The Vikings are not a top-level team by any stretch, but they are playing hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and showing improvement.
The 49ers appear to be in a rapid decline after losing at home to the Seahawks and inexplicably finding a way to drop a game at the hands of the Oakland Raiders.
After throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown on the first play of the game, beleaguered Geno Smith actually played one of his best games as he completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown.
Stop the presses! Peyton Manning’s streak of 51 straight games with a TD pass came to an end in the Broncos’ 24-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Week 14.
The Raiders pulled off one of the most shocking upsets of the season when they defeated the San Francisco 49ers at home last week.
After being pushed to the brink by the lowly Jets and losing at home to the Ravens, the Dolphins may be facing a difficult lesson when they go to New England to take on the high-powered Patriots.
After getting blanked by the Rams 24-0 at home, there’s little doubt that the Redskins are a team in disarray as they head towards the completion of the 2014 season.
The Jaguars would appear to be in over their heads as they go on the road to take on a tough Baltimore team that comes into the game with momentum following their Week 14 come-from-behind road victory over Miami.
Ben Roethlisberger has had one of his better statistical seasons, and there’s no reason he can’t build on that against the Falcons’ weak secondary.
The Andy Dalton show shuffles on, and the Bengals don’t know what they are going to get from their quarterback from one week to the next.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was replaced by Ryan Mallett earlier in the year, but an injury to Mallet has given Fitzpatrick another opportunity, and he is making the most of it.
Despite the optimism shown by head coach Bruce Arians that the Cardinals were capable of winning the Super Bowl with Drew Stanton at quarterback, there has been little evidence that they are truly capable of making that kind of run with their backup quarterback.
The Minnesota Vikings play two of their last three games on the road, beginning with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Week 6, 17-3. The Lions did not have most of their offensive weapons on the field or at 100 percent. The Vikings remain in the playoff picture, but need to win-out and get some help.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without three rookies for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Running back Jerick McKinnon has been ruled out for the second consecutive week and linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Jabari Price are listed as doubtful. The Vikings have seven players listed on their injury report and the Jets have nine listed on theirs.
Percy Harvin isn’t the only New York Jets wide receiver whose trip to Minnesota this weekend will be special. Eric Decker hasn’t been back in almost two years. “Friends, family, everybody’s coming to the game. It’s always fun to go somewhere where you know a lot of people and haven’t been for a while,” Decker said. “So it will be an exciting time for me.”
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innesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison got his hair cut, for a good cause. Robison showed off his newly-shorn look before practice Wednesday, two days after getting a chop for charity. He donated his hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides wigs to children with long-term hair loss from any type of medical diagnosis.
The AFC is a very tight race as the season begins to round to a close and numerous teams are still fighting for a playoff spot. CBS Sports and former special teams ace Steve Tasker spoke on the match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins on “Thursday Night Football.”
Cordarrelle Patterson had limited playing time in Sunday’s winning over the Carolina Panthers. The second-year receiver failed to catch the one ball thrown his way and his he was on the field for just three plays on offense. Charles Johnson, who was claimed just before the season started from the Cleveland Browns, had the most playing time of any receiver on Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Xavier Rhodes is becoming one of the league’s best cornerbacks.
The Jets have made a move back to Geno Smith after taking the starting job away from him a few weeks earlier.
The Minnesota Vikings complete a three-game home stand against the New York Jets on Sunday. The Vikings just completed a lopsided victory over the Carolina Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium. The strength of the Jets, on both sides of the ball, is running the ball. They are third in rushing yards and rushing yards allowed per game heading into their Monday night game. The Vikings will be favored.
The Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
The Minnesota Vikings will not have starting running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He has been bothered by a lower back injury that needs a week off to heal. A committee of Matt Asiata (who missed last week’s game due to a concussion), Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the carries in McKinnon’s place. The Vikings have 11 players listed on their injury report and the Panthers have seven players listed on theirs.
The Detroit Lions are no strangers to Thanksgiving Day games and this year, they are taking on an NFC North rival in the Chicago Bears. Both teams need a win to stay in the playoff race and CBS Sports Tracy Wolfson took some time to talk Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford facing off at Ford Field on the big holiday.
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The Vikings drafted UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr at No. 9, then traded back into the first round with Seattle at No. 32 to get Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
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