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Vikings will have the warmer sideline in Sunday’s bitter cold

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach Mike Zimmer greets Anthony Barr #55 of the Minnesota Vikings pregame against the New York Giants on December 27, 2015 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Getty Images

When the Vikings agreed to play two seasons at outdoor TCF Bank Stadium while their new dome is being constructed, they made a strategic decision to choose the sideline that had more sunshine as the designated home sideline. That decision may pay off on Sunday.

With forecasts calling for a “soul-crushingly cold” day when the Seahawks and Vikings meet, it’s worth noting that the Vikings specifically chose their home sideline with games like that in mind.

Just before they first played at TCF Bank Stadium in the 2014 preseason, the Vikings announced that they would designate the north sideline as the home sideline. That didn’t sit well with some fans who had already bought their season tickets under the assumption that the Vikings would use the south sideline, as the Minnesota Golden Gophers do. But the Vikings said that the shadow cast by the press box and club seats in the south end of the stadium makes the south sideline colder than the north sideline.

Kickoff is just after noon with the sun overhead, but as the day goes on, the Seahawks’ sideline will be shaded, while the Vikings remain in the sunlight. Both sidelines will be cold, but the Seahawks’ will be a little colder.

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  1. jacktatum32 says: Jan 9, 2016 7:43 AM

    I guess it’s nice to be a little warmer when ur getting ur azz kicked.

    I’d love to see the Vikings win, I’m a big Mike Zimmer fan, but I just don’t see it this time around–not yet.

  2. folkcrusader says: Jan 9, 2016 7:43 AM

    All the easier to see Teddy’s tears as the day wears on.

  3. redeemerac says: Jan 9, 2016 7:46 AM

    LOL!

  4. vikingforlife says: Jan 9, 2016 7:49 AM

    Do you know those asses on ESPN are so in favor of the Seahawks winning that one of their “talking heads” actually said, “So what, do the players play on the sideline?” Meaning it wouldn’t give the Vikings any kind of advantage in this game. I mean really, what do they have against the Minnesota Vikings???? They have picked against them this entire season, so why should this be any different?? I guess beating one of their “chosen ones” (Rodgers) when they also picked the Packers to win last Sunday, really ticked a lot of them off, huh?? Lose some $$$$??? that’s my guess. Anyway, I can’t wait for all of them to eat their words, AGAIN!!!! Oh wait, they didn’t, they just skimmed over our victory last week like usual. I should stop watching that crap like my husband advises, it only raises my blood pressure. Anyway, GO VIKINGS!!! SKOL!!! MAY EVERY NORSE GOD BE WITH YOU ON SUNDAY FOR YOUR VICTORY!!!!

  5. marvin1958 says: Jan 9, 2016 7:51 AM

    I am really looking forward to watching this game.

    Go Vikings.

    Go Packers!!

  6. chawkup says: Jan 9, 2016 7:54 AM

    Good. The Vikings will have no excuses when they get crushed tomorrow.

  7. vikingfan23 says: Jan 9, 2016 8:01 AM

    Actually, that sideline might be in the shade all game.

    The Vikes think they get an 8 degree advantage. I also have to think there is a psychological advantage as well. Even when it is really cold like that, being in the sun helps.

    Not saying this is going to make a huge difference, but if there is an advantage, it goes to Minnesota.

  8. nachofacefakeindian says: Jan 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    Hail to the Redskins

  9. packerssuckcheese says: Jan 9, 2016 8:17 AM

    That’s what you get when you win your division and get home field advantage! Hope it makes a difference as the crap Hawks are 1-6 below 10 degree weather!

  10. iownyou2 says: Jan 9, 2016 8:20 AM

    It’s to bad the university is so stupid that they built their stadium in the wrong direction. Stadiums are always built north-south not east-west like TCF. The visiting sideline hasn’t been hit by sun since October. Real smart group at that University.

  11. jimnsota says: Jan 9, 2016 8:29 AM

    Russ better use a little less sol glo that stuff isn’t ment for below 32 degrees.

  12. lgw91s says: Jan 9, 2016 8:30 AM

    Begs the question, why wouldn’t the Gophers choose that sideline?

  13. whatjusthapped says: Jan 9, 2016 8:34 AM

    When you advance as far as making to the NFL, toughness is a given. Do you mean to suggest a few degrees difference is going to yield any advantage to any player?

    This is much ado about nothing. This is the press trying to find something to talk about it. As far as a factor for the game, its the same number as the Viking’s Championships, which is to say, ZERO.

  14. j0esixpack says: Jan 9, 2016 8:45 AM

    I’m sure they’ll be taking the footballs and warming them up for a better grip like they always do

    Sure they’ll get a stern warning from Goodell but it’s worth the tongue lashing from the league if they win

  15. wallabear says: Jan 9, 2016 8:48 AM

    A.P., he cane’t run with no stiff knees (re: Bitter Cold!) lol

    Team Purple: 10
    Seahacks [sic]: 27

  16. johnodocks says: Jan 9, 2016 8:49 AM

    That’s just part of the home field advantage they earned by their seeding, just like the Pats advantage of knowing the best room in their stadium for deflating footballs after they’ve already been checked.

  17. chris6523 says: Jan 9, 2016 8:52 AM

    The bigger question I have for the game is when the homer dome buckled in 2010 this field was as hard as a rock because it didn’t have a radiant heat source under the playing surface. The reason was it was built as a college stadium and it’s latest use would be around the end of November, so very few games would be played on a frozen surface. I am curious to know if that is still the case or if the field were retrofitted when it was determined that the Vikings were going to end up playing 2 seasons of home games in that stadium.

  18. lehooper says: Jan 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    Players are in the cold for only 45 minutes at a time, no biggie

  19. kamthechancellor says: Jan 9, 2016 8:55 AM

    It doesn’t matter. The field is heated. There will be heaters on the sidelines. Only the fans will freeze.

