Vikes/Pack Win, Former Twin, Garza Pitches Tonight
Both the Vikings and the Packers were in dire need of wins Sunday, and both had could get back to the .500 mark if they could do just that.
Boo’s rained through the Metrodome for 59 minutes and 48 seconds, but when Ryan Longwell nailed a 26 yard field goal to give the Vikings a 12-10 win over the Lions, Vikings fan were able to breathe a sigh of relief. The big play of the game came on an 86 yard Gus Frerotte to Bernard Barrian touchdown in the third quarter. Adrian Peterson fumbled twice in the loss. The Vikings now sit at 3-3 and head to the Windy City next week for a pivotal division match-up with the Bears.
The Packers made Sunday’s win a much easier task than the Vikings win over Detroit. Despite a 10-10 tie with Seattle at the halftime break, Green Bay came out blazing and end up with the 27-17 win over form coach Mike Holmgren. Aaron Rodger threw for 208 yards and two scores and also rushed for 23 and a touchdown. The 3-3 Pack welcomes the Super Bowl Champs of two years ago, the Indianapolis Colts, to Lambeau next week. The Colts are coming off a 31-3 win over Baltimore Sunday.
The Minnesota Wild are enjoying two days rest after their 4-3 win over Boston in the opener Saturday. The bigger news for Wild fans is the future of Marian Gaborick. The Right Winger and the Wild front office remain at odds over a contract extension. Gaborick had two shots on goal on Saturday.
Despite and upset win over Illinois this weekend, the Minnesota Gophers remain outside looking in on the top 25. Tim Brewster’s club is in the top three of the “others recieving votes” category in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll. With the win over the Illini, the Gophers are now bowl eligible, after winning just one game last year. The Gophers travel to Purdue Saturday for a showdown with the boilermakers.
No punches were thrown, but the Phillies and Dodgers NLCS is starting to get chippy. The Dodgers avoid going down 3-0, with the 7-2 win at home Sunday. The Phillies now lead the series 2-1. Tonight in Boston, former Twins pitcher Matt Garza tries to give the Rays a 2-1 lead in that series. He’ll face Boston’s John Lester.