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Vikings, Seahawks on cold: You just have to go out there and play

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings greets Jarius Wright #17 of the Minnesota Vikings prior to their game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 3, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Getty Images

Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and Vikings is shaping up to be one of the coldest on record in NFL history, which means that players and coaches from both teams are spending time talking about the weather this week.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via the Seattle Times, “proper handling of the ball” is something that concerns him in cold weather games, something that will be on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s mind along with the wind.

“The wind affects things more than anything does,” Zimmer said, via the Pioneer Press. “The cold is the cold. The ball’s going to be harder, a little more slippery. It’s going to [take] a lot of concentration when guys are on the field. Don’t really worry about the cold; worry about playing. Tackling will be big because of that.”

Seahawks running back Fred Jackson said his years of experience in Buffalo taught him that the weather is toughest when standing around on the sidelines. He has the same “cold is the cold” approach that Zimmer is taking to the game itself and says that you forget about the weather once you’re on the field getting hit.

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen agrees, saying players will “just deal with” the conditions in what will likely be the Vikings’ final home game outdoors before moving into a new stadium next year.

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41 Responses to “Vikings, Seahawks on cold: You just have to go out there and play”
  1. dizzybruhbruh33 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:17 AM

    Some old school football… Nothing better!

    #Skol

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 10:18 AM

    I hope Zimmer walked down the hall to talk to Bud Grant sometime this week. He knew how to get players into the right mindset to handle the cold.

  3. jswheeler says: Jan 7, 2016 10:24 AM

    Will the air pressure be checked on all these balls? and if any are under 12.5 will the team be severely punished? inquiring minds want to know.

  4. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2016 10:25 AM

    I think the big thing in this game is that the Vikings won’t be missing 4 defensive starters all game long.

    I’ll be honest though. AP and Teddy Bridgewater have to have big games as well. Not 3 or 4 TDs big, but 50 yards on the ground and 1 passing TD isn’t going to beat the Seahawks.

  5. nhpats says: Jan 7, 2016 10:26 AM

    Sherman doesn’t like to tackle in the best conditions. Dude won’t want to go anywhere near Peterson in the cold.

  6. imodan says: Jan 7, 2016 10:27 AM

    This is why Minnesota should have built an outdoor stadium. Good old fashioned home field advantage. There’s a reason the Vikings were perennial winners before moving indoors. I can see Sherman now all covered up. It’s a shame we won’t get to see THAT face again if they lose.

  7. eagles1960 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:29 AM

    Hawks in trouble.

  8. halfie6 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    “The ball is going to be harder….”

    No, Coach Zimmer, there’s this thing called the Ideal Gas Law, perhaps you’ve heard of it….?

  9. patriotsdefense says: Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    How are they gonna keep the footballs within the 12.5 to 13.5 inflation range? Or will both the Vikings and Seahawks be forced to sacrifice a 1st round pick after the game?

  10. imodan says: Jan 7, 2016 10:34 AM

    Wouldn’t you love to know what the psi is in those footballs for that game? C’mon media, someone have the guts to actually test the psi in a few footballs, I dare you.

  11. iluvbears says: Jan 7, 2016 10:35 AM

    This game could be epic.

  12. Marsh1976 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:45 AM

    Why do people who don’t watch Seahawks’ games think Richard Sherman doesn’t like to tackle? He might not be the best tackler in the world (he’s kind of slight) but he’ll stick his nose in there with the best of them. I watch every Seahawks’ game played and I’ve never seen him back down from anyone. He’ll will at the very least do his best get a hold of a guy until help arrives but many times he is able to make the tackle all by himself. He always competes.

  13. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    Well, in Seattle they have the 12th man. We have something here also. The visitors bench on the shady side of the stadium. Enjoy the extra -20 chill Seahawks!

  14. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 AM

    I feel bad for the Seahawks – if they were smart they would just forfeit and spare themselves the humiliation of getting destroyed by the historic Vikings franchise, which obviously let Seattle win last time to trick Goodell into believing they are actually beatable. That way he doesn’t force them to break up their historically loaded roster for fear of it being too dominant.

