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  • INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGSSUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2008

  • 2008 PRESEASON Date Opponent Result Aug. 8 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS L 17-34 Aug. 16 at Baltimore Ravens W 23-15 Aug. 23 PITTSBURGH STEELERS L 10-12 Aug. 28 at Dallas Cowboys L 10-16

    2008 REGULAR SEASON Sept. 8 at Green Bay Packers (MNF) L 19-24 Sept. 14 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Noon Sept. 21 CAROLINA PANTHERS Noon Sept. 28 at Tennessee Titans Noon Oct. 6 at New Orleans Saints (MNF) 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 DETROIT LIONS Noon Oct. 19 at Chicago Bears Noon Oct. 26 BYE Nov. 2 HOUSTON TEXANS Noon Nov. 9 GREEN BAY PACKERS Noon Nov. 16 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Noon* Nov. 23 at Jacksonville Jaguars Noon* Nov. 30 CHICAGO BEARS (SNF) 7:15 p.m.* Dec. 7 at Detroit Lions Noon* Dec. 14 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 p.m.* Dec. 21 ATLANTA FALCONS Noon* Dec. 28 NEW YORK GIANTS Noon*

    * Game time subject to change/fl exible scheduling

    WEEKLY MEDIA SCHEDULE Tuesday, September 9 3:00 p.m. - Brad Childress Press Conference Players Day Off Wednesday, September 10 11:45 a.m. - Brad Childress Available 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Open Locker Room 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Practice * Thursday, September 11 11:45 a.m. - Bevell/Ferraro/Frazier Available 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Open Locker Room 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Practice * Friday, September 12 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Practice * 1:00 p.m. - Brad Childress Available 1:00-1:45 p.m. - Open Locker Room Saturday, September 13 No Access Sunday, September 14 12:00 p.m. - Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings

    * Practice open through individual drills

    After opening the 2008 regular season with a 24-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) will play their fi rst home game of the year and the fi rst of two consecutive home games this Sunday, September 14, against the Indianapolis Colts (0-1). Kickoff is slated for noon at the H.H.H. Metrodome. This will be the 23rd time the Vikings and Colts have matched

    up in the regular season, with the Colts holding the overall series lead 14-7-1. The last time the two teams met was in 2004, a 31-28 Colts victory at Indianapolis. Next Sunday, September 21, the Vikings remain at home to take on the Carolina Panthers while the Colts return to Indianapolis to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    WEEK 2 - INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1)

    * Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, will serve as the Honorary Viking and sound the Gjallarhorn.* The Vikings will collect fan donations at each gate for the RT Autism Awareness Foundation. * In honor of their extensive relief efforts in the recent tornado tragedy that hit Hugo, MN, Hugo Mayor Fran Miron, Fire Chief Jim Compton and Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton will serve as the Honorary Captains and participate in the coin toss.

    GAME SUMMARY

    BEFORE THE GAME...

    Sunday, September 14, 2008 - H.H.H. Metrodome - Noon (CT) - CBS

    BROADCAST COVERAGE TELEVISION: CBS (Channel 4)Play-By-Play: Greg Gumbel Analyst: Dan DierdorfSideline Reporter: None

    NATIONAL RADIO: SPORTS USA RADIOPlay-By-Play: Howard David Analyst: Ross TuckerSideline Reporter: Tony Graziani

    LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FMPlay-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete BercichSideline Reporter: Greg ColemanPre-Game Show: Joe Anderson – 10:00 a.m. CTKFAN and KTLK serve as the fl agship stations for the 73-station, 6-state Minnesota Vikings Radio Network.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR...* With two sacks, DE Jared Allen will have 45 for his career. * WR Bernard Berrian will play in his 60th career game. * With one sack, LB E.J. Henderson will move into 5th all-time in sacks by a Vikings linebacker.* G Anthony Herrera will start his 20th career game and play in his 30th career game. * With 73 receiving yards, WR Sidney Rice will reach 500 for his career. * K Ryan Longwell needs three fi eld goals to tie Pete Stoyanovich’s 272 made FGs. * With an INT for a TD, Darren Sharper will move into a tie for 2nd place all-time in the NFL.* This game will mark DT Kevin Williams 80th career game, all of which he has started.

    A WIN WOULD...* Improve the Vikings record in home openers to 31-16-1 all-time. * Improve Head Coach Brad Childress’ record in home openers to 3-0. * Improve the Vikings record at the Metrodome to 138-76-0 (regular season and postseason).

  • MEET THE HEAD COACHES

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 2

    DUNGYNFL Head Coach: 3rd YearOverall NFL Experience: 11th YearCoaching Experience: 31st YearOverall NFL Record: 14-19 (.424)Regular Season: 14-19 (.424)Postseason: 0-0 (.000)Record with MIN: 14-19 (.424)Record vs. IND: 0-0 (.000)College: Eastern Illinois (‘78) Entering his third season leading the

    Vikings, Head Coach Brad Childress has a team built on his principles for winning football. Childress’ squad features strong play along both lines, a dynamic running game and an opportunistic defense. A bevy of top-fl ight linemen have been important to developing the identity of the Vikings and are now being complimented by emerging playmakers. The offseason addition of 2007 NFL sack leader and All-Pro DE Jared Allen via trade with Kansas City along with free agent starters WR Bernard Berrian, FB Thomas Tapeh, and S Madieu Williams fi lled key positions with veteran playmakers. With Allen, the Vikings now have 5 Pro Bowlers along the offensive and defensive lines and 7 members of the 2007 Pro Bowl squad. Coupled with a pair of proven 1,000-yard runners in the backfi eld and an aggressive defense with a nose for the ball, the Vikings enter 2008 with a strong nucleus of experienced talent. Since taking over the team in 2006, Childress has placed a premium on playing smart football, minimizing mistakes and winning the line of scrimmage. The 2007 Vikings became the 1st team in franchise history to rank #1 in the NFL in rushing offense and rushing defense. The duos of G Steve Hutchinson and C Matt Birk on offense joined by DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams on defense all made second consecutive Pro Bowl trips in 2007. The Vikings offense set franchise records by rushing for 2,634 yards (164.6 yards per game) with rookie phenom Adrian Peterson leading the way with an NFC-best 1,341 yards. Peterson’s total ranked as the 2nd-highest in team history, and his 5.6 yards-per-carry average ranked 2nd-best in the NFL. Fellow RB Chester Taylor, coming off his fi rst 1,000-yard rushing season in 2006, fi nished with 844 yards and 7 TDs on 157 carries. Together Peterson and Taylor accounted for 2,185 of the team’s rushing total, giving the Vikings the most dangerous rushing tandem in team history in terms of yardage. Second-year QB Tarvaris Jackson showed signifi cant improvement from year one as he threw for 1,911 yards and 9 TDs while rushing for 260 yards and 3 scores despite missing 4 games due to injury. He fi nished the season 8-4 as a starter. Defensively, the Williams tandem shut down the run better than anyone in the NFL, and the Vikings posted the #1 rush defense for the 2nd straight year. Over the past 2 seasons, the team has stifl ed opponents by allowing 67.9 yards per game, 2.9 yards per carry and 0.5 rushing TDs per game in those 32 games. Behind the rugged DTs, the Vikings have an emerging trio of linebackers who have a knack for the big play and ball-hawking defensive backs. The 2007 squad tied a francise record by scoring 6 TDs on interception returns and 2 more on fumble returns. The Vikings’ 13 defensive TDs (9 INTs, 4 FRs) since 2006 lead the NFL and are 5 more than the runner-up Packers’ 8. On special teams, the Vikings ranked 4th in the NFL with a 24.8 kickoff return average and 6th in the NFL as they held opponents to an average starting fi eld position just beyond the 26-yard line (26.2). The 2008 season marks Childress’ 31st in coaching and his 11th on an NFL sideline. He currently has a combined record of 219-174-8, including playoffs and bowl action.

    2006-08 Minnesota Vikings Head Coach2002-05 Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator1999-01 Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks1991-98 Wisconsin Offensive Coordinator/QBs/RBs1990 Utah Wide Receivers1986-89 Northern Arizona Offensive Coordinator1985 Indianapolis Colts QBs/Quality Control1978-84 Illinois Running Backs/Wide Receivers

    CHILDRESS ENTERS 3RD SEASON AT HELM

    CHILDRESS’ COACHING BACKGROUND

    NFL Head Coach: 13th YearOverall NFL Experience: 27th YearCoaching Experience: 28th YearOverall NFL Record: 136-75 (.645)Regular Season: 127-66 (.658)Postseason: 9-9 (.500)Record with IND: 80-29 (.734)Record vs. MIN: 7-6 (.538)College: University of Minnesota (‘76)

    Tony Dungy is the winningest head coach in Indianapolis Colts franchise history, winning Super Bowl XLI and compiling a 73-24 mark since being hired on January 22, 2002. Each of Dungy’s six-plus years in Indianapolis has seen the Colts post no less than 10 wins, an AFC South Division Championship and a playoff berth on the way to becoming one of the NFL’s dominant franchises. Dungy has won at least 12 regular season games with the Colts each of the last fi ve seasons to set an NFL record, directing the Colts to records of 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4 and 13-3 in successive years. Prior to his tenure in Indianapolis, Dungy spent six years as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and owns a career regular-season record of 127-66. He led the Bucs to double-digit win seasons in 1997 (10-6), 1999 (11-5) and 2000 (10-6). Dungy also served 1981-88 with Pittsburgh, including 1984-88 as defensive coordinator. Dungy was the defensive coordinator at Minnesota from 1992-95, during which time the Vikings intercepted an NFL-high 95 passes and made three playoff appearances. At Pittsburgh in 1984, he became the NFL’s youngest coordinator (age 28). In fi ve seasons as Pittsburgh’s coordinator, the Steelers averaged 24 interceptions and 37 takeaways, while scoring 20 touchdowns.

    VIKINGS-COLTS ALL-TIME

    2002-07 Indianapolis Colts Head Coach1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach1992-95 Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator1989-91 Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Backs Coach1984-88 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator1982-83 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Backs Coach1981 Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Assistant Coach1980 University of Minnesota Defensive Backs Coach

    DUNGY’S COACHING BACKGROUND

    VIKINGS VS. COLTS ALL-TIMEWon 7, Lost 14, Tied 1; Home 7-4-1, Away 0-10

    Year .......... Site ............................Result 1961 .......... Baltimore....................L 13-34 1961 .......... Minnesota ..................W 28-20 1962 .......... Minnesota ..................L 7-34 1962 .......... Baltimore....................L 14-42 1963 .......... Minnesota ..................L 34-37 1963 .......... Baltimore....................L 10-41 1964 .......... Minnesota ..................W 34-24 1964 .......... Baltimore....................L 14-17 1965 .......... Baltimore....................L 16-35 1965 .......... Minnesota ..................L 21-41 1966 .......... Baltimore....................L 20-17 1967 .......... Baltimore ...................T 20-20 1968 .......... Minnesota ..................L 24-9 1969 .......... Minnesota .................W 52-14 1971 .......... Minnesota ..................W 10-3 1982 .......... Minnesota .................W 13-10 1988 .......... Minnesota ..................W 12-3 1997 .......... Minnesota .................W 39-28 2000 .......... Indianapolis ...............L 31-10 2004 .......... Indianapolis ...............L 31-28

  • AT

    Head Coach Childress on the election of LB E.J. Henderson, G Steve Hutchinson and K Ryan Longwell as the 2008 team captains: Obviously it’s an honor to be elected by your peers in that captaincy role...I think it identifi es them as, obviously good players, good leaders and good citizens as well. It’s really an earned honor...I know everybody does it differently, but those guys will be our guys for the year. It has advantages, even though we have a leadership committee, (the players) are identifi ed and people can readily speak to them or they can speak to people. It goes both ways.

