The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a $36.5 million contract. That’s a price tag that used to be reserved for top running backs. In a pass-happy NFL, Adrian Peterson could likely be the last running back standing when it comes to big contracts.
When the Minnesota Vikings let head coach Leslie Frazier go, many fans said they’d like to see a more fiery coach on the sidelines. It appears they’re getting their wish. Just down the road from Vikings’ headquarters, the lunch crowd at Joe Senser’s watched Wednesday’s reports with a mix of hope and weariness. “I probably have been disappointed enough times that I’m never that optimistic anymore,” said Vikings fan Matt Johnson.
The Minnesota Vikings are bringing some extra baggage to London. They don’t have any wins to take with them, though. Just a home game they have to play overseas.
Through their first two preseason games, the best performance from Minnesota’s first-team offense has been by rookie punter Jeff Locke.
The Vikings haven’t done much well in these exhibition games yet. Each incompletion by Christian Ponder or three-and-out series by the unit has only heightened concerns whether this team can be balanced enough to build off last year’s playoff appearance.
The scrutiny Christian Ponder endured last season could pale next to what he’ll encounter this year as Minnesota’s quarterback.
The Minnesota Wild haven’t been playing up to their hype and potential, and in this lockout-shortened season the time for a turnaround is tight.
The FCS championship rematch between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State is something of a do-over for several key returning offensive players.
Minnesota’s defense has been glaringly vulnerable to giving up scores in the critical closing moments this season.
There is one thing that dwarfs all other issues with the Vikings in this preseason: is Christian Ponder ready to be big time? And to be there, he has to have great confidence. And that’s where it gets sticky.
In one week, the Gopher football team will travel to Las Vegas to take on the Rebels. How will the offense look? Well, the team believe it’s not what you teach, it’s how you teach it.
Tubby Smith says one of the biggest focuses for Minnesota during the preseason has been to work on getting its offense revved up to the up-tempo style the demanding coach prefers.
The Vikings play three of their next four games at home starting with Sunday’s home opener against Tampa Bay. Over at Winter Park, the Vikings’ offense is looking for a way to bounce back from its inconsistent effort at San Diego last Sunday.
What the Minnesota Vikings know with certainty is that the offense has to be better. It starts with improved play from quarterback, Donovan McNabb. So, was it just a bad day or the start of a pattern in San Diego?
The Minnesota Vikings have based their offense on the elite abilities of Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings have a lot of work to do before the regular season starts, particularly with their revamped offense.