Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson don’t have any time for the rookie wall. The Minnesota Vikings defensive backs are too busy coming up with game-changing plays to help their team chase down a playoff spot.
The Minnesota Vikings held on for a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears Sunday at Mall of America Field. The offense was once again all about Adrian Peterson. He rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has not ruled any players out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The most significant injury is Jared Allen, who missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. He was a full participant Friday. All eight injured players are listed as probable for Sunday’s game.
Percy Harvin returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but missed both Thursday and Friday’s practices. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Every other injured player is listed as probable.
The Minnesota Vikings had an extra week to prepare for the Chicago Bears, but still provided little resistance. The Vikings scored first, but surrendered 25 consecutive points before falling 28-10 at Soldier Field. Adrian Peterson topped 100 yards for the fifth straight game.
The Minnesota Vikings may be without its leading receiver for a second consecutive game when it travels to Chicago. Leslie Frazier said that everyone else should be okay to go, even though two players are listed as questionable.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the heat of the playoff chase, but they also need to think about the future. The Vikings need to make a decision on several free agents and how to improve several areas.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the process of rebuilding for the future. The process began with the 2012 NFL Draft. The Vikings selected nine players in the draft – lost one to a devastating knee injury – and claimed another off waivers.
Percy Harvin did not practice all week and is as doubtful for Sunday’s against the Detroit Lions. His absence would leave a huge hole in an already anemic passing offense. The only other injured player listed as worse than probable is defensive tackle Letroy Guion.
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 had several players miss practices this week, but the most notable omission was running back Adrian Peterson. Friday is a significant practice to miss, but head coach Leslie Frazier said he is not worried about his availability for Sunday’s game.
The Minnesota Vikings start the second half of the season with a trip to the west coast. The Vikings lead the Seattle Seahawks by one game in the standings for a wild card spot. The most intriguing aspect of the game is the battle between the NFL’s top two rushers this season.
The Minnesota Vikings took a step back with a 2-2 record in October, both losses against teams with a below-.500 record. The month began with a lopsided impressive win over the Tennessee Titans at home. It finished with a disappointing lopsided home loss to Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a regular season-ending injury to Chris Cook.
The Minnesota Vikings only have one practice this week before facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday at Mall of America Field. Tight end John Carlson and running back Adrian Peterson were the only players to miss practice. Carlson is not expected to play, but Peterson is.
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.