It’s business as usual for Vikings on Packers weekFavre among NFL players wearing pink this weekend
By: By Rick Alonzo, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Superior Telegram
The focus shifts quickly in the NFL, and now the Minnesota Vikings, fresh off a spectacular comeback over San Francisco, turn their attention to the rival Green Bay Packers.
Vikings coach Brad Childress might need to address his players just to keep them focused going into the Monday night game at the Metrodome against the Packers. It will be Brett Favre’s first game against his former team, so there’s even more intrigue surrounding this game, and that creates the potential for distractions.
“We’ll probably talk about it, but we’ll just see how it builds,” Childress said today. “Like I said, they don’t live in a vacuum. But they’ll be more interested coming in here about seeing the tape from yesterday, and there’s already been a bunch of ‘em through the building, currently in the building, getting treatment, have looked at the tape on their own, but we kind of go through it step by step yesterday and then put it behind and get out and get a practice regarding Green Bay.”
Childress will try to make sure that the week is as normal as possible, to avoid any disruptions. The fans for both teams will be excited, but Childress wants his team focused.
“I know it won’t be crazy in here,” Childress said, referring to Winter Park. “The place won’t be vibrating or anything like that. We just kind of go about our business and see what they’re doing schematically and what we can play off. I’m sure they’re going to do the very, very same thing.”
Just in recent years, the rivalry has taken different twists, much of it involving Favre. In the summer of 2008, the Packers accused the Vikings of tampering charges for alleged inappropriate contact with Favre before he was traded to the New York Jets.
And now Favre is back in the NFC North, leading his team to a 3-0 record, including Sunday’s dramatic touchdown throw to Greg Lewis with two seconds remaining to defeat San Francisco.
The Packers, for their part, are 2-1 and coming off a 36-17 win over St. Louis. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has shown his remarkable talent since taking over for Favre last season.
Pretty in pink
Brett Favre, Chad Greenway, Chester Taylor and Antoine Winfield won’t be making a fashion statement wearing pink cleats on Monday Night Football on Oct. 5 against the Green Bay Packers.
The Viking starters have agreed to wear the customized cleats to support the NFL’s breast cancer awareness effort for Week 4, and pink is the internationally recognized color for the cause.
Favre’s wife, Deanna, is a cancer survivor, and she has been a notable activist with her Deanna Favre Hope Foundation.
Players from around the league will wear the pink cleats and many are also expected to wear pink gloves.
San Francisco 0 14 3 7 — 24
Minnesota 7 6 7 7 — 27
Min-Rice 30 pass from Favre (Longwell kick), 8:38.
Min-FG Longwell 40, 13:09.
SF-V.Davis 5 pass from S.Hill (Nedney kick), 9:26.
Min-FG Longwell 52, 3:26.
SF-Clements 59 blocked field goal return (Nedney kick), :00.
SF-FG Nedney 37, 4:47.
Min-Harvin 101 kickoff return (Longwell kick), 4:34.
SF-V.Davis 20 pass from S.Hill (Nedney kick), 8:12.
Min-Lewis 32 pass from Favre (Longwell kick), :02.
First downs 13 19
Total Net Yards 246 377
Rushes-yards 26-58 27-94
Passing 188 283
Punt Returns 3-19 5-58
Kickoff Returns 4-92 4-180
Interceptions Ret. 1-2 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 15-25-1 24-46-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 2-18
Punts 9-51.7 6-46.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 7-60 9-52
Time of Possession 27:51 32:09
RUSHING-San Francisco, Coffee 25-54, Gore 1-4. Minnesota, Peterson 19-85, Taylor 6-16, Favre 1-1, Harvin 1-(minus 8).
PASSING-San Francisco, S.Hill 15-25-1-195. Minnesota, Favre 24-46-1-301.
RECEIVING-San Francisco, V.Davis 7-96, Morgan 4-47, Bruce 2-38, Robinson 1-8, Norris 1-6. Minnesota, Taylor 7-70, Berrian 4-56, Rice 4-56, Harvin 4-51, Shiancoe 2-22, Peterson 2-14, Lewis 1-32.
MISSED FIELD GOALS-Minnesota, Longwell 44.
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