Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line Still A Work In ProgressThe Minnesota Vikings began the offseason with questions on the offensive line. After five preseason games, little has changed.
Vikings Keep Heinicke As No. 3 QB, Sherels Again As CB, PRThe Minnesota Vikings have kept undrafted rookie Taylor Heinicke as their third quarterback and underdog cornerback Marcus Sherels for the fifth straight season. The NFL's roster reduction deadline for the regular season was Saturday, when the Vikings acquired offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles in a trade with San Diego and released 22 players to reach the 53-player limit.
Underdog Sherels Solidifying His Role With Minnesota VikingsEvery year, Marcus Sherels shows up to Minnesota Vikings training camp with his roster status firmly on the bubble. He's a 5-foot-10 cornerback in a league full of 6-foot-3 receivers. He was an undrafted free agent who made the team on a tryout in a league that caters to high draft picks.
13 Minnesota Athletes Now On Local Pro TeamsThe Minnesota sports fan is a rare breed: One that hopes for the best but expects the worst, yet still somehow still manages to be devastated at the end of the day. But when a Minnesota athlete has a chance to come home and play for a team, we salivate like sharks that smell blood. Especially if it's a professional athlete.
Team Grades: Vikings Get Zimmer First Win Over Division Rival In Season FinaleThe Minnesota Vikings outlasted the Chicago Bears for a 13-9 victory Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings finish the season with the third best record in the NFC North, despite winning just one inter-divisional game. The Vikings' good, but not great, performances from the offense, defense and special teams units helped bring the win home.
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.
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: 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.
Injury Report: Robinson Leaves Minnesota Vikings Practice, Sullivan ReturnsThe Minnesota Vikings were down a cornerback by the conclusion of practice on Thursday. Josh Robinson suffered an ankle injury and missed the remainder of practice. The team also learned that John Sullivan passed his concussion tests and practiced in a limited capacity. The team listed two players as non-participants, five as limited participants and four as full participants in Thursday's practice. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have eight players listed on their injury report.
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.