VU Daily Blog: 9/1/10

Darren Sharper is still hoping to face the Vikings in the regular-season opener, but his other former team is favored to win the NFC North by a simulator. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 1:09:00 PM

Packers favored by simulator

The Vikings won't repeat as NFC North Champions for a third straight year if the simulator that runs matchups 50,000 times is correct. According to PredictionMachine.com, the Packers will win the NFC North and finish with the second-best record in the NFL.

The Vikings are predicted to finish second in the division with a 9-7 record, but because of other NFC teams finishing higher the Vikings wouldn't even make the playoffs.

"With or without Favre, the Vikings would take a step back from last season. The team out-performed its numbers in 2009 and still faces the now-superior Packers twice," wrote Paul Bessire of PredictionMachine.com

The Packers are expected to have a 10-6 record and they won 70 percent of their simulated games.

The web site predicts an incredibly dramatic falloff for the Vikings defense, saying it will rank 24th by the end of the season. It lists the team's greatest strength as rushing on offense and defense and its greatest weakness as its schedule.

It also handed out individual awards, naming Brett Favre the most important offensive player, E.J. Henderson the most important defensive player, Adrian Peterson the fantasy stud, Sidney Rice the fantasy dud and Albert Young the fantasy sleeper.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM

Sharper holding out hope

Saints safety Darren Sharper is still hoping to play in the regular-season opener eight days from now against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. Sharper is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee and has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list during training camp.

"I feel good and that's not just me saying that because you guys are asking me right now," Sharper said, according to an Associated Press story. "I truly, honestly feel good. I'm happy with the healing process. I feel as though it's healed. Now it's just getting in that football shape and getting ready to go."

So far, however, Sharper hasn't been cleared to play and no roster decision has been made with him. The Saints have the option to carry him on their active roster, release him or place him on the regular-season PUP list, which would take him out of action for at least the first six games.

He isn't traveling to Tennessee for the Saints' preseason finale.

Of course, Sharper and Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, whose lockers were next to each other in Minnesota, had a trash-talking debate on Twitter this summer, so Sharper's inclusion in the opener would certainly add some flavor to a game that is pretty spicy already.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:26:00 AM

Vikings-Twins concurrent games could cause congestion

The City of Minneapolis is warning Vikings and Twins fans of the potential for congested traffic on Thursday night. With the Twins now playing in the new Target Field, Thursday night will mark the first concurrent Twins and Vikings games and the city is projecting that as many as 100,000 people will attend the two games.

The Vikings play the Denver Broncos at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m., and the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, the Orpheum Theatre is presenting the production "Wicked," with doors opening there at 6:30 p.m.

The City of Minneapolis is encouraging those who drive to the games to park as close as they can to that stadium and encouraging other forms of transportation. The Hiawatha Light Rail is expected to be full, but the bus service will supplement that before and after the game, picking up passengers at the 28th Ave. Station and Fort Snelling Station and going to both the Metrodome and Target Field. After the games, separate sets of buses will depart both venues and deliver passengers back to Fort Snelling Station and the 28th Avenue Station.

The Northstar commuter rail is sending an eight-car train from the Big Lake Station with stops in Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley, with arrival at Target Field Station at about 6:10 p.m. Fans headed to the Vikings game will make a free transfer to the Hiawatha light-rail line for the short trip to the Metrodome.

Adding to the potential congestion is that during every Vikings game, several streets are closed around the Metrodome. For Thursday, that will take place from 5 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. and include: Fifth Street, from 11th Avenue to Park Avenue; Chicago Avenue, from Third Street to Sixth Street; Fourth Street, from Park Avenue to I-35W; and Norm McGrew Place, from Third Street to Fourth Street.

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