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Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress was fined $35,000 by the NFL league office due to comments he made regarding the officiating in the Vikings’ 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
More than likely, the fact that Childress said that the game was “the worst officiated game I’ve ever seen” was part of the reason he was fined.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, though, part of the Childress fine also was for the disclosure of confidential conversations with the head of the NFL officiating department. This was due to Childress noting that the NFL had apologized to him for the controversial overturning of Visanthe Shiancoe’s touchdown.
While the comments may have been deserved, it probably wasn’t worth saying out loud considering he had to have known a fine would be coming from the league office.
(Sports Network) – Brett Favre threw three interceptions in the second half, including one that was returned for a touchdown, as his Minnesota Vikings fell to the Green Bay Packers, 28-24, in a thriller from historic Lambeau Field.
The game almost ended with Favre bringing the Vikings back against his former team. Multiple penalties set up Minnesota with a 1st-and-30 from the Green Bay 35. Favre dropped back and threw a perfect pass to the back of the end zone for Percy Harvin, who caught the pass for an apparent touchdown. The booth quickly reviewed the play, and it was determined that Harvin had one foot out of bounds, and the original call was reversed.
A 15-yard pass to Adrian Peterson and two incomplete passes sealed the fate of the Vikings (2-4), who have lost two of three.
The story of the game was about Favre making his return to Green Bay, where he played for 16 seasons before parting ways with the organization prior to the 2008 campaign. Favre’s return to Lambeau last November resulted in the Vikings winning by a 38-26 count.
Making his 119th start at Lambeau Field, Favre completed 16-of-29 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. Favre set an NFL record for the most starts by a quarterback at a single venue, topping Denver great John Elway, who started 118 games at Mile High Stadium.
The Vikings sure do know how to make it interesting, don’t they?
After stopping the Packers on fourth and short, the Vikings have been moving downfield, holding on to all three of their time outs and trailing by four.
The Vikings are currently looking at 3rd and 5 from the Green Bay 46, and there’s 1:56 left on the clock.
The Vikings were faced with a third and seven in Green Bay territory, and Favre was looking to hit Randy Moss on a long pass over the middle of the field, but was intercepted on an outstanding leaping play by Nick Collins at the Packers 23-yard line.
Not an awful pass by Favre, but a pretty good play by Collins.
We’re under nine minutes to play, and the Packers still lead this one 28-24.
The Packers went for it on fourth and inches one time too many.
The Vikings are now back on Green Bay’s side of the field thanks to a couple of outstanding runs by Adrian Peterson, who is now over the 100-yard mark on the evening.
Ten minutes left in the game, and the Vikings trail by four, 28-24.
A couple of Adrian Peterson runs gave the Vikings a third and 1 near midfield, and the Vikings made a pretty gutsy play call. Brett Favre faked a handoff to Adrian Peterson, and found a streaking Percy Harvin going across the middle of the field for a 37-yard gain. A few plays later, Favre found Randy Moss on a crossing route for a 4-yard score.
With a little more than four minutes left in the third quarter, the Vikings still trail the Packers, but they’re within four at 28-24.
Well, Favre has a new streak going. . .two consecutive passes that have been intercepted by the Green Bay Packers.
This one was grabbed by linebacker Desmond Bishop on a pass intended for Randy Moss. Bishop then took the interception and rambled 32 yards for a touchdown, and the Packers have their biggest lead of the night.
Just under eight minutes left in the third quarter, and the Vikings trail the Packers by a score of 28-17.
Favre was scrambling to avoid pressure from Packer linebacker Brad Jones, and threw a pass intended for Bernard Berrian that was intercepted by A.J. Hawk. Hawk returned the ball to the Minnesota 40-yard line.
With about eight and a half minutes left in the third quarter, the Vikings trail the Packers by a score of 21-17.
It looked like the Packers might march down the field and add some more points to even tie or get the lead. However, Aaron Rodgers was generous enough to throw the Vikings another interception instead.
Rodgers rolled to the right and fired one into the end zone for Greg Jennings, but Frank Walker had really good coverage on the play and tipped the ball upward. Madieu Williams flew into the picture, snagged the ball, and got two feet down in bounds before going out of the end zone for a touchback.
