Code of Conduct Released

Just two days before a critical NFC North game with the Packers, the Vikings players and coaches attended a different type of meeting Saturday.

The Vikings are in final preparation for their NFC North showdown with the rival Packers, but took time out Saturday for the release of a 77-page employee handbook that includes a code of conduct for players, coaches and staff.

While touted as a guideline for all employees, it's unlikely that a kitchen employee would be fined or suspended for a conflict with the policy.

The code of conduct comes in the aftermath of the Vikings boat scandal and, while claims that the process had begun long before that, it would seem unlikely that it would have taken months to get such a document ready and prepared.

Several other teams have similar types of employee handbooks, but it is a first for the Vikings. Among the smaller items in the code of conduct deal with smoking, gambling, dress codes and a ban on cell phones on the locker room and weight room.

* When the Vikings meet the Packers Monday, it will be their 44th appearance on Monday Night Football. The Vikes are 21-22 overall, but have lost their last three -- including 27-16 vs. the Eagles and 31-28 vs. the Colts last year.
* The Vikings are 2-2 all-time vs. the Packers on Monday night and 1-1 at Lambeau Field -- winning 34-27 in 1998 in Randy Moss' Lambeau coming out party and a 26-20 loss in overtime on a fluke tipped pass that turned what looked to be a Packers punt into a shocking OT win.
* Monday will be Darren Sharper's first trip back to Green Bay after eight years with the Packers.
* J.T. O'Sullivan could be a valued backup. Not only does he know the Bears terminology for calling plays from this season, but he knows the Packers as well, having played for Green Bay in 2004.
* Three of Michael Bennett's nine career 100-yard games have come vs. Green Bay -- two of those at Lambeau.
* The all-time series between the teams is tied at 44-44-1, with the Packers holding a scant 23-21-1 advantage at home.
* Brad Johnson is 4-1 in his last five Monday night starts.
* Mike Tice has a 13-8 career record vs. the NFC North, including 4-4 vs. Green Bay.
* Sharper has 36 interceptions since 2000 -- the most in the NFL. Tony Parrish is second with 28, eight behind Sharper's pace.
* Paul Edinger hasn't been with the Vikings long (nine games), but has two of the three longest field goals in franchise history -- a 56-yarder that ranks No. 1 and a 53-yarder that is tied for No. 3.
* The Vikings have been outscored 107-38 in the second quarter of games this year. In the other three quarters combined, they've been outscored 121-116.
* Mewelde Moore leads the Vikings with three touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving and one on a punt return.
* The Vikings offense hasn't thrown an interception in the last four games.
* Antoine Winfield has 21 tackles in the last two games.
* The Vikings haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn of the Falcons in Week 4.

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