    COACH CHILDRESS ON ELECTING CAPTAINS

    VIKINGS-COLTS INFORMATION

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 3

    VIKINGS PERFORMANCES VS. COLTS

    VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. COLTS VIKINGS VS. COLTS SERIES NOTES

    FIRST TIME/LAST TIME

    Bernard Berrian .................... 1 game, 4 receptions, 38 yardsTarvaris Jackson .................. Has not played against the ColtsAdrian Peterson .................... Has not played against the ColtsKevin Williams ...................... 1 game, 7 tackles, 1.0 sackAntoine Winfi eld ................... 10 games, 1.0 sack, 3 INTs

    * WR Bernard Berrian caught four passes for 38 yards against the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

    * QB Gus Frerotte went 17-of-32 passing for 226 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs in his very fi rst career appearance and start against the Colts as a member of the Washington Redskins on Oct. 23, 1994.

    * K Ryan Longwell went 5-for-5 on PAT attempts and kicked an 18-yard fi eld goal for the Green Bay Packers against the Colts as a rookie on Nov. 16, 1997.

    * DT Kevin Williams brought down QB Peyton Manning vs. Indianapolis (11/8/04).

    * CB Antoine Winfi eld recorded his fi rst career interception against the Colts on 9/12/99 as a rookie with the Buffalo Bills.

    * Winfi eld has picked off Peyton Manning three times total in his career (10/1/00 and 9/23/01).

    * Winfi eld recorded a career-high 16 tackles against the Colts on11/8/04 and recorded 1 of his 2 career sacks against the Colts on 11/23/03, as a member of the Bills.

    * WR Bobby Wade had the longest kickoff return of his career (48 yards) against Indianapolis (10/8/06).

    * The Vikings have a combined 7-14-1 record against the Colts during the regular season.

    * The Vikings are 7-4-1 against Indianapolis at home but have not de-feated the Colts on the road, losing all 10 times.

    * The Vikings only tie in the 140 regular season AFC matchups came against the Colts, a 20-20 fi nish in 1967.

    * The two teams played in the NFL Western Conference Championship Game in 1968, a 24-14 loss for the Vikings.

    * The Vikings have won fi ve of the last seven games against the Colts.

    * The home team has won the last seven meetings.

    The fi rst time the Vikings and Colts met was during the Vikings inaugural 1961 season, a game the Vikings lost 34-33 at Baltimore (10/1/61). The Vikings would, however, bounce back to defeat the Colts later that season 28-20 in Minnesota (11/12/61). The last time these two teams played was on November 8, 2004, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The Vikings lost that game 28-31. Offensively the Vikings were able to hang with the AFC power-house despite the abscence of playmaking WR Randy Moss, who was inactive. Without Moss, QB Daunte Culpepper threw for 169 yards with one touchdown. Collectively, Culpepper and running backs Onterrio Smith, Michael Bennett and Moe Williams produced 130 rushing yards with Smith leading the crew with 80 yards and one TD. The Vikings also relied on the special teams units in the game, as K Morten Anderson nailed two fi eld goals in the fi rst half from 42 and 23 yards away to help keep the Vikings within striking distance and WR Nate Burleson returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown. Despite the offensive and special teams units putting up 28 points, the Vikings defense struggled to stop the powerful Colts offense. With-out forcing any turnovers, the defense gave up 408 total yards and 31 points. CB Antoine Winfi eld led the team with 9 solo tackles, while DT Kevin Williams notched the team’s only sack.

    2008 STATISTICAL SNAPSHOT (NFL Ranking) Vikings Colts 0-1 Record 0-1 19.0 (16) Points Per Game 13.0 (24t) 21 (6t) First Downs 23 (4t) 355.0 (8) Total Offense Per Game 293 (20t) 187.0 (3) Net Rushing Yards Per Game 53 (29) 168.0 (20) Net Passing Yards Per Game 240 (7) 1/7 (4t) Had Intercepted/Yards Lost 0/0 (15t) 1/10 (6t) Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 2/17 (15t) 32:01 (7) Possession Average 28:16 (25) 43.8 (11) Third Down Effi ciency 45.5 (10) 24.0 (22t) Opp. Points Per Game 29.0 (27) 15 (10t) Opp. First Downs 17 (15t) 317.0 (18t) Opp. Total Offense Per Game 319.0 (20) 139.0 (21) Opp. Net Rushing Yards Per Game 183.0 (28t) 178.0 (16) Opp. Net Passing Yards Per Game 178.0 (7) 0/0 (15t) Defensive Interceptions/Yards 0/0 (15t) 0/0 (28t) Defensive Sacks/Yards 2/14 (11t) -1 (22t) Turnover Ratio -1 (22t) 5/43.4 (17t) Punts/Gross Punting Average 2/49.0 (3) 9/42 (26t) Penalties/Yards 6/40 (16t)

    SERIES BY THE NUMBERSRecord vs. Colts ………………………………………… ............. 7-14-1Last Regular season game.........................…………38 Points (1969)Colts largest winning margin .................................... 31 Points (1963)Current series steak ........................................ Colts W2 (2000-2004)Vikings longest winning streak .....................................5 (1969-1997) Colts longest winning streak .........................................5 (1964-1966)Most Points by, Vikings………………….…....……. .............. 52 (1969)Most points, Colts ................................................................ 42 (1962)Most points by both teams................. 67, Vikings 39, Colts 28 (1997)Fewest Points, Vikings .......................................................... 7 (1962)Fewest points, Colts................................................…........... 3 (1973) Fewest Points, both teams .................. 13, Vikings 10, Colts 3 (1971)

  • VIKINGS-COLTS INFORMATION

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 4

    2008 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS (Qualifying Players Only)

    2008 Minnesota VikingsCategory Player Total NFC Rank NFL RankScoring Longwell 7 11t 17tRushing Yds. Peterson 103 4 5Rushing Att. Peterson 19 6t 11tPassing Yds. Jackson 178 11t 20tReceptions 4 players 3 27t 52tReceiving Yds. Mills 49 26 44tInterceptions None - - -Fumble Rec. None - - -Sacks None - - -Punting Avg. Kluwe 43.4 7 14t Punt Ret. Avg. Allison 4.3 6 14tKO Ret. Avg. Taylor 21.0 9 19

    2008 Indianapolis ColtsCategory Player Total AFC Rank NFL RankScoring Vinatieri 7 7 17tRushing Yds. Addai 44 15 37Rushing Att. Addai 12 14 30tPassing Yds. Manning 257 2 6Receptions Wayne 10 1t 1tReception Yds. Wayne 86 6 16Interceptions None - - -Fumble Rec. None - - -Sacks Freeney/Mathis 1.0 8t 11tPunting Avg. Smith 49.0 DNQ DNQ Punt Ret. Avg. Ratliff 8.0 DNQ DNQKO Ret. Avg. Roby 20.2 10 18

    VIKINGS-COLTS CONNECTIONSVIKINGS-COLTS CONNECTIONS - Vikings head coach Brad Childress fi rst NFL job was with the Colts as quarterbacks/quality control coach in 1985.- Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was a member of the Colts coaching staff in the 2005- 06 seasons as a defensive backs coach and the Special Assistant to Head Coach Tony Dungy, and helped lead the team to a Super Bowl XLI victory.- Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy served as the Vikings defensive coordinator from 1992-95. He also played quarterback at the University of Minnesota from 1973-76 and coached the Gophers defensive backs in 1980.

    - Coltsoffensive coordinator Tom Moore was the Vikings assistant head coach/quarterbacks (1990), assistant head coach/offensive coor dinator (1991) and receivers coach (1992-93). - Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck worked under Dungy on the Vikings staff from 1992-94.- Colts pro scout Kevin Rogers is the son of Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers.

    LOCAL CONNECTIONS - Vikings DE Ray Edwards played at Purdue.- Indianapolis offensive coordinator Tom Moore is a native of Owatanna, Minn., and is a member of the Rochester, Minn. Sports Hall of Fame… Moore also coached at the University of Minnesota as offensive backfi eld coach in 1972-73 and offensive coordinator from 1975-76.- Colts DT Derrick Reid played at Minnesota with Vikings FB Thomas Tapeh.

    NFL CONNECTIONS- Vikings QB Gus Frerotte played the 2000 and 2001 seasons with the Denver Broncos, while Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck was on staff.- Vikings special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro coached on the Carolina Panthers staff with Colts special assistant to the defense Rod Perry, while Vikings LB Vinny Ciurciu played there. - Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy played for the Cincinnati Bengals while Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks was on staff there in 1995 and 1996.- Vikings WR Bobby Wade and Colts WR Courtney Roby were teammates with the Tennessee Titans in 2005-06.

    COLLEGE CONNECTIONS - Vikings LB Chad Greenway and CB Benny Sapp were teammates with Colts TE Dallas Clark and S Bob Sanders.- Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris coached on the University of Minnesota staff with Colts head coach Tony Dungy. Morris and Colts special teams coach Russ Purnell served on the same staff at USC from 1983-85.- Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers coached at Syracuse while Colts WR Marvin Harrison and DE Dwight Freeney were there.- Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac and Colts running backs coach Gene Huey served on the same Ohio State coaching staff from 1988-91- Vikings assistant offensive line coach Jim Hueber and assistant special teams coach Brian Murphy coached at Wisconsin while Colts QB Jim Sorgi played there.- Vikings S Darren Sharper played at William & Mary while Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams was on staff.

    VIKINGS INACTIVESThe following players were inactive last week at Green Bay:#4 John David Booty ........ QB#20 Madieu Williams .......... S#21 Marcus McCauley ........ CB#43 Maurice Hicks .............. RB#50 Erin Henderson............ LB#60 Drew Radovich ............ T#83 Jeff Dugan ................... TE#98 Letroy Guion ................ DT

    * The Vikings have a combined regular season record of 70-69-1 (.500) against AFC opponents and are 17-18-1 in the team’s 36 games against the AFC South.

