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It's official: Webb will start for Vikes

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Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Saturday that Joe Webb will make his first career start against the Bears on Monday night.

The rookie sixth-round draft pick from Alabama-Birmingham has completed two of five passes for eight yards in limited action. He also has one run for 16 yards.

The Vikings were expected to move Webb to receiver but moved him back to quarterback during training camp.

"He's fast. He's a big, athletic guy," Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "He's got a strong arm. You respect every man you line up against in this league and then we've got to go out and execute.

"This guy can move. He sees a crease and he'll take off. So we've got to make sure we're disciplined in our rush lanes and overlap, all the things we have to accomplish. It comes back to what we do. We know what he is; now we've got to go out and execute our plan."

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The hamstring injury should slow him down, and Peterson is not in great shape either, so the Vikings are likely to be getting good looks at back-up running backs.This could be one of the laugher games for the Bears.The weather should keep the score down, but I thgink the Bears should have an easy enough time both on offense and defense.Quite probably the Vikings will regret insisting on the game being played in Minnesota.

A note of caution is in order about rookie and inexperienced quarterbacks. Look at the Packers last night. Brady was lucky to come away with a win even with everything in his favor. The young rookie outplayed the team thought to be the best in the NFL, and even then Brady should have thrown a couple of interceptions that the Green Bay defense simply dropped.Webb could have one of those kinds of weird, against-the-odds games.

No it wasnt! Viking did a dirty bird and now Favre has a chance to start. The NFL has to do something about that. If Favre is listed out on Friday then he should be OUT of the game!!!

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