  20. Della Street says: Jan 9, 2016 8:57 AM

    ohnodocks says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:49 AM
    That’s just part of the home field advantage they earned by their seeding, just like the Pats advantage of knowing the best room in their stadium for deflating footballs after they’ve already been checked.

    ______________

    Then please explain why 3 of 4 Colts’ balls were also under regulation. I’ll wait.

  21. MostlyRight says: Jan 9, 2016 8:58 AM

    There’s football this weekend? And zero degree temps?!

    -Cardinal’s fan, waking up to a beautiful sunrise, at peace, not habitually checking WalterFootball’s mock draft updates. Thank you God. Thank you Bruce Arians.

  22. sansbushman says: Jan 9, 2016 9:00 AM

    Sea Hawks are pomarine skua in the osprey family cannot live in sub-zero inland.

  23. nflfan62 says: Jan 9, 2016 9:06 AM

    Big ten doesn’t play home games past November

  24. iluvbears says: Jan 9, 2016 9:14 AM

    It’ll be fun to knock the Hawks out of the playoffs on Sunday. SKOL!

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2016 9:16 AM

    If the Pats did this there’d be 500 comments claiming it was somehow “cheating”

    The Vikings are just going to blatantly heat their balls in front of gas heaters knowing they won’t be punished by the league anyway

    nfl double standard

    Roger Goodell’s National Integrity League

    Goodell is vile

    Goodell must go

  26. ickky says: Jan 9, 2016 9:17 AM

    its Going to be 0F in early January. The sun has no power here.

  27. grandsonofcoach says: Jan 9, 2016 9:19 AM

    LOL. I live in Minnesota. When it’s zero the sun doesn’t matter. You just deal with it.

  28. pficc says: Jan 9, 2016 9:23 AM

    Sidelinegate

  29. quinzze says: Jan 9, 2016 9:39 AM

    Kerosene heaters not gas heaters is what the Vikings and Panthers where using if you want to be technical. But no matter what the fuel is the NFL won’t take first round draft picks away from either team for tampering with the footballs on liveTV, but if your the Patriots and you make a mockery of the leagues desire for parity all it takes is an accusation. Stay warm football fans and may the best team win.

  30. gettingzygiwithit says: Jan 9, 2016 9:39 AM

    I’ve sat on the south and north sides of this stadium. Will never attend a winter game on the south side again. It’s unbearable, poorly designed stadium.

    It will feel over 10 degrees warmer in the sun, especially with a darker jersey. Those who give opinions that belittle the effect of bitter cold, have never felt the bitter cold.

    Talk is cheap, wait til the Seahawks feel what below zero does to your body and mind.

    If they get down early this could be a blowout.

    31-14. Vikings

  31. jr4real says: Jan 9, 2016 9:40 AM

    pficc says:
    Jan 9, 2016 9:23 AM
    Sidelinegate

    ———–

    Time for a complete investigation!!

  32. dabearssss says: Jan 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    Welcome back, Packer fans! How’s the hangover?

  33. vikinguy says: Jan 9, 2016 9:42 AM

    The BIGGER issue is the NW wind which will
    blow over the top of the Vikings and right at
    the Seahawk bench.

  34. 33vikes says: Jan 9, 2016 9:44 AM

    To answer the question above, the Vikings paid for an underground heating system for the field before last season.

  35. weepingjebus says: Jan 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    I don’t understand this weather fixation given that the Seahawks are so doped up with PEDs that they’re immune to the cold. I bet they could play this game underwater just by holding their breath for a few hours.

  36. dabearssss says: Jan 9, 2016 9:50 AM

    Interesting how a number of our friends from Wisconsin are suggesting (in several threads) that the Vikings are stupid for not throwing last week’s game, in order to avoid the Seahawks. Is that how the game is played in Green Bay? Now that I think about it, maybe that is what the Pack had in mind the second half of the season.

    I have no idea about who will win tomorrow, but regardless of the outcome, it has been a great season for the Vikings. Thanks, Mike Zimmer et al., for making football fun again in Minnesota. Let’s win tomorrow and play another one next week.

  37. thirdand43 says: Jan 9, 2016 9:53 AM

    Idea for a new Russell Wilson headphones commercial:
    “Russell Wilson freezing his nards off. Who’s that bad man freezing his nards off? That’s Russell Wilson freezing his nards off.”

  38. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Freezing cold, 10am body clock start time, no Beast, and a coach in Pete Carroll who has a routine tendency to choke in the most critical moment in the biggest games? I’ll take the home team and the points

  39. getadealdonealready says: Jan 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    iownyou2 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:20 AM
    It’s to bad the university is so stupid that they built their stadium in the wrong direction. Stadiums are always built north-south not east-west like TCF. The visiting sideline hasn’t been hit by sun since October. Real smart group at that University.

    —————————————————–

    Stadium wasn’t built with the intent of having home games in past mid-oct at the latest. Having sat on both sides in all weather, I’d prefer the shaded side in the fall, sunny side in the winter.

  40. bonniebengal says: Jan 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    Vikes will win today.

  41. bonniebengal says: Jan 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    Vikes will win tomorrow.

  42. rosstuckershair says: Jan 9, 2016 10:07 AM

    For those who question the the wisdom of the Minnesota Gophers using the opposite sideline…Ask yourself…Is there a college game being played at this time of year in the upper midwest?

    Nope…the season ends long before this weather hits…

    Zimmer made a smart choice when he first visited the stadium to chose the opposite sideline the college team uses…The NFL mantra..”You win in December” when it is cold for Minnesota home games. What coach wouldn’t take advantage of that?

  43. shlort says: Jan 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    I live in the upper Midwest. The sun doesn’t matter when it is near zero and colder. You cannot feel the heat from the sun unless it is mid teens to freezing outside. The sun doesn’t have the power to burn through arctic air.

    The game should have been moved to the north pole. I guess it is above freezing up there. Apparently the cold winter air comes from somewhere other than the polar regions.😁

  44. smokehouse56 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:08 AM

    nachofacefakeindian says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:11 AM

    Hail to the Redskins
    ————————————————

    Classic snotty juvenile troll.