    * Minnesota is 0-4 against the AFC in the postseason.

    * At home, the Vikings are 15-6-1 against the AFC South, and Minnesota is 3-3 against the division during the month of September.

    * During Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress’ era, the Vikings are averaging 376.9 yards per game in eight games against AFC opponents.

    * The Vikings defense has 17 sacks, one safety, eight forced fumbles and fi ve interceptions in those eight games.

    * RB Adrian Peterson has 434 rushing yards and four TDs in 3 AFC games.

    VIKINGS VS. AFC/AFC SOUTH

  • VIKINGS TEAM NOTES

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS --5

    Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell enters his 3rd season with the Vikings with 2 Pro Bowlers along the offensive line, the 2007 NFC-leading rusher in the backfi eld, a more experienced quarterback and a new playmaking wide receiver. In 2007, Bevell helped put together the best rushing attack in the NFL as the Vikings averaged 164.6 yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry. Their 2,634

    rushing yards was the highest total in team history while their 22 rushing touchdowns ranked tied for 2nd. The Vikings were led by the rushing tandem of rookie RB Adrian Peterson and RB Chester Taylor, who amassed a combined 2,185 yards on the ground, shattering Daunte Culpepper and Robert Smith’s previous highest rushing total by a tandem of 1,991 yards in 2000. Against San Diego, Peterson broke the NFL single-game rushing record when he gained 296 yards on the ground. Peterson, along with C Matt Birk, G Steve Hutchinson, and FB Tony Richardson earned trips to the 2008 Pro Bowl. This offseason, Bevell’s offense saw the addition of deep threat WR Bernard Berrian, FB Thomas Tapeh and RB Maurice Hicks.

    Asst. Head Coach/Def. Coord. Leslie Frazier On the defensive side of the ball, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier will begin his 2nd season with the Vikings and his 9th season in the NFL. In his fi rst year with Minnesota, Frazier led the team to its 2nd-consecutive #1 ranking against the run, holding opponents to 74.1 yards per game on the ground. The team notched 8 defensive touchdowns and led the league with 6 interceptions returned for scores. The Vikings

    tied for 9th with 31 takeaways and tied a team record for the most defensive points scored in a season with 50 (8 touchdowns, 1 safety). Prior to joining the Vikings, Frazier won a Super Bowl in 2006 as a member of the Indianapolis Colts’ staff, coaching defensive backs and serving as a special assistant to Tony Dungy. During that championship season, the Colts’ defense posted 13 takeaways in the playoffs and allowed only 2 second-half TDs in the 4 postseason games. During the 2008 offseason, Frazier saw his unit add key pieces at defensive end with the trade for Jared Allen, who led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2007, and at safety with the signing of free agent Madieu Williams. Frazier now has 3 Pro Bowlers along the defensive line and 4 members of the 2007 Pro Bowl squad.

    Special Teams Coordinator Paul Ferraro The 2008 season marks Paul Ferraro’s 3rd as the Vikings Special Teams Coordinator, his 4th season of NFL coaching and his 27th season of coaching overall. Ferraro’s 2007 special teams units, the core of which have returned in 2008, were some of the most successful in team history. The 2007 squad set team records for kickoff return average, the longest kickoff return in team history, the most punts landed inside the 20, and the most 50+

    yard punts. The team also converted a pair of onside kicks. Leading the way on special teams in 2007 was LB Heath Farwell, who topped the team in special teams tackles for the 2nd straight season, was voted by his teammates as the Special Teams MVP and was recognized as a Pro Bowl alternate. The Vikings ranked 4th overall in the NFL with a 24.8 kickoff return average, which also ranked as the highest return average in team history, and 6th in the NFL as they held opponents to an average starting fi eld position just beyond the 26-yard line (26.2). WR Aundrae Allison ranked #1 in the NFC and #3 in the NFL with an average of 28.7 yards per kickoff return, while Kluwe shattered his record of 28 punts inside the 20, as he landed 34.

    VIKINGS COORDINATORSJuney Barnett (Assistant Strength and Conditioning); Eric Bieniemy (Running Backs); Brendan Daly (Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line); Karl Dunbar (Defensive Line); Ryan Ficken (Quality Control-Offense/Running Backs); Jim Hueber (Assistant Offensive Line); Jeff Imamura (Quality Control-Defense/Linebackers); Jimmie Johnson (Tight Ends); Tom Kanavy (Strength and Conditioning); Derek Mason (Assistant Secondary); Pat Morris (Offensive Line); Brian Murphy (Assistant Special Teams); Chad O’Shea (Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers); Fred Pagac (Linebackers); Kevin Rogers (Quarterbacks); Ryan Silverfi eld (Offensive/Defensive Assistant); Kevin Stefanski (Assistant to Head Coach); George Stewart (Wide Receivers); Martin Streight (Assistant Strength and Conditioning); Joe Woods (Defensive Backs)

    VIKINGS ASSISTANT COACHES

    IMPORTANT 2008 SEASON DATES October 14 - Trading DeadlineJanuary 3-4 - Wild Card PlayoffsJanuary 10-11 - Divisional PlayoffsJanuary 18 - Conference ChampionshipsFebruary 1 - Super Bowl XLIII, Tampa, Florida

    VIKINGS BUILD PRACTICE SQUADThe following 8 players are currently on the Vikings practice squad: #63 Brian Daniels ............... G ............1st Year ...........Colorado#99 Leger Douzable ........... DT ..........Rookie .............Central Florida#11 Jaymar Johnson .......... WR .........Rookie .............Jackson State#68 Tim Mattran.................. C ............Rookie .............Stanford#82 Darius Reynaud ........... WR .........Rookie .............West Virginia#55 Kyle Shotwell ............... LB ...........Rookie .............Cal Poly SLO#24 Marcus Walker ............. CB ..........Rookie .............Oklahoma#34 Albert Young ................ RB ..........Rookie .............Iowa

    VIKINGS ELECT 2008 CAPTAINSThe following are the Minnesota Vikings captains for the 2008 season, as voted on by teammates:

    Offense - Steve HutchinsonDefense - E.J. HendersonSpecial Teams - Ryan Longwell

    The Vikings will also honor offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week that will go out for the coin toss as well.

    VIKINGS LATEST ROSTER MOVESThe following roster moves have taken place in September:

    Date Player TransactionSept. 2 C Mike Jones Waived/Injury SettlementSept. 4 DE Martail Burnett Released from Practice SquadSept. 4 LB Kyle Shotwell Signed to Practice SquadSept. 9 DT Leger Douzable Released from Practice SquadSept. 9 LB Kyle Shotwell Released from Practice SquadSept. 9 DE Martail Burnett Signed to Practice Squad

    VIKINGS VS. NFC/NFC NORTH The Vikings have an all-time record (regular season and postseason) of 333-268-9 (.546) versus the NFC. Against NFC North opponents, the franchise is a combined 156-121-5 in the 282 games against the division. The Vikings have the most playoff appearances (22) and division titles (16) within the NFC North.

    Team Total Games All-Time Series TitlesChicago Bears ...............94 ................... 50-42-2 .............................2Detroit Lions ...............93 ................... 61-30-2 .............................0Green Bay Packers ........95 ................... 45-49-1 .............................4

  • VIKINGS TEAM NOTES

    After trading away their 1st round pick and two 3rd round picks with Kansas City for DE Jared Allen, the Vikings used two picks on defense and three on offense in the 2008 NFL Draft. With their only selection on Day 1, the Vikings traded up in the 2nd round to take S Tyrell Johnson out of Arkansas State. Johnson was the 2nd safety drafted in 2008 and the highest drafted safety by the Vikings since Orlando Thomas in 1995. With their remaining four picks, the Vikings chose QB John David Booty, DT Letroy Guion, C John Sullivan and WR Jaymar Johnson.

    Round 1Traded the #17 overall pick to Kansas City Chiefs for DE Jared Allen Round 21. Tyrell Johnson (#43), S, Arkansas State (Traded Philadelphia #47 and #117 pick for #43 and #152)Preseason Defensive Totals: 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 FR Round 3Traded the #73 and #82 overall picks to Kansas City Chiefs for DE Jared Allen Round 52. John David Booty (#137), QB, Southern California (Traded Green Bay #150 and #209 for #137)Preseason Passing Totals: 22-41-203, 53.7%, 0 TD, 3 INT, 36.9 QB rating3. Letroy Guion (#152), DT, Florida StatePreseason Defensive Totals: 11 tackles (9 solo), 2.0 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QB Hurry Round 64. John Sullivan (#187), C, Notre DamePreseason Totals: 4 games played, 1 start5. Jaymar Johnson (#193), WR, Jackson State (Practice Squad)Preseason Receiving Totals: 2-28, 14.0 avg.; Punt Returns: 6-72, 12.0 avg., 23 long; Kickoff Returns: 4-78, 19.5 avg., 23 longRound 7Traded the #209 overall pick to Green Bay

    2008 NFL DRAFT

    • Oldest Vikings player Gus Frerotte, 37 Born 7/31/71• Youngest Vikings player Letroy Guion, 21 Born 6/21/87• Most seasons as a Viking Matt Birk 11th Vikings season• Most NFL seasons Gus Frerotte 15th season in the NFL• College with the most Vikings Maryland, 4 Jeff Dugan, E.J. Henderson, Erin Henderson, Madieu Williams• Conference with the most Vikings Big 12 9 players on ‘08 roster• Largest Viking Bryant McKinnie, T Stands 6-8 and weighs 335 pounds• Smallest Viking Antoine Winfi eld, CB Stands 5-9 and weighs 180 pounds• Former 1st-round draft picks 7 Chad Greenway, Steve Hutchinson, Bryant McKinnie,

    Adrian Peterson, Kenechi Udeze, Kevin Williams, Antoine Winfi eld• Pro Bowlers 7 Jared Allen, Matt Birk, Steve Hutchinson, Adrian Peterson, Darren

    Sharper, Kevin Williams, Pat Williams• Coaches who played in the NFL 5 Eric Bieniemy, Karl Dunbar, Leslie Frazier, Jimmie Johnson, Fred

    Pagac

    In one of the most active offseasons in recent team history, the Vikings added several players via free agency, highlighted by WR Bernard Berrian (Chicago), S Madieu Williams (Cincinnati), and FB Thomas Tapeh (Philadelphia). The team also landed 2007 sack leader DE Jared Allen via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Free Agency NotesWR Bernard Berrian (Chi.) Had career-best 71 catches in 2007...Has averaged 14.6 yards per catch during careerS Michael Boulware (Hou.) - IR Started for Seattle in Super Bowl XL and intercepted Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in the gameRB Maurice Hicks (SF) Owns the top 2 single-season kickoff return totals in 49ers history, including team record 1,502 in 2007CB Benny Sapp (KC) Snared INT off Brett Favre vs. Green Bay last seasonFB Thomas Tapeh (Phi.) Helped Eagles advance to Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 seasonS Madieu Williams (Cin) Has 9 career INTs, 5 of which have come in the past 2 seasons...Also has 268 career tacklesDE Ellis Wyms (Sea.) Posted a sack on NFL MVP Rich Gannon in Super Bowl XXXVII during Tampa Bay Buccaneers win

