Last year: 10-6 and finished in first-place in NFC North. Lost in the first-round of playoffs
Head coach: Brad Childress in his fourth season. Vikings record under Childress is 24-25.
Last appearance in playoffs: Last season, when they lost 26-14 at home to Philadelphia in the first round.
Starting Quarterback: Some fellow named Favre, first name Brett. Played 16 games last year for the New York Jets and threw for 3,472 yards, with 22 TDs and 22 INTs. He holds every major passing mark in the NFL record book.
Offensive Threat: RB Adrian Peterson is one of the NFL’s biggest offensive weapons. Last year, he ran for 1,760 yards on 363 carries, or 4.8 yards per carry with 10 touchdowns. Peterson has not been much of a receiver, catching just 21 passes for 125 yards last year. WR Bernard Berrian catches most of the passes with 48 for 964 yards and seven TDs last year.
Defensive Threat: DE Jared Allen, along with mates Pat and Kevin Williams make up one of the best defensive lines in the league. All three were in the Pro Bowl last season. Allen and Kevin Williams combined for 23 sacks last season. Vikings led the NFL in run defense last year, allowing just 76.9 yards per carry.
Draft Picks: grabbed WR Percy Harvin in the first-round out of the University of Florida, T Phil Loadholt in the second round out of Oklahoma (he’s already the starter at RT) and CB Asher Allen out of Clemson in the third round head the Vikes ‘09 draft class.
Familiar Names: Allen, who is in his sixth NFL season and second with the Vikings, after being traded by the Chiefs in ‘08. He suffered an ankle/foot injury earlier in the week and his status for the game wasin some doubt; CB Benny Sapp, also in his sixth NFL season and second in Minnesota. Sapp signed with the Vikes as a UFA before the ‘08 season; TEs coach Jimmie Johnson played for the Chiefs (seven games during the ‘94 season; LBs coach Fred Pagac coached with the Chiefs (2004-05).
Other familiar names to NFL fans: Pro Bowl G Steve Hutchinson, Pro Bowl CB Antoine Winfield, former K-State and San Diego LB Ben Leber.