The Vikings and Packers have gone to the locker room at halftime, and Minnesota leads it 17-14.
The officiating appears to be out in full force against the Minnesota Vikings this evening.
A brilliant drive by the Vikings appeared to have ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre to Visanthe Shiancoe, but the play was challenged by Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy. Even though Shiancoe appeared to catch the ball and control it all the way through the “process,” the officials said that he didn’t catch it for reasons that nobody is quite sure of.
The drive stalled after that, and the Vikings settled for a 28-yard field goal from Ryan Longwell to give them their first lead of the evening.
We’re at the two-minute warning in Green Bay, and the Vikings are in the lead 17-14.
This game is starting to turn into a shootout in the early going.
Toby Gerhart got things started for the Vikings with an 11-yard run, and the Vikings moved down the field with a nice mix of run and pass, with Bernard Berrian reeling in a big 30 yard catch and Randy Moss chipping in with a 13-yarder.
The Vikings appeared to have a second touchdown from Percy Harvin, but the replay showed that Harvin’s foot landed out of bounds with the ball at the 1-yard line. So, the Vikings had first and goal, and Adrian Peterson plowed in for the score.
With 8:40 left in the first half of play, the Vikings and Packers are tied once again, this time at 14.
To end the first quarter, got whipped on two third-plus yard completions, a 36-yarder to James Jones and a 32-yard screen to Brandon Jackson. The Packers moved into the red zone again, and the drive concluded with a 9-yard pass from Rodgers to rookie tight end Andrew Quarless. The play didn’t appear to be a catch, but Brad Childress failed to challenge before he completed the catch.
With 14:46 left until halftime, the Vikings trail the Packers 14-7.
Four Adrian Peterson runs got the Vikings 14 yards, and Brett Favre then found tight end Visanthe Shiancoe twice for 18 yards. After a five-yard delay of game penalty on Shiancoe, Harvin motioned into the backfield before the snap and took a handoff from Favre. Harvin then weaved his way in from 17 yards out, practically untouched, and scored the tying touchdown.
With about a minute remaining in the first quarter, our football game is tied at seven.
The Packers took their second possession and marched down the field with little resistance from Minnesota, because the guy the Packers were targeting can’t stay on his feet long enough to cover anybody.
Vikings’ rookie cornerback Chris Cook was victimized twice because he slipped and fell on the slick Lambeau Field turf on both plays. The first one was a 24-yarder to Greg Jennings, and the second was a 45-yarder to James Jones that put the Packers on the 1-yard line. Brandon Jackson found himself in the end zone on the very next play.
With 5:07 left in the first quarter, the Vikings trail the Packers by a score of 7-0. Percy Harvin just responded with a HUGE kickoff return into Packer territory to give the Vikings a chance to respond.
The Vikings have gone three plays and out on both of their first two possessions, so not a lot to report there.
Unfortunately for Rodgers, Allen plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
With seven and a half minutes left in the first quarter, we’re still knotted at zero.
Since this is a game for the best rivalry in the NFL, we’ll probably have to do new threads for each quarter of tonight’s game, but here’s where the party is going to start, in any event.
Hope to see you there, folks! We’ll have plenty of updates here as well.
(Sports Network) - Will there be one more happy return for Brett Favre in Green Bay?
To be sure, it's always a story when Favre - the NFL's all-time leading passer - returns to the place he called home for 16 seasons before parting ways with the organization prior to the 2008 campaign. Favre's return to Lambeau last Nov. 1st, in a game the Vikings won by a 38-26 count, was among the biggest stories of 2009, though enough has changed for both teams since that time to obscure the homecoming angle just a tad for this year's matchup.
The Packers, who went 7-2 after losing to Favre for a second time last year and found themselves in the 2009 playoff bracket along with the Vikings, are no longer in Minnesota's shadow. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers rebounded from his two head-to-head losses to Favre, ending the '09 season with 30 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a Pro Bowl appearance.
Rodgers is not the same quarterback the Vikings saw in the first half of last season, and unfortunately for Minnesota, neither is Favre. The future Hall of Famer enters Week 7 with a middling 72.1 passer rating in 2010 - down more than 35 points from last year - having thrown for just six touchdown passes and seven interceptions as the 41-year-old battles a myriad of injuries as well as an off-the-field scandal concerning his text-messaging activities as a member of the Jets in 2008.
