Anyone care to guess how many Vikings players on current roster have played significant professional football on an open outdoor field (yes, I'm already considering 2015 & 2016 at TCF stadium) in adverse conditions & been successful to a team victory ? The last I recall was Joe Webb & some current starters (& two coaches) beating the Eagles. So, after the Bears game last weekend I have to wonder if this season is the last chance, for two seasons thereafter, that our Vikes will be able to stay out of the bottom of the division. We've been 50-50 in sunny weather on dry fields, give or take winds, and some occasional wet conditions yet maybe there is a stat somewhere that can show our Win-Loss record outdoors over the past 5 years ?
Consider 2016, Adrian Peterson will be 30yrs of age. Also other players may/will be past their peak physical condition. Now think about two seasons with perhaps half our games played outdoors plus whatever games the scheduling becomes later in a season played at TCF & I'm starting to get nightmares: Adrian Peterson slammed to the ground during a game on a (hopefully not too cold hard) TCF field. Shiver me timbers! Flashback to Brett Favre in in 2010 at TCF against the Bears for reference.
Maybe Spielman will start drafting more players from the Frozen North instead of Florida? Maybe players like Chad Greenway (from ND) & others will thrive in a snowy cold windy wild card game at TCF in December 2015 &/or 2016? A very long term & ultimately interesting mind puzzle for us fans (& team executives & coaches and players) to dwell on as this season progresses.
I know I plan to travel to Minnesota for at least one game at TCF in December. Try to relive the early 70's that was such good (cold) fun.