Vikings vs. Packers News: Vikes look to score against Packer defenseRegional Sports
-- With a Monday night home game, the Green Bay Packer coaches have an extra day to work on a game plan for the Minnesota Vikings.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - With a Monday night home game, the Green Bay Packer coaches have an extra day to work on a game plan for the Minnesota Vikings.
And the Vikes are making no secret of what their strategy will be – to score a ton of points against a porous Packer defense. Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder was able to make some clutch third-down passes in his first NFL start against the Packers on October 23rd in Minneapolis. But one player the Packers especially need to watch out for is receiver Percy Harvin. The third-year pro has been playing with bruised ribs, and Ponder calls Harvin one of the toughest players on his team both physically and mentally. Harvin has had two of his best games at Lambeau Field. He caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown at Lambeau in his rookie season. Then last year, he caught five passes for 65 yards – and he ran the ball three times for 41 yards and a touchdown. Harvin says if the Vikings can execute, they can keep up with any team in the league – including the 8-and-0 Packers. The Vikings are 2-6, but they figure they’ll be fresh after coming off their bye last week.
The Packers will be without one of their top front-office executives for awhile. Jason Wied, the team’s general counsel and vice president of administration, is taking an indefinite leave of absence to take care of a personal matter. CEO Mark Murphy says other senior staff members will handle Wied’s duties while he’s away. The 39-year-old Wied was raised in Green Bay and has been with the Packers for 11years. There’s been some talk that he could be a potential successor to Murphy down the road.
You might have your chance to become an NFL owner as early as next week. According to a document on a Utah state commerce Web site, the Packers have asked for opinions from various state regulators about their plans to sell more stock, to pay for a seating expansion and other improvements at Lambeau Field. The document says the sale would begin “on or around November 15th.” It said the stock could be sold on-line and it might cost 250-dollars – or 50-dollars more than the Packers’ last stock sale more than a decade ago which helped pay for the 2003 renovation of Lambeau. It would be the Packers’ fifth stock sale in their history. Over 112,000 people now own about four-and-three-quarter million shares. They carry voting rights but no dividends or financial gains. At this point, the Packers are only saying they continue to get ready for a stock sale – and they’re not confirming specifics.