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.
The Minnesota Vikings were not expected to win very many games this season, but they have still played surprisingly well in some aspects while underachieving in others. Rookie kicker Blair Walsh, the two-minute offense and running back Adrian Peterson are pleasant surprises while the pass rush, two-minute defense and downfield passing attack are disappointments.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Charlie Johnson, a former tight end recruit out of high school, to provide depth and experience on its offensive line in 2011. He is the oldest starting offensive lineman and only one reserve is older.
The Minnesota Vikings had an opportunity to be the only undefeated team in the division after two weeks. A last minute loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium makes tied with all three other NFC North teams atop the division.
Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, receiver Austin Collie and two offensive lines starters are inactive for Sunday’s home opener against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings went through practice this week relatively healthy. Only center John Sullivan and cornerback Antoine Winfield missed a full practice this week. The three players that were forced out of the opener due to injury got back on the practice field this week.
The Minnesota Vikings hit the road for the first time in 2012. It is set to battle the NFL’s worst team last season, the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium with the chance to improve to 2-0.
The Minnesota Vikings reported no significant injuries and that the players forced out of last week’s game returned to practice this week. Injuries will play a factor in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he was in Brett Favre’s hometown, but the quarterback’s agent says he has not heard of any interest from the Colts.