  45. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    I truly believe that there is one man on the field tomorrow between the 2 teams that wants it the most. Means EVERYTHING to him.He is giving 110%. He has the skills to make the win happen.He has his defensive tools back to get the job done. His name is Mike Zimmer.

  46. nflpoker says: Jan 9, 2016 10:18 AM

    The only difference is having your car in the sun when it gets cold. It helps when you get in, but only so much.

    -Minnesotan

  47. gtodriver says: Jan 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    When Marshawn Lynch learned of this fact, he told Pete Carroll that he wasn’t up to playing on Sunday.

    Seriously, anyone that has spent any time in seriously cold weather knows the warming effects of the sun.

    Just like being in the shade in the summer time allow your body relief from extreme heat, being in the sun in the winter gives you relief from the bitter cold.

    I’ve been outside in -64 air temps (not windchill) – and trust me – I’d rather be in the sun.

    I’ve also been outside in -135 wind chill – and trust me – I’d rather be in a less windy area.

  48. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 9, 2016 10:25 AM

    kamthechancellor says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:55 AM
    It doesn’t matter. The field is heated. There will be heaters on the sidelines. Only the fans will freeze.
    ——————————
    The field is heated and covered initially to hold in the heat. But once uncovered, even though heated, with the extreme cold air it WILL cool down and harden. It’s like standing on a floor with radiant heat but a door is open letting in frigid air. The floor won’t stay warm.

  49. worldizending says: Jan 9, 2016 10:27 AM

    I am an AFC guy with no horse in this race…but I see a Viking upset in the making.

  50. ajgreenhof says: Jan 9, 2016 10:28 AM

    This is the way games in MINNESOTA need to be.

    It’s to their advantage idk why they had a dome.

  51. conormacleod says: Jan 9, 2016 10:32 AM

    I officially give all players permission to wear sleeves. Even the big fat guys. I promise not to think less of them. It’s like, what, -10 with wind chill right now? And today’s not even the cold day this week!!

  52. lscottman3 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:48 AM

    Lunch isn’t playing because he knows it’s too cold for him

    Watch for a lot of fumbles on handoffs
    Cold hands not conducive to good grip no matter how soft the ball gets

    Wilson will run and hit tat frozen turf and wish he was never born

    Vikings by 17

  53. jssebastian2014 says: Jan 9, 2016 10:58 AM

    This game will be great. Not often Seattle gets to play against it’s farm team twice in one season.

  54. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 9, 2016 11:01 AM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:
    Jan 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Freezing cold, 10am body clock start time, no Beast, and a coach in Pete Carroll who has a routine tendency to choke in the most critical moment in the biggest games? I’ll take the home team and the points
    ======

    Routinely chokes.

    LOL

    Only back to back SBs.

    49er fan no less.

  55. burtreynoldstoupee says: Jan 9, 2016 11:12 AM

    I’ve lived in Minnesota all my life and went to one of those bitterly cold Viking playoff games at the Met when the Vikings defeated to the Cowboys to go to their last Super Bowl. Anyone who says cold won’t be a factor because “Seattle gets down to 33 degrees” simply has no idea what temperatures near or below zero do to you. The add some wind – it’s a nightmare. It’ll literally take your breath away when you first enter it but when you adjust to that you think, “Not too bad….” But that kind of cold is a totally different cold than anything else you’ve experienced. After 10 minutes it starts to creep into your hands and feet and then into your body. Soon, all you can think about is getting inside somewhere to get warm. Do you ever get used to it? No, but if you experience it enough you know how to psychologically deal with it. It was a major reason the Vikings in the 1970s would beat sometimes superior teams from warmer regions (ask Rams players from that era) in the playoffs. This does not guarantee a Viking win, but it will certainly be a factor in the game.

  56. var8rgrrl says: Jan 9, 2016 11:13 AM

    Bud Grant would have picked the shady side.

  57. rosstuckershair says: Jan 9, 2016 11:15 AM

    Back at the Met during the 60s and 70s…The Vikings waited until the sun blocked the sidelines for the opposite team. Jim Marshall said they used to chant “Odin..Odin..to the Vikings Statue that sat near the scoreboard…In a call to bring on the cold for their opponent…

    Their chief rival in the early 70s were the Rams for NFC supremacy. The Rams didn’t handle it too well…

  58. fartweasel says: Jan 9, 2016 11:17 AM

    For those not familiar with cold, meaning 0 degrees or below, the sun makes a huge difference. Just the little bit of warmth it provides will give the vikes players a better attitude.

    That said, both teams will be frozen. This game will come down to ball control. Turnovers will be huge.

    Go Vikes.

  59. ejmat2 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:24 AM

    j0esixpack says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:45 AM
    I’m sure they’ll be taking the footballs and warming them up for a better grip like they always do

    Sure they’ll get a stern warning from Goodell but it’s worth the tongue lashing from the league if they win
    ———————————
    Like they always do? If you are referring to the game against the Panthers maybe you should pay attention more. A couple days after that article came out they retracted the statement that the Vikings warmed their footballs. Nice try six pack!

  60. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 9, 2016 11:25 AM

    Waiting for their dome? They should be ashamed. Man up and play in the elements. Keep that northern advantage.

  61. MostlyRight says: Jan 9, 2016 11:28 AM

    I can’t wait to watch both teams be miserable and get beat up.

  62. rcknrog11 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:30 AM

    Wow, Seattle should have just turned the plane around went home. Apparently the Hawks can’t win in the cold. Vikings need a better plan than that. Good luck Vikings,

    Go Hawks!!!

  63. rosstuckershair says: Jan 9, 2016 11:35 AM

    When you advance as far as making to the NFL, toughness is a given. Do you mean to suggest a few degrees difference is going to yield any advantage to any player?

