Detroit safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey will miss Sunday’s game at Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Detroit Lions with the chance to complete a season series sweep. The Vikings have struggled with its passing offense, but the battered Lions secondary may be what the doctor ordered.
Detroit and Minnesota are due for their second of two annual matchups. The Lions and Vikings might need a reintroduction to each other, even though they’re NFC North foes that played just six weeks ago.
The best part of the November portion of the Minnesota Vikings’ schedule is its bye week. The Vikings can use that week off to improve two critical areas, one on each side of the ball. It needs to fix at least one of these problems, if it is going to remain in the playoff hunt.
The Minnesota Vikings start the second half of the season with a trip to the west coast. The Vikings lead the Seattle Seahawks by one game in the standings for a wild card spot. The most intriguing aspect of the game is the battle between the NFL’s top two rushers this season.
The Minnesota Vikings missed on a chance to be just the third team in the NFL to win six games this season. The Vikings need to be focused on ways to get better not the playoffs, but here are the scenarios that impact the team’s place in the standings.
The Minnesota Vikings had an anemic pass rush in 2007. So, the team went out and acquired the individual sack leader that season during the offseason. There were concerns over some off-field issues, but he has become one of the team’s best playmakers and leaders.
The Minnesota Vikings had four of its best offensive players on its injury report this week. Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder have been on the injury report in previous weeks, but Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson were new this week. Harvin was injured during practice this week and Simpson felt leg weakness and numbness prior to the win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Minnesota Vikings may face a different quarterback and offense in Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins than it has all season long. The Redskins utilize Griffin’s running ability by using an option scheme. Griffin’s rushing total on the season is just 58 yards less than the other five starting quarterbacks the Viking have faced this season combined.
Antoine Winfield is the oldest member of the Minnesota Vikings, yet he remains one of the most consistent tacklers on the team. Sunday’s win over the Tennessee Titans was the first game he was active but did not start since the 2009 season – prior to that one game as a backup, he was a reserve just twice in 2004.
The Minnesota Vikings have been fortunate to avoid any major injuries. Linebacker Erin Henderson has missed two games with a concussion, but he is expected back soon. Safety Mistral Raymond injured his ankle and may be a couple weeks away from returning. The Vikings have however suffered several other day-to-day minor injuries.
I got a wee bit nervous. All 261 pounds of Vikings’ second-year defensive end/tackle D’Aundre Reed was not happy with my seemingly harmless inquiry – “How does it feel to be the surprise of the league at 3-1?”
The Minnesota Vikings ride an impressive two-game winning streak into its Week 5 matchup against the lowly Tennessee Titans at Mall of America Field. The Titans boast one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL. But before last week’s big game, Chris Johnson has struggled to get yards behind an underperforming offensive line.
The Minnesota Vikings have two of the most dynamic offensive players in the NFL, one of which is Percy Harvin. The former first round draft pick helped the Florida Gators win two national championships. He has won several NFL awards and honors, but puzzled the media when he requested a trade. Everything seems to have brushed over with the Vikings leading the NFC North Division.
Adrian Peterson spent the first three weeks of the season looking for that highest gear while coming back from knee surgery.