The Minnesota Vikings (10-6 in 2008) will open the 2009 preseason at the Indianapolis Colts (12-4 in 2008) this Friday, August 14, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT).
Friday’s game will mark the 10th time the two teams have met in the preseason and only the 5th time since the Colts made the move from Baltimore to Indianapolis. Minnesota is 5-4 against the Colts in preseason play and 7-15-1 in regular season and postseason games. The Vikings have never won an away game in the regular season, going 0-10 all-time at Indianapolis and Baltimore.
Next week the Vikings host the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, August 21, while the Colts host the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, August 20.
Vikings in the Preseason
- The Vikings have a combined record of 130-86-3 (.600) in their 219 preseason games.
- The team has finished undefeated in the preseason six times (1964, ‘65, ‘73, ‘92, ‘98, ‘01).
- The Vikings have finished at .500 or better in 37 of the team’s 48 preseasons.
- In the 37 preseasons when the Vikings have finished at .500 or better, the team has gone on
to finish .500 or better 30 times in the ensuing regular season.
- In the 11 preseasons when the Vikings have finished below .500, the team has gone on to finish below .500 six times in the ensuing regular season.
- Head Coach Brad Childress has a 5-6-1 record in the preseason.
TV: KSTP (Channel 5 in Minneapolis)
Play-By-Play: Ari Wolfe Analyst: Mike Mayock
Sideline Reporter: Ann Carroll
RADIO: KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FM
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman
Pre-Game Show: 5:00 p.m. CT
KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 74-station, 6-state Minnesota Vikings Radio Network.
Vikings vs. Colts Series Info
- The Vikings have a combined 7-15-1 record against the Colts during the regular season.
- The Vikings are 7-5-1 against Indianapolis at home but have not defeated the Colts on the road, losing all 10 times.
- The two teams played in the NFL Western Conference Championship Game in 1968, a 24-14 loss for the Vikings.
- The Vikings have won five of the last eight games against the Colts.
- The home team has won seven of the last eight meetings.
First Time / Last Time
The first 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 the Vikings met the Colts was on September 14, 2008, a game Minnesota lost 18-15 after holding a 15-0 lead. All-Pro RB Adrian Peterson did most of the damage for the Vikings offense on the day. Peterson carried the ball 29 times for 160 yards (5.5 yard average), 72 of which came in the first half.
WR Bobby Wade gained the most yards through the air with 42 yards receiving on three receptions, followed by second-year wide out Aundrae Allison with 37 yards on 2 catches (18.5 yard average). The Vikings defense was able to keep the potent Colts offense at bay for most of the night, not allowing a single point until the third quarter.
The Vikings front seven held the Colts to only 25 yards rushing on 19 carries, and with the exception of two breakdowns resulting in 75 and 32-yard pass plays the secondary limited All-Pro QB Peyton Manning to 204 yards through the air. Manning finished the day with just a 72.6 passer rating. Vikings pass rushers were able to get to Manning twice. Defensive captain LB E.J. Henderson sacked Manning for a loss of 10 yards and DE Jared Allen recorded his first sack as a Viking. With Manning under pressure most of the afternoon the Vikings secondary was able to capitalize off of a passes into coverage. Cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Charles Gordon both picked off Manning passes. Winfield was especially impressive, covering Colts star wide receiver Marvin Harrison for most of the day and limiting him to 1 catch for 16 yards.
K Ryan Longwell tied a career-best, connecting for five field goals, including a 53-yard boot, on the day, accounting for all of the Vikings 15 points.
Vikings - Colts Connections
- Vikings head coach Brad Childress first 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.
- Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore was the Vikings assistant head coach/quarterbacks (1990) assistant head coach/ offensive coordinator (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.
- Vikings Assistant to the Head Coach Dennis Polian is the son of Colts President Bill Polian.