    This is much ado about nothing. This is the press trying to find something to talk about it. As far as a factor for the game, its the same number as the Viking’s Championships, which is to say, ZERO…

    I invite you to re-watch the 2007 NFC Championship game…Favre was a popsicle. I do need a refresher though whathappened. Can you post all the Super Bowl and Division Championships for the Packers again? It’s must be great to have memories of the 1940s to fall back on when the team is declining

  64. cardinalsfan20 says: Jan 9, 2016 11:36 AM

    It’s simply unnecessary to endanger the health of the players, fans, etc. Play the game in Detroit, make sure the Vikings fans get tickets.

  65. stellarperformance says: Jan 9, 2016 11:39 AM

    How many of the “usual suspects” from this site will be toughing it out in the cold? I can take a guess.

  66. jimmysee says: Jan 9, 2016 11:48 AM

    There will be nothing colder than Vikings fans disappointment Sunday evening.

  67. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 9, 2016 11:52 AM

    lgw91s says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:30 AM
    Begs the question, why wouldn’t the Gophers choose that sideline?
    ==============

    The college football regular season ends in the fall. Their last game this season was two days after Thanksgiving. The average high in November in Minneapolis is 41 degrees.

  68. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 9, 2016 11:54 AM

    Love Vikings’ fans…

    “Cold will make it difficult to hold onto the ball and to throw it. Advantage QB who is slow, with a weak arm and little hands.”

    FYI. Wilson has more TD passes in his last 11 games than Bridgewater has… in his career.

  69. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 9, 2016 12:01 PM

    Seahawks will slaughter these pretenders.

  70. realitylooms says: Jan 9, 2016 12:04 PM

    Vikings will lose but I would be happy to see them win. If Seattle wins, they are the team that can beat a Carolina team that will win the Superbowl. Whatever NFC team makes it will win it.

  71. adross47 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:07 PM

    I hope it’s cloudy so we don’t have to hear about it all game

  72. etp6166 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:12 PM

    The reason the Gophers use the other sideline is because it doesn’t matter as much during the college football season as the home football season is over by the middle of November. You aren’t really worried about it being negative wind chills at the time of the year. That’s why the “Russell Wilson played football at Wisconsin” stuff is meaningless…they don’t play college football in Wisconsin in January. It’s not cold like this when he played in Madison.

    The other thing people posting on this board are overlooking is that the Vikings this year are 13-3 against the spread. That’s why the professionals in Vegas are putting their money on the Vikings to cover. The only times the Vikings haven’t covered this year were the first game of the year at San Francisco….the first Packer game….and the game against Seattle. I don’t know if the Vikings are going to win or not….but I think they have a good shot at keeping it close…and in that case anything can happen.

    One last thing….to the Seattle fans who will be coming to watch….dress warm and in many layers….and make sure you have good boots….the weather is not going to be like anything you’ve experienced before.

  73. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    When you live in a cold climate your bodies change slowly.
    That is why on a cloudy cool day in the Summer when it hits 69 degrees people put on sweaters.
    In the early Spring if it hits 65 degrees people are out wearing shorts and tank tops up here!
    2 or 3 days does not give your body the chance to acclimate to the cold. It is going to be in the Seahawks Players heads, especially when they see the Vikings sideline in the Sun while they are in the shade. Even the play calling will be affected. The intense Cold will be about all they will be thinking about! and wanting the game to end!!
    THAT is why the Vikings had such a home win advantage until they were declawed and put inside.

  74. etp6166 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:16 PM

    At the old Met Stadium…..both teams were on the same sidelines…..

  75. realitycheckbaby says: Jan 9, 2016 12:17 PM

    bonniebengal says:
    Jan 9, 2016 9:59 AM

    Vikes will win today.
    ======

    But lose tomorrow.

  76. pinkmist4 says: Jan 9, 2016 12:25 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Jan 9, 2016 9:47 AM
    I don’t understand this weather fixation given that the Seahawks are so doped up with PEDs that they’re immune to the cold. I bet they could play this game underwater just by holding their breath for a few hours.

    Patriot fans are usually better informed than that. Check your team’s PED violations, right up there with the Hawks….

  77. fartweasel says: Jan 9, 2016 12:27 PM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Jan 9, 2016 11:54 AM

    Love Vikings’ fans…

    “Cold will make it difficult to hold onto the ball and to throw it. Advantage QB who is slow, with a weak arm and little hands.”

    FYI. Wilson has more TD passes in his last 11 games than Bridgewater has… in his career.
    *****
    That is exactly the point, the vikes win without a stellar QB, Seattle counts on Wilson to scramble and throw. The cold will affect that.

    Not saying the vikes will win, but the weather will definitely impact the Seattle offense.

    Seattle fans minimizing the impact of the cold have never played in 0 degree, -15 wind chill.

    Should be a great game.

  78. stellarperformance says: Jan 9, 2016 12:28 PM

    I want the Vikings to win. I’m as tired of the Seahawks as everyone else. They can do it.

  79. lavamachine says: Jan 9, 2016 12:30 PM

    Little Teddies small hands and weak arm will make for a multi turnover day.

    Remember the playoff game against the Giants….lol.

    Queens you are an embarrassment to the name Viking, but they do have a nice cruise line. Ha

    Get your purple tights and pigtails ready for a beat down.

  80. whatjusthapped says: Jan 9, 2016 12:44 PM

    rosstuckershair says:
    I invite you to re-watch the 2007 NFC Championship game…Favre was a popsicle. I do need a refresher though whathappened. Can you post all the Super Bowl and Division Championships for the Packers again? It’s must be great to have memories of the 1940s to fall back on when the team is declining

    ===========================
    I will watch it right after I get done re-watching the 2010 Superbowl, you know, the one that the Packers took home their 4th Lombardi trophy. Just remember that the 2007 Championship game was Favre’s last in a Packer uniform. I can’t get inside Ted Thompson’s head but his actions sure seem to suggest that the Packers firmly believed that Farve didn’t have what it takes to get over the hump, a less conclusion that was later verified again on Favre’s INT vs. the Saints as the Vikings were right on the verge of going to a Superbowl. Is that a recent enough memory for you?

