The Indianapolis Colts are looking to continue moving forward in a rebuilding phase that moved forward about five years in just one season, but some pieces are still missing. That missing puzzle piece may have been found in running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who still has a lot of gas in the tank.
The Minnesota Vikings used its successful ball control, defensive domination formula to defeat the AFC South champion Houston Texans 23-6 Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Adrian Peterson grinded out 86 yards and Christian Ponder completed 16 of 30 passes to lift the Vikings. The defense held the Texans to 187 total yards and 22 points below their league leading average.
The Minnesota Vikings will have to earn a victory Sunday against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings will have their hands full with wide Texans receiver Andre Johnson and defensive end J.J. Watt. Minnesota needs a win to improve its playoff chances while the Texans need a win to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs.
The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of things to be excited about. The team is in the playoff chase. Adrian Peterson is chasing the rushing record and the MVP award. Harrison Smith is making his case to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. The offensive line has been the most improved unit on the team. There have also been negatives as well.
The Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears for the second time in three weeks. Both teams are coming off a heartbreaking loss that cost a place in the standings. The Vikings need to win to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Despite preseason predictions, the Minnesota Vikings remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. The schedule does not get any easier; in fact it is one of the toughest remaining schedules of any team. The Vikings have the pieces and opportunity to make a run against the more heavily favored opponents.
The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers form the NFL’s best division. The Bears sit atop the standings, but have issues with its offense. The Packers won the division last season, but the defense remains its weak link. The Vikings and Adrian Peterson are one of the best stories in the league, but do they have enough to make the playoffs. The Lions remain in the hunt, but can they get hot and catch the teams ahead of them.
Adrian Peterson and Chad Greenway have been getting better as the season has worn on for the Minnesota Vikings, while Percy Harvin and Harrison Smith have seen their production slip of late. The Vikings have proven capable of winning without Harvin, but any sort of playoff run needs to include the dynamic receiver.
The Minnesota Vikings had full control of the game after the opening drive, but the Seattle Seahawks took momentum midway through the first quarter. The Vikings were unable slow the Seahawks before falling 30-20 Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
The Minnesota Vikings have been a pleasant surprise in the NFL this season. Their 4-2 record put them a half game behind the Chicago Bears and one game ahead of the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings have a lot of things going for them while several other things could be improved.
The Minnesota Vikings dominated the first quarter and had the first three scoring drives of the game. However, it could not convert those into touchdowns. The Washington Redskins took over in the second quarter and never looked back.
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.
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.
The Minnesota Vikings begin divisional play, fresh off an upset of the San Francisco 49ers, with several impact starters on the injury list. Jared Allen, Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph have found their way on the report for the first time this season. Erin Henderson and Mistral Raymond are dealing with the first significant injuries of the season for the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings still have plenty of question marks with injuries, but it no longer has to worry about running back Adrian Peterson. The veteran was left off the injury report, but a pair of starters were added this week.