Greetings from the Metrodome

January, 4, 2009
1/04/09
3:37
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

MINNEAPOLIS -- We're a little more than an hour away from kickoff and a herd of sportswriters just blitzed a spread of chicken strips located five feet away from my laptop.

On the field, Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel came out about 30 minutes ago and worked on getting in out of breaks. Sal Paolantonio had already reported that Samuel was going to play, and the inactives list that just floated across my desk backed that up.

There was a buzz (perhaps food-related) that went through the press box when Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams showed up on the inactives list. The Vikings were counting on Williams to return this week, so it's certainly a setback. Fred "South Beach" Evans will take Williams' place in the starting lineup.

For an Eagles' fandom and media corps obsessed with Andy Reid's anti-run stance, this is good news. Just like he did against the Giants last month, it would be wise for Reid to feed the ball to Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter.

In other news, I'm pleased to be dual-blogging with NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert today. I'm also sitting next to Hall of Fame NFL writer and my former office mate Rick "Goose" Gosselin, who has at least 17 highlighters and one of the most complicated looking charts I've seen.

OK, I'm about to dive inside the ESPN Stats & Analysis database. Wish me luck.

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