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SIDNEY’S RETURN?

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Will we see Sidney Rice finally suit up this season on Sunday?

The Pioneer PressJeremy Fowler has two sources saying Rice will. We’ll know by 3 p.m. today when the Vikings either activate him or keep him where he is on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

If Rice suits up, it couldn’t come at a more opportune time; after having let Randy Moss go, the Vikings need another big receiver who can provide a deep threat.

It’s way too much to ask that he return to his 2009 form at this point in the season but just getting him back on the field will be a plus, especially as a red zone target, where the Vikings have struggled from in close.

At the site, I break down Rice’s 2009 highlights to discuss what makes him such an excellent receiver. [WATCH Sidney Rice Highlights.]

3-5
There were a lot of three- to five-step drop backs for Jay Cutler during the Bears victory over the Buffalo Bills last week. Quick passing plays. When Cutler took a seven-step drop, more often than not, he was flushed by pressure from the Bills’ front four.

LOADHOLD IS THE NEW STEUSSIE
After last week’s victory, I wondered whether Todd Steussie and Visanth(e) Shiancoe were separated from birth, given their penchant for jumping offsides.

I spoke too soon.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com has run the numbers: Shank only has four false start penalties this year.

It’s Phil Loadholt who leads the Vikings with five this year. Expect more, if Julius Peppers lines up on Loadholt’s side, which is likely to happen at least a handful of times Sunday.

NO…NO…HIT REPLY!
Adrian Peterson has been on Twitter since early October but it took him about a month to learn how to reply to people.

No prob. Now he’s tweeting away like a natural, talkin to his fans and sharing Twitpics of his lunch salad and of Brett Favre‘s practice shoes

Oh, yeah; and he’s got nearly 25,000 followers.

FEDEX
Brett Favre won the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week award for the come-from-behind victory over the Cardinals in which he threw for a career-high 446 yards.

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