Like so much of the NFL, the NFC North is bunched together at the one-third mark of the season. The three-time defending division champion Green Bay Packers found a groove the past two weeks with victories over the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings by a combined 80-27 margin, but the Detroit Lions are still tied with them for first place.
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.
Teddy Bridgewater and many of his Minnesota Vikings teammates will wear pink shoes and ribbons on Sunday in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To no one’s surprise, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was wearing the most stylish looking pink shoes at practice Wednesday. But the cause itself is very personal for Bridgewater.
Teddy Bridgewater wants to win, of course, a given when it comes to any NFL player’s public commentary. The other stated goal this week? To make that absence from the field a one-game blip. Bridgewater said Wednesday he feels 100 percent healthy after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start, Sept. 28 against Atlanta. The Minnesota Vikings held their rookie quarterback out last week at Green Bay with only three days for him to heal.
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 Detroit Lions had a chance to maintain sole possession of first place in the NFC North, but lost to the Buffalo Bills at home in Week 5. Now, all four teams in the division are within a game of first place. The Lions are a passing offense, but their defense has been their better unit this season.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings are still trying to turn the national perception of the team, but head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t care. He only cares about what the team can control. Zimmer is optimistic that almost all injured players will be available to practice this week. The Vikings re-signed offensive linemen Brandon Fusco the day before beating the St. Louis Rams. The team made a roster move by reaching an injury settlement with Jamarca Sanford.
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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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