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Game 7: Vikings at Patriots

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 31, 2010 01:56 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- It's football Sunday and the Patriots are taking on the Minnesota Vikings.

The Patriots are 28-5 in the month of October since 2003 and 3-0 this month.

Today will be a throwback of sorts. The Patriots are marking the 25th anniversary of their 1985 AFC championship team. So they'll be rockin' their throwback uniforms. It'll be the first time of two occasions this season they'll wear throwbacks.

Here are the pertinent details about the game.

Kickoff: 4:15 p.m.
Records: Patriots: 5-1, Vikings: 2-4
TV: FOX (Ch. 25) with Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver
Radio: WBZ-FM (98.5) with Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti

Projected starting lineups

Patriots offense: Wes Welker, Matt Light, Dan Connolly, Dan Koppen, Stephen Neal, Sebastian Neal, Sebastian Vollmer, Alge Crumpler, Brandon Tate, Tom Brady, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Sammy Morris.
Vikings offense: Randy Moss, Brant McKinnie, Steve Hutchinson, John Sullivan, Anthony Herrera, Phil Loadholt, Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin, Brett Favre, Naufahu Tahi and Adrian Peterson.
Patriots defense: Gerard Warren, Vince Wilfork, Mike Wright, Rob Ninkovich, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham, Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Brandon Meriweather, Patrick Chung
Vikings defense: Ray Edwards, Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson, Ben Leber, Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, Husain Abdullah, Madieu Williams.

Will he, or won't he: Brett Favre remains the dominant storyline of the week. Will he play, in seeming defiance of Brad Childress' attempts to bench the 41-year-old quarterback with two fractures in his ankle? Or will Tarvaris Jackson get the nod after sitting on the pine the last two seasons in favor of the old gunslinger. Health is the primary factor in the decision making. At least that's what we've been told (over and over again). But an argument has been that the Vikings have to do what's best for the team. That may mean more carries for Adrian Peterson.

Homecoming king: Randy Moss makes his return to Foxborough after being traded earlier this month with a seventh round pick for a third rounder from the Patriots. Since leaving the Patriots, he's tallied 12 catches, 166 yards and two touchdowns in three games. His return has been overshadowed by Brett Favre's ankle saga. Moss isn't the only Viking with New England ties. Vikings assistant special teams coach Chris White is a Haverhill native (graduate of Phillips Andover) and former quarterback at Colby College (1986-1989).

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