  81. Chuck Wood says: Jan 9, 2016 12:45 PM

    After Saturday evening… all will become right with the universe… as, like usual, the Packers season will extend further than the Vikings. I’m not saying the Packers are good this season, as clearly- they are not themselves as of late. However- as a Packer fan who is used to having his team win consistently- I am not delusional. Once we beat Washington, as I fully expect, I’m man enough to admit that we will not have a fighting chance against Arizona the following week. I am rooting for the Vikes against Seattle, so the Pack can go to Carolina next weekend, but as I see it- the Vikings have done nothing for me to believe they have a fighting chance against Seattle. You can hope on the weather having a factor, but it all comes down to playing football. Seattle, as much as I loathe them, is in a zone and peaking. Minnesota- not so much. Good luck to both teams… should be fun to watch.

  82. v2787 says: Jan 9, 2016 1:06 PM

    I live in the Minneapolis area and have been to games at TCF Bank Stadium many times. The Seahawks’ sideline is going to be in the shade and it gets REALLY cold on that side of the field, I can tell you. They’d better have their heaters warmed up because they’re going to need ’em.

    My hope is that AP can actually hang on the football in the bitter cold weather. He has a problem with fumbling anyway, and the cold isn’t going to help. If Peterson can keep from fumbling, Bridgewater can complete some passes, and the Viking defense can somehow contain Russell Wilson and Beast Mode, the Vikes have a shot at winning the game. I’d love to see that happen. Go Vikes.

  83. stepheninportland says: Jan 9, 2016 1:12 PM

    Like most cold weather games, I think it will come down to the stronger defense, and while the Vikings have three starters back that were missing in the last match-up, and home field advantage ( in that the weather will be a few degrees less brutal), and despite the, ahem, somewhat inclement general weather conditions, I believe the Seahawks still have a decided edge in that department.

    The cold will affect both teams to some degree (see what I did there?) but they are all grown-ass men who get paid a ton of money, and they all know this is a one-and-done situation, so I trust everyone on both sides will suck it up and play the game.

    I believe the key to the game will be Russell Wilson’s ability to scramble and keep plays alive, and keep moving the chains. He runs smart, and knows how to protect himself, and routinely tears the heart out of opposing defenses with those abilities.

    No knock on the Vikings. They won their division and Bridgewater has a good and productive career ahead of him, but he does not possess the same skill set as Russell Wilson, who is playing lights out right now and steadily improving every year, He is in my moderately Homerish opinion, a top 5 QB right now, and I wouldn’t trade him for any other QB in the league if I had the choice.

    Good luck to your Vikings (up to a certain point) and heres hoping everyone walks off the field unassisted.

    GO HAWKS!

  84. trollhammer20 says: Jan 9, 2016 1:12 PM

    Both teams love to run the ball, which keeps the clock moving and leads to a shorter game time.

    The team that runs, and stops the run, better, will win the game tomorrow.

  85. luvhatepeace says: Jan 9, 2016 1:20 PM

    ridiculous… I doubt the quarterback, who played quite well in a cold state in nearby Wisconsin, is going to pretend he isn’t a phenom and let a little cold air ruin him in the first round against an unproven brat-pack… The Vikings haven’t proven anything and adrenaline is a powerful force in the hands of a proven team… As for the Vikings, I am going to be on your side because I belong to the state of Minnesota… Just enough with this cowering about how a better team is going to lose their way because of the cold… It’s a dang cold path to a Super-Bowl and proven teams know this well!!!!!!!

  86. wafflestomp says: Jan 9, 2016 1:25 PM

    Look, my opinions are my opinions during the course of the NFL offseason/season and I like to have some fun at the expense of the Vikings sometimes delusional fan base.

    But, this is the NFL postseason and I firmly believe in a small quantity of NFC North divisional love.

    And as far fetched as it may seem, I would love to see a 3rd matchup between our teams.
    So, good luck to the Vikes tomorrow, I sincerely hope you take down the Hawks.
    Go Pack! I know we still have a puncher’s chance in the playoffs.
    (It may help that I hate Pete Carroll and the Seahawks as much as any team in football.)

  87. purpleguy says: Jan 9, 2016 1:26 PM

    The cold obviously will have an equal physical impact on both teams, but the difference is that extreme cold hurts the passing game, which the Hawks rely upon more than the Vikes. Also, the Hawks took pretty significant advantage of the Vikes having 3 safeties out last game, which again is different. This doesn’t guarantee a Vikes win by any means, but I suspect the game will be closer this time. Can’t wait to freeze my posterior off tomorrow!

  88. lavamachine says: Jan 9, 2016 1:26 PM

    Queens vs Saints, and your best chance at a Superbowl was a QB we decided was on the downside of his career. Queens players go to be Heidi’s as desperation or the last stop, or in the case of Patterson, he’s so dumb no one would want him.

    Thanks for being in the NFC North your great entertainment….purple pukes!

    Russel Wilson aka former Wisconsin Badger will show you what a franchise QB is.

    Raynor says your an embarrassment to the name Viking!

  89. pantherpro says: Jan 9, 2016 1:38 PM

    Seagags go down again!

  90. allight59 says: Jan 9, 2016 1:47 PM

    Can’t wait to have a conversation with lavamachine tomorrow, late afternoon….oh wait, he’ll be hiding and off social media until Seattle wins a play off game, which might be a few years….

  91. h0metownzero says: Jan 9, 2016 1:48 PM

    I suspect a Bridgewater collapse is inevitable.

  92. jmethane says: Jan 9, 2016 1:54 PM

    -Cardinal’s fan, waking up to a beautiful sunrise, at peace, not habitually checking WalterFootball’s mock draft updates. Thank you God. Thank you Bruce Arians.
    ——–

    You aren’t at peace stop lying. Your team just got CLUBBED at home by the team that you fear the most. You are here because you are hoping somehow minna can take Seattle out before they come back to AZ and ruin your season.