    Trade Notes DE Jared Allen Led the NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2007 despite missing 2 games...Earned 1st Pro Bowl and All-Pro Honors

    OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS

    VIKINGS FACTS AND FIGURES

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 6

    NEW FACESThe Vikings have 15 new faces from the 2007 season - S Hussain Abdullah, DE Jared Allen, WR Bernard Berrian, QB John David Booty, QB Gus Frerotte, DT Letroy Guion, LB Erin Henderson, RB Maurice Hicks, S Tyrell Johnson, T Drew Radovich, S Benny Sapp, C John Sullivan, FB Thomas Tapeh, S Madieu Williams, and DT Ellis Wyms

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    HEY ROOK! The Vikings have 7 rookies on their current roster:

    DRAFT CHOICES* Tyrell Johnson – Vikings fi rst pick in 2008 NFL Draft (2nd round, 43rd overall)…Second safety drafted in 2008 and highest-drafted safety by the Vi-kings since Orlando Thomas in 1995…Highest-drafted Arkansas State defensive player since Cincinnati selected LB Bill Bergey #31 overall in 1969.* John David Booty – Played at USC under former Vikings assistant Pete Carroll…Left USC ranked 4th in career TD passes and 5th in career passing yards…6th QB selected in 2008 NFL Draft…Brother, Josh, was a QB with the Cleveland Browns.* Letroy Guion – First Florida State player drafted by the Vikings since CB Corey Fuller in 1995…Youngest Viking, turned 21 on 6/21/08.* John Sullivan – Fourth center taken in 2008 NFL Draft; fi rst Notre Dame center since 2003…Served as team captain his senior season.

    ROOKIE FREE AGENTS* S Husain Abdullah – Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a senior…Named Cougars Defensive MVP…Brother, Hazma, was a starter for Denver Bron-cos in 2007…Teammates at WSU with Eric Frampton.* LB Erin Henderson – Brother of Vikings starting MLB E.J. Henderson, he and E.J. have never been teammates before…Led ACC in tackles in 2007 and fi nished 9th in the nation with 11.08 tackles per game…Named 2007 Honorable Mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly, Rivals.com, SI.com and College Football News.* Drew Radovich – Teammates at USC with John David Booty…Father, Mark, was a LB at Arizona State (1974-1976)…Member of the 2006 and 2007 Rose Bowl Championship squads.

    INTERNATIONAL VIKINGSThe Vikings have three players who were born outside of the United States:

    * G Anthony Herrera was born in Trinidad, Tobago, before emigrating to the United States as a child, arriving in Florida on his 14th birthday. Herrera became a U.S. citizen in the spring of 2008.

    * FB Thomas Tapeh was born in Liberia and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters when he was nine years old.

    * S Madieu Williams is a native of Sierra Leone. He moved to Maryland with his family at age nine.

    NFL WEEK TWO SCHEDULE(All Times Cenral)

    Sunday, September 14Indianapolis at Minnesota ................................... NoonTennessee at Cincinnati .........................................NoonGreen Bay at Detroit ...............................................NoonBuffalo at Jacksonville ............................................NoonOakland at Kansas City ..........................................NoonNY Giants at St. Louis ............................................NoonNew Orleans at Washington ...................................NoonSan Francisco at Seattle ..................................3:05 p.m.Atlanta at Tampa Bay .......................................3:05 p.m.Miami at Arizona ...............................................3:15 p.m.San Diego at Denver ........................................3:15 p.m.Baltimore at Houston ........................................3:15 p.m.New England at NY Jets ...................................3:15 p.m.Pittsburgh at Cleveland ....................................7:15 p.m.

    Monday, September 15Philadelphia at Dallas .......................................7:30 p.m.

    NFL STANDINGSAFC East

    Team W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Buffalo 1 0 0 1.000 34 10 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 N.Y. Jets 1 0 0 1.000 20 14 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 New England 1 0 0 1.000 17 10 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 Miami 0 1 0 .000 14 20 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1

    AFC NorthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Baltimore 1 0 0 1.000 17 10 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0Pittsburgh 1 0 0 1.000 38 3 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0Cincinnati 0 1 0 .000 10 17 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 Cleveland 0 1 0 .000 10 28 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0

    AFC SouthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Tennessee 1 0 0 1.000 17 10 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 Houston 0 1 0 .000 17 38 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 Indianapolis 0 1 0 .000 13 29 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 Jacksonville 0 1 0 .000 10 17 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

    AFC WestTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Denver 1 0 0 1.000 41 14 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0Kansas City 0 1 0 .000 10 17 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0Oakland 0 1 0 .000 14 41 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1San Diego 0 1 0 .000 24 26 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0

    NFC EastTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Dallas 1 0 0 1.000 28 10 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 NY Giants 1 0 0 1.000 16 7 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 Philadelphia 1 0 0 1.000 38 3 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0Washington 0 1 0 .000 7 16 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

    NFC NorthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 29 13 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 Green Bay 1 0 0 1.000 24 19 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 Detroit 0 1 0 .000 21 34 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 Minnesota 0 1 0 .000 19 24 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

    NFC SouthTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Atlanta 1 0 0 1.000 34 21 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 Carolina 1 0 0 1.000 26 24 0-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 New Orleans 1 0 0 1.000 24 20 1-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 Tampa Bay 0 1 0 .000 20 24 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1

    NFC WestTeam W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Conf. Div.Arizona 1 0 0 1.000 23 13 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 San Fran. 0 1 0 .000 13 23 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 Seattle 0 1 0 .000 10 34 0-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 St. Louis 0 1 0 .000 3 38 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-0

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    2008 STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE The Vikings face the toughest strength of schedule of all NFC teams entering the 2008 NFL season. Minnesota plays host to the past two Super Bowl Champions - NY Giants and Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings also play 6 teams that went to the 2007 playoffs - Green Bay, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and NY Giants.

    2008 NFL Strength of ScheduleTeam 2007 Pct./W-LPittsburgh Steelers .598 / 153-103Indianapolis Colts .594 / 152-104Jacksonville Jaguars .559 / 143-113Minnesota Vikings .551 / 141-115Baltimore Ravens .551 / 141-115Cincinnati Bengals .547 / 140-116Cleveland Browns .547 / 140-116Houston Texans .547 / 140-116Detroit Lions .543 / 139-117Tennessee Titans .543 / 139-117Chicago Bears .531 / 136-120Green Bay Packers .531 / 136-120Dallas Cowboys .523 / 134-122Washington Redskins .523 / 134-122NY Giants .520 / 133-123Philadelphia Eagles .520 / 133-123St. Louis Rams .488 / 125-131San Francisco 49ers .484 / 124-132Seattle Seahawks .477 / 122-134Tampa Bay Buccaneers .469 / 120-136Arizona Cardinals .465 / 119-137Carolina Panthers .465 / 119-137Miami Dolphins .465 / 119-137Atlanta Falcons .461 / 118-138NY Jets .457 / 117-139Kansas City Chiefs .453 / 116-140Buffalo Bills .449 / 115-141New Orleans Saints .449 / 115-141Denver Broncos .445 / 114-142Oakland Raiders .438 / 112-144San Diego Chargers .422 / 108-148New England Patriots .387 / 99-157

    PRACTICE SQUAD MAKES PERFECT The Vikings have several players on the 53-man roster who have climbed the NFL ladder, starting their careers as practice squad play-ers. Vikings starting RG Anthony Herrera was a practice squad player as a rookie in 2004. Vikings CB Charles Gordon and LB David Her-ron began their careers as practice squad members with the club and moved into regular roles with the team. Veteran RB Maurice Hicks was a member of the 49ers practice squad in 2004 before moving to the ac-tive roster and setting team record for kickoff return yards in 2006 and 2007. Special teams standout Vinny Ciurciu entered the NFL in 2003 on the Panthers practice squad but ended that season playing in the Super Bowl for the team against New England. The Vikings top special teams player, Heath Farwell, came into the NFL as a rookie free agent and spent the majority of his rookie season on the Vikings practice squad before moving to the active roster.

    For many NFL players, not being selected in the 7 rounds of the draft is extra motivation to prove their worth. The Vikings feature a num-ber of undrafted players who have earned valuable roles on the team. The most notable is 2-time Pro Bowl DT Pat Williams, who was a rookie free agent with Buffalo in 1997 before moving into a starting role with the Bills in 2000. The Vikings had 3 undrafted rookies make the 53-man roster in 2008- LB Erin Henderson, S Hussain Abdullah and T Drew Radovich. Vikings long snapper Cullen Loeffl er was a rookie free agent with the club as was starting RG Anthony Herrera and DB/return man Charles Gordon. Vikings lineman Artis Hicks was a rookie free agent with the Eagles and went on to start in the Super Bowl for the team. The Vikings most notable all-time undrafted players include future Ring of Honor inductees John Randle and Mick Tingelhoff.

    UNDRAFTED DOESN’T MEAN UNDESERVING

    PlayersHusain Abdullah - WHO-sane ab-dul-LA Bernard Berrian - bare-E-an Vinny Ciurciu - chur-choo Jeff Dugan - DOO-gan Gus Frerotte - FUR-ott Letroy Guion - LA-troy GUY-on Otis Grigsby - grigs-BEE Anthony Herrera - HA-rare-ah Tarvaris Jackson - ta-VAR-is Tyrell Johnson - TIE-rell Jim Kleinsasser - KLINE-sauce-er Chris Kluwe - CLUE-ee Ben Leber - LEE-ber Cullen Loeffl er - LEFF-ler Brian Robison - ROB-ah-sin Visanthe Shiancoe - vi-sahn-tay SHANK-oh Naufahu Tahi - nah-fah-WHO TAH-hee Thomas Tapeh - ta-PAY Madieu Williams - muh-DEE-you Antoine Winfi eld - an-TWAN Ellis Wyms - wims Coaches Eric Bieniemy - bee-en-uh-me Tom Kanavy - ka-NAY-vee Fred Pagac - PUG-itch

    VIKINGS PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

    AT

    The Vikings currently have a combined record of 137-76-0 at the HHH Metrodome (.643) in the regular season and the playoffs. The team has never been shut out at the Dome and hasn’t been shut out at a home stadium since 10/7/62, when they lost 13-0 to Chicago at Met Stadium.

    DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

    With 21 fi rst downs at Green Bay in Week One, the Vikings offense is currently tied for 4th in the NFL. Minnesota rushed for 10 fi rst downs, passed for seven more and the Packers were penalized four times for fi rst downs. Defensively the Vikings gave up 15 fi rst downs, which ranks 6th.