    You see, several NFL front offices have agreed that the current Vikings roster is so loaded with talent that even if aliens invaded Earth, sent down an alien football team with the talent of 37 AFC Pro Bowl rosters concentrated into one team, and challenged Earth to play them – with the aliens getting to destroy the planet if they win, and the aliens leaving us alone if Earth wins – the historic Vikings franchise would not only show their mind-blowing heroism and bravery by stepping up and accepting the challenge, but they would manhandle the aliens so easily that the Vikings’ third-stringers would be mopping up by the end of the first half. Mankind would be saved by the historic Vikings – they are THAT good.

    Good luck Seattle, lol.

  15. jvw1982 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 AM

    I guess the Viking thought they would be in the new stadium before a home playoff game in January, shouldn’t be playing in that type of cold, who would want to go to the game, when you can watch from your warm living room…

  16. boido says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 AM

    halfie6 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM
    “The ball is going to be harder….”

    No, Coach Zimmer, there’s this thing called the Ideal Gas Law, perhaps you’ve heard of it….?
    ——————————————————————

    He’s not talking about the inflation/deflation. In that extreme cold the leather itself freezes and becomes far less pliable, making it harder to handle.

    Also, I think you’re mean to invoke Boyles law explicitly in this scenario, not the more inclusive Ideal Gas Law, but that’s nit picking isn’t it?

  17. granadafan says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 AM

    I always find games more fun to watch when there’s so much snow, you can barely see the field. Of course I’m watching from the warmth of my home or in a bar.

  18. fwippel says: Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    The way the so-called sports media experts are pontificating, it sounds like it’s pointless for the Vikings to even show up for this game, as everyone thinks it is going to be repeat of the game five weeks ago.

    Nary a mention will you hear from these self-appointed experts about Seattle’s game two weeks ago, when they lost, at home, to a sub .500 Rams team that just out-muscled them, and Russel Wilson was outplayed by Case Keenum.

    Outside of that Rams game, the Seahawks are playing the best football in the NFL over the past two months. However, they are not infallible, and assuming this game is going to be another route is quite presumptuous. I can’t remember ever seeing so little respect given to a team which finished the season as an 11-5 division title winner.

  19. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    If either team is afraid to pass the ball because of the cold, that team will lose. I would come out throwing short, quick passes. After you’ve established that you’re not afraid to pass, you can start pounding them with the run.

    But I know Norv is going to call runs on the first two downs. He can’t help himself.

  20. mediasloppy says: Jan 7, 2016 11:01 AM

    For the coming article around game time you should just title it “Winters Coming” and show a White Walker King on a horse. The fans watching the game shall be known as the “Nights Watch”

  21. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 7, 2016 11:03 AM

    halfie6 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 10:31 AM

    “The ball is going to be harder….”

    No, Coach Zimmer, there’s this thing called the Ideal Gas Law, perhaps you’ve heard of it….?
    __________

    The amount of air in the ball is not the only determinant of how hard the ball is. Anyone who has played in the cold knows a frozen ball is harder than a warm ball.

  22. funshipm174 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:07 AM

    What the Vikings should do is keep replaying the Russell Wilson Super Bowl losing interception on the Big screen all day!

  23. funshipm174 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:09 AM

    Steve Marriucci and Tony Dungy said there is no offense that wouldn’t be slowed down by the conditions Sunday.
    This game will game down to special teams and Turnovers (which are about 5 per game in this weather).

  24. tvguy22 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:22 AM

    It’s mostly the sissies in the media making a big deal out of it.

  25. Norseman says: Jan 7, 2016 11:26 AM

    The Vikings-Seahawks game will be played in extreme cold (sub-zero windchill) weather.

