The Minnesota Vikings are hopeful tight end Kyle Rudolph will be able to return after missing five games. He had sports hernia surgery following the team’s Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints and targeted the Week 11 matchup with the Chicago Bears as his return date. In other news, former Viking Orlando Thomas lost his battle with ALS Sunday and the NFLPA filed a grievance against the NFL to get Adrian Peterson reinstated from the commissioner’s exempt list.
The Minnesota Vikings begin the second half of their season with a trip to Chicago to face the Bears. The Bears are winless at home and were blown out at the Green Bay Packers last week. The Bears are a better passing offense than run offense. On defense, they do a better job against the run. The oddsmakers may favor the Bears, but the Vikings should win the game.
The Minnesota Vikings need their first round draft over the last few years to continue their development. The team is not considered a Super Bowl contender this season, so it is better to develop rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater properly to ensure the team is consistently at that level.
Adrian Peterson cleared the first hurdle in returning to the field. The Minnesota Vikings’ star running back pleaded no contest as part of a plea agreement Tuesday. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman held his annual midseason press conference and would not talk about the Peterson situation. Spielman did talk about his team and progress they made this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson expects to be 100 percent when the Minnesota Vikings host the Washington Redskins at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. He is coming off his best game of the season last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which he made two key first down catches in the game-tying drive in the final minute of regulation. The Vikings have eight players listed on their injury report and the Redskins have eight as well.
The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in a battle of five-loss teams Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers have struggled in just about every aspect of the game. Their better position groups have underperformed and the two lines have been bad.
The Minnesota Vikings have another opportunity to bounce back this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings have put together back-to-back embarrassing performances while the Bills have been inconsistent from week to week. The Bills offense has struggled this season, but a change at quarterback has been a little lift. The Bills defense is great against the run and below average against the the pass.
The Minnesota Vikings look to rebound from a bad defensive outing against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The team wants to improve their consistency and team play. Backup defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning. The Lions already have a plethora of ailing stars. They may not play on Sunday. The Vikings added three players to the practice squad and released McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers meet for the first time in 2014 on Thursday in Lambeau Field. Both teams are coming off solid wins which got them into a tie for second place in the NFC North Division. The Packers offense is a one-dimensional passing attack right now and the defense is solid against the pass and awful against the run.
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With former Bear defensive end Julius Peppers leaving Chicago to go to Green Bay, it looks like the Bears have already found his replacement in the form of former Viking defensive end Jared Allen. A man who has played fewer years yet has more sacks than Peppers. It seems like a smart decision.
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Forbes Magazine has named the Minnesota Vikings one of “The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams” of 2014. The Vikings, valued at about $1 billion, are ranked number 34 on the list. Forbes cites the team’s new $975 million stadium, which is set to open in 2016, as a factor that boosts their value.
The Chicago Bears selected Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and traded up in the fourth round to pick Minnesota safety Brock Vereen on Saturday. Carey was chosen with the 17th pick of the fourth round, 117th overall, and Vereen was 131st.