    Keep pretending that the cards somehow didn’t care about beating a diverse rival at home going into the playoffs. Subliminally you know you saw your first string getting beat down and it scares you.

    And haha at the lone minna fan that said it could be a blowout for the home team. Apparently the sun team will be warm and the shade team will be cold? Please…

    Psychology is a funny thing. Something like COLD can bring such hope from those who ultimately know better.

  93. pinkmist4 says: Jan 9, 2016 2:02 PM

    I love defense, and have a lot of respect for Coach Zimmer, so it’s hard to talk trash about the Vikings. That said, all this cold weather nonsense is gonna get mocked mercilessly tomorrow should they lose…..

  94. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 9, 2016 2:04 PM

    It’ll be nice to shut up the 12s til august. Seattle is going to have an awfully cold plane ride home. Thanks again for Steve Hutchinson!

  95. rosstuckershair says: Jan 9, 2016 2:09 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 9, 2016 12:44 PM
    rosstuckershair says:
    I invite you to re-watch the 2007 NFC Championship game…Favre was a popsicle. I do need a refresher though whathappened. Can you post all the Super Bowl and Division Championships for the Packers again? It’s must be great to have memories of the 1940s to fall back on when the team is declining

    ===========================
    I will watch it right after I get done re-watching the 2010 Superbowl, you know, the one that the Packers took home their 4th Lombardi trophy. Just remember that the 2007 Championship game was Favre’s last in a Packer uniform. I can’t get inside Ted Thompson’s head but his actions sure seem to suggest that the Packers firmly believed that Farve didn’t have what it takes to get over the hump, a less conclusion that was later verified again on Favre’s INT vs. the Saints as the Vikings were right on the verge of going to a Superbowl. Is that a recent enough memory for you?

    Thats kinda boring and longer ago…I just watched the Giants Packers 2011 Divisional Game…That lambasting was a recent memory, as was 2014 for the Green Bay Packers. Kinda looking the same in 2015 doesn’t it?

    As for the Vikings, I am thrilled with their growth in 2 years. Win or lose, it has been a great year with a Divisional Championship. It is more than I expected. The Vikings are not there yet, but under Zimmer…they will be…and soon

  96. arvinkp says: Jan 9, 2016 2:39 PM

    That’s a myth. I live in Fairbanks. AK where the temperature drop to -50F and I can tell you that the sun’s ultraviolet rays actually push cold air downward. While those on the side with more light may actually be a bit colder. Also, we play hockey outside when it’s -20f outside and the players will be fine. It’s the coaches and the back-ups that will be standing around most of the game that will be suffering.

  97. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    If you look back at most of the Super Bowl games you will see that the vast majority have about a 23 year trip to it.
    Most people didn’t expect the Vikings to be over 9-7 this year and none expected them to win the Division.
    If Minnesota wins it will just be gravy to a team that was 3-13 just a few short years ago.
    Every Vikings fan knows this team isn’t done rebuilding yet, their peak will come in about 2 years.
    It took 2 solid drafts to fix the Defense, next is Offense.
    I was happy to see the team shut up one franchises fans this year, Seahawks are next.
    It probably wont be this year, but remember there were several decades of you licking boots to get a good team, and like the Packers, you will regret your arrogance in the future!

  98. absodefinitely says: Jan 9, 2016 3:28 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 9, 2016 8:34 AM
    When you advance as far as making to the NFL, toughness is a given. Do you mean to suggest a few degrees difference is going to yield any advantage to any player?

    This is much ado about nothing. This is the press trying to find something to talk about it. As far as a factor for the game, its the same number as the Viking’s Championships, which is to say, ZERO.
    ———————————————————————————–

    For years the media made a fuss about how hard it would be for other teams to win in the cold at Lambeau Field. I mean, that’s all you would hear about leading up to a cold weather game there late in the year. Didn’t seem to bother any Packers fans how much was made about it. It’s only being talked about because it’s forecasted to be one of the ten coldest playoff games of all time. I don’t really care about the weather, just want the Vikings to play their best and let everything else take care of itself.

  99. twincities90210 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:39 PM

    The Vikings did a test last season and there is a 20 degree difference inn temperature between the two. Enjoy Seahawks!

    Also, Alex Smith in gematria equals 666.

  100. didyoujustsaythatdude says: Jan 9, 2016 4:13 PM

    Weather (haha) you believe it or not cold temperatures do have an effect on the game. It may be an advantage for the Vikings as they have played and won the last 2 games with temps 14 degrees or colder. Is it enough of an advantage to make the high flying Seahawks crap themselves, I would say no. As a Vikings fan I hope it is a good game and they represent themselves well. Smart money is still on the Seahawks. Congrats to the winner in advance!

    GO VIKES

  101. randywoodfield says: Jan 9, 2016 4:29 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Jan 9, 2016 1:48 PM
    I suspect a Bridgewater collapse is inevitable.
    ———————————
    I see my fellow Packer fan is making fun of an actual bridge collapsing where people died. To that all I can say is I am disappointed that he beat me to it.

  102. stellarperformance says: Jan 9, 2016 4:42 PM

    The loudest mouths on this site will be occupying the warmest couches at game time.

    They should be at the game. Like their fathers were. And their grandfathers. And their fathers and grandfathers girlfriends and wives. Everybody. Good fans. Not like these spoiled children.

    They won’t go. I guarantee it. And they’ll still talk tough afterwards.

