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The Minnesota Vikings face the New England Patriots in their home opener of 2014. The Patriots are coming off a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The Patriots had a double digit lead at half time, but were held scoreless in the second half and lost by double digits. The Patriots offense is led by quarterback Tom Brady. Darrelle Revis had a solid game in his Patriots debut in Miami.
The Minnesota Vikings posted a dominant performance in their season opening 34-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams Sunday the Edward Jones Dome. The Vikings made very few mistakes and limited the Rams’ stars. Cordarrelle Patterson ran the ball for over 100 yards on three carries and the defense tallied five sacks and two interceptions.
The Detroit Lions’ struggles last season cost Jim Schwartz his job, and another disappointing season could do GM Martin Mayhew in. When Lions fans and NFL analysts discussed the team’s issues and needs, the secondary came up more often that not.
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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.
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The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than the 5-10-1 record the team finished with in the 2013 season. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal in 2013 with five game-tying or game-winning scores in the final minute of the game. The team used three starting quarterbacks, including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel for small stretches twice. The team fired head coach Leslie Frazier very early Monday morning.
Adrian Peterson watched the final game of Minnesota’s disappointing season from the sideline, with a groin injury keeping him out. Afterward, he pledged to go directly to ownership to lobby for coach Leslie Frazier to keep his job.
The Minnesota Vikings closed the history of Mall of America Field with a victory Sunday by beating the Detroit Lions 14-13. Cordarrelle Patterson scored two touchdowns, one rushing and the other receiving for the only two Vikings scores. The Lions scored 13 straight points in the second half to take a lead, but could not keep the Vikings from scoring the winning touchdown.
Minnesota Viking fans are a bit melancholy after the Vikings beat the Lions at the Metrodome. The dome will be demolished next month to make room for a new stadium.
Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson scored two more touchdowns, including the go-ahead catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 14-13 on Sunday in the final game at the Metrodome after 32 seasons.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been held out of the season finale. For the Vikings, running backs Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) are inactive. Matt Asiata starts instead.
It’s the last hurrah for the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Sunday’s game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions marks the last time the public will enter the downtown Minneapolis stadium before it’s demolished, a process that starts next month with the deflation of its iconic roof.
Adrian Peterson has tried to play through a sprained foot and a lingering groin injury, but he is doubtful to play in Sunday’s final regular-season game at home against the Detroit Lions. Peterson is third in the league in rushing with 1,266 yards. He practiced on a limited basis this week for the Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1), who on Sunday play the final game in the Metrodome’s history.