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    Victory boosts Vikings' spirits & HOF list

    Posted on Mon, Nov. 07, 2005

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    BY DON SEEHOLZER and SEAN JENSEN

    Pioneer Press

    The way this season has gone, any win is big for the Vikings.

    Sunday's 27-14 victory over Detroit was especially important from a psychological standpoint, with quarterback Brad Johnson making his first start in place of Daunte Culpepper, who suffered a season-ending right knee injury a week earlier at Carolina.

    "It's a great confidence-booster for this team and, I think, for the fans," right guard Adam Goldberg said. "In this locker room, there's always been great confidence in Brad. We know what Brad's capable of doing and what this team's capable of doing with him at the helm. It's more of just an outward display. We showed the rest of the world what we're capable of."

    Left tackle Bryant McKinnie agreed that the circumstances of Culpepper's injury made winning this game more important than usual.

    That gives the Vikings some hope as they prepare to hit the road again this week for another tough game against the New York Giants.

    "It will help our confidence out a lot," McKinnie said. "We really haven't had a winning streak yet. We've just got to get two games and go from there."

    Solid overall: Vikings offensive coordinator Steve Loney has seen the potential of his offense at times this season.

    "We've had halves and we've had quarters of success," Loney said. "There were some lulls, but for four quarters, this was our best overall effort."

    The lull he was referring to was in the third quarter, when the offense ran the ball eight times for 18 yards and quarterback Brad Johnson attempted and completed just one pass for 8 yards. Fortunately for the Vikings, the Lions were equally ineffective, with 34 net yards.

    But coach Mike Tice was particularly upset that Johnson was sacked and lost a fumble on the Vikings' opening drive of the second half, inside of field goal range.

    "That frustrates you, especially when a guy comes clean on a stunt," Tice said. "That is not good."

    But running back Michael Bennett paced the offense in the fourth quarter, with seven carries for 40 yards. Johnson also completed a 19-yard pass to Travis Taylor that helped set up Paul Edinger's 40-yard field goal.

    For the game, the Vikings gained 164 rushing yards, their season high. The Vikings are 3-0 when they rush for more than 100 yards.

    Still clicking: Johnson and rookie receiver Troy Williamson put in a lot of practice time together during training camp and the preseason, and it showed.

    Williamson caught three passes for 26 yards and had what would have been a 42-yard touchdown pass just slip through his hands late in the first half.

    "We had a lot of juice, me and Brad," Williamson said. "It felt real comfortable working with him. Working with him in training camp really helped us a lot today."

    Foul play: Running back Mewelde Moore blamed "a cheap shot" for the sprained right wrist he suffered early in the fourth quarter.

    Physically, it was a rough day for Moore, who bruised his right elbow in the first quarter. But he still had a productive game. In addition to rushing for 49 yards on 11 carries, he had a 30-yard punt return in the second quarter to set up a touchdown.

    Smoot operator: A week after being torched for 201 yards on 11 catches by Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith, cornerback Fred Smoot was tested early by Lions quarterback Joey Harrington, who threw four of his first five passes in Smoot's direction.

    Smoot passed the test, though, and came back from a third-quarter shoulder injury to finish the game.

    "I thought our coverage was really good today," defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said. "You've got to take your hat off to Freddie playing with the shoulder injury. He wasn't 100 percent, but he hung in there."

    Tighter coverage: Of the 15 passing touchdowns they've given up this season, the Vikings have conceded nine to tight ends, including a 23-yarder Sunday to Marcus Pollard. The Vikings' linebackers and safeties have struggled to defend tight ends, and the Lions tried to capitalize on that in the second half. Pollard caught all four of his passes in the second half. But after Pollard beat linebacker Sam Cowart for the touchdown, the Vikings adjusted and put nickel cornerback Brian Williams on him. Although he gives up size, Williams' speed helped neutralize Pollard.

    "I don't have to lock up with those guys and tussle with them," Williams said. "But I'm faster than them, so it allows me to cover them pretty good."

    Hall of Fame: A handful of former Vikings are on the preliminary list of 112 nominees for the 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

    Former safety Joey Browner, running back Chuck Foreman, offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman, linebacker Matt Blair, quarterback Warren Moon and defensive end Chris Doleman are among the Vikings on the list.

    "It's a dream come true," said Browner, a first-time nominee.

    The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists next month by Hall of Fame selectors. Moon, defensive end Reggie White and quarterback Troy Aikman are the most notable first-year eligible candidates. The final list will be voted on Feb. 4 in Detroit, the day before Super Bowl XL.

    Briefly: Former head coach Jerry Burns, who ran the team from 1986-91, was inducted into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime.

    • Bennett passed Terry Allen for eighth in team history in rushing yards. He has 2,878 yards, with Tommy Mason ahead of him with 3,252 yards.

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    Re: Victory boosts Vikings' spirits & HOF list

    its gret that we have our confidence back. we are gonna need it 'gainst the Giants

























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    Re: Victory boosts Vikings' spirits & HOF list

    Former safety Joey Browner, running back Chuck Foreman, offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman, linebacker Matt Blair, quarterback Warren Moon and defensive end Chris Doleman are among the Vikings on the list.

    It's about time that they show some love for Chuck...and it's a crying shame that Jim Marshall isn't on that list as well!!!
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    Nice.. Glad we are getting some recognition.. They deserve it.. Caj u are totally right bro, Marshall needs to be on the ballot atleast! Oh well I hope Chuck gets in atleast

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    Chuck Foreman has no business not being in he Hall of Fame. Warren Moon will be there one day for sure ... but Marshall and Foreman definitely belong in. Also, Browner is about as fringe as it gets, but he definitely should have his number retired.

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    Midgen I don't get what u just said?


    ur first sentence said Chuck has no bizz bein in the HOF..

    Ur 3rd sentence says Marshall and Foreman definitley belong in..

    What did ya mean man? Did I just read this wrong?

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    Re: Victory boosts Vikings' spirits & HOF list

    Here's a brief on the whole selection process...
    http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/selectionprocess.jsp
    Jim Marshall is only eligable for the "Senior Selection", I'm not sure about Chuck Foreman, Jackyl would know for sure. here is a link to CF44's stats..
    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/ForeCh00.htm

    Jim Marshall has a presence in the HOF, they have his uniform on display and a broadcast replay of the "wrong way" play.

    I can't see Moon going in as a Viking, He had great success with the Oilers so would it be the Titans???

    Browner has a great chance- 6 pro bowls in a row in a ten year career.....

    White and Aikman are shoe-ins

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    "Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:
    Midgen I don't get what u just said?


    ur first sentence said Chuck has no bizz bein in the HOF..

    Ur 3rd sentence says Marshall and Foreman definitley belong in..

    What did ya mean man? Did I just read this wrong?
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    Re: Victory boosts Vikings' spirits & HOF list

    "midgensa" wrote:
    Chuck Foreman has no business not being in he Hall of Fame. Warren Moon will be there one day for sure ... but Marshall and Foreman definitely belong in. Also, Browner is about as fringe as it gets, but he definitely should have his number retired.
    Moon will be go in as an Oiler.

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    Who cares about Moon? Foreman and Marshall are the main priorities around here!!! Zimmerman should get in through the Seniors Committee at least, as well!!!
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