In a related development, the Vikings have struggled too. A team that went 12-4 a year ago stands at just 2-3 as they head to Lambeau, though their 24-21 home win over the also-dysfunctional Dallas Cowboys last Sunday offered at least a temporary sigh of relief.
The Vikings attack managed just 188 yards of total offense in that win, though the team was bailed out by some big plays including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Percy Harvin to start the second half.
Wideout Randy Moss, playing in his second game with the Favre-era Vikings following his trade from New England, caught five passes for 55 yards in the win.
The struggles of the Vikes have been handy for a Packers team that has also suffered through a disappointing 2010 to date.
Green Bay dropped to 3-3 with last week's 23-20 overtime loss to the Dolphins, the Pack's second straight OT defeat and the third time in the last four games they were on the business end of a three-point defeat.
Though Rodgers played reasonably well after suffering a concussion the week before (18-of-33, 313 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), a battered Green Bay defense surrendered 137 ground yards on 32 carries for Dolphins running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, and Green Bay didn't have enough of an answer for Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall (10 receptions, 127 yards) either.
The loss prevented the Packers from pulling into a tie with the first-place Chicago Bears (4-2) atop the NFC North.
Green Bay leads the all-time regular season series with Minnesota, which dates back to the 1961 season, 49-47-1, but as mentioned was swept by the Vikings last year for the first time since 2005. The Packers were 30-23 road losers when they visited the Twin Cities in Week 4, and dropped a 38-26 decision in Favre's return to Lambeau Field in Week 8. The clubs embarked on a conventional home-and-home split of the 2008 season. With a win on Sunday, the Vikings will have won four straight games over the Packers for the first time since 1992-93.
The teams' only postseason meeting to date was the Vikings' 31-17 upset of the Packers at Lambeau Field in a 2004 NFC Wild Card game, a game best remembered for a broadcast overreaction by FOX announcer Joe Buck as Moss performed an end-zone celebration.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has a 5-3 edge in his personal series against both the Vikings and head coach Brad Childress.
WHEN THE VIKINGS HAVE THE BALL
Though Favre (979 passing yards) has not played great football in 2010, you can bet that a meeting with the Packers will bring out the best in the graybeard. Favre threw for seven touchdown passes without an interception in his two meetings with the Packers last year, and has shown signs of snapping out of his funk by throwing four of his six touchdown passes since Moss joined the lineup two weeks ago. The addition of the venerable receiver, who will be facing the Packers for the first time since his memorable '04 playoff performance, should continue to free up the team's other targets to make plays. Harvin (20 receptions, 4 TD) and Greg Camarillo (6 receptions, 1 TD) both scored touchdowns last week, though tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (13 receptions, 1 TD) was held without a catch in the contest. Running back Adrian Peterson (553 rushing yards, 4 TD, 15 receptions) was limited to 73 yards on 24 carries, but scored a touchdown and will continue to be a focal point of the offense. Peterson was held under 100 yards in each of his two appearances against the Vikings last year. The Minnesota line has surrendered 13 sacks on the year, and has been mediocre at best.
A banged-up Packers defense needs some good luck on the injury front heading into the Vikings contest, after linebackers Clay Matthews (hamstring), Brandon Chillar (shoulder) and defensive linemen Mike Neal (shoulder) and Ryan Pickett (ankle) were all inactive last week. Lineman Cullen Jenkins (hand), linebacker A.J. Hawk (groin) and defensive backs Charles Woodson (toe) and Nick Collins (knee) are all nursing injuries as well, and linebacker Brady Poppinga (knee) has already been ruled out for Sunday, as has Neal. Matthews (21 tackles, 8.5 sacks) appears set to return this week, and recently activated defensive backs Al Harris (knee) and Atari Bigby (ankle) are eligible to return for the Vikings game. Among those who will definitely play, nose tackle B.J. Raji (18 tackles, 2.5 sacks) and linebacker Desmond Bishop (24 tackles, 1 sack) lead a run-stopping group looking to recover from a weak effort against the Dolphins last week. Raji had seven tackles last week, while Bishop logged 10 stops. On the back end, a team that could ill-afford to be without Woodson (39 tackles, 1 INT) or Collins (24 tackles) could find itself relying heavily on cornerback Tramon Williams (23 tackles, 2 INT, 1 sack) and safety Charlie Peprah (16 tackles). Hawk (48 tackles, 1 INT) leads the team in stops. Green Bay is a disappointing 22nd against the run, 18th versus the pass.
