It’s Packers vs the Vikings on Sunday Night Football
The Minnesota Vikings (1-5) face the Green Bay Packers (4-2) on Sunday, October 27 at Mall of America Field.
The game, scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 CT, marks the 5th time the Vikings will play the Packers on Sunday Night Football.
The last Sunday Night Football matchup between the division foes took place on 10/24/10, a 28-24 Packers victory. In 5 of the last 6 years, the Vikings/Packers matchup has been played on either Monday Night Football or Sunday Night Football.
There are multiple players in this game from Oklahoma Schools.
Adrian Peterson, from Oklahoma University, holds the Vikings career rushing TDs record and is poised to break career rushing yards record in only his 6th NFL season.
He became the 1st Vikings RB to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008, setting the team record with 1,760 yards.
Peterson set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards vs. San Diego in 2007, the 8th game of his career.
He has made trips to Africa in 2010 and 2011 working on hearing-related initiatives and charities.
Off the field Peterson has taken mission trips to Africa the past 2 offseasons, 2010 and 2011, working with Starkey Hearing to provide hearing aids to disadvantaged children and adults, joining other NFL stars on the trips.
He works with youth through his All Day Foundation, with the motto “Giving Back Every Day, All Day.”
Adrian also hosted the Special Olympics of Minnesota Punt, Pass and Kick events at Winter Park in 2008 and 2009.
Peterson majored in sociology at the University of Oklahoma.
Kevin Williams, from Oklahoma State keyed Vikings rushing defense that ranked #1, #1, #1 and #2 in the NFL from 2006-09.
Williams has earned 6 Pro Bowl honors, trailing only Alan Page (9) and matching John Randle (6) among DTs in Vikings history.
He scored 2 TDs on INT returns in 2007 and holds the Vikings record for career INTs by a lineman with 4.
Lane Taylor, 23, played in 50 games during his career with 47 starts and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior at Oklahoma State from both the league’s coaches and media.
He started all 24 games at right guard over his final two seasons and did not allow a sack over that span. Taylor earned honorable mention All-Big 12 recognition from the league’s coaches and media as a junior.
Charlie Johnson, from Oklahoma State, started at LT for the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV and saw action as a reserve in Super Bowl XLI at RT.
He also started at LT and protected QB Peyton Manning when he won NFL MVP honors in 2008 and 2009.
Colts won 10+ regular season games each of his 5 seasons and claimed 4 AFC South titles.
Johnson earned a degree in education from OSU. He’s married to Nicole and the couple have 2 sons, Chandler and Cyrus. Collegiate teammate with Vikings DT Kevin Williams also attended Oklahoma State.
As a pro, Johnson opened all 16 games at LT for the Vikings after signing as a free agent during early in training camp.