    STAT OF THE WEEK

  • VIKINGS OFFENSIVE TEAM NOTES

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 9

    VIKINGS OFFENSE UNDER CHILDRESSThe Vikings rushing offense under Brad Childress has been at or near the top over the past three seasons since Childress took over in 2006.

    * During Brad Childress’ era, the Vikings have ranked 4th with 4,641 rushing yards from 2006-08. The team has averaged 140.6 yards per game during that time. The Vikings fi nished as the #1 rushing offense in 2007 with 2,634 yards, and currently the team ranks 3rd in 2008 with 187 yards after week one.

    Rushing Yards 2006-2008 (Regular Season)Team Attempts Yards1) Jacksonville ........... 1,052 .................... 4,9652) Atlanta ...................... 964 .................... 4,7773) San Diego.............. 1,034 .................... 4,7224) Minnesota ................ 969 .................... 4,6415) Tennessee ............. 1,044 .................... 4,460

    * The team’s 4.8 yards-per-carry average during that time (2006-08) ranks 2nd, behind the Atlanta Falcons 5.0 average.

    Rushing Average 2006-2008 (Regular Season)Team Attempts Yards Avg.1) Atlanta ...................... 964 .................... 4,777 .................5.02) Minnesota ................ 969 .................... 4,641 .................4.83) Jacksonville ........... 1,052 .................... 4,965 .................4.7

    * RB Chester Taylor’s 95-yard TD run against Seattle (2006) ranks as the longest run in the NFL in the past three years.

    * The Vikings have scored 35 rushing touchdowns, which ranks 6th in the NFL.

    * The Vikings 133 rushes of 10+ yards from 2006-2008 ranks 3rd in the league (13.7% of Vikings rushes).

    Rushes of 10+ Yards 2006-2008Team Rushes of 10+ Yards 1) Jacksonville ............................................ 1462) Atlanta .................................................... 1343) Minnesota .............................................. 1334) Washington ............................................ 1275) NY Giants ............................................... 121

    * In 2007, the Vikings offense ranked tied for 6th in the league in ex-plosive plays (10+ yards) with 213 (87 rush, 126 pass). The team also scored 19 touchdowns on plays of 10+ yards, which ranked tied for 9th in the NFL. The Vikings 87 rushes of 10+ yards in ‘07 led the league and the19.4 yards-per-rush average of those 87 carries also ranked 1st.

    * The Vikings 2007 ground attack ranked #1 all-time in team history and the 5.3 yards-per-carry average also ranks tied for 1st. The Vikings 22 rushing TDs that year ranks tied for 2nd all-time.

    Vikings Single-Season Rushing Yards1) 2,634 ................... 20072) 2,507 ................... 20023) 2,343 ................... 2003

    Vikings Single-Season Rushing Average1t) 5.3 ...................... 20071t) 5.3 ...................... 2002

    Vikings Single-Season Rushing Touchdowns1) 26 ........................ 20022t) 22 ....................... 20072t) 22 ....................... 1988

    VIKINGS QUARTERBACKS Third-year QB Tarvaris Jackson returns to lead the Vikings in 2008 after serving as the team’s starter in 2007. Jackson has started 15 of 17 games played since coming into the league as a rookie in 2006. He has completed 234 of 410 passes (57.1%) for 2,564 yards and 12 TDs while rushing 78 times for 402 yards (5.2 yards per carry) during his career. Backup QB Gus Frerotte returns for a second stint with the Vikings in 2008 after playing with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and the St. Louis Rams for the past two seasons. Frerotte spent the 2003-04 seasons with the Vikings where he started two games (both wins) and completed 38-of-66 (57.6%) passes for 690 yards and 7 touchdowns. He set the franchise record for single-game passer rating at 157.2 points and threw 4 TDs in his fi rst Vikings start. Frerotte is in his 15th year in the NFL in 2008. He has started 84 career games, including playoff games for two different teams. QB John David Booty was drafted by the Vikings out of USC in the 5th round (137 overall) of the 2008 draft. While with the Trojans, he posted a 20-3 record as a starter. He currently ranks 4th on the all-time USC career TD passing list with 55 TDs.

    In week one against Green Bay, QB Tarva-ris Jackson completed 16-of-35 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball nine times for 65 yards. After returning from a concussion suffered in Week 9 of the 2007 season, Jackson completed 120-of-174 passes (69.0%) for 1,311 yards and 7 TDs in the last 7 games. He averaged 187.3 passing yards per game after his return, and he rushed for two scores and two 2-point conver-sions. His four throws of 60+ yards ranks 2nd for the most in a season. He also threw Jackson fi nished 8-4 as a starter in 2007 and 7-3 in his last 10 starts with wins over 2006 playoff teams Chicago (twice), San Diego and the N.Y. Giants. Two of his losses came in overtime on the road.

    Rushing TDs By Vikings Quarterbacks In First Two SeasonsPlayer Rushing TDs1) Fran Tarkenton, 1961-62 ...................................72) Daunte Culpepper, 1999-2000 ..........................73) Joe Kapp, 1967-68 ............................................54) Tarvaris Jackson, 2006-07 ..............................4

    Two-Point Conversions In A Game - NFLTarvaris Jackson, Minnesota at Denver, 12/30/07 2Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. St. Louis, 11/11/07 2Todd Heap, Baltimore vs. Cincinnati, 10/19/03 2Marshall Faulk, St. Louis vs. Atlanta, 10/15/00 2Charles Johnson, Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee, 11/1/98 2Terrell Davis, Denver vs. Atlanta, 9/28/97 2Michael Jackson, Baltimore vs. New England, 10/6/96 2Brett Perriman, Detroit vs. Green Bay, 11/6/94 2

    ACTION JACKSON

    JACKSON OFF THE FIELD QB Tarvaris Jackson is one of most community-minded players on the Vikings squad.During his time with the team, he has taken part in the Vikings “Shop with a Viking” event at Christmastime, helping children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities spend gift cards and hosting a pizza party afterwards. He’s also taught kids football as part of the Vikings Junior Player Develpment Camp in St. Paul. Jackson’s post-football career aspirations include coaching or work-ing with children to show respect to the coaches who helped mentor his throughout his youth.

  • WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 10

    VIKINGS OFFENSIVE TEAM NOTES

    VIKINGS RUNNING BACKS The Vikings currently boast one of the most dangerous running at-tacks in the NFL, led by RBs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. Together the two accounted for 2,185 yards on the ground in 2007, which surpassed Robert Smith and Daunte Culpepper’s 1,991 combined rush-ing yards in 2000. Peterson and Taylor also fi nished #2 and #3 in the league with rushing averages of 5.6 and 5.4 yards-per-carry respectively. Peterson broke the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game with 296 against the San Diego Chargers and Taylor has the longest run in Vikings history with a 95-yard scamper at Seattle (2006). RB Maurice Hicks joined the Vikings in the 2008 offseason, after spending the previous four years with the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers, Hicks has 205 career carries for 869 yards (4.2 avg.) and six touchdowns. He was also a weapon on special teams as he owns the top two single-season kickoff return totals in 49ers history, including the team record of 1,502 in 2007. Also joining the Vikings during the 2008 offseason was FB Thomas Tapeh. Tapeh, who graduated high school in St. Paul, MN, and attended the University of Minnesota, is in his 5th year in the NFL, having played with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2004-07. Tapeh played with the Ea-gles when Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress was the Eagles offensive coordinator, and both men helped the Eagles advance to Super Bowl XXXIX after the 2004 season. Tapeh helped RB Brian Westbrook set a career-high with 1,333 rushing yards and opened holes for Westbrook to break the 100-yard mark 14 times during 2006-07, including playoffs. FBs Jeff Dugan and Naufahu Tahi round out the Vikings backfi eld. Dugan, a 7th-round draft choice (220 overall) in 2004, has started 12 games during his Vikings career, including 7 in 2006. He is a physical blocker who helped the Vikings set a team record with 2,634 rushing yards in 2007. He can also line up at TE. Tahi is in his 3rd year in the NFL and with the Vikings. He was originally picked up by the Vikings from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.

    PETERSON POUNDS ON THE GROUND RB Adrian Peterson became only the 2nd RB in Vikings history to rush for 100+ yards in consecutive openers- vs. Atlanta in 2007 and at Green Bay in 2008. Peterson joins Vikings all-time leading rusher Robert Smith in the feat, which he accomplished in the 1996 and 1997 openers. Peterson ran for his 7th career 100+ yard game in his 15 career outings. The 7 games over the century mark moves him into a tie for 5th all-time in team history with Terry Allen. Peterson can join Smith and Chuck Foreman as the only Vikings RBs to post con-secutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons if he continues his pace.

    VIKINGS CAREER 100-YARD GAMESRobert Smith................. 29Chuck Foreman ............ 17Michael Bennett .............. 9Bill Brown........................ 8Adrian Peterson ............ 7Terry Allen ....................... 7

    Against Green Bay, Peterson fi nished with 103 yards and a touch-down on 19 carries (5.4 avg). He currently ranks 5th in the NFL after week one. Last season Peterson fi nished 1st in the NFC and 2nd in the NFL with 1,341 rushing yards on 238 carries despite missing two games with a knee injury. His 5.6 yards-per-carry average ranked 2nd in the league and was the highest in Vikings history.

    2008 NFL Rushing Leaders 1) Michael Turner, Atl. ....................... 2202) Willie Parker, Pit ........................... 1383) Matt Forte, Chi.............................. 1234) Brandon Jacobs ........................... 1165) Adrian Peterson .......................... 103

    The Vikings are a combined 10-3 when one of their current running backs rushes for 100 yards.

    Adrian Peterson - 6 games - 4-3 record296..................vs. San Diego, 11/4/07 W224..................at Chicago, 10/14/07 W116 ..................vs. Detroit, 12/2/07 W112 ..................vs. Green Bay, 9/20/07 L103..................at Green Bay, 9/8/08 L103..................vs. Atlanta, 9/9/07 W102..................at Kansas City, 9/23/07 L

    Chester Taylor - 6 games - 6-0 record169..................at Seattle, 10/22/06 W164..................vs. Oakland, 11/18/07 W136..................vs. Arizona, 11/26/06 W123..................vs. Detroit, 10/8/06 W113 ..................vs. Carolina, 9/17/06 W101..................at San Francisco, 12/9/07 W

    WINNING ON THE GROUND

    FOOTBALL HAT TRICK RB Adrian Peterson and former RB Chuck Foreman are the only running backs in team history to rush for 3 TDs in single games twice during their Vikings careers. The 2007 Vikings were also the fi rst team in franchise history to ever have a running back rush for 3 TDs in a single game more than once in a season.