WHEN THE PACKERS HAVE THE BALL
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (1546 passing yards, 10 TD, 7 INT) was sacked a total of 14 times in two games against the Vikings last year, and Green Bay is still facing questions about how it will protect the QB after the Dolphins dropped him five times last week. The Packers are going to need a stronger effort out of tackles Chad Clifton and Bryan Bulaga this week, at a minimum. Complicating matters for the Pack, who have already lost tight end Jermichael Finley for the year, is a quadriceps injury that has the status of Donald Driver (28 receptions, 3 TD) in question for this week. If Driver can't go, Greg Jennings (20 receptions, 4 TD), James Jones (15 receptions, 1 TD) and Jordy Nelson (13 receptions) would still form a strong corps of targets. Jennings shook off weeks of frustration with a six-catch, 133-yard day last Sunday that included an 86-yard touchdown catch. With Finley out, Donald Lee (4 receptions, 1 TD) and Andrew Quarless (5 receptions) are the top two tight end options. Brandon Jackson (305 rushing yards, 1 TD, 16 receptions) has done a decent job running the football, but is more a change-of-pace than anything else for McCarthy's run-first offense.
After the struggles of Rodgers and the Packers offensive line against the Vikings last year, all eyes will be on Minnesota's end tandem of Jared Allen (17 tackles, 1 sack) and Ray Edwards (12 tackles, 1.5 sacks) this week. The duo has started slowly in 2010 to date, as the Vikes have posted a total of six sacks including none last week. If the team can't provide pressure, cornerbacks Antoine Winfield (34 tackles, 1 INT) and Asher Allen (17 tackles) are going to have their hands full defending Jennings and possibly Driver. Safeties Madieu Williams (29 tackles) and Husain Abdullah (24 tackles) will be a big part of the pass-defending effort as well. Minnesota is a disappointing 12th in the league against the run as Week 7 begins, but did a nice job in limiting Cowboys backs Felix Jones and Marion Barber to a combined 63 yards on 24 carries a week ago. Linebacker E.J. Henderson (37 tackles, 2 INT) had a big game with nine tackles and two interceptions, while fellow LB Chad Greenway (51 tackles) added a game-high 12 stops and the 'Williams Wall' of defensive tackles Kevin Williams (12 tackles, 1 sack) and Pat Williams (11 tackles, 1 sack) combined for nine tackles.
For the Vikings, Peterson and Moss remain high-level fantasy options, with Harvin a flex possibility, but there's little else you can rely on for the Purple. Favre has been mightily inconsistent, Shiancoe has disappeared as a pass-catcher since Moss joined the team and kicker Ryan Longwell and the Minnesota defense have both been hit-or-miss.
Rodgers, who should put up numbers on Sunday even in the presence of a shaky offensive line, remains an elite-level fantasy quarterback. Owners of both Driver and Jennings will want to monitor the injury status of the former. Jackson has averaged better than seven yards per carry the last two weeks, but is a low-level flex option based on his number of touches. The Green Bay defense would be a good option against the error-prone Favre, but it's simply too injured to rely on at this stage.
A month ago, you never would have picked the Vikings to go into Lambeau Field and win, but it appears that Minnesota is catching Green Bay at exactly the right time. The many injuries to the Packers defense are great news for the likes of Favre, Peterson and Moss, three players who will be able to exploit those weaknesses. Rodgers and the Green Bay attack also figure to have their moments, but watching how the Dolphins defense abused the Packers o-line last week translates to a potential 'blood in the water' situation for Jared Allen and the Vikings pass rush. The Packers are desperate to beat the Vikes, and will not go quietly, but they don't look positioned to earn a quality win at this point.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 27, Packers 24
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