If nothing else, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has one thing going for him right now: He’s a career 6-0 in preseason games. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 26-16 Saturday night in the Vikings’ first of two preseason games at TCF Bank Stadium. There are still three more preseason games left and plenty can change in the next month, but here are seven takeaways from Saturday’s preseason victory.
Jameis Winston produced mixed results at best in his first NFL action for Tampa Bay, while Teddy Bridgewater had Minnesota’s passing attack in prime form to spark the Vikings in a 26-16 exhibition victory over the Buccaneers on Saturday night.
It’s the middle of July, but the football season is officially just around the corner. The Minnesota Vikings report to the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Saturday for training camp. So what should we keep an eye on as the team practices in Mankato?
The Minnesota Vikings offseason lasts for about six weeks. Training camp in Mankato is less than a month away. One player who can’t wait for it to get here is wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The idea Wednesday morning was for the Minnesota Vikings to build a playground like they do every year — this time in Falcon Heights. Vikings employees were able to join with volunteers and start in on construction, and they made progress. But the team never got to join because the skies opened.
The Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
The Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
The Minnesota Vikings have seen their fair shares of injuries this season with four starters already on injured reserve. This week they will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions without four more starters. Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd, Robert Blanton and Charlie Johnson all were declared out for the game. In total, the Vikings have nine players listed on the injury report. The Lions have nine players on their respective list as well.
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.
Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson’s playing time has dwindled. He had only three snaps with the offense in the last game. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner confirmed Thursday that Charles Johnson has replaced Patterson as the starter at the “X” position.
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.
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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.
It took the Vikings a while to get Cordarrelle Patterson involved in the game plan last year, but once they did, he turned into a Pro Bowler, getting more and more important as the season progressed. This season, the opposite has happened and Sunday against Carolina, he barely played at all.
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 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.
The Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Washington Redskins for a 29-26 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings had moments of success and moments of breakdown from each of the team’s units. The offense was very good in the second half. The defense got the team back in the game. The special team was generally bad.
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 scored first and last to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-13 in overtime Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Vikings offense was OK. They made plays when they needed to, even though it wasn’t very consistent. The defense was great through three quarters before falling apart in the fourth.
The Minnesota Vikings stalled in the red zone and the Buffalo Bills scored in the final seconds for the game-winning score. The Vikings fell to 2-5 with a 17-16 defeat Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Vikings defense was very good, with the exception of a few plays and the game’s final drive. The offense was a disappointment again and Bridgewater is still a work in progress. The special teams were below average.
The Minnesota Vikings look like they will get Chad Greenway back in the lineup. The veteran linebacker has missed nearly three weeks due to broken ribs. The team also listed 10 other players on the team’s injury report. The Buffalo Bills list eight on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings offensive line is under siege these days, both from opposing defensive fronts and hyper-critical fans who expect them to do a better job of protecting rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Minnesota Vikings played another lifeless game. This time it was a 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions at home. The Vikings defense kept them in the game, but the offense gave them nothing. The defense did not make enough plays to win the game themselves.
The Minnesota Vikings expect to have quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and safety Harrison Smith in the lineup Sunday when they face Detroit Lions at TCF Bank Stadium. However, whether or not linebacker Chad Greenway returns after missing two games is unknown. The Vikings listed two plays as non-participants, three players as limited participants and four players as full-participants in Thursday’s practice.
Cordarrelle Patterson was making everyone in Minnesota start to forget about Percy Harvin thanks to a promising rookie season and a positively dynamic season opening performance against St. Louis.