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Game Preview: Vikings vs. Eagles

Posted Dec 10, 2013

REGULAR SEASON WEEK 15 - MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2013 - MALL OF AMERICA FIELD - NOON CT - FOX

The Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) host the Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Mall of America Field on Sunday, December 15 with kickoff scheduled for noon. The all-times series between Minnesota and Philadelphia is knotted at 12 wins a piece. The Vikings won the last contest at Philadelphia in 2010 in a game played on Tuesday, December 28th. The game, which was originally scheduled on a Sunday, was postponed until the following Tuesday because of weather. Vikings WR Joe Webb, who then played QB, led the Vikings to 24-14 victory.

The last meeting between the two teams at Mall of America Field took place in the 2008 playoffs when the Vikings hosted the Eagles for the NFC Wild Card Playoff game, a 26-14 Philadelphia victory.

NATIONAL TELEVISION: FOX

Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert Analyst: Daryl Johnston Sideline Reporter: Tony Siragusa

LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman

Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman – 10 a.m. CT

KFAN and KTCN serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.

STAT OF THE WEEK
Vikings rookie WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson ranks 2nd in the NFL in all-purpose yards and is the only rookie ranking in the top-14 in 2013: 1) LeSean McCoy, 1,744 ... 2) Cordarrelle Patterson, 1,629 ... 3) Jamaal Charles, 1,622

NORSEMAN NOTABLES
• WR/KR Cordarrelle Patterson recorded a team season-high 141 receiving yards against Baltimore, including a team season-long 79-yard TD. The 141 receiving yards are the most by a Vikings rookie since WR Randy Moss (163, at Dallas, 11/26/1998).
• DE Brian Robison has recorded a sack in 4 consecutive games and has 6.0 sacks over the last 6 games. Robison is tied with Jared Allen for the team lead in sacks (7.0)
• CB Xavier Rhodes recorded his 23nd pass defensed at Baltimore, breaking the franchise record for passes defensed by a rookie (Orlando Thomas, 19 in 1995). Currently, Rhodes ranks 2nd in team history trailing only CB Jimmy Hitchcock (30 in 1998)
• Since 2011, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s first year in Minnesota, the Vikings are tied with the Ravens, Broncos and Titans for the most combined kick return TDs with 6 (4 kickoff returns, 2 punt returns). The 4 kickoff return TDs lead the NFL.
• S Andrew Sendejo and CB Marcus Sherels both recorded their 1st career INTs against Baltimore.
• Patterson’s 1,199 kickoff return yards are the most in the NFL in 2013 and ranks 3rd all-time among Vikings rookies. His 109-yard kickoff return TD against Green Bay on 10/27/13 was the longest kickoff return in NFL history. He needs 147 kickoff return yards to break the
Vikings single-season record (Buster Rhymes, 1,345 in 1985).
• LB Chad Greenway snagged his 9th career INT and 3rd of the 2013 season at Baltimore.
Greenway’s 3 INTs are tied for 5th among all LBs this season.
• Peterson rushed for 211 yards on a career-high and team record 35 carries vs. Chicago, marking his league leading 5th 100 yard rushing game this season and his 5th career game with 200 rushing yards. Peterson’s 5 games of 200 rushing yards are tied for 2nd all-time with Tiki Barber, trailing only trailing O.J. Simpson (6).
• Peterson surpassed the 10,000 career rushing yard mark with a 211-yard effort vs. Chicago. Peterson, playing in his 101st career game, became the 3rd fastest to reach 10,000 rushing yards behind Eric Dickerson (91 games) and Jim Brown (98 games).
• Peterson is 2nd in the NFL in rushing yards (1,221) while Eagles running back LeSean McCoy leads the NFL with 1,305 rushing yards.
• LB/ST Larry Dean recorded 4 special teams tackles at Baltimore, tied with 13 others for the most in the NFL this season.

VIKINGS-EAGLES CONNECTIONS
• Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier worked with the DBs in Philadelphia from 1999-2002.
• Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave was the Eagles QBs coach in 1998.
• Vikings Tight Ends Coach Jimmie Johnson was a Tight End for the Eagles from 1995-98, playing with Running Backs Coach James Saxon during the 1995 season.
• Vikings Head Strength and Condition Coach Tom Kanavy (1995-2005) and Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach Martin Streight (1995-96) both worked on the Eagles Strength and Conditioning staff.
• Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman and Assistant Athletic Trainers Tom Hunkele and Rob Roche worked as Athletic Trainers for the Eagles.
• Vikings CB Shaun Prater was with the Philadelphia Eagles from 9/1/13 to 10/22/13 before being claimed by the Vikings.
• Vikings TE Chase Ford signed with the Eagles as an rookie free agent prior to the 2012 season. Ford spent traininng camp with the Eagles and spent the first week of the regular season on their practice squad.
• Eagles S Colt Anderson signed as a rookie free agent with the Vikings in 2009. Anderson spent the first 8 weeks of the regular season on the Vikings practice squad.

LOCAL CONNECTIONS
• Vikings G Brandon Fusco is a native of Cranberry Township, PA.
• Vikings Assistant Quarterbacks Coach Kevin Stefanski attended St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia before going to school at Pennslyvania.
• Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd attended George Washington High School in Philadelphia.

NFL CONNECTIONS
• Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier coached the DBs for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2002 while Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh served as the Eagles Special Teams Coordinator.
• Frazier and Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell spent the 2005- 06 seasons together in Indianapolis where Frazier was the Colts Special Assistant to the Head Coach and Caldwell was the Quarterbacks Coach/ Assistant Head Coach.
• Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave and Ravens Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg worked together for the Falcons in 2007 when Musgrave served as Quarterbacks Coach and Rosburg was the Special Teams Coordinator.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
• Vikings TE Chase Ford played under Eagles Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland at the University of Miami when Stoutland was the Interim Head Coach in 2010.
• Vikings Assistant to the Head Coach Jeff Howard coached the safeties at Texas Tech in 2012 under Eagles Defensive Backs Coach John Lovett, who served as Texas Tech’s Defensive Backs Coach.

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. EAGLES
• DT Fred Evans recorded his lone career fumble recovery in the NFC First-Round Playoffs at Philadelphia on 1/4/09.
• WR Joe Webb started at quarterback for the Vikings at Philadelphia on 12/28/10. Webb finished 17-of-26 passing for 195 yards and 6 rushing attempts for 31 yards and a rushing TD.
• In his lone matchup against the Eagles, QB Matt Cassel went 14-of-18 passing for 90 yards and 2 TD passes.
• DE Jared Allen recorded 2.0 sacks in the 2008 NFC Wild Card Playoff game. Allen also finished the game with a forced fumble.

VIKINGS-EAGLES SERIES NOTES
• Weather delayed the 2010 matchup between the two teams, pushing it from Sunday to Tuesday. The Vikings won the game at Philadelphia 24-14.
• The Vikings won the first seven games of the series.
• The Vikings scored 28 points in the 4th quarter of the game on 12/22/85 to help them overcome a 23-point deficit, the 2nd-largest deficit over- come in Vikings franchise history.
• The Vikings are 6-4 at home against the Eagles and 2-3 at Mall of America Field.

A WIN WOULD...
• Give the Vikings back-to-back wins against the Eagles for the first time since they won the first seven games of the series (1962-78).
• Give the Vikings their first home win over the Eagles since 9/28/97.
• Give the Vikings their 3rd straight win at Mall of America Field.


 

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