After meeting with some key veteran players and members of the Wilf family, Brad Childress agreed to reinstate the game check withheld from Troy Williamson for missing last week's game due to the death of his grandmother. The move made Thursday had stunned many in the local and national media as being insensitive to the grief Williamson was going through.
In a statement released Saturday, Williamson's agent said that the game check – worth $25,588.24 – would be donated to charity. He thanked those who supported him through the past days and that the issue is behind Williamson and he can resume being a football player again.
The decision came following a meeting with the team's leadership council, which includes Steve Hutchinson, Tony Richardson, Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield. It was believed the comments made by those players went a long way to the decision.
For all involved, it was refreshing to see the change in attitude coming from the Vikings. While technically the team had the right to retain the game check, team harmony and the feeling of family within the organization seemed more important and eventually won out.
* As hinted yesterday, the Koy Detmer Era never really got off the ground. The Vikings, who signed the veteran on Tuesday as insurance if neither Tarvaris Jackson nor Kelly Holcomb would be in uniform, was released Saturday. Ronyell Whitaker, who was cut to make room for Detmer, was re-signed. It wasn't a bad payday for Detmer, who pocketed $42,353 for his efforts over the three-plus days he was in the employ of the Vikings.
* The Vikings and Packers are a contrast in styles. The Vikings have the 14th-ranked offense and 22nd-ranked defense, but that's only part of the story. The Vikes have the top-rated run offense and the No. 2-rated run defense, while their pass offense is rated 30th and their pass defense is rated No. 31. The Packers are just the opposite. The have the No. 5 rated offense (32nd rushing, 2nd passing) and 11th rated defense (No. 8 rushing, No. 20 passing).
* The Vikings and the Titans are the only teams in the NFL with more offensive yards rushing than passing.
* Adrian Peterson has more rushing yards on his own than 24 NFL teams.
* The Vikings' 12 offensive trips to the red zone remains last in the NFL.
* Only two teams – the Lions and the 49ers – have a worse third-down conversion rate on offense than the Vikings.
* The Packers have made good on just one of three fourth-down attempts – a percentage that is tied for worst in the league.
* The Vikings have allowed opponents to convert on just one of four fourth-down attempts. Only the Chiefs, Saints and Eagles are better.
* The Packers have allowed 27 first downs via defensive penalties – by far the most in the league and more than double the league average of 11. Only one other team – Carolina with 17 – has allowed more than 15 penalty-related first downs.
* Brett Favre has five 300-yard passing days this season. The Vikings haven't had a 300-yard passer in two years.
* The Vikings have allowed three 300-yard passers this year, including Favre. The Packers have allowed just one.
* The Packers have allowed three 100-yard receiving days to opponents – all to tight ends.
* The Packers have allowed just one 100-yard rusher this season – Peterson in their first meeting. The Vikings have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season.
* Favre's five touchdowns in the fourth quarter is tied for the NFL lead.
* Peterson's 1,036 rushing yards not only leads the league, but is 268 yards more than the next nearest runner – Willie Parker of the Steelers.
* No running back with more than 100 carries (aside from I.R.'ed Ronnie Brown) is averaging five yards a carry. A.P. is averaging 6.6 yards a carry.
* Only two players in the league have more than 1,000 rushing/receiving yards – Peterson with 1,242 and Brian Westbrook with 1,036.
* How good was the season Ronnie Brown was having before he got injured almost a month ago? Despite being on the shelf for weeks, Brown still leads the NFL with first downs created with 57. Peterson is second with 52.
* Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is tied for the league lead with 19 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line.
* The Packers' Aaron Kampman is tied for the NFL lead with nine sacks. Of the top three sackmeisters this year, the Vikings have played all three – Kampman, Trent Cole and Jared Allen.
* Despite being the best running team in the league, the Vikings are still losing the time of possession battle – holding the ball for 29:00 a game, while their opponents have it 31:00.
* The Vikings have outscored their opponents in every quarter but the second – when they've been outscored 44-33.
* The Vikings have just one more passing touchdown (five) than defensive touchdowns (four).
* The Vikings have allowed exactly 1,000 more passing yards than they have gained (2,330-1,330).
* As a team, the Vikings are averaging a league-best 5.8 yards a carry, while allowing just 2.8 yards a carry.
* The Packers haven't blown anyone away at home this season. In their four home games, they've lost one by seven points and won the other three by three, seven and three points.
* The Packers are allowing opponents to convert on just 33.3 percent of third-down attempts.
* The Packers have been getting the job done early and late – outscoring opponents 41-21 in the first quarter and 68-38 in the fourth quarter.
* Favre is averaging 301 yards passing a game.
* The Packers' leading rusher is DeShawn Wynn with 203 yards – a total A.P. has bested twice in individual games.
Williamson Gets Paid
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