Vikings-Lions Game Date in Question

The success of the Minnesota Twins could precipitate a change in scheduling for the Minnesota Vikings. If the Twins win their division, their playoff schedule would impact the Vikings' Oct. 8 game at the Metrodome against the Lions.

Most fans enjoy the attention of Monday Night Football, but the Vikings may end up with a MNF game they didn't plan.

Like many fans, the Vikings and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (which runs the Metrodome) are watching with interest the final 10 days of the Major League Baseball season. Why? There's the potential for a conflict if the Twins end up winning the NFC Central Division.

The Vikings are one of just a few teams that share a stadium with a MLB team – the others being the Dolphins and Raiders. As a result, there is the potential for a conflict if the Twins win the division title. As of Friday morning, they were a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers. If the Twins win the division, the Oct. 8 game scheduled for the Metrodome would directly conflict with the Vikings home game against the Lions. Vikings VP of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said there is no reason to make a pre-emptive decision, but that one may have to be made if the Twins catch and pass the Detroit Tigers.

"There is no conflict until the Twins clinch their division – which we hope they do," Bagley told the Star Tribune. "We're on board with them. We have a good working relationship with them and want everything to work out."

But if things work out for the Twins, it could go against the Vikings, who would have to vacate the Metrodome Oct. 8. The anticipated solution would be to move the Vikings game to Oct. 9. There is precedent of moving a Vikings game for a Twins postseason contest, but the Vikings don't want to see that happen.

Until then, the Vikings, the Twins and fans of both teams will just have to wait and see.

* Kenechi Udeze spent part of Thursday's practice taking snaps at right defensive end, perhaps signaling a plan to start Udeze in the spot vacated by the knee injury to Erasmus James.
* Brad Johnson is the Mad Bomber? It looks that way. Through two games, Johnson has 10 completions of 20 or more yards. That puts him third in the league behind only Donovan McNabb (12) and Peyton Manning (11).
* All three of the players listed on the Vikings injury report– Troy Williamson, Marcus Robinson and Artis Hicks – practiced Thursday.
* Two-thirds of the teams that have started 2-0 since the NFL-AFL merger have made the playoffs.

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