The last time the Vikings were on Monday Night Football, it was Mike Tice's first game as a head coach. Denny Green had got wind he was going to be fired and quit instead, forcing Tice into the limelight to coach a game that had been postponed from earlier in the 2001 season because of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Vikings' return to the national spotlight is under much different circumstances. Expected by many to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender, the Vikings will meet the Eagles in the first of three prime-time games for the Purple. Unfortunately for the Vikings, neither ABC nor ESPN will be taking advantage of the crowd noise at the Metrodome. The Vikings will have to travel to be in the national spotlight -- after tonight's game with the Eagles, the Vikings will return to MNF when they play the Colts in Indy and on a Sunday night game in New Orleans.
The NFL typically reserves Monday Night Football for teams that are on the rise or at the top. The Vikings are believed to be one of those teams. Tonight is their chance to prove that the faith was well-placed.
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