View Full Version : Getting ready for the Bengals...

09-17-2005, 09:06 AM
Here is the whole article if you want to read it all.


They have changed their travel schedule, switched hotels and rearranged their pregame routine. In losing 21 of their past 24 outdoor games, the Vikings have tried nearly everything to turn around their fortune.

Almost everything. On Friday, coach Mike Tice cranked up a portable sound system in the indoor practice facility at Winter Park. For most of a 90-minute practice, rap and heavy metal music blared from a speaker on the sideline.

The tactic is standard for most teams that visit the Metrodome, but until this season Tice had not used it. But after stumbling to a 7-23 record on the road during the past four seasons, including 3-21 outdoors, the Vikings are willing to try anything.

While noise might not be as great a factor in outdoors stadiums, the Vikings know there will be distractions nonetheless Sunday at Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium.

"It's just for an annoyance," said Tice, who began playing the music during selected portions of practice last week. "We're on the road, and [the noise] is going to be annoying. They'll be buzzing the whole game, and we're trying to play better on the road. That is one thing that I looked at thoroughly."

Friday's selections included a rap track that cornerback Fred Smoot said he produced and also provided freestyle vocals for. Smoot said the group's name is "Catfish and Cotton." Offensive lineman Adam Goldberg joked that he participated in the recording as well...

09-17-2005, 03:56 PM
7-23 on the road ..yuck! do we have the worst road record in the nfl for last 4 years?3-21 outdoors? a good defense and a running game will help so much on the road.

09-17-2005, 04:06 PM
What an awful road record we have. If we can get the running game going, and continue good D, then we will win more. So they made us wear the home jersey's so we will be hot? Hopefully it will make our O hot!

09-17-2005, 04:09 PM
Plus we will be wearing our home jersey's for this game , suppose to be in the 80's in Ohio.

09-17-2005, 04:43 PM
The Vikings will 1st try & stop Cinci's run game to make them 1 dimensional & then go after Palmer, who is slow but deadly accurate. Here's the story.


09-17-2005, 04:57 PM
Good read, I know it will work out for us this week. I can't wait to celebrate our 1st win!

09-17-2005, 05:04 PM
We will have our hands full with Cinnci, we have too contain the big plays on defense cause they have playmakers. Nothing cheap, let Rudi and Chad earn their stripes, get after Palmer, and when we are on offense we must control the ball!!!
Sustain drives down the field... convert third downs, find our runner(running game), no turnovers and we should win.... Lets start a new road record...skol