The Minnesota Vikings are thin on healthy running backs with Matt Asiata out and Jerick McKinnon banged up. McKinnon is expected to play with a lower back issue, but the team claimed Ben Tate off waivers as insurance. Sharrif Floyd’s status is the biggest question mark of any injury on the team. He banged knees with a teammate and was held out of practice because of it. The Vikings list 13 players on their injury report and the Green Bay Packers list eight on theirs.
The Minnesota Vikings sit at 4-5 after their bye week, but where do we begin when it comes to evaluating the first half of their season? So much has happened both on and off the field that the Vikings have been a hot topic for most of the NFL season. With seven games left, the Vikings are relying on a rookie quarterback, a rookie linebacker on defense and several young players at key positions to lead them to a successful season.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Thursday that defensive end Everson Griffen has been named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for October. Griffen led the NFC with six sacks over four games in October and was the only player in the NFC to record at last one sack in a four-game span during the month.
The Minnesota Vikings needed another productive pass rusher, and there were plenty of top-tier options available as free agency approached. They decided to stay with the guy they had already developed, and the gamble of handing over a market-setting contract to Everson Griffen looks like a smart move right now. He is third in the NFL in sacks, with eight in eight games. He also is third in the league with 13 1/2 quarterback knockdowns, according to STATS.
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’ bid for a win Sunday involves the past. Leslie Frazier was the head coach last year at this time. He is now the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His return provides a mixture of memories and incentive. It’s not been great, but make no mistake — the Vikings defense has improved.
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 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 fell to the New Orleans Saints 20-9 Sunday at the Superdome. The offense could not get into the end zone, settling for three field goals instead of getting touchdowns. The defense struggled early, but settled down and kept the team in the game. The special teams were good, with the exception of the punt return unit.
The Vikings team has had to endure a week of uncertainty and maintain that life will be normal if they just focus on New Orleans. The attempts at normalcy came at practice Wednesday in Winter Park.
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.
After a slew of camps, mini camp, training camp, winter park camp, the Minnesota Vikings are finally about to play a regular season football game when they take on the St. Louis Rams Sunday.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been listed as questionable for the season opener at St. Louis.
The Minnesota Vikings have their lineup pretty much set for Sunday’s season opener against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Head coach Mike Zimmer had few injuries to talk about after Thursday’s practice.
Everson Griffen broke into the NFL as one of the youngest players in the league, and he can now say that everything came a little too fast for him at the start. The money, the game, the attention, it was a lot to handle for a 22-year-old who left USC a year early, and it caught up to the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in the winter following his rookie year.