7 Other Memorably Heartbreaking Missed Playoff KicksThere probably isn't much that can pick up Vikings kicker Blair Walsh right now, not after he missed a 27-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds of Minnesota's 10-9 wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Accomplish With Kylie & Jeff LockeA Minnesota Vikings player is using his athleticism to help raise money for Veterans, but it’s not football. Viking’s Punter Jeff Locke is playing the “Longest Day of Golf” Friday to help raise money for Tee It Up For the Troops.
Edison High School Gets Donations For Practice Field UpgradesThe Minnesota Vikings, the Mississippi Watershed District and others have partnered to re-do the football field and other practice fields at Minneapolis Edison High School. They upgraded the football field by using technology to provide the source of water.
Minnesota Vikings Head Into The Offseason Optimistic, But UnsatisfiedThe Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
Team Grades: Vikings Blow Two Touchdown Lead In MiamiThe Minnesota Vikings took a two touchdown lead before surrendering the lead in the second half. The Vikings fell Sunday to the Miami Dolphins 37-35 on a blocked punt safety with 41 seconds remaining in the game. The Vikings offense was good enough to win, but the defense was bad. The special teams units made one mistake that gave the Dolphins the game in regulation.
Team Grades: Fast Start Leads To Heartbreak For The Vikings In DetroitThe Minnesota Vikings jumped out to a 14-0 lead before surrendering 16 unanswered points to fall to the Detroit Lions Sunday at Ford Field. The Vikings got early touchdowns from Matt Asiata and Greg Jennings, but a pair of Teddy Bridgewater interceptions turned the game around. The Vikings failed to get points the rest of the game, including a blocked field goal and missed field goal attempt in the second half.
Team Grades: Audible Saves Vikings From Potential Bad LossThe Minnesota Vikings defeated the New York Jets 30-24 on an 87-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright in overtime Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings scored a touchdown on the first and last play of the game. The Vikings offense was slightly better than average, while the defense was slightly below average. Teddy Bridgewater saved the Vikings in the game and may be the franchise quarterback they have sought now for some time.
Off The Field, Vikings Teammates Are Roommates, FriendsWhen Blair Walsh and Jeff Locke aren't together kicking a football at work, go figure, you’re likely to find them together hitting a cue ball at home.
Team Grades: Special Teams Leads The Vikings To Lopsided Win Over The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings used two big special teams plays to defeat the Carolina Panthers 31-13 Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Adam Thielen and Everson Griffen returned a pair of blocked punts for touchdowns in the first half. Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes to help the blowout. The defense struggled to stop the run, but made plays in the second half when they needed to.
Team Grades: Vikings Suffer Near Complete Failure In ChicagoThe Minnesota Vikings fell into a tie for last place in the NFC North Division with a 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. Teddy Bridgewater threw a touchdown pass to Rhett Ellison in the first quarter, but threw an interception late in the fourth to seal the loss. The best Vikings unit were the special teams, but they were so-so.
Team Grades: Minnesota Vikings Do Enough To Beat RedskinsThe Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Washington Redskins for a 29-26 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings had moments of success and moments of breakdown from each of the team's units. The offense was very good in the second half. The defense got the team back in the game. The special team was generally bad.
Team Grades: Vikings Earn Just Above Average Marks In Overtime Victory Against BuccaneersThe 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.