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.
Injury Report: Vikings To Be Without Four Starters Against The LionsThe Minnesota Vikings have seen their fair shares of injuries this season with four starters already on injured reserve. This week they will travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions without four more starters. Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd, Robert Blanton and Charlie Johnson all were declared out for the game. In total, the Vikings have nine players listed on the injury report. The Lions have nine players on their respective list as well.
Vikings Want To Use Running Backs Differently The Rest Of The SeasonThe Minnesota Vikings enter the final three games of the season with two running backs that did not start the season on the active roster. Head coach Mike Zimmer would like to see more of what Joe Banyard and Ben Tate can bring the offense after the two combined for four carries in Sunday's win over the New York Jets. Also, after 97 scoreless NFL games, Jerome Felton scored his first career NFL touchdown.
Team Grades: Offensive Ineptitude And Late Defensive Collapse Cost VikingsThe 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.
Injury Report: Vikings Still Don’t Know Bridgewater’s Status For ThursdayThe Minnesota Vikings are still not sure who their starting quarterback will be when the team plays the Green Bay Packers Thursday at Lambeau Field. Teddy Bridgewater did not practice all week because of an ankle injury. If he is unable to play, Christian Ponder will start in his place. The Vikings list two players as out, one as questionable and six as probable for Thursday’s game.
Vikings Running Game Broke Out Against Falcons With Help From Offensive LineThe Minnesota Vikings recorded over 200 yards rushing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The offensive line was a big part of rookie Jerick McKinnon and veteran Matt Asiata's big days. The Vikings made a roster move by signing quarterback Chandler Harnish to the practice squad and released wide receiver Donte Foster. Former Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford signed with the Washington Redskins.
Vikings Aim Focus Internally, Prepare For Upcoming GameThe 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.
Teammates Say They Stand Behind Adrian Peterson Adrian Peterson issued a statement and was at the team facility Monday, but was not in the locker room to elaborate. His teammates, however, did.
Adrian Peterson Hopes To Play In The Vikings Finale At Mall Of America FieldReigning MVP Adrian Peterson expects to play in the final game ever at Mall of America Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The running back played in the Minnesota Vikings loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, but lasted just one offensive play into the second half. His backup, Toby Gerhart, is unlikely to play and cornerback Xavier Rhodes could return after missing two weeks. The Vikings had four players list as non-participants, seven as limited participants and four as full participants in Thursday's practice.
Christian Ponder Believes He's Ready To Start For Minnesota In SeattleChristian Ponder says he can play, but Leslie Frazier hasn't committed to starting the third-year quarterback on Sunday. The former first round draft pick will wear a harness, if he plays. The team listed two players as non-participants, seven players as limited participants and six players as full participants in Thursday's practice.
Matt Cassel Leads The Minnesota Vikings To First Win Of The SeasonChristian Ponder's broken ribs forced the Minnesota Vikings to start backup quarterback Matt Cassel. The nine-year veteran led the team to a 34-27 victory. The Vikings finally have something to build on this season with the consistent and trustworthy quarterback. The defense made a big play when it needed to and the special teams made plays - some good and some bad.
Minnesota Vikings Not Looking To Make Immediate ChangesThe Minnesota Vikings are not planning on making changes just to make changes. The Vikings have begun to be hit with injuries. Unfortunately, they coming to one position group. The offensive line may be the Vikings biggest disappointment through three games this season. Minnesota is getting a boost with the return of Jerome Felton from his suspension. Zach Line has been placed on injured reserve.