Vikings' Tice Frustrated by Short Week

Minnesota head coach complains of inadequate time to prepare for Browns

Vikings coach Mike Tice said on a few occasions last week that he doesn't like Monday night games, such as the one his team will play against the Green Bay Packers.

It's not that Tice has anything against playing under the lights, rather it's what playing on Monday night does to shorten the remainder of the week and thereby cut out preparation time for the next opponent.

This is especially true this week as Tice and his staff get ready to face an unfamiliar AFC team in the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at the Metrodome. The Vikings have never played this edition of the Browns in the regular season, having last gone against the Cleveland franchise in 1995.

The Vikings' 27-11 victory over those Browns came three games before owner Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore.

"The biggest problem we'll have coming out of the Monday night game will be playing a team that we don't know," Tice said. "That makes it really tough, that makes it very hard. Fortunately for once we'll be playing after a Monday night game at home, so that's nice."

Last season, the Vikings played two Monday night games. They rebounded from an early-season loss at Philadelphia with a home victory over Chicago. But a midseason defeat at Indianapolis was followed by a loss at Green Bay.

The Vikings will begin on-field preparations for the Browns on Wednesday. That is ordinarily the case for NFL teams, so Tice's bigger concern is a lack of time for the coaches to get ready.


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