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Brad Childress talks about his visit with Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson addresses his fumbling issues, and the trends in the season opener don't favor the Vikings. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 8:25:00 PM

Childress, Favre getting to know each other

Brad Childress' most recent visit to Hattiesburg – at least his third this offseason, by our count – was about getting to know Brett Favre better. At least that's the message Childress gave the Associated Press in a story recounting his time in Hattiesburg last week.

Childress and Favre knew each other but had never been united as coach and player until last season. One of their sideline disagreements was caught on tape, but Childress says it wasn't a big deal.

"Yeah, we banged heads. Like once," Childress said. "You could say I knew him from the outside and I knew his body of work, but I probably didn't know the wiring that was involved with that. Safe to say he didn't know how I was wired."

More than likely, they will get to know each other better if Favre joins the Vikings for a second season (his 20th in the NFL), as most expect.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 9:21:00 AM

Peterson addresses fumbling, Favre

Adrian Peterson was back in Oklahoma Friday, one week before the Vikings start training camp, to offer a free football clinic to 15 at-risk kids.

Peterson also addressed his fumbling issues from last season.

"The challenge began at the end of the season, putting those thoughts behind me," he said, according to The Oklahoman. "As far as fumbling, that's part of the game. Out there, I'm not tossing the balls to the guys. Some of these guys are making plays, striking the ball. But I know what I have to do as a player to help my team, to accomplish our ultimate goal, and that's to win the NFC North and win a Super Bowl."

Like most people, Peterson doesn't know if Brett Favre is returning for another season – but he has a feeling he is.

"I saw him down in L.A. for the first time this offseason, down at the ESPYs. Looking in his eyes, I got the sense he was coming back," Peterson said. "I'll be going down to his house, telling him, ‘Favre, I need you back.' I grew up watching Favre. I'm as big a fan of his as the people that's watching him. It would definitely feel good (if he came back) this year (and we) hoisted up that trophy (together) in Dallas, Texas."

This season's Super Bowl is in Texas, Peterson's home state.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 6:52:00 AM

Trends don't favor Vikings in opener

The Vikings are trying to downplay the revenge angle when it comes to meeting the New Orleans Saints in the season opener. Of course, the Saints beat the Vikings in overtime of the NFC Championship Game and went on to win the Super Bowl.

Now the NFL is looking to hype the rematch as it cashes in on a Thursday night opener between the two teams to kickoff the regular season on prime-time TV. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the season-opening Thursday night trends don't favor them.

The Sept. 9 game is in New Orleans and the home team has won seven of the eight Thursday night openers, including the each of the last seven. The last time the visitor won was on Sept. 5, 2002, when San Francisco edged the New York Giants, 16-13.

Looking for a letdown from the Saints, who are coming off their first Super Bowl title? The trends favor New Orleans there, too. The last six Thursday openers have featured the defending Super Bowl champions and each time they have won.

The good news for Vikings fans in a recap of the Thursday openers is that New Orleans has lost the only time it has been involved in one. That was in 2007, when the defending Super Bowl champion Colts pounded the Saints 41-10.


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