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Zimmer Is On A Mission To Fix The Vikings Defense

The Minnesota Vikings entered Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins as a vastly improved defense from last season. However, in the loss, the team was embarrassed by the performance and head coach Mike Zimmer was still upset 24 hours later. He vowed that he will fix the unit. The Vikings face the Chicago Bears in their season finale on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium with draft positioning on the line.

12/24/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Playing Final Game Against The Bears

The 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.

12/23/2014

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Bridgewater Is Learning Best By Playing Says Vikings Head Coach

Teddy Bridgewater has learned on the fly since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback after Matt Cassel was injured in Week 3. Head coach Mike Zimmer is happy with the progress the rookie first round draft pick has made in his 10 starts. The Vikings are 0-5 in divisional games this season. They have one game left to get Zimmer’s first win against a division-rival. Linebacker Chad Greenway is one of eight finalists for the inaugural NFL’s Sportsmanship Award.

12/17/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Finish Their Road Schedule Against The Dolphins On Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings travel south to play the Miami Dolphins in their last road game of the season. The Dolphins are 7-7 and still alive for a playoff spot in the AFC. They are led on offense by quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receivers Mike Wallace and Jarvis Landry. On defense, they are led by pass rushing specialist Cameron Wake.

12/16/2014

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Vikings Want To Use Running Backs Differently The Rest Of The Season

The 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.

12/10/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Set To Battle The Lions With Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

The Minnesota Vikings play two of their last three games on the road, beginning with the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. The Vikings lost to the Lions at TCF Bank Stadium in Week 6, 17-3. The Lions did not have most of their offensive weapons on the field or at 100 percent. The Vikings remain in the playoff picture, but need to win-out and get some help.

12/09/2014

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Patterson Slipping On The Vikings’ Depth Chart

Cordarrelle Patterson had limited playing time in Sunday’s winning over the Carolina Panthers. The second-year receiver failed to catch the one ball thrown his way and his he was on the field for just three plays on offense. Charles Johnson, who was claimed just before the season started from the Cleveland Browns, had the most playing time of any receiver on Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Xavier Rhodes is becoming one of the league’s best cornerbacks.

12/03/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Set To Finish Home Stand Against The New York Jets

The Minnesota Vikings complete a three-game home stand against the New York Jets on Sunday. The Vikings just completed a lopsided victory over the Carolina Panthers at TCF Bank Stadium. The strength of the Jets, on both sides of the ball, is running the ball. They are third in rushing yards and rushing yards allowed per game heading into their Monday night game. The Vikings will be favored.

12/02/2014

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Vikings OT Matt Kalil’s Frustrating Season Reached A New Height Sunday

Minnesota 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.

11/26/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Face Panthers In Only Home Stand

The Minnesota Vikings face the Carolina Panthers in the middle game of a three-game home stand on Sunday. The Panthers are not living up to expectations after finishing with the second best record in the NFC last season. They have struggled with injuries on offense and poor play on defense. It is highly unlikely that either team will compete for the playoffs, but a win on Sunday will be a big momentum building moment toward next season.

11/25/2014

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Clock Malfunction Factors Into Vikings QB Bridgewater’s Last Minute Interception

The Minnesota Vikings are not blaming the fourth quarter clock malfunctions on their 21-13 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday at Soldier Field. But, they are saying it factored into the play that denied them a chance to tie the game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a long pass to the end zone with plenty of time remaining in the game, but thought the clock was running out. The interception allowed the Bears to take a knee for the remainder of the game. Tight end Kyle Rudolph returned to the lineup, but he was a non-factor.

11/19/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Bounce-Back Game Comes Against Red Hot Packers

The Minnesota Vikings face the red hot Green Bay Packers fresh off an embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears. The Packers enter the matchup after posting back-to-back 50+ point games. They are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Packers will be heavy favorites to win the game.

11/18/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Hope To Get Rudolph Back On Sunday

The Minnesota Vikings are hopeful tight end Kyle Rudolph will be able to return after missing five games. He had sports hernia surgery following the team’s Week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints and targeted the Week 11 matchup with the Chicago Bears as his return date. In other news, former Viking Orlando Thomas lost his battle with ALS Sunday and the NFLPA filed a grievance against the NFL to get Adrian Peterson reinstated from the commissioner’s exempt list.

