Metrodome Scheduling In Limbo

The Minnesota Twins already had a game over the weekend suspended because the Metrodome needed to be prepared for the Minnesota Gophers football game. Now the Twins' playoffs games could have an impact on the Vikings' schedule.

With the Minnesota Twins getting ready for the start of the baseball playoffs, their success (or lack thereof) could have an impact on the Vikings if they extend deep into the playoffs.

When the NFL does its scheduling, it tries to take into account those few stadiums in the NFL that are dual purpose, used both for football and baseball. The Vikings will be on the road for the next two weeks -- which many believe will make the point moot -- but if the Twins advance to the American League Championship Series and the World Series, there could be conflicts for the Metrodome.

The Vikings are scheduled for home games at noon on Oct. 24 vs. the Titans and Oct. 31 vs. the Giants. There is the potential that if they're still alive, the Twins could be scheduled for games on one or both of those dates.

The X factor in the scenario is who wins in the first round of the playoffs and how long they extend the playoffs. If, for example, the Twins beat the Yankees and the Red Sox beat the Angels, the Twins would have home field advantage for the ALCS. If the Angels win, the Twins would be the road team for the ALCS.

Confused? So are a lot of people trying to figure out potential date conflicts with the Metrodome. For now, they're just in wait-and-see mode to put out the fires when and if they develop.

* The Packers dropped to 1-3 Sunday with a home loss to the Giants -- the sixth time in the last 12 home games that the Packers have lost.
* The Packers losing at home shouldn't really have come as any surprise. Heading into tonight's game, home teams have won just three more games than road teams this season.
* Randy Moss was fined $5,000 by the league for shoving a Bears defensive back for what he thought was a cheap shot on Nate Burleson. Moss was the only player fined for the incident.
* The league has yet to rule on Onterrio Smith's appeal of his four-game suspension. If a ruling doesn't come down today -- it isn't expected to be heard until later this week -- Smith's suspension won't start until after the Texans game.

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