  103. vikesfansteve says: Jan 9, 2016 5:04 PM

    The Seahawks are a tough team. Will the cold affect them? Probably but it will hurt the Vikings too. AD tends to fumble. Bridgewater can’t throw deep. That’s a given now, no Vikings fan can deny it. Mike Wallace has been wide open deep numerous times and been missed. TB even missed McKinnon on a sure TD not even pressured. The fact is the guy struggles at passing but he has other skills like being illusive and he is a winner. If he can get going on short to medium range balls that’s all that’s really needed. What bothers me about the so called experts and what hasn’t really been addressed that in the total beatdown Seattle laid on the Vikings, the Vikings were without and had lost key players on each level of defense. Joseph was out, followed by Floyd. Barr got hurt. His job was to spy Wilson. Kendricks had to play a lot in Barr’s position and then the Vikings played a LB who had been on the team a week. Then the Vikings lost Smith Sendejo and Blanton at safety. Newman had to rotate from CB to safety. Exum Jr the 3rd backup got hurt. Wayens wasn’t ready to play. The Seahawks beat up on the Vikings 4th quarter of the final pre season game D. They are going to be facing a completely different team. Can the Vikings offense match Seattle? Now that’s the real question. If TB plays like he did against the Pack no way. If he plays like he did vs AZ and NY and Chi then the Vikings will beat the, in my opinion too overconfident Seahawks. That last game was just an anamoly against a different due to the multitude of injuries in the last game.

  104. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 9, 2016 5:23 PM

    Blair Walsh. He will be the hero tomorrow. He kicked well in GB and I expect his leg will take us to victory. Not going to be many td’s.

  105. frank booth says: Jan 9, 2016 5:35 PM

    twincities90210 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:39 PM

    The Vikings did a test last season and there is a 20 degree difference inn temperature between the two. Enjoy Seahawks!

    Also, Alex Smith in gematria equals 666.
    ==================================
    The Vikings and Seahawks ran a test a few weeks ago as well. The was a 31 point difference between the two teams.

  106. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    The collective whining of the vikings fans is out of control. The seahawks are literally better than the vikings at running passing run defense pass defense and personnel. The talking heads that be realize this and that’s why most suspect Seattle will win this game.

    Seattle is NOT A DOME TEAM but the vikes main advantage is in the 4th qtr when they aren’t in the shade.. This is a football game not a weather channel who gives a rats ass about the temps it’s not like Seattle plays outside in harder conditions cough cough SLEET SNOW RAIN WIND..

    I find it hilarious the amount of complaints that these vikings fans are making it into something personal that the better team is favored! It flat out stupid to complain about it and the weather affects both teams if it was wet or rain that greatly affects teams but Cold weather is not going to affect a team whose build for cold weather games and happens to play in a stadium that sees all sorts of weather conditions.

    Can we please stop weather isn’t going to make up completely for Seattle being head and shoulders better than the damn vikings. Usually teams are more equal but the seahawks are just an absolutely terrible draw for the vikings bc they play directly into Seattles hands.

    For the vikes to win Seattle basically has to beat themselves Seattle would win 8 of 10 games against Minnesota it’s no shame to be an underdog.

  107. fluffy19 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:58 PM

    Skol Vikes! The -12’s are with you!

  108. didyoujustsaythatdude says: Jan 9, 2016 6:19 PM

    allidoiswin55 says:
    Jan 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    The collective whining of the vikings fans is out of control.

    ——————————————

    I haven’t really seen much whining on this thread. I do however see a lot of fans saying that there is no way for the Vikings to win. If the Seahawks are as over-confident as their fans, there might be some disappointed people in the Emerald City tomorrow.

  109. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 9, 2016 6:19 PM

    This is a no-lose game for Minnesota, that takes a ton of pressure off of them.
    If they lose, well that was expected, they were picked to be no better than 9-7, and perhaps a wildcard team.

    If they win, it is because of them being the Dark Horse this year, people will say they saw it coming.

    Minnesota has a quiet calm going in, they have won each time they played a team a second time this year
    (3 times).
    Nobody can say they gave up without a fight, they are still rebuilding and nowhere to go but up!

  110. frank booth says: Jan 9, 2016 6:37 PM

    lambeaudungbarn says:
    Jan 9, 2016 6:19 PM

    This is a no-lose game for Minnesota, that takes a ton of pressure off of them.
    If they lose, well that was expected, they were picked to be no better than 9-7, and perhaps a wildcard team.

    If they win, it is because of them being the Dark Horse this year, people will say they saw it coming.

    Minnesota has a quiet calm going in, they have won each time they played a team a second time this year
    (3 times).
    Nobody can say they gave up without a fight, they are still rebuilding and nowhere to go but up!
    ==================================
    High achievers don’t think that way. The Vikings wouldn’t have the record that they have if they went about their season with that thinking. There is pressure on everyone to win in the playoffs. Teams don’t know what the next season will bring and when they will get there again.

    The teams that the Vikings beat a second time this year were the Packers, Bears, and the Lions. The Seahawks aren’t the Packers, Bears, or Lions.

    Vikings fans keep making the assumption that they are just going to continue to improve and that playoffs and a future championship are just a foregone conclusion. It’s just not that easy.

  111. 206townbiz says: Jan 9, 2016 6:38 PM

    Only guys that’s helping or hurting are the guys not playing, if evn them. With today’s technology I don’t see that being a huge deal.

  112. vikingprideforever says: Jan 9, 2016 7:23 PM

    The 70’s Vikings actually lived in the cold like the rest of us. Jim Marshall did his own shoveling. I doubt Teddy Bridgewater knows what a shovel looks like. The Viking players wont like the cold any more than the Seahawks. I do believe the cold will be an “equalizer”, which favors the lesser team, which is my Vikings. FG game? Hopefully purple comes out on top.

  113. 440Barracuda says: Jan 9, 2016 8:40 PM

    lavamachine says:
    Jan 9, 2016 1:26 PM
    Queens vs Saints, and your best chance at a Superbowl was a QB we decided was on the downside of his career.

    ——————————

    “we decided”? So, are you Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy?

    All I remember from the Packer fans, when Favre was traded to NY, was revolt. The vast majority hated the trade and hated Rodgers.

