The Eagles have to make some adjustments after the NFL announced on Sunday that the Vikings-Eagles game will be moved to Tuesday at 8 PM because of a snowstorm in Philadelphia. But the team that is more impacted by the change is the Minnesota Vikings, who now have to stay in Philadelphia for two extra days.
This is the third straight game where weather has impacted the Vikings' plans. Two weeks ago, the collapse of the Metrodome roof resulted in a one-day postponement along with a site change from Minneapolis to Detroit for the Vikings' game with the Giants. Last Monday night, the Vikings' game with the Bears had to be played outdoors at the University of Minnesota since the Metrodome is not in condition to host a game. Interim head coach Leslie Frazier said that the team is taking the news in stride.
"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," Frazier told Vikings.com. "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."
Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell, who is on the team's leadership committee, said that the biggest concern was regarding the logistics of being away for two more days.
"Usually we're a hotel for one night so guys bring one change of clothes and that's it. Now we'll be here for three days and we have to figure out how to take care of guys. So the logistics is one thing," Longwell said. "Two is keeping your mind right. We have every reason, because of the season, to say 'This is the last straw and I'm checking out.' But this is the NFL and you can't do that. You have to show up ready to play Tuesday night and that's what we're trying to get the young guys and everybody to understand."
One player who benefits from the delay is running back Adrian Peterson, who was listed as questionable with a thigh injury.
"Hey, at least it's another couple of days to heal," Peterson said. "We just have to handle this like we have everything else that has gone on this season. Coach Frazier told us to continue to stick together, to stay focused, and that's what we'll do. This is just another bump in the road."
There was no update provided regarding the status of quarterback Brett Favre, who suffered a concussion last Monday against the Bears and was listed as doubtful by the Vikings. Rookie Joe Webb, who took the practice reps and is expected to start, said that the team needs to rally together and overcome this latest episode of adversity.
"It's another situation you can't control. The only thing we can control is keeping our focus and staying composed," Webb said. "We need to fight through this adversity. It's important to not check out mentally and stay in the playbook studying so we are prepared for the game."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:45 p.m., December 26