The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of things to be excited about. The team is in the playoff chase. Adrian Peterson is chasing the rushing record and the MVP award. Harrison Smith is making his case to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The offensive line has been the most improved unit on the team. There have also been negatives as well.
Harrison Smith is becoming one of the most complete safeties in the NFL. There are very few that can hit as hard as him while possessing the ball skills to turn errant throws into turnovers. He is making it scarier to play against the Vikings defense.
The Minnesota Vikings held on for a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Mall of America Field. The offense was once again all about Adrian Peterson. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Adrian Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns and Harrison Smith returned an interception for a score to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 21-14 victory over the free-falling Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has not ruled any players out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The most significant injury is Jared Allen, who missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He was a full participant Friday. All eight injured players are listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
The Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears for the second time in three weeks. Both teams are coming off a heartbreaking loss that cost a place in the standings. The Vikings need to win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
The Minnesota Vikings have the toughest remaining schedule of anyone in the NFL, including three games against teams tied for or leading their respective divisions. Adrian Peterson has a chance to set the NFL’s single season rushing record. Christian Ponder has struggled in recent weeks and may need to have a solid finish to the season. Ponder’s play could determine whether the Vikings are playing for a playoff spot or draft positioning.
There is not a better running back in the NFL than Adrian Peterson. The numbers prove it. He leads the league in rushing yards and is not even 12 months removed from a devastating knee injury.
Percy Harvin returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Every other injured player is listed as probable.
The Minnesota Vikings look to remain in the division title hunt with a win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field. The Packers are one game ahead of the Vikings and in second place in the NFC North division. Minnesota is led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and its passing offense.
The NFC North is exactly what the NFL had in mind when it backloaded the schedule with division games.
Jared Allen remains apologetic for a hit that ended Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis’s season last weekend, though he insists the play that drew a $21,000 fine was not dirty.
The Chicago Bears did not like the block that Jared Allen laid on offensive lineman Lance Louis during Sunday’s game. Leslie Frazier was upset with Adrian Peterson for missing the team bus prior to Sunday’s game. Mistral Raymond had a touchdown confirmed then overturned in a matter of minutes. The Vikings saw one of its practice squad players sign with another team early in the week.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been fined $21,000 for a hit on Chicago Bears guard Lance Louis on Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings played three games in November and lost two of them. The Vikings were led by Adrian Peterson on offense, Antoine Winfield on defense and Kevin Williams on special teams in November.