VU Daily Blog: 7/2/10

The Vikings experienced some of the same problems in a late-season loss to Chicago as they did in the NFC Championship, according to the recently rerun lowlights of the Bears game. Plus, Brad Childress' USO Tour went late night. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 02, 2010 at 7:56:00 AM

Vikings' faults were exposed before NFC Championship

With hindsight being 20/20, it's amazing how much of a portend the Vikings' Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears was to their NFC Championship Game loss to the New Orleans Saints. Many of the same mistakes were made.

NFL Network ranked the Vikings-Bears game of Week 15 fifth on its list of top games from the 2009 regular season, which was a reminder of the things that went wrong in that 36-30 overtime loss at Soldier Field.

* Bears QB Jay Culter had one of the best games of his shaky first season in Chicago, completing 20 of 35 passes for 273 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, compiling a 108.4 rating. Devin Aromashodu was the main recipient with seven catches for 150 yards. Saints quarterback Drew Brees also had a very solid game against the Vikings, throwing three touchdowns and producing a 106.5 rating against the Vikings in the NFC Championship. Both quarterbacks exposed some coverage issues in Minnesota's defense.

* The defensive pass coverage wasn't the only problem. The special-teams kickoff coverage was also suspect during a year in which that aspect was much improved. Against Chicago, the Vikings gave up 214 yards on seven kickoff returns, easily the most yardage they gave up all season. In the conference championship, the Saints returned six kickoffs for 183 yards.

* Running back Adrian Peterson fumbled at a critical time – in overtime. His fumble on the Vikings' own 39-yard line set up Chicago's winning touchdown, a 39-yarder to Aromashodu. Against the Saints, Peterson was credited with two fumbles and could have easily been credited with another one that occurred during a handoff exchange.

You remember the carnage of the Saints game well, but if you must torture yourself and view the lowlights of the Chicago game, NFL Network has it right here as its No. 5 game of the season.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 02, 2010 at 6:22:00 AM

Childress goes late-night on USO tour

Vikings coach Brad Childress and three other NFL coaches took advantage of an unexpected layover in Germany to enjoy drinks and stories with servicemen and women into the wee hours of the morning.

The coaches were stuck in Germany overnight when their cargo plane struck a bird upon takeoff to the Middle East and the crew was forced to return to Ramstein Air Base and spend an extra night there. The coaches ended up at a local tavern and traded stories with military personnel until 2:30 a.m., according to the report chronicling the USO tour on

"They enjoy hearing our stories," Childress said, referring to the troops. "But I think we enjoy hearing about their experiences even more."

Childress talked a chef into trading in her chef's hat for his USO cap (make up your reason why because none was reported).

The coaches toured a control tower, a hangar and tested their skills in a simulator.


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