One simple statistic has essentially driven an entire offseason strategy for the Minnesota Vikings. After watching the Vikings allow more points than any other team in the NFL last year, general manager Rick Spielman engineered an exhaustive improvement project to improve his defense. “We’re going to create some great competition for our football team,” Spielman said on Saturday night after the conclusion of the NFL draft.
When the Minnesota Vikings let head coach Leslie Frazier go, many fans said they’d like to see a more fiery coach on the sidelines. It appears they’re getting their wish. Just down the road from Vikings’ headquarters, the lunch crowd at Joe Senser’s watched Wednesday’s reports with a mix of hope and weariness. “I probably have been disappointed enough times that I’m never that optimistic anymore,” said Vikings fan Matt Johnson.
When the 49ers and Seahawks meet for the third time this season the stakes could not be higher. The winner will move on to the Super Bowl, while the loser will have to deal with falling just short of the big stage and to make matters worse at the hands of their hated division rival.
The Minnesota Vikings defense has two pieces of good news this week coming off a humbling loss at Detroit in the season opener. First, they expect defensive captain Kevin Williams to be back at defensive tackle after missing the 34-24 loss to the Lions with a knee injury. Second, they don’t have to face Reggie Bush, the Lions running back who torched them for 191 total yards and a touchdown.
After a slow start, Colin Kaepernick completed six straight passes in his third series of the game and connected on a 5-yard-touchdown toss to Quinton Patton, and Lavelle Hawkins returned a kickoff 105 yards for a score late in the second quarter in San Francisco’s 34-14 preseason victory over Minnesota on Sunday night.
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At 31, Jared Allen is getting up there in defensive lineman years. He is set to play his 10th career season, looking ahead with the foresight to keep improving on the Vikings’ pleasantly surprising 2012 campaign.
The Minnesota Vikings stocked up on defense during the draft. They still have two major unanswered questions, however.
The Minnesota Vikings have taken Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft.
A Wisconsin man who has admitted he killed his three young daughters was in control of his actions and decided that his “selfish desire for revenge” was worth more than his girls’ lives, a prosecutor said during closing arguments Tuesday.
I can’t believe Lindsey Hjelm’s success with what can only be explained as a successfully split personality. Gustavus’ all-time leader in penalty minutes is known the “Penalty Queen” around campus.
The FCS championship rematch between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State is something of a do-over for several key returning offensive players.
A father accused of murdering his three daughters in western Wisconsin headed to court Wednesday.
The veterans on the Minnesota Vikings defense are still significant contributors. Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield continue to make their mark.
The Gopher football team is just one day away from kicking off its season at UNLV. Training camps bring optimism, and the Gophers traditionally fall into that category believing the pieces are in place on offense.