Vikings practiced indoors all week

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The Vikings will play outdoors Sunday. The practiced indoors.

They had no choice.

“The [outdoor practice] field wasn’t in good enough shape,’’ Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.

Kicker Kai Forbath, though, did get his work in outdoors.

“Every day we were supposed to kick, we kicked outside,’’ Forbath said. “It’s not really grass out there, but it’s better than kicking on the turf. [It’s] dirt. It’s tough to grow grass out there now.’’

The forecast for Sunday in Philadelphia calls for a high of 51 and a low of 39 with only a 10 percent chance of rain, so weather shouldn’t come into play.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson proclaimed the natural grass at Lincoln Financial Field “in great shape” after the middle of the field was re-sodded this week. Players from both teams slipped during last week’s divisional-round game there.

“Hopefully, it’s better than it was before, but I’m not sure how terrible it was before,’’ Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said. “But I’m not going to worry about that too much.’’

14 responses to “Vikings practiced indoors all week

  1. A little confused. If the outdoor field was that bad, they should’ve practiced on it. It’d be the same as the lincoln.

  2. Any outdoor field in Minny would be a total mess. On one hand, it would be nice to practice on a sloppy field. On the other hand, it could have been an injury prone practice field.

  3. Weather may be a minimal factor, field will be a MAJOR one. Vikings defense on road/nat. grass this season:

    – 26 pts. to Pittsburgh in Week 2
    – 30 pts. to Washington in Week 10
    – 31 pts. to Carolina in Week 14

    In a performance for the ages, Eagles will score in high 20’s – maybe even 30’s Sunday night – and win comfortably.

  4. Zimm should have hired some rowdy drunks to throw snowballs at them while they practiced. You know to get used to the Philly environment.

  5. For those unfamiliar with the weather in MN in Jan, Here goes: -10 for 10 days, warm up to 20, then freezing rain turning to snow, then -10 for 10 days, then warm up to 30, then freezing rain, turning to snow, then -10 for 10 days.

  6. With that weather forecast … weather will not be a factor. Further, 51-degrees is light jacket weather.

    Truthfully, if I were Zimmer, I’d have the Vikes practicing indoors also. There is a world of difference between the weather in Minneapolis and Philly, particularly this last week. It would be virtually impossible to install a game plan practicing outdoors in Minnesota if your guys are more concerned with not freezing than they are in concentrating on what the staff is saying.

    I don’t buy into cold temps being an advantage for either team – indoor stadium or outdoor stadium. EVERYONE would be cold. That’s pure wishful thinking. Now, practicing on field turf versus partially natural grass, that’s a different matter altogether.

  7. marvin1958 says:
    January 20, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I don’t buy into cold temps being an advantage for either team – indoor stadium or outdoor stadium. EVERYONE would be cold. That’s pure wishful thinking. Now, practicing on field turf versus partially natural grass, that’s a different matter altogether.
    ——
    How do you explain dome teams being 3-23 when temps are below 30 since 2000?

    Weather will have a minimal effect this game because it won’t be that cold but to dismiss the impact of dome teams playing in the cold is naive.

  8. The thing that Eagles fans seem to forget it the fact that this is NOT last years Minnesota Vikings team! Foals will be pressured all day, I doubt Eagles score 13 points.
    Minnesota 17 Eagles 13…..
    So it is Written, So it shall be done…..

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