Live from the Vikings' sideline

MINNEAPOLIS -- We're 15 minutes away from kickoff and it's already loud in the Metrodome. I just bumped into this guy in the tunnel, and he's about to lead the Vikings onto the team on a motorcycle. I made brief eye contact with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, but he darted in the other direction.

I've covered playoff games inside the Metrodome, but I've never sensed this type of energy for a game. The Vikings just showed a video on the video board of Jared Allen saying that Jessica Simpson "makes his ears bleed." Perhaps he didn't get the word that Tony Romo dumped Simpson (and her father, Joe) several months ago.

And Vikings mascot, Ragnar, just hog-tied a man posing as Romo. These folks are taking it to a different level. In other news, I'm told that Marion Barber will be playing at "90 percent" in today's game. That's about 15 percent higher than he was heading into last week's playoff game against the Eagles.

Back with more in a moment.