    In the 5 extreme cold weather playoff games played previously:

    – 4 of the 5 were very close- 4 points or less margin or victory

    – 3 of the 5 were decided on the last play or overtime

    – Cold weather climate teams won 4 of the 5 games

    – Pre-game favorites won only 2 of the 5 games. The heaviest favorites both lost

    – The team with the fewest turnovers won every game, with one game (the Ice Bowl) both teams had the same number of turnovers.

    People predicting a Seattle blow-out would do well to consider these facts.

  26. Marsh1976 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:39 AM

    People using science and saying the ball will deflate in the cold weather have obviously never actually played football in cold weather. I grew up in Washington and it gets cold here but never as cold as Minnesota and even here the ball gets hard and it feels bigger and slippier when it is cold out. They will do their best to keep the balls warm on Sunday but no matter how hard they try, they will be playing with a big, hard, slippery football. That is just how it works.

  27. fwippel says: Jan 7, 2016 11:40 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    …But I know Norv is going to call runs on the first two downs. He can’t help himself.
    ======================================

    Like you, I am so tired of Norv’s predictability. I was ready to throw something at the TV last Sunday night. Everyone likes to call out Teddy Bridgewater for not having a good game against the Packers on Sunday. Well, what do they expect when the defense knows what’s coming, and the only time passes are called is on third and long? It took Norv until the second half to actually start mixing up his play-calling.

    If the Vikings are going to put any points on the board this time, their best chance is to come out throwing, make the Seattle defense respect the pass, and then start pounding the ball when the safeties are out of the box. Bridgewater will be fine; it’s Turner I’m worried about. He needs to start trusting his quarterback.

  28. RegisHawk says: Jan 7, 2016 11:52 AM

    LOL at all the butt-hurt Pats-apologists. Grow up. Your boy cheated.

  29. purpleguy says: Jan 7, 2016 12:26 PM

    Sounds like the sun will be out, and the Hawks will be on the shady, more wind-exposed, and thus much colder side of the field — so it will be interesting to see if that makes any difference.

    Really it will probably come down to which team’s QB and special teams comes through. The Vikes may have a slight special teams edge (yeah I know the Hawks punt returner is good), but it’s pretty clear Wilson is better and more experienced in big games than Teddy. Teddy’s gonna have to play better than he has all year to win this game.

  30. dukeearl says: Jan 7, 2016 12:28 PM

    Funniest part is that part of Washington is currently buried in snow with the same chill factors that they will be seeing in Minnesota.
    Have Viking fans ever heard about the Cascade Mountains?
    I use to work up there in winter. It does freeze.. .it does have wind chill. I’d rather work in -10 degrees than 30-40 degree rainy weather any day. If you don’t understand why, you shouldn’t post.
    People in Washington are more used to cold weather than people think.

  31. seehawksgo says: Jan 7, 2016 12:36 PM

    Norseman says:
    – Cold weather climate teams won 4 of the 5 games
    ————————————————————-
    You do realize Seattle is a cold weather climate, right? Maybe not as cold as Minnesota, but it’s not like they’re an indoor or southern team.

    Also, neither team practices in sub freezing temps.

  32. abninf says: Jan 7, 2016 12:38 PM

    They should hire The Deflator to prep the balls for the cold.

  33. atthemurph says: Jan 7, 2016 1:04 PM

    Is this the next built in Vikings excuse?

    “It was too cold and this team was built for the new Dumpty Dome. Just wait until we get on turf!”

  34. minson15 says: Jan 7, 2016 1:05 PM

    It’s really funny to read all the Viking fans comments about how cold its going to be and how they’re going have all their defensive players back on the field for this game…..Well just so you know most of the Viking Players haven’t played in this tempature either so the cold is going to affect them just as much as the Seahawks, and I’m not sure if the Viking fans even watched the last game but it wasn’t the defense that really lost the game for them. The offense (who had all the regular starters on the field) is what flopped.

  35. stellarperformance says: Jan 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    The best way a fan can show support is to be there in-person for a game like this. The die-hards will be there. Think about it……..if the players are playing in these God-awful conditions for your entertainment, the least you can do is share in the misery. I have to assume the Packer-hating trolls that spout big-talk on this site will be at home. Safe bet.