  114. generationwalker says: Jan 9, 2016 10:04 PM

    Seahawks win 20 – 16

  115. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 9, 2016 10:05 PM

    frank booth says:
    Jan 9, 2016 6:37 PM

    lambeaudungbarn says:
    Jan 9, 2016 6:19 PM

    This is a no-lose game for Minnesota, that takes a ton of pressure off of them.
    If they lose, well that was expected, they were picked to be no better than 9-7, and perhaps a wildcard team.

    If they win, it is because of them being the Dark Horse this year, people will say they saw it coming.

    Minnesota has a quiet calm going in, they have won each time they played a team a second time this year
    (3 times).
    Nobody can say they gave up without a fight, they are still rebuilding and nowhere to go but up!
    ==================================
    High achievers don’t think that way. The Vikings wouldn’t have the record that they have if they went about their season with that thinking. There is pressure on everyone to win in the playoffs. Teams don’t know what the next season will bring and when they will get there again.

    The teams that the Vikings beat a second time this year were the Packers, Bears, and the Lions. The Seahawks aren’t the Packers, Bears, or Lions.

    Vikings fans keep making the assumption that they are just going to continue to improve and that playoffs and a future championship are just a foregone conclusion. It’s just not that easy NOBODY SAID WE WERNT GOING IN TO LOSE! i SAID WE HAVE A QUIET CALM
    LIKE JUST BEFORE THE 2ND PACK GAME.
    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I DONT SEE VIKS PLAYERS CHATTING DRAWING ROUTS SEEING IF THEY ARE RIGHT… THEY HAVE IT NAILED….POSSIBLY A LITTLE SWAGGER..
    ALSO HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF TEAMS UNDERPERFORMING ONE GAME TO LULL A TEAM INTO A FALSE SENSE OF NO WORRY..
    CRAZY LIKE A FOX..

  116. lcdfinish says: Jan 9, 2016 10:30 PM

    well i hope for the sake of all your Minnesotans psychological health!, that your stadium can beat us, because i sure haven’t seen one post claiming talent will win out. Now even though we welcome our home field advantages too, we never think that we will win because of it? we just are confident in our talent as a team. That being said i look forward to a great playoff game and wish the best for Vikings after they loose of course
    Sea -42
    Vikes-13
    sorry and good luck next year, Really!

  117. lcdfinish says: Jan 9, 2016 10:45 PM

    After learning of this wicked Viking conspiracy!… I think the NFL needs, should, and can mandate revolving stadiums OH for the love god, Please!!!
    PS: if they can make the Space Needle spin in 1960, then i ask you now, whats to stop us now?
    besides intelligence of course!

  118. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 9, 2016 11:38 PM

    Oh, is it going to be cold at the game tomorrow? I hadn’t heard.

  119. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 9, 2016 11:41 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 9, 2016 10:23 AM

    I’ve been outside in -64 air temps (not windchill) – and trust me – I’d rather be in the sun.

    I’ve also been outside in -135 wind chill – and trust me – I’d rather be in a less windy area.
    ________

    Were you on Hoth?

  120. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 10, 2016 2:59 AM

    Cold is cold. The sun will help the Vikings but, it won’t be a drastically large difference.

    I work in below zero temps with or without the wind. Yes it’s nice when the sun is out. It helps, but just a little. It’s still friggin cold, and everybody feels it.

    Just play the game.

  121. unmercifulone says: Jan 10, 2016 4:13 AM

    @whatjusthapped – Don’t you have something better to do… like take your female out for a walk? Just make sure you put booties on all FOUR of her feet.

  122. unmercifulone says: Jan 10, 2016 4:40 AM

    “luvhatepeace says: ridiculous… I doubt the quarterback, who played quite well in a cold state in nearby Wisconsin, is going to pretend he isn’t a phenom and let a little cold air ruin him in the first round against an unproven brat-pack”

    /////

    Wilson played for the Badgers, whose season ends in late November when the temperature is still WELL ABOVE freezing (this year it was in the 60’s). He never played a sub-zero game in his life… making his comment “below 20 it’s all the same” REALLY STUPID.

    By the way… living in Minnesota/Wisconsin is NOT the same as working/playing outdoors in Minnesota/Wisconsin. People here dress in multiple thick layers of clothing to stave off the cold.

  123. aj66shanghai says: Jan 10, 2016 5:46 AM

    Vikings are built in the mold of the Seahawks: ball control, ground game and defense. The Vikings look similar to the Seahawks in Russell Wilson’s rookie year, good enough to make the playoffs and maybe make some noise.

    Unfortunately for the Vikings, they are playing the team that is already that which the Vikings are trying to be.

    Sadly too, TB is not going to become the guy that RW became. Ever. So, no, the future is not nearly as bright as you think.

  124. pzebich says: Jan 10, 2016 10:01 AM

    I was at last year’s Carolina game when it was 7 degrees. You could just tell Carolina didn’t want to be there and got crushed. Today is going to be 10 degrees colder. Freeze chickens.

  125. stellarperformance says: Jan 10, 2016 10:33 AM

    It’s cold! So what? If it had been cold for several weeks and the Viking players had been coming and going during their personal time, taking kids to school, shopping with the wives and girlfriends, and being exposed to cold regularly, they might have a slight advantage.

    But with the weather being mild all season until now, it’s the same miserable conditions for both teams.

    Good luck Vikings. Take it to them.

  126. don444 says: Jan 10, 2016 11:03 AM

    People on here need to stop claiming that there will be a tangible factor of greater warmth on the north sidelines today for the Vikes of up to 20 degrees because that’s just absolute nonsense at temperatures approaching sub-zero, hearty Minnesotans or not. I don’t blame the Vikes for choosing that side or for not hesitating to gain any psychological advantage they can over the Seahawks, but ALL those players will struggle mightily with the elements today and the team that blocks that out most effectively and manages to play closest to their potential is the team that will most likely prevail. This game is likely not close in Seattle, Seahawks simply have more talent 1-53, interesting to see what if any difference the frigid Norse environment will make in the end.

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