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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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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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Vikings Running Game Broke Out Against Falcons With Help From Offensive Line

The Minnesota Vikings recorded over 200 yards rushing against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The offensive line was a big part of rookie Jerick McKinnon and veteran Matt Asiata’s big days. The Vikings made a roster move by signing quarterback Chandler Harnish to the practice squad and released wide receiver Donte Foster. Former Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford signed with the Washington Redskins.

10/01/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Renew Rivalry With Packers On Thursday

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers meet for the first time in 2014 on Thursday in Lambeau Field. Both teams are coming off solid wins which got them into a tie for second place in the NFC North Division. The Packers offense is a one-dimensional passing attack right now and the defense is solid against the pass and awful against the run.

09/30/2014

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Opponent Profile: Vikings Return Home To Face The Well Rested Falcons

The Minnesota Vikings return home to the face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. The Vikings enter the game with a 1-2 record, 0-1 at home. The Falcons enter 2-1, 0-1 on the road. The Falcons have an explosive offense led by the pass-catch duo of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Defensively, they are average with no one player truly standing out.

09/23/2014

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Mike Zimmer Takes Minnesota Vikings Loss To The Patriots As A Learning Experience

The Minnesota Vikings were not competitive in their loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, but head coach Mike Zimmer sees it as a way to find something out about his team. They also announced a pair of personnel was reinstated to the team. Special teams coach Mike Priefer had his suspension reduced from three to two games after undergoing sensitivity training. Running back Adrian Peterson will be active for the Vikings going forward.

09/17/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Continue Difficult Stretch In Schedule Against The Saints

The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of a five-game stretch against some of the league’s best quarterbacks and offenses. The New Orleans Saints pose as a similar threat as the Vikings’ Week 2 opponent. Despite starting the season 0-2, the Saints have an offense that can single-handedly win a game. Quarterback Drew Brees carries the offense. The defense has cost them both games this season.

09/16/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Host The New England Patriots In Home Opener

The Minnesota Vikings face the New England Patriots in their home opener of 2014. The Patriots are coming off a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The Patriots had a double digit lead at half time, but were held scoreless in the second half and lost by double digits. The Patriots offense is led by quarterback Tom Brady. Darrelle Revis had a solid game in his Patriots debut in Miami.

09/09/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Open The Mike Zimmer Era In St. Louis

The Minnesota Vikings begin the Mike Zimmer era with a road game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.

09/02/2014

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos is pressured by defensive end Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots Defense Needs Big Game Against Broncos In AFC Championship Game

Both Patriots Nation and Broncos Country are looking forward to Brady/Manning XV. The rest of the planet will probably enjoy the game, too.

01/14/2014

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Minnesota Vikings Disappoint In 2013

The Minnesota Vikings had higher expectations than the 5-10-1 record the team finished with in the 2013 season. The Vikings pass defense was abysmal in 2013 with five game-tying or game-winning scores in the final minute of the game. The team used three starting quarterbacks, including Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel for small stretches twice. The team fired head coach Leslie Frazier very early Monday morning.

12/31/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings watches from the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 15, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Vikings HC Frazier Is Not Going To Let His Job Status Affect The Team

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talked with to the team about his job status Tuesday morning. He believes that could have been reason the team lost focus in last week’s blow out loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings will have a ceremony to say goodbye to Mall of America Field.

12/25/2013

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 08: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions tries to outrun the tackle of Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings during the fourth quarter at Ford Field on September 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 34-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings Facing The Detroit Lions In Mall Of America Finale

The Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions Sunday in the last game ever in Mall of America Field. The Lions have a dynamic passing offense. They boast stout front-seven on their defense. Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are a pair of players to watch for the Lions.

12/24/2013

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05: Fullback John Kuhn #30 of the Green Bay Packers flies over safety free safety Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings to score on a nine-yard touchdown catch and run in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Vikings S Harrison Smith Returns After Missing Eight Games

Harrison Smith missed eight games, but looked good in his return against the Philadelphia Eagles. The expectation was for him to be eased back into game shape. However, he played more snaps that any other Vikings safety. Chris Cook missed Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a knee injury.

12/18/2013

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