Skip to main content

This time around, the 12th man in the huddle will be U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium could be the difference this weekend.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

"We need the fans to be loud and rowdy, and make this the loudest stadium that the Vikings have ever played in," said Mike Zimmer earlier this week.

But forget "loud and rowdy" – if you're going to the game on Sunday, you should unleash hell.

For all its expense, the stadium was designed to create a cacophony, and by Odin does it do that.

All season long the home field advantage has been the ace up the Vikings' sleeve, with fans deafening opponents as they set up at the line of scrimmage.

So fearful were they of the Vikings army, the L.A. Rams pumped crowd noise into practices ahead of their November visit to Minnesota to try to simulate the atmosphere.

The 24-7 beating they were dealt show it failed.

But however loud fans have been so far this season, they need to be as inhospitable as a Minnesota winter come Sunday.

Every audible Drew Brees tries to call should be inaudible.

Every play call sent to Brees' helmet radio should be as incomprehensible as any musical act that has ever played at the stadium.

Every time Everson Griffen bears down on Brees, he should have a roar at his back that will make the QB's knees quake.

Every catch the Saints receivers attempt should be accompanied by such a din it causes their hands to tremble.

The Vikings already have a formidable defense, kickass receivers, a demanding RB duo and a rejuvenated QB – but the 60,000 fanatics in the stadium could be the real difference maker.

Forget about eight years ago, forget about Bounty-gate. This time you're in our town, and the Vikings have the full fury of the gjallarhorn, of Skol, of damn Odin himself on their side.

Brees, Kamara, Payton et al, you don't know what you're in for.

(Now that my optimistic rant is over, repeat after me – the Vikings will not win the Super Bowl.)

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year

The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.

ambulance

One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169

The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.

281699116_10226502238438986_800951410789352812_n

Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Related

This time around, the 12th man in the huddle will be U.S. Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium could be the difference this weekend.

Check out this time-lapse of U.S. Bank Stadium's construction

From the demolition of the Metrodome to the win over the Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium.

After Colts game, someone tried to sell U.S. Bank Stadium on Craigslist

The ad was posted in the wake of the Vikings' embarrassing defeat on Sunday.

After Colts game, someone tried to sell U.S. Bank Stadium on Craigslist

The ad was posted in the wake of the Vikings' embarrassing defeat on Sunday.