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Vikings begin preparations for Vick

Posted by: under On the road, Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Vikings defense, Vikings players, Ben Leber, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 22, 2010 - 10:38 AM

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be named NFC offensive player of the week for the third time this season on Wednesday, according to the team's website.

Vick accounted for four touchdowns in the second half as the Eagles rallied from a 31-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the New York Giants 38-31 on Sunday.

For the game, Vick completed 21 of 35 passes for 242 and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 130 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.

"Michael Vick is playing some great football," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "That game that he played on Sunday was an incredible game. We have to find a way [to stop him]. We got to get a win on the road. As good as he has been we have to find a way to win. We are going to work at it."

We will have plenty on Vick's season throughout the week. Vick is scheduled to hold a conference call with Vikings media this afternoon.

Vick has completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,755 yards and 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also has rushed for 613 yards and eight touchdowns.

This will be a huge challenge for a Vikings defense that continues to give up big plays and has injury issues in the secondary.

Extra points

-- The Vikings had five turnovers Monday against Chicago and rank last in the NFL in turnover margin at minus 14. The Vikings have turned the ball over 35 times this season. They had 18 turnovers last season.

-- The Eagles are tied for second in the league in turnover margin at plus 14. They have 32 takeaways, including a league-high 23 interceptions. The Vikings have thrown a NFL-leading 25 interceptions.

-- Linebacker Ben Leber has been voted the 2010 Korey Stringer Good Guy Award winner by the Twin Cities chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America. The award is presented each season to the player who is "the most cooperative and has the best attitude with the media."

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