  36. aavengern7 says: Jan 7, 2016 4:17 PM

    The weather all by itself will be an added opponent. Like Seattle’s 12 man, “Old Man Winter” is a tough one. If Petterson is running well it’s going to be tough on the Hawks.

  37. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2016 4:28 PM

    Nothing is more funny than a Seattle resident telling Minnesota people that “Seattle is a cold weather city”. Ya, compared to California!!!

    43-48 degrees every single day in January in Seattle. You know what Minnesotans call that? Late spring.

    But wait! It’s raining in Seattle and 40 degrees. You know what Minnesotans call that? June evening weather.

    By the way, that -10 degree weather coming in Sunday is with 74% humidity, so don’t respond that Seattle gets “cold rain and humidity”.

    Come back to me when you’re tailgating in Seattle and you almost wet yourself because your hands are so cold and numb that you can’t work your zipper. Or when your eyelashes have icicles hanging off them. Or when you’re holding a beercicle in your choppers. Or when school and work is canceled because of dangerous wind chills. Or when you have to plug in your car every night.

  38. Marsh1976 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:55 PM

    “Nothing is more funny than a Seattle resident telling Minnesota people that “Seattle is a cold weather city”. Ya, compared to California!!!”

    Very few of the Seahawks players are from Washington and very few of the Vikings are from Minnesota so that’s all kind of irrelevant isn’t it?

    I’ve been in the 40 below weather of salaske in January and 0 and below weather of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri through the entire winter. But the coldest I’ve ever been in my life is 35 to 40 degrees and raining at Fort Lewis, Washington. Once you are wet there is no way to warm up and hypothermia is coming on fast.

    None of the football players on either team will be doing what you would call cold weather survival for 3 hours on Sunday afternoon, I think they’ll fine. This is 2016 on 1976.

  39. skawh says: Jan 7, 2016 6:56 PM

    Here’s what I’d like to see. Just one of you trash talking, never won anything, Vikings fans have the class to return here come Sunday afternoon AFTER Seattle hands you ANOTHER butt whopping!

    This is NOT the GB Packers…This is the Seahawks! Go HAWKS!!!

  40. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2016 7:52 PM

    Marsh1976
    Jan 7, 2016, 4:55 PM CST
    “Nothing is more funny than a Seattle resident telling Minnesota people that “Seattle is a cold weather city”. Ya, compared to California!!!”

    Very few of the Seahawks players are from Washington and very few of the Vikings are from Minnesota so that’s all kind of irrelevant isn’t it?
    ——–
    No. It is relevant. Because the Vikings players live in MN for at least 6 months out of the year. In winter. You simply can’t know what real cold weather is like by living in Seattle.

  41. conormacleod says: Jan 7, 2016 8:02 PM

    fwippel
    Jan 7, 2016, 10:40 AM CST
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 7, 2016 11:00 AM

    …But I know Norv is going to call runs on the first two downs. He can’t help himself.
    ======================================

    Like you, I am so tired of Norv’s predictability. I was ready to throw something at the TV last Sunday night. Everyone likes to call out Teddy Bridgewater for not having a good game against the Packers on Sunday. Well, what do they expect when the defense knows what’s coming, and the only time passes are called is on third and long? It took Norv until the second half to actually start mixing up his play-calling.
    ——-
    The Vikings called 24 runs and 23 passes last week. Sounds like a balanced offense to me. On first down, they had 14 runs vs 7 passes. And after a slow start, the running attack was very productive. And that was with the lead.

    My problem is, people “think” they know exactly what’s going to be called. But looking at the actual play calls tells a different story. Also, just because you say “a run is coming”, doesn’t mean you know the play call. Inside run? Outside? Play action run? Blocking schemes?

    If only calling plays were actually so easy in the NFL, we could all quit our day jobs and win Superbowls for our favorite teams.

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