    2007 Vikings 3-Rushing TD PerformancesAdrian Peterson ....at Chicago, 10/14/07Adrian Peterson ....vs. San Diego, 11/4/07Chester Taylor ........vs. Oakland, 11/18/07

    The rushing tandem of Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor ranked as the best in team history in terms of yardage in 2007. Together the two accounted for 2,185 yards on the ground, which surpassed Robert Smith and Daunte Culpepper’s 1,991 combined rushing yards in 2000. Peter-son and Taylor also fi nished #2 and #3 in the league with rushing averages of 5.6 and 5.4 respectively.

    Most Rushing Yards By A Tandem - Vikings2,185........... 2007: Adrian Peterson-1,341; Chester Taylor-8441,991........... 2000: Robert Smith-1,521; Daunte Culpepper-470

    RUSHING YARDS BY A TANDEM

    The following is a list of awards RB Adrian Peterson earned during his rookie season in the NFL (missed Weeks 11-12 due to injury):

    Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the YearUSA Today Offensive Rookie of the YearNFL Rookie of the Month (2) - September and OctoberSports Illustrated Midseason All-Pro TeamPro Football Weekly 2007 Midseason All-Pro TeamNFC Offensive Player of the Week (2) - at Chicago and vs. San DiegoFed Ex Ground Player of the Week (2) - at Chicago and vs. San DiegoDiet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (2) - at Chicago and vs. San Diego

    EARNING THE ACCOLADES

    PETERSON AGAINST THE AFC RB Adrian Peterson has played just three games against the AFC thus far but has tallied 501 scrimmage yards (167.0 avg.), including 434 on the ground (144.7 per game), and 4 rushing touchdowns.

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    VIKINGS OFFENSIVE/DEFENSIVE TEAM NOTES

    VIKINGS OFFENSIVE LINE The Vikings offensive line is anchored by two perennial Pro Bowlers in C Matt Birk and G Steve Hutchinson. Birk, who has played in 130 career games with 107 starts since being drafted by the Vikings in 1998 has played in six Pro Bowls (1998-2007), which is tied with Mick Tingle-hoff for the most by a Vikings center. He has paved the way for some of the best rushing performances in Vikings history, having been a fi xture in the lineup for four of the Vikings top fi ve single-season performances during his seven seasons as a full-time starter. He has also helped set the top three team rushing marks. Hutchinson joined the Vikings in 2006 and helped the team lead the NFL in rushing yards in 2007 with 2,634. Widely considered the top guard in the NFL, he has appeared in fi ve Pro Bowls and is a 5-time All-Pro. Hutchinson has blocked for 1,000-yard rushers in each of his seven NFL seasons. Also starting along the line are T Ryan Cook, G Anthony Herrera and T Artis Hicks. Currently T Bryant McKinnie is serving a four-game suspension, which he will return from when the Vikings head to New Orleans. Backup tackles Marcus Johnson and Drew Radovich, along with C John Sullivan fi ll out the rest of the offensive line.

    OFFENSIVE LINE PAVES THE WAYSince 2006 the Vikings have had 14 performances with a 100-yard rusher. RB Adrian Peterson leads the way with 7 followed by backfi eld partner Chester Taylor’s 6 and former RB Artose Pinner’s one. All-Pro LG Steve Hutchinson has blocked for a 100-yard rusher 45 times in his career and has made room for three games with a runner over 200 yards. Hutchinson has had a 1,000-yard rusher behind him in each of his seven NFL seasons and is off to a fast start again in 2008.

    VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVERS

    RICE IS NICE Rookie WR Sidney Rice tied for 2nd among rookie wide receivers with 4 touchdown recep-tions in 2007 and is off to a fast start in 2008, catching a TD against Green Bay in week one. Rice had 31 catches for 396 yards and 4 TDs in ‘07, including a 60-yarder and a 40-yarder, on the season. He averaged 12.8 yards per catch. Rice also threw 2 passes for 94 yards and a TD in 2007, giving him a passer rating of 118.8.

    2007 NFL Rookie Receiving TDs1) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City .......52t) Sidney Rice, Minnesota ..........42t) Calvin Johnson, Detroit .............44) Matt Spaeth, Pittsburgh ..............3

    VIKINGS DEFENSIVE LINE The Vikings defensive line contains three Pro Bowlers in defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams and newcomer DE Jared Allen. Together Kevin and Pat, along with defensive ends Ray Edwards and Kenechi Udeze (on reserve/non-football illness list in 2008), have formed the toughest defensive line in the NFL against the run over the past two years. In 2007, the team allowed an average of 74.1 yards per game on the ground, and only three teams - Dallas, Washington and Denver - gained 100 yards rushing, while the longest individual rush was for 30 yards. The previous season the Vikings allowed just 985 rushing yards (61.6 per game), which ranked 2nd since the 1969 AFL-NFL merg-er to only the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, who gave up only 970 rushing yards during their Super Bowl Championship season. Kevin has played in three Pro Bowls while Pat has played in the past two. In one of the biggest 2008 offseason moves in the NFL, Allen joined the Vikings via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Having led the NFL in sacks with 15.5 in 2007 despite missing two games, Allen earned his fi rst Pro Bowl and All-Pro Honors that season. He ranks 2nd to only DE Jason Taylor with 43.0 sacks since entering the league in 2004. Filling out the rest of the line is Edwards, who tied for the team lead in sacks in ‘07 with 5.0, as well as defensive tackles Ellis Wyms, Leger Douzable and defensive ends Otis Grigsby and Brian Robison. Wyms joined the Vikings via free agency during the 2008 offseason and Douzable was drafted by the team in the 5th round of the 2008 draft (152 overall). Robison earned all-rookie honors in 2007 as he ranked 3rd among NFL rookies with 4.5 sacks.

    In Week 14 last season at San Francisco, DT Kevin Williams scored his 4th career TD on an 18-yard INT return, moving him into a 1st-place tie for the most career defensive touchdowns (INTs and FRs) in Vikings history. The interception was also Williams’ 2nd on the season, which tied a team record for the most in a season by a defensive lineman, and his 4th career pick, which is a team record for the most in a career by a defensive lineman.

    Williams’ NFL TDsvs. Jacksonville, 11/28/04 ....................... 77 fumble returnat Seattle, 10/22/06 ................................ 0 fumble returnvs. Atlanta, 9/9/07 ................................... 54 INT returnat San Francisco, 12/9/07....................... 18 INT return

    Most Career Defensive Touchdowns (INT-FR) - Vikings1t) Kevin Williams, 2003-07 (2-2) ..................41t) Orlando Thomas, 1995-01 (2-2) .................41t) Dewayne Washington, 1994-97 (3-1) .........41t) Joey Browner, 1983-91 (3-1) ......................41t) Bobby Bryant, 1968-80 (3-1) ......................41t) Paul Krause, 1968-79 (2-2) ........................41t) Ed Sharockman, 1962-72 (3-1) ..................4

    Most Career Interceptions By A Defensive Lineman - Vikings1) Kevin Williams, 2003-07 ........... 42) Chris Doleman, 1987-93, 99 ...... 33t) 4 Players ................................... 2

    Most Single Season INTs By A Defensive Lineman - Vikings1t) Kevin Williams, 2007 ....... 21t) Tim Newton, 1985 ............. 2

    WILLIAMS WRITES HISTORY

    NOWHERE TO RUNThe Vikings have allowed only two 100-yard individual rushing perfor-mances in the past 33 games. Only St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jack-son (12/31/06) and Green Bay Packers RB Ryan Grant (9/8/08) have reached the century mark during that time with 142 and 119 yards re-spectively.

    In 2008 the Vikings receiving core will benefi t from the addition of big-play wide receiver Bernard Berrian, who was acquired as a free agent from Chicago this past offseason. The former 3rd round draft pick of the Bears played four seasons for the Vikings NFC North foe and used his exceptional speed to rack up 2,197 yards off 150 receptions. Berrian joins incumbents Sidney Rice and Bobby Wade as the Vikings starting wideouts. Rice, 22 years old, enters his second season in Minnesota. As a rookie Rice gained 396 yards and scored four touchdowns. His four trips to the end zone ranked him second behind Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe for rookie TD catches. The former high school quarterback also threw two passes on trick plays that resulted in 94 yards for the Vikings. His longest pass, 79 yards, is the longest in Vikings history by a non-quarter-back. Bobby Wade will return to his preferred slot position in 2008 after a strong season last year in which he led the Vikings in receptions with 54, which was also a career high. Second year man Aundrae Allison, holder of the longest play in Vikings history – a 104-yard kickoff return - and Robert Ferguson round out the receiving core.

  • WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 12

    VIKINGS DEFENSIVE TEAM NOTES

    VIKINGS LINEBACKERS A trio of ball-hawking linebackers return for the Vikings in 2008, including 2007 Team Defensive MVP and 2008 defensive captain E.J. Henderson. The middle linebacker, Henderson has led the Vikings in tackles in each of the past two seasons with 155 and 142 tackles respec-tively. Henderson also has recorded 7.5 of his 9.5 sacks over the past two seasons as well as scoring his lone career touchdown on a 45-yard interception return in 2006. Flanking Henderson are Ben Leber and Chad Greenway. Leber, a seven year veteran out of Kansas State, was acquired by the Vikings from San Diego in 2006. Leber has three-times been a starter on the NFL’s number-one rated rush defense with San Diego in 2005 and Min-nesota in 2006 and 2007. Leber also tied for the team lead in sacks with 5. Greenway will start his second season at linebacker after missing all of his rookie season with a knee injury. Greenway was a fi rst round selection (17th overall) of the Vikings in 2006 after an impressive college campaign where was named an All-American his senior year. In his fi rst year starting for the Vikings in 2007 Greenway showed his playmaking abilities as he led the team in takeaways with 6 (4 FR, 2 INT) and was second on the team with 130 tackles. His four fumble recoveries tied him for the NFL lead. Green way also returned an interception for a touch-down off of eventual Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. Second-year man out of Michigan State David Herron, former Carolina Panther and Boston College Eagle Vinny Ciurciu, and rookie Erin Henderson, brother of E.J. and Maryland product, round out the linebacking core for Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and lineback-ers coach Fred Pagac. LB Heath Farwell, who led the team in special teams tackles in both 2006 and 2007 with 25 and 32 respectively, was lost for the 2008 season with a torn ACL in the fi rst preseason game.

    SHARPER IMAGE S Darren Sharper is currently tied for the Vikings team record for the most interception returns for a touchdown with 3. As a Viking, Sharper has notched 17 INTs. He now has 1,024 career return yards, which ranks 8th in NFL history. Sharper currently leads all active players with the most interceptions (53) as well as the most combined takeaways (58). His 53 INTs are tied with Deion Sanders for 21st all-time.

