Minnesotan To Meet: Dr. Josh SandellWhen your car needs a tune-up, you take it to a mechanic. When you need a tune-up, you head to the doctor. But when a professional athlete needs a tune-up, it's sometimes a little more complicated than that. That's where Dr. Josh Sandell comes in.
10 Things To Watch At Vikings Training CampIt's the middle of July, but the football season is officially just around the corner. The Minnesota Vikings report to the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, on Saturday for training camp. So what should we keep an eye on as the team practices in Mankato?
Vikings' Kalil: 'It's The Best I've Felt In A Long Time'Matt Kalil's performance for the Minnesota Vikings last season was frequently dissected, and dissed. For the left tackle, last year was best left forgotten.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings Make Elementary School AppearanceThe idea Wednesday morning was for the Minnesota Vikings to build a playground like they do every year -- this time in Falcon Heights. Vikings employees were able to join with volunteers and start in on construction, and they made progress. But the team never got to join because the skies opened.
Vikings Exercise 5th Year Options On Kalil, SmithThe Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year options on the contracts for safety Harrison Smith and left tackle Matt Kalil. The Vikings announced the decisions Monday, ensuring that both first-round picks from the 2012 draft will remain under team control through 2016.
DeRusha Eats: Pieology PizzeriaIt's been around for thousands of years, but right now it doesn't get hotter than pizza. Matt Kalil is a 25-year-old offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings, and the big name behind <a href="http://www.pieology.com/">Pieology Pizza</a> in Maple Grove, St. Paul and Mankato.
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 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.
Opponent Profile: Vikings Playing Final Game Against The BearsThe Minnesota Vikings play their last game of the season Sunday against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium. The Bears are one game behind the Vikings in the NFC North Division standings and would move out of the cellar with a victory. They have lost four straight games overall and three consecutive on the road.
Vikings Offensive Line Showing ImprovementTwo months ago, Matt Kalil and the rest of the Minnesota Vikings offensive linemen were reeling. The Detroit Lions had just sacked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater eight times, relentless pressure that also led to three interceptions, while forcing seven punts and limiting the Vikings to three points.
Injury Report: McKinnon Doubtful For The Vikings Against The PanthersThe Minnesota Vikings will not have starting running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He has been bothered by a lower back injury that needs a week off to heal. A committee of Matt Asiata (who missed last week's game due to a concussion), Joe Banyard and Ben Tate will get the carries in McKinnon's place. The Vikings have 11 players listed on their injury report and the Panthers have seven players listed on theirs.
Vikings OT Matt Kalil's Frustrating Season Reached A New Height SundayMinnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil had more problems than just the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. After the game ended, he did not talk to the media and then had an incident with a fane just outside TCF Bank Stadium. Kalil apologized for dodging the media and called the incident afterward "no big deal." The Vikings lost their other starting tackle Phil Loadholt for the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.