings, was terse in regards to questions about the coaching staff, "... The fact is, we don't know. You'll know in due time what our plans are, but for now, the coaching staff is in the hot seat after this game. You cannot give up games against teams like the Buccaneers." The Vikings now move to 6-4 and 2nd place in the NFC North behind the Bears.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper - 6/14, 85 Yards, 3 INTs
    Tavaris Jackson - 4/8, 42 Yards

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson - 14, 46 Yards

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian - 4, 47 Yards
    Bobby Wade - 3, 43 Yards

    Defense:
    Kevin Williams - 7 Tackles

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    MINNESOTA 3 0 0 0 3
    TAMPA BAY 7 7 8 7 29

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 12, 2008 Season

    Vikings Lose to Garrard Led Jaguars in Overtime, 13-16


    (Peterson taking off on a big run)

    The Minnesota Vikings' losing streak continues with a debilitating overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13-16. It was the failure of the kicking team that led to the downfall of Minnesota's powering attack, as Ryan Longwell missed two key kicks, both that would have won Minnesota the football game. The first came late in the third that helped the Jaguars to drive back and tie the game, and the second came in overtime as Longwell missed a 51 yard field goal try. He ended the day 2/4 with the longest being 48 yards out. On offense, it was a pedestrian showing, as Daunte Culpepper, who's struggles of late led to Minnesota's humiliating loss to the Buccaneers, went 18/30, 185 Yards, and 1 touchdown and 1 interception, he did rush for 41 yards however, showing that when Daunte has time, he can run the ball well. Adrian Peterson had a great game, rushing 31 times for 109 yards. Chris Henry was also a highlight show, catching 9 passes for 103 yards.

    Defensively, the Vikings were a force to be reckoned with, as David Garrard was sacked 3 times by Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, and Ben Leber, and was intercepted once by Chad Greenway. Pat Williams also forced a fumble against Maurice Jones-Drew, which Antoine Winfield picked up and nearly took to the house. Head Coach Brad Childress blames the loss on a failure to execute, saying, "The kicking game should have been more on point, but we should have been more aggressive, not just settling for field goals when we could." Childress' seat continues to be hotter and hotter as the losses pile up.

    Passing:
    Daunte Culpepper - 18/30, 185 Yards, 1/1

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson - 31, 109 Yards
    Daunte Culpepper - 4, 41 Yards

    Receiving:
    Chris Henry - 9, 103 Yards

    Defense:
    Jared Allen - 1 Sack
    Ray Edwards - 1 Sack
    Ben Leber - 1 Sack
    Chad Greenway - 1 INT
    Pat Williams - 1 FF
    Antoine Winfield - 1 FR

    Kicking:
    Ryan Longwell - 2/4, Long 48

    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH OT FINAL
    MINNESOTA 3 3 7 0 0 13
    ​JACKSONVILLE 0 3 3 7 3 16

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    Re: Minnesota Vikings: Under New Management

    Regular Season, Week 13, 2008 Season:

    Minnesota Shut Out By Bears, 18-0


    (Jarred Allen Tackling Kyle Orton)

    Returning home from an overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings failed to capitalize on home-field advantage and fell with a whimper to the Chicago Bears, getting shut out in the Metrodome 18-0. During the game, Daunte Culpepper was benched two minutes into the game after throwing an interception, and going 2/5 for -2 yards. In replacement was Tavaris Jackson, who faired no better, throwing 11/28, 112 yards, and 2 interceptions. Adrian Peterson had a pedestrian game, rushing literally only 10 times, for 6 yards, and a fumble. On the receiving side of the ball, Bernard Berrian and Chris Henry each caught 3 balls for 36 and 34 yards, respectively. Sidney Rice also caught two passes for 23 yards.

    Defensively, Ben Leber lead the defense with 7 tackles and 2 sacks. Cedric Griffen and Chad Greenway also had a sack, with Greenway's sack leading to a forced fumble, which Jared Allen recovered. Chris Henry also forced a fumble following a Tavaris Jackson interception. Cedric Griffen had the lone interception on the game for the Vikings, picking off Kyle Orton.

    It wasn't enough for Minnesota, who continues their free fall after starting the season 6-2. They now stand 6-6 and in 2nd place of NFC North. That's not the only story from this week. Rumors have been flooding from inside the Vikings organization that the entire team has mutinied and wants Brad Childress gone immediately. Fran Tarkenton, PR Owner Representative, was not available for comment.

    Passing:

    Daunte Culpepper - 2/5, -2 Yards, 1 INT
    Tavaris Jackson - 11/28, 112 Yards, 2 INTs

    Rushing:
    Adrian Peterson - 10, 6 Yards, 1 FUM

    Receiving:
    Bernard Berrian - 3, 36 Yards
    Chris Henry - 3, 34 Yards
    Sidney Rice - 2, 23 Yards

    Defense:
    Ben Leber - 7 Tackles, 2 Sacks
    Cedric Griffin - 1 Sack, 1 INT
    Chad Greenway - 1 Sack, 1 FF
    Chris Henry - 1 FF
    Jared Allen - 1 FR


    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
    CHICAGO 7 0 7 3 18
    MINNESOTA 0 0 0 0 0

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