The Minnesota Vikings have been able to get the opposing teams to third down, but haven’t been able to get stops. The Vikings have the worst third down defense in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers took advantage of the young and overmatched Vikings secondary by converting 72 percent of third down opportunities.
The Vikings played a credible game at home against the Packers, a team they always get prepared for. Now they must go back on the road against a team that suffered a painful last-second defeat.
The Minnesota Vikings play in the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 9. The Cowboys lead the NFC East with 4-4 record. They are led by a prolific passing offense and opportunistic defense. The Vikings maligned secondary will have their hands full with the Cowboys.
Halloween is also a time of spooooooky monsters. And so, this week, we’re reminded of the NFL’s current monster of the hour: Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano.
Aaron Rodgers was once again superb. He was accurate from start to finish as he completed 24-of-29 passes for 285 yards with two TDs and he did not throw an interception.
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109 yards, but the Minnesota Vikings struggled all night to keep up with the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings fell to 1-6 with the 44-31 loss Sunday at Mall of America Field. The team has now lost three straight games following its bye week.
The Minnesota Vikings will likely be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field. That means third-year quarterback Christian Ponder will take the reigns of the first unit. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, four as limited participants and four as full participants for Thursday’s practice.
Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for Minnesota against Green Bay on Sunday night, while Josh Freeman will be inactive after being cleared to practice. Next week’s as-the-quarterback-carousel-turns episode has not been written yet, but the Vikings have their guy for the Packers game. Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed after practice on Friday that Ponder will start against the Vikings’ bitter rival. Freeman reported concussion-like symptoms the day after his rough performance Monday night in a loss to the New York Giants. He passed the NFL’s required tests and went through part of the workout with the Vikings on Friday, but this was too late in the week for him to catch up with the game plan and get ready to play.
if you quizzed a number of NFL fans on who they’d prefer to win, they’d probably say “the meteor” because they hate both teams, but here at tale of the tape, we’re a little more even-handed.
Christian Ponder back at QB for the Vikings?
The Minnesota Vikings may be without Josh Freeman for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Mall of America Field due to concussion symptoms. If he cannot go, Christian Ponder would return to the starting lineup. The Vikings made a roster move this week by claiming cornerback Shaun Prater off waivers and released Jacob Lacey.
Aaron Rodgers has clearly been one of the top three quarterbacks in the league throughout his tenure as the Green Bay starter.
Is Josh Freeman the answer?
The Minnesota Vikings put forth another poor showing. Even the players that provided the highlights also provided lowlights. The offense never got into a rhythm. The best Vikings defense was the Giants offense at times.
At last. The New York Giants got their first win of the season Monday night by holding Adrian Peterson in check and converting Minnesota mistakes into a 23-7 victory. The Giants began the season with six losses in which they were the team turning over the ball (minus-16 difference) while showing little penchant for playing defense. But against the Vikings (1-5), they were efficient enough, if not overwhelming, and had three takeaways to one lost fumble. Peterson, the league’s MVP last season and a 2,000-yard rusher, was held to 28 yards five days after his 2-year-old son was buried in South Dakota. The man accused in the death was indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, prosecutors said Monday.
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