    Interceptions By Active NFL Players1) Darren Sharper ................. 532) Ty Law ................................ 51

    Combined Takeaways By Active NFL Players1) Darren Sharper ................. 58 (53 INTs, 5 FRs)2) Ty Law ................................ 56 (51 INTs, 5 FRs)

    NFL Career Interception Return TDs1) Rod Woodson ..................... 122t) Ken Houston...................... 92t) Deion Sanders................... 92t) Aeneas Williams ................ 95t) Darren Sharper ................ 85t) Eric Allen ........................... 8

    Vikings Career Interception Return TDs1t) Darren Sharper (S) .......... 3 .....................2005-071t) Jimmy Hitchcock (CB) ....... 3 .....................1998-991t) Dewayne Washington (CB) 3 .....................1994-971t) Audray McMillian (CB) ....... 3 .....................1989-931t) Joey Browner (S)............... 3 .....................1983-911t) Bobby Bryant (CB) ............ 3 .....................1967-801t) Ed Sharockman (CB) ........ 3 .....................1962-721t) Rip Hawkins (LB)............... 3 .....................1961-65

    When the Vikings returned 3 interceptions for touchdowns against the Giants last season, they extended a small piece of team history. Over the team’s 48-year existence, only 7 times have the Vikings returned 2 or more interceptions for touchdowns in the same game. In each of those 7 games, the Vikings were victorious. Game Players with INTs for TDs Result at Green Bay, 10/29/1972 .......................................Wally Hilgenberg and Paul Krause ........................................... W 27-13 vs. New Orleans, 12/4/1988 ....................................Carl Lee and Jesse Solomon .................................................... W 45-3 vs. Detroit, 10/8/1989 ..............................................Issiac Holt and Mike Merriweather ........................................... W 24-17 at Chicago, 11/2/1992 .............................................Jack Del Rio and Carlos Jenkins .............................................. W 38-10 vs. Detroit Lions, 11/23/2003 ...................................Corey Chavous and Brian Williams .......................................... W 24-14 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 9/9/2007 ..................................Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfi eld ......................................... W 24-3 at New York Giants, 11/25/2007 ..............................Chad Greenway, Darren Sharper, Dwight Smith ...................... W 41-17

    PICKS FOR SIX

    Over the past four years (2004-2007), LB E.J. Henderson has led the team in tackles three times. In 2004 he led the squad with 125 stops and in 2005 he fi n-ished 2nd with 102 stops. Last year his 142 tackles were a career-high and led the Vikings. fi nished 2nd with 102 stops. Last year his 142 tackles were a career-high and led the Vikings. Henderson was named a team captain by his teammates for the 2008 season. His young-er brother, Erin, is also a linebacker with the Vi-kings.

    MAN IN THE MIDDLE

    VIKINGS DEFENSIVE BACKS The Vikings return three of four starters in the secondary for 2008. Joining CB Cedric Griffi n, S Darren Sharper, and CB Antoine Win-fi eld is 2008 free agent pickup S Madieu Williams. Williams adds another veteran body in the defensive backfi eld hav-ing been a three-year starter (missed his sophomore season due to in-jury) for Cincinnati. Sharper, the 12-year veteran, is the leader in the secondary. The four-time Pro Bowl starter has 53 career interceptions (17 with the Vi-kings), the most by any active player in the NFL. Sharper also is tied for fi fth in NFL history with eight career interception return touchdowns. The former University of Texas star Cedric Griffi n enters his third year with Vikings after being drafted by the team in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, while Winfi eld, a fi rst round pick (23rd overall) by Buffalo in the 1999 NFL draft, has gone on to record 763 career tackles and 18 interceptions. With Madieu Williams beginning the season on the sidelines with a neck injury, the Vikings fi rst selection in the 2008 NFL Draft (2nd round, 43rd overall) Tyrell Johnson will gain some important and meaningful reps at the safety position. Adding depth to the the secondary is Charles Gordon, Marcus McCauley, Eric Frampton, Benny Sapp and rookie Husain Abdullah.

    GREENWAY LEADS TEAM IN TACKLES LB Chad Greenway led the team with 8 tackles in week one at Green Bay. Six of his stops were solo, including one tackle for a loss. In 2007, Greenway ranked 2nd on the team with 130 tackles. He also tied for the league lead with four fumble recoveries and forced three fumbles.

  • VIKINGS DEFENSIVE/SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

    The Vikings defense fi nished tied for 9th in the league with 31 take-aways in the 2007 regular season, including 8 that went for touch-downs. The team has scored 13 defensive touchdowns (9 INTs, 4 FRs) in the past 30 games, a total that leads the league over the 2006-07 seasons. The team also has 36 interceptions since the season opener in 2006, which is tied for 11th in the NFL.

    2007 NFL Takeaways1) San Diego...........................482) Indianapolis ........................373t) Cincinnati...........................353t) Detroit ................................353t) Tampa Bay ........................356t) Seattle ...............................346t) Tennessee .........................348) Chicago ..............................339t) Minnesota ........................319t) New England .....................31

    NFL Defensive Touchdowns (2006-07)Minnesota Vikings ................ 13 (9 INTs, 4 FRs)Green Bay Packers ................ 8 (5 INTs, 3 FRs)

    Vikings Defensive Touchdowns (2006-07)Game Playvs. Chicago, 9/24/06 ............... Antoine Winfi eld 7 INT returnvs. Detroit, 10/8/06 ................. Ben Leber FR in end zonevs. Detroit, 10/8/06 ................. E.J. Henderson 45 INT returnat Seattle, 10/22/06 ................ Kevin Williams FR in end zoneat Green Bay, 12/21/06 ........... Fred Smoot 47 INT returnvs. Atlanta, 9/9/07 ................... Kevin Williams 54 INT returnvs. Atlanta, 9/9/07 ................... Antoine Winfi eld 14 INT returnat Detroit, 9/16/07 ................... Ray Edwards 9 FR returnat Dallas, 10/21/07.................. Cedric Griffi n 28 FR returnat NY Giants, 11/25/07 ........... Darren Sharper 20 INT returnat NY Giants, 11/25/07 ........... Dwight Smith 93 INT returnat NY Giants, 11/25/07 ........... Chad Greenway 37 INT returnat San Francisco, 12/9/07....... Kevin Williams 18 INT return

    TAKING IT AWAY WHEN THE GAME IS ON THE LINE One of the most accurate kickers in the NFL since entering the league as an unheralded rookie free agent in 1997, K Ryan Longwell has left a lasting impression on the record books. With the Vikings, Longwell has made 32-of-32 fi eld goals from inside 45 yards in his Vikings career. His only misses are from 46+ yards. Last week at Green Bay, Longwell connect-ed on both fi eld goal attempts, from 37 and 27 yards respectively.

    Longwell’s Game WinnersDate .............Game ...........................FG ...........Time ........... Final12/27/98........at Detroit .......................50 ............9:49 ............ 16-139/17/00..........Philadelphia ..................38 ............0:03 ............ 6-310/15/00........San Francisco ..............35 ............0:54 ............ 31-2812/24/00........Tampa Bay ...................22 ............6:31 OT ...... 17-1411/14/04 ........Minnesota .....................33 ............0:00 ............ 34-3111/21/04 [email protected] Houston ...................46 ............0:00 ............ 16-1312/12/04........Detroit ...........................23 ............0:02 ............ 16-1312/24/[email protected] Minnesota ...............29 ............0:00 ............ 34-3112/11/05 ........Detroit ...........................28 ............5:17 OT ...... 16-139/11/06 [email protected] Washington ..............31 ............1:00 ............ 19-169/17/06..........Carolina ........................19 ............7:25 OT ...... 16-1310/14/[email protected] Chicago ....................55 ............0:00 ............ 34-31

    NFL Career FG Percentage Leaders (Regular Season)1) Mike Vanderjagt ..............................86.52) Shayne Graham .............................85.53) Matt Stover .....................................83.74) Phil Dawson ...................................82.85) Adam Vinatieri ................................82.46) Ryan Longwell ..............................82.0

    K Ryan Longwell is currently in 24th place all-time with 269 made fi eld goals. He needs 3 to tie 23rd-place Pete Stoyanovich’s 272.

    NFL Career FGs Made (Regular Season)1) Morten Anderson 565 2) Gary Anderson 5383) Matt Stover 4364) John Carney 4285) Jason Elam 3976) Jason Hanson 3857) Nick Lowery 3838) Jan Stenerud 3739) Norm Johnson 36610) John Kasay 36211) Eddie Murray 35212) Al Del Greco 34713) Steve Christie 33614) George Blanda 33515) Adam Vinatieri 31316) Jeff Wilkins 30717t) Pat Leahy 30417t) Jim Turner 30419t) Matt Bahr 30019t) Mark Moseley 30021t) Jim Bakken 28221t) Fred Cox 28223) Pete Stoyanovich 27224) Ryan Longwell 269

    LONGWELL RANKS 25TH IN ALL-TIME SCORING K Ryan Longwell currently ranks 25th in all-time scoring in NFL history with 1,250 points. Since entering the league in 1997, Longwell ranks 4th in total scoring.

    LONGWELL’S 269 IS 24TH IN NFL HISTORY

    Vikings 4th year P Chris Kluwe has left opponents inside their own 20-yard line 81 times since entering the league in 2005. That total ranks tied for 3rd during that time span. His 43.6-yard gross punting average ranks 15th in the league from 2005-08. In 2007, Kluwe left opponents inside the 20-yard line 34 times, which also ranked 3rd in the NFL and was a Vikings single-season record. Kluwe broke a single game team record

    at Detroit (9/16/07) when he punted 4 times for 230 yards, a gross average of 57.5 yards per punt. The previous record was held by Mitch Berger (55.8 yards per punt). Kluwe now has two of the top three gross punting performances in team history. Last week at Green Bay, Kluwe punted fi ve times for 217 yards, a gross average of 43.4, including two that landed inside the 20-yard line. Vikings Single Game Gross Punting AverageChris Kluwe, at Det., 9/16/07 ................ 57.5 (4 punts - 230 yards)Mitch Berger, vs. Cin., 11/15/98 .............. 55.8 (4 punts - 223 yards)Chris Kluwe, vs. TB, 9/11/05 ................ 54.3 (4 punts - 217 yards)

    Most 50+ Yard Punts In A Single Season1) Chris Kluwe, 2007............................. 292t) Chris Kluwe, 2006 ........................... 222t) Mitch Berger, 2000 ............................ 22

    PINNING THEM DEEP

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 13

  • “YOU MADE THE TEAM” COMMUNITY TOUR The Vikings “You Made The Team” community tour, which is designed to connect with Vikings fans, community partners and local leaders while providing an update on the excitement of Vikings’ football, will continue during the 2008 season. The tour began in 2007 and after kicking off in Mankato during train-ing camp, made stops in Willmar, Red Wing, Rochester, Fergus Falls, Grand Rapids and St. Cloud during the ‘07 season. Visits included an assembly at an elementary/junior high school to encourage children to be physically active followed by a luncheon with community and busi-ness leaders to talk about the Vikings passion for giving back as well as to give an insider’s view on the 2007 season. Appearances included WR Bobby Wade, Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf, Owner/President Mark Wilf, former Vikings Bob Lurtsema and Pete Bercich and Vikings play-by-play announcer Paul Allen. Vikings Cheerleaders, Viktor the Viking, and American Heart Association representa-tives also took part in the tour. In the spring of 2008, the Vikings made stops in Brainerd with RB Adrian Peterson and Zygi Wilf, and in Fargo/Moorhead with DE Jared Allen and Mark Wilf.