11/12/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings To Face Reeling Bears Coming Out Of Their Bye

The Minnesota Vikings begin the second half of their season with a trip to Chicago to face the Bears. The Bears are winless at home and were blown out at the Green Bay Packers last week. The Bears are a better passing offense than run offense. On defense, they do a better job against the run. The oddsmakers may favor the Bears, but the Vikings should win the game.

11/11/2014

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NFLPA And NFL Disagree On Peterson’s Immediate Future

The National Football League and NFL Players Association may be preparing to battle over Adrian Peterson’s immediate future. The league has declined to reinstate the star running back from the commissioner’s exempt list until the league has reviewed the case. The union, however, believes Peterson should be removed from the list now that his legal matter has been resolved.

11/10/2014

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Peterson Enters Plea Deal; Return To Vikings Remains Unclear

Adrian Peterson cleared the first hurdle in returning to the field. The Minnesota Vikings’ star running back pleaded no contest as part of a plea agreement Tuesday. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman held his annual midseason press conference and would not talk about the Peterson situation. Spielman did talk about his team and progress they made this season.

11/05/2014

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Minnesota Vikings QB Bridgewater Finds Success In Pressure Situations

Minnesota Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is excelling in the pressure-filled final minutes of each half. He has led the team to game-tying or game-winning points in the fourth quarter of all three of his wins. The Vikings made several roster moves as the team heads into their bye week. They signed two players to their practice squad while placing one player on injured reserve and releasing another.

11/04/2014

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Zimmer Views Sunday’s Win As A Building Victory For The Vikings

New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer wants to build a team with a tough mind set. He believes Sunday’s win is a step in building it. Last season, the Vikings allowed five game-winning or game-tying drives in the fourth quarter. In three of them, the offense had time to overcome the defensive collapses. However, they did not in all of them.

10/29/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Face Washington Squad Coming Off Monday Game

The Minnesota Vikings face the Washington Redskins Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium in Week 9 of the NFL season. The Vikings are coming off an overtime victory while the Redskins won on Monday over the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins offense has struggled and the defense has allowed very little yards, but a lot of points.

10/28/2014

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Fourth-And-Twenty Play Sticks In The Minds Of The Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings had a chance to clinch a victory over the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but a fourth-and-20 conversion kept the game-winning drive alive. The Vikings were caught off guard by the quick pace of the 24-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Scott Chandler that converted the long fourth down and set up the game-winning score with one second remaining. During the game, the Vikings suffered a pair of injuries that forced the team to make changes on the offensive line.

10/22/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Head To Tampa On Three Game Losing Streak

The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet in a battle of five-loss teams Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers have struggled in just about every aspect of the game. Their better position groups have underperformed and the two lines have been bad.

10/21/2014

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Culture Change Is Mike Zimmer’s Biggest Challenge As Vikings Head Coach

The Minnesota Vikings are just six games into Mike Zimmer’s tenure as head coach of the team and he is already figuring out his most important challenge to making the team a consistent winner. Zimmer wants his players to develop the mindset that losing is not OK. Wide receiver Greg Jennings believes the players need to start taking care of themselves. Zimmer hinted that their may be changes on the team’s offensive line.

10/15/2014

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Opponent Profile: Minnesota Vikings Need To Rebound Against The Buffalo Bills

The Minnesota Vikings have another opportunity to bounce back this week against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings have put together back-to-back embarrassing performances while the Bills have been inconsistent from week to week. The Bills offense has struggled this season, but a change at quarterback has been a little lift. The Bills defense is great against the run and below average against the the pass.

10/14/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Defense Looking To Turn Page On Embarrassing Effort

The Minnesota Vikings look to rebound from a bad defensive outing against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The team wants to improve their consistency and team play. Backup defensive tackle Tom Johnson was arrested early Sunday morning. The Lions already have a plethora of ailing stars. They may not play on Sunday. The Vikings added three players to the practice squad and released McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

10/08/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Return Home To Face First Place Lions

The Detroit Lions had a chance to maintain sole possession of first place in the NFC North, but lost to the Buffalo Bills at home in Week 5. Now, all four teams in the division are within a game of first place. The Lions are a passing offense, but their defense has been their better unit this season.

10/07/2014

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