Vikings react to postponed game with Eagles

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 6:44 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Just another weird turn in a long, difficult season for the Vikings.

Snow in the Northeast and concerns over travel difficulties have pushed the Vikings' game against the Eagles to Tuesday night.

The NFL made the announcement Sunday morning to move the scheduled game time, and Vikings players are just trying to roll with the punches.

"What else can you say? Just add this to the list for the 2010 season," DE Jared Allen said. "But you know what? We have to remain together as a team and keep a positive mind frame. It's important to be a professional and be ready to play on Tuesday night."

Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier said his team will be ready to play.

"I sense that the guys wanted information," Frazier said. "They wanted to know what was going on, what was happening. Once that information was conveyed, it seemed as if they understood the situation. They knew exactly what we needed to do to stay focused on what we came up here to do, and that's to get a win against the Eagles. I didn't sense discouragement, I didn't sense disappointment. I sensed relief in knowing (when and where) the game was going to be played."

The Vikings played their first outdoor home game in 29 years, losing to the Bears in a game at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. And the week before, with the Metrodome roof having caved in because of excessive snowfall, were forced to play the Giants at Detroit's Ford Field, a game they also lost.

Weather again was a factor in moving the game against the Eagles.

"It's tough, especially in a season that you didn't think any more curveballs could happen," PK Ryan Longwell said. "This is a rough one being away from our families during Christmas and being stuck in Philly. At the same time you realize that you've got to reconfigure the mind for Tuesday night and show up ready to play."