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    VIKINGS ON THE AIR

    Outside of Winter Park, several Vikings players dedicate a signifi cant amount of free time operating their own entrepreneurial ventures.

    * Matt Birk opened Matty B’s, a supper club in native St. Paul in the spring of 2006, and Matty B’s Urban Bar and Grill in Minneapolis in the fall of 2006.

    * Vinny Ciurciu started a sportswear company, Anger Sports, with his brother that specializes in workout and casual clothes.

    * Bobby Wade owns a visual marketing company, Free Mind, that spe-cializes in promotional items.

    * Pat Williams owns an automobile detailing company, Automotive Con-cepts, in the Twin Cities.

    Catch the Vikings every Saturday during the season from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on back-to-back FSN North shows - Vikings GamePlan and Vikings Weekly. Vikings GamePlan offers an in-depth look at the upcoming opponent. Hosted by Vikings’ play-by-play announcer Paul Allen, the show lets fans watch and lis-

    ten to Head Coach Brad Childress and assistant coaches discuss the week’s matchup and the state of the 2008 Vikings. Vikings Weekly is a 30-minute segment that gives fans an oppor-tunity to see their favorite athletes off the fi eld in a more personal set-ting. Players allow host Ann Carroll and crew to follow them outside of Winter Park to get a glimpse of their hobbies, their families, and other parts of their lives that fans otherwise wouldn’t know.

    WEEK 2 -- COLTS AT VIKINGS -- 14

    VIKINGS EXTRA POINTS

    BUSINESS VENTURES

    ALLEN TEAMS WITH JDRF TO “SACK DIABETES” Vikings DE Jared Allen is launching a new initiative called “Sack Diabe-tes.” This regular season, in each city where Allen plays, he will donate $3,000 for every sack he records through his newly formed foundation to the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) chapter. For every sack Jared records at the Metrodome, he will make a $3,000 do-nation to the Minnesota JDRF chapter.

    Cities where Vikings play this season include:

    Date Team JDRF Chapter/Branch9/8...........Green Bay .............. Northeast Wisconsin9/28.........Tennessee .............. Nashville Chapter10/6.........New Orleans........... Louisiana10/19.......Chicago .................. Greater Illinois11/16 .......Tampa Bay ............. Tampa Bay11/23 .......Jacksonville ............ Jacksonville12/7.........Detroit ..................... Greater Detroit12/14.......Arizona ................... Desert Southwest

    KFAN-AM radio mid-day personality Paul Allen enters his 7th season as the Vikings radio play-by-play voice in 2008. Joining him in the booth for the 2nd year is former Vikings LB and coach Pete Bercich, while former Vikings punter Greg Coleman will serve as the sideline reporter. KFAN-AM (1130) and KTLK (100.3 FM) serve as the fl agship sta-tions for the Minnesota Vikings Radio Network, which includes outlets in six states:

    Minnesota: Iowa:Market Station Freq. Market Station Freq.Twin Cities KFAN-AM 1130 Ames KASI-AM 1430Twin Cities KTLK-FM 100.3 Cedar Rapids KMJM-AM 1360Aitkin KKIN-FM 94.3 Mason City KGLO-AM 1300Alexandria KIKV-FM 100.7 Sioux City KMNS-AM 620Austin KNFX-AM 970 Spencer KICD-AM 1240Bemidji KBUN-AM 1450Bemidji KBHP-FM 101.1 Montana:Benson KSCR-FM 93.5 Miles City KKRY-FM 92.5Blue Earth KBEW-FM 98.1Brainerd KBLB-FM 93.3 North Dakota:Crookston KROX-AM 1260 Bismarck KXMR-AM 710Dassel KARP-FM 106.9 Carrington KDAK-AM 1600Detroit Lakes KDLM-AM 1340 Devils Lake KDLR-AM 1240Detroit Lakes KRCQ-FM 102.3 Dickinson KLTC-AM 1460Duluth WEBC-AM 560 Fargo KFGO-AM 790Ely WELY-FM 94.5 Grand Forks KKXL-AM 1440Fergus Falls KBRF-AM 1250 Jamestown KQDJ-AM 1400Grand Rapids KMFY-FM 96.9 Minot KRRZ-AM 1390Hibbing WMNT-AM 650 Oakes KDDR-AM 1220Hutchinson KARP-FM 106.9 Valley City KOVC-AM 1490Intl. Falls KSDM-FM 104.1 Williston KEYZ-AM 600Jackson KRAQ-FM 105.7Mankato KXLP-FM 93.1 South Dakota:Mankato KYSM-AM 1230 Aberdeen KSDN-AM 930Marshall KARL-FM 105.1 Milbank KMSD-AM 1510Morris KKOK-FM 95.7 Lowry/Mobridge KMLO-FM 100.7New Ulm KNUJ-FM 107.3 Pierre KPLO-FM 94.5Owatonna KRFO-FM 104.9 Sioux Falls KXQL-FM 107.9Park Rapids KPRM-AM 870 Sisseton KBWS-FM 102.9Pine City WCMP-FM 100.9 Watertown KWAT-AM 950Rochester KRCH-FM 101.7 Yankton KVTK-AM 1570Rochester KWEB-AM 1270Roseau KCAJ-FM 102.1 Wisconsin: St. Cloud WJON-AM 1240 Amery WLMX-FM 104.9Spring Grove KQYB-FM 98.3 Balsam Lake WLMX-FM 104.9Staples KSKK-FM 94.7 Eau Claire WMEQ-AM 880Thief River Falls KTRF-AM 1230 Menomonie WMEQ-AM 880Wadena KSKK-FM 94.7 Rice Lake WKFX-FM 99.1Walker KQKK-FM 101.9 Sparta WKLJ-AM 1290Waseca KOWZ-AM 1170Willmar KWLM-AM 1340Winona KWNO-FM 99.3

    VOICES OF THE VIKINGS

    On Tuesday, September 9, several Vikings, including QB John David Booty, FB Jeff Dugan, and TE Garrett Mills, as well as Vikings cheer-leaders and Viktor the Viking, joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help build a home for a hard-working, low-income family in Brooklyn Park. in addition to helping with the build, players met and thanked vol-unteers.

    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD

  • QUICK HITSFranchise Founded: January 28, 1960First Head Coach: Norm Van BrocklinFirst Regular Season Game: 9/17/61 - Vikings 37, Chicago Bears 13First Playoff Game: 12/22/68 - Vikings 14, Baltimore Colts 24First Super Bowl: Super Bowl IV (1/11/70) Vikings 7, Chiefs 23Playoff Appearances/Games: 25/42Super Bowl Appearances: 4 - Super Bowl IV, VIII, IX, and XIAll-Time Record (Reg. Season and Postseason): 403-340-9 All-Time Home Record: 234-135-4All-Time Away Record: 169-205-5Home Stadiums: Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) - 97-59-4 HHH Metrodome (1982-present) - 137-76-0 Stadium Info: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Capacity: 64,121 Address: 500 11th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55415 Playing Surface: FieldTurfTraining Facilities: Winter Park Address: 9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344Training Camp: Minnesota State University-Mankato Address: 700 Ellis Avenue, Mankato, MN 56002Owner/Chairman: Zygi Wilf Owner/President: Mark Wilf

    VIKINGS EXTRA POINTS

    VIKINGS YEAR-BY-YEARYear Preseason Regular Season Playoffs1961....................0-5-0 .......................... 3-11-0 .............................0-0-01962....................2-3-0 .......................... 2-11-1 .............................0-0-01963....................4-1-0 ........................... 5-8-1..............................0-0-01964....................5-0-0 ........................... 8-5-1..............................0-0-01965....................5-0-0 ........................... 7-7-0..............................0-0-01966....................3-1-1 ........................... 4-9-1..............................0-0-01967....................2-3-0 ........................... 3-8-3..............................0-0-01968....................3-2-0 ........................... 8-6-0..............................0-1-01969....................5-1-0 .......................... 12-2-0............. 2-1-0 (SB loss)1970....................4-2-0 .......................... 12-2-0.............................0-1-01971....................4-2-0 .......................... 11-3-0 .............................0-1-01972....................3-2-0 ........................... 7-7-0..............................0-0-01973....................5-0-0 .......................... 12-2-0............. 2-1-0 (SB loss)1974....................3-2-0 .......................... 10-4-0............. 2-1-0 (SB loss)1975....................2-3-1 .......................... 12-2-0.............................0-1-01976....................3-3-0 .......................... 11-2-1 ............. 2-1-0 (SB loss)1977....................4-2-0 ........................... 9-5-0..............................1-1-01978....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-7-1..............................0-1-01979....................0-4-0 ........................... 7-9-0..............................0-0-01980....................3-1-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-1-01981....................1-3-0 ........................... 7-9-0..............................0-0-01982....................3-2-0 ........................... 5-4-0..............................1-1-01983....................3-1-0 ........................... 8-8-0..............................0-0-01984....................1-3-0 .......................... 3-13-0.............................0-0-01985....................3-1-0 ........................... 7-9-0..............................0-0-01986....................3-1-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-0-01987....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-7-0..............................2-1-01988....................3-1-0 .......................... 11-5-0 .............................1-1-01989....................3-1-0 .......................... 10-6-0.............................0-1-01990....................3-1-0 .......................... 6-10-0.............................0-0-01991....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-8-0..............................0-0-01992....................4-0-0 .......................... 11-5-0 .............................0-1-01993....................4-1-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-1-01994....................3-2-0 .......................... 10-6-0.............................0-1-01995....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-8-0..............................0-0-01996....................1-3-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-1-01997....................3-2-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................1-1-01998....................4-0-0 .......................... 15-1-0.............................1-1-01999....................2-2-0 .......................... 10-6-0.............................1-1-02000....................1-3-0 .......................... 11-5-0 .............................1-1-02001....................4-0-0 .......................... 5-11-0 .............................0-0-02002....................2-2-0 .......................... 6-10-0.............................0-0-02003....................1-3-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-0-02004....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-8-0..............................1-1-02005....................3-1-0 ........................... 9-7-0..............................0-0-02006....................2-1-1 .......................... 6-10-0.............................0-0-02007....................2-2-0 ........................... 8-8-0..............................0-0-02008....................1-3-0 ........................... 0-1-0...................................---Totals .........130-86-3 (.594) ..........385-317-9 (.541) ..... 18-24-0 (.429)

    Years Head Coach Total Games Regular Season (%) Playoffs (%) Overall (%)1961-66................................Norm Van Brocklin ................................84 .......